Cross Channel

Cross Channel

Book - 1996
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Combining the intellectual audacity of A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters with the francophilia of the acclaimed Flaubert's Parrot, Julian Barnes explores the English experience of France over the centuries with dazzling wit and sophistication. This is Barnes's first collection of stories.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House of Canada, c1996.
ISBN: 9780679446910
0679446915
9780679307822
0679307826
Branch Call Number: BARNE
Characteristics: 211 p.

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marc_barnes
Jul 28, 2014

It has been over 2 years since reading this collection yet many of them remain in my memory. The vignette of the English mercenaries aiding King and Pope in the suppression of the Cathars, the poignant tale of a sister returning to the battlefields of Normandy and the lovely story of 2 women owners of a ignoble in Bordeaux remain etched in my mind. Great craft and great stores: highly recommended

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lukasevansherman
Nov 27, 2013

First in response to the other review (ravensview): huh? Because I started reading them around the same time, I always link Martin Amis and Julian Barnes. Amis gets more press, but Barnes is the better writer: more precise, wittier and less full of himself. This collection of short stories centers around the theme of English French relations and covers a wide range of subjects, including wine, literary conferences, surrealism and World War I. The final story brings them all together.

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ravensview
Jul 28, 2011

Citizen review latest, Pulse, and said was less than this one

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susettem
Mar 22, 2012

In his first collection of short stories, Barnes explores the narrow body of water containing the vast sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies between England and France with acuity humor, and compassion. For whether Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, laborers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they discover, alongside rich food and barbarous sexual and religious practices, is their own ineradicable Englishness. The ten stories that make up Cross Channel introduce us to a plethora of intriguing, original, and sometimes ill-fated characters. Elegantly conceived and seductively written, Cross Channel is further evidence of Barnes's wizardry.

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