Nothing to Be Frightened of
NATIONAL BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEARA memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most... show more
NATIONAL BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEARA memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents’ death, another realm of mystery.Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.
Publish date: October 6th 2009
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Most personal nonfiction is addressed clearly outwards; as if the writers need the assurance of public eyes to validate their experience. One thing I quite liked about this book was how internal it was: it's like eavesdropping on a conversation Barnes is having with himself, attempting to console hi...
This is NOT going to be a review of the book, because ... I don't even know why I can't review this book. I can just talk about my own experience of it. Just this time, I promise. I am so afraid of death that it cripples me. That sounds so pompuos, but it's true. I am afraid of death, because it nev...
This is Julian Barnes' extended essay on mortality and his terror of death. His most recent novel, "The Sense of An Ending" deals fictionally with the same subject, and I feel the novel was more successful, or at least less depressing. Contrary to the hopeful-sounding title, Barnes apparently find...
I wouldn't have read this except that Dawn recommended (and loaned) it to me. The idea of prose/essay about death does not appeal.But I enjoyed the book. It was thoughtful and witty and literary. It's also rambly, but our thoughts about death are rather rambly, aren't they? They can't be conclus...
Autobiografija, porodična istorija, veliki esej o smrti - sve to odjednom. Štivo koje piše Barns, šezdesetneštogodišnji starac, uplašen od smrti. Veliki esej o smrti, religiji i umetnosti, provučen kroz mnoge primere iz književnosti, naročito francuske (Renara, najviše) ali i iz drugih umetnosti (sl...
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