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The Lemon Table: Stories

Barnes, Julian

Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 2004
ISBN 10: 1400042143 / ISBN 13: 9781400042142
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Title: The Lemon Table: Stories

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First American Edition.

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Fine/Fine unread copy protected by Archival Brodart Cover. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001270

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Synopsis: Master prose stylist Julian Barnes presents a collection of stories whose characters are growing old and facing the end of their lives -- some with bitterness, some with resignation and others with raging defiance.

?Life is just a premature reaction to death,? was what Viv?s husband used to say. Once her lover and friend, he is now Viv?s semi-helpless charge, who is daily sinking ever deeper into dementia. In ?Appetite,? Viv has found a way to reach her husband: by reading aloud snippets of recipe books until he calls out indelible -- and sometimes unfortunate -- scenes locked away in his brain. In ?The Things You Know,? two elderly friends enjoy their monthly breakfast meetings that neither would ever think of missing. Of course, all they really have in common is a fondness for flat suede shoes and a propensity for thinking spiteful, unspoken thoughts about one another?s dead husbands. ?The Fruit Cage? is narrated by a middle-aged man whose seemingly orderly upbringing is harrowingly undone when he discovers that his parents? old age is not necessarily a time of serenity but actually an age of aroused, perhaps violent, passions.

In these stories, Julian Barnes displays the erudition, wit and uncanny insight into the human mind that mark him as one of today?s great writers, one whose intellect and humour never obscure a genuine affection for his characters.

Review: "All [the stories] are a joy to read as Barnes glides between forms...Each story is distinct and indelible, a tribute to the form. Above all they make you think about growing old and what, if anything, can be done about it." ( Glasgow Herald)

"All have a photographic clarity, a psychological realism that embraces extremes of feeling...with a deliciously wry streak" ( Observer)

"Barnes's steely wit finds best expression when inhabiting the anguished and angry... Their brilliance rather plays upon our petty furies and failures, embellishing them with self-deprecatory wryness...entrancing and curiously cheering" ( New Statesman)

"Masterly...his best stories have a strong air of Maupassant about them...extraordinarily effective...a compelling series of vignettes of old age, executed with great skill" ( Daily Telegraph)

"Splendid, beautiful...reads like Turgenev" ( Spectator)

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