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Cross Channel [PDF / Epub] ☄ Cross Channel Author Julian Barnes – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Afortunadamente para os leitores e a literatura Barnes tem sido sempre um escritor imprevisível Aueles ue leram O Papagaio de Flaubert e Uma História do Mundo em Dez Capítulos e Meio para citar os Afortunadamente para os leitores e a literatura Barnes tem sido sempre um escritor imprevisível Aueles ue leram O Papagaio de Flaubert e Uma História do Mundo em Dez Capítulos e Meio para citar os seus livros mais famosos conhecem a sua capacidade de forçar até aos últimos limites as formas da narrativa conjugando de forma subtil a inteligência das ideias com o prazer de contar uma verdadeira históriaEm Do Outro Lado do Canal depara se nos uma colecção de histórias aparentemente desconexas mas ue aduirem graças a um único fio condutor uma perfeita e fascinante unidadeE ual é esse fio condutor A oposição Inglaterra — França o fascínio ue o continente exerce sobre a ilha a França como o Outro absoluto da Inglaterra tão próximo e tão distanteUm livro deslumbrante Julian Barnes é o mais inteligente e o mais cosmopolita dos escritores ingleses — Richard Eder Los Angeles TimesPara mim este é o melhor livro de Barnes — Don Skiles San Francisco Chronicle.

About the Author: Julian Barnes

Julian Patrick Barnes is a contemporary English writer of postmodernism in literature He has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize Flaubert's Parrot England England and Arthur George and won the prize for The Sense of an Ending He has written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan KavanaghFollowing an education at the City of London School and.

10 thoughts on “Cross Channel

  1. Tony Tony says:

    This is Barnes' first collection of short stories all about various Brits in France down through the agesIn GNOSSIENNE a Spanish poet an Algerian film maker an Italian semiotician a Swiss crime writer A German dramatist a Belgian art critic and yours truly him not me are invited to a dinner Ees no jokeIn EVERMORE an old woman goes to WWI graveyards in France Her brother is there Unknown soldiers are there She wondered if there were such a thing as collective memoryIn INTERFERENCE a dying composer’s last work crosses the channel back and forthHERMITAGE was my favorite piece and well worth the price of admission Two older women buy a vineyard Oh they have special plans But the French who make the wine have been there for generations Forever really And old ways die hard sometimes not at all Barnes didn’t separate the women as much as I’d have liked But I learned much through the French characters about winemaking Women by the way were paid less on the grounds that they talked Everyone seemed okay with that I'll be re reading this oneEXPERIMENT involves a man who makes love to a British woman and a French woman But he's blindfolded each time Wine makes an appearance again as analogyTUNNEL has wine and erudition But it doesn't have a story I didn't read every story in the collection just the ones I reported on The others well I never gained traction I'd had enough

  2. Daniel Adam Garwood Daniel Adam Garwood says:

    ‘Cross Channel’ is a short collection of short stories with a common theme of British French relationships over timeThe gently mocking elegant prose is exactly what I would have expected from Barnes However I found all but ‘Dragons’ to be rather limp With ‘Dragons’ I dived in and had to reach the end in one sitting; the rest I simply waded through because they were atmospheric and beautifully written A very solid four stars from me

  3. Kinga Kinga says:

    This collection of short stories was uneven Don’t I say this about every collection of short stories? Well except for the one I found evenly bad but I won’t mention any namesThe book’s main theme is the relations between French and British specifically the stories of Brits in France Being neither French nor British at least not for another two years this is a foreign territory for me I see both countries through my Polish glasses France is mostly Napoleon and his broken promises made to the Polish people and also a penchant for romanticdramatic gestures which we seem to share although the Polish tend to stick to them longer than it seems reasonable The British we resent a little bit for the WWII business and the Yalta but we also love them because they are what we wish we could be if we could only get our shit together We also love them because they were the first EU country to fully open their borders to us and let us colonise their land Finally we look at both countries with a certain suspicion because they don’t have Jesus in their hearts any And Jesus is very important So is Virgin MaryThe impression I have of British French relations is a peculiar mix of love and hate The two countries are locked in some silent eternal battle They constantly invade each other culturally and linguistically and fight to be on top And they will probably do so long after the world forgets about them and moves on some say it has happened alreadyHaving worked for 35 year for a London wine broker dealing in high end stuff mostly Bordeaux and Burgundy I have witnessed all of that first hand It’s no surprise then that I really liked the stories which dealt with wine One of my favourite stories was Hermitage a tale about two English ladyfriends who move to Bordeaux to make wine and live happily ever after I also liked the one about sex as I would called Experiment It’s about a group of French surrealists pulling a prank on an old Englishman and it’s full of uotables“ I would annually try to avoid getting as drunk as I had the previous year I can’t say I ever succeeded because though each year my resolution was stronget so was the countervailing force of my uncle’s tediousness In my experience there are various good but less motives – guilt fear misery happiness – for indulging in a certain excess of drink and one larger motive for indulging in a great excess boredom At one time I knew a clever alcoholic who insisted that he drank because things then happened to him such as never did when he was sober I half believed him though to my mind drink does not really make things happen it simply helps you bear the pain of things not happening For instance the pain of my uncle being exceptionally boring on his birthdays”There was also uite a touching story about an old Englishwoman whose life revolved around caring for the grave of her brother who died in the First World War This was the only story in the collection that was emotionally developed the rest of them were clever imaginative linguistically brilliant but emotionally stunted I think this is why Julian Barnes and I will never fall in love even though we should He has got everything I admire and look for in a writer I want imagination I want a beautiful language I never consciously demand emotions as I am not much into drama but I suppose it’s one of those things I don’t want but I need themI will close this review of Barnes’ work with the following uote“The hairy navvy now transferred his suspicion from the label to the viand”That’s Barnes for you He is going to send to the dictionary ten times a page A lesser writer would just write ‘food’ but not Barnes For Barnes it’s ‘viand’

  4. Shane Shane says:

    I picked this book up because a I had heard a lot of good things about the author and b I was taking a cross channel historical research trip myself traveling alone and needing a trusty literary tour guideIn both I wasn’t disappointed Barnes is a great stylist his prose nothing but elegant He is also able to narrate in different voices a pompous British aristocrat who thinks only of Cricket while France burns in the Revolution and la Terreur two old maids who give up their farm in Essex to become vintners in France a dying English composer who can subdue an entire French village when he wants to listen to the radio and the old world fairy tale teller who narrates the tale of Catholic soldiers trying to convert a Protestant village in France to name a fewThe span of time is vast from the late seventeenth century to the near future And the research on the terrain is authoritative I took the same Chunnel trip and couldn’t help but slump into deep reverie like Barnes’s aging writer in the story Tunnel the deeper we burrowed under the British ChannelAnd yet other than for the woman who mourns her dead brother from World War I and travels annually to commemorate his death on Remembrance Day I felt that the rest of the characters were mainly pegs in a larger drawing of the Cross Channel cultural divide between Britain and France They did not grab me as vividly as the prose and the subject matter didHowever now that I have read the primer I shall read Barnes

  5. Sam Tornio Sam Tornio says:

    A thick slice of everything short fiction can be

  6. Michele Michele says:

    Short story collection so a fast read I enjoyed probably 60% of the stories and I did like the little things that linked some with others in the collection But I had problems reading this one probably because I'm CanadianMore specifically probably because I'm not English or French There were a lot of references to the history of these two countries many of which were the linchpin for the story and if you didn't know the history it took a long time to figure out the story sometimes not till the end of it I'm sure as an Englishmanwoman it would have been much enjoyable but for someone who doesn't know enough about the two regions it was a disappointment Made me want to learn a bit about them though so I suppose that's all good

  7. Andy Boroditsky Andy Boroditsky says:

    I did not really finish it just read a half and decided to uit a rare decision for me I usually like short stories but this collection is about British French relations and simply is not really close to my heart Skillfully written but stories' plots are not very interesting the endings are not surprising and sometimes author goes too far in using rare words so it becomes hard to push throughIt's not O'Henry unfortunately

  8. Stephen Curran Stephen Curran says:

    Ten short stories on Anglo French relations A few are memorable but there's nothing here to match the interlinked tales in The History of the World in 105 ChaptersFreuently enough though you meet a phrase or a passage that reminds you how much of a masterful and moving writer Julian Barnes can be especially on the topic of grief

  9. Marta Marta says:

    Just wonderful every story so perfect

  10. Jan Jan says:

    Couldnt get on with this at all first story Interference was ok but couldnt finish most of them Jumbled and incomprehensible

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