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The Only StoryWould You Rather Love The , And Suffer The Or Love The Less, And Suffer The Less That Is, I Think, Finally, The Only Real Question.First Love Has Lifelong Consequences, But Paul Doesn T Know Anything About That At Nineteen At Nineteen, He S Proud Of The Fact His Relationship Flies In The Face Of Social Convention.As He Grows Older, The Demands Placed On Paul By Love Become Far Greater Than He Could Possibly Have Foreseen.Tender And Wise, The Only Story Is A Deeply Moving Novel By One Of Fiction S Greatest Mappers Of The Human Heart.

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  • Hardcover
  • 213 pages
  • The Only Story
  • Julian Barnes
  • 15 June 2017
  • 9781787330696

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  1. says:

    This is Julian Barnes s latest offering, an author I absolutely adore It is a profound and moving love story, and the complexities, intense suffering and heartbreak that accompanies it It has Paul looking back on his only story, the love of his life, and his shifting perspectives as time passes Barnes can be relied on for his well crafted beautiful prose and imagery, underscored by a musicality that beguiles and delights The novel is split into three parts, and relates the story of 19 year old Paul, a Sussex University student who in 1963 meets and falls in love with 48 year old married Susan, who has children older than him and carries heavy emotional baggage from her personal history What follows in a detailed examination of the repercussions on the people in their lives of their love affair amidst the middle class suburban attitudes, social norms and expectations of the period that the lovers are subject to.Barnes uses the classic device of moving from first person narrative, to the second person and finally the third person to highlight the increasing distance that Paul injects into his love story, moving from the intense passion at ...


  2. says:

    Would you rather love the , and suffer the or love the less, and suffer the less That is, I think, finally, the only real question You may point out correctly that it isn t a real question Because we don t have the choice If we had the choice, then there would be a question But we don t, so there isn t Who can control how much they love If you can control it, then it isn t love I don t know what you call it instead, but it isn t love .Thus begins the latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Julian Barnes I immediately knew, just by reading those words that I will be witness to a beautiful and heartbreaking love story which will leave me, after the last page, fulfilled by the exquisite writing but also spent from suffering along with the characters I was entirely right Most of us have only one story that matters, only one finally worth telling This is mine .The Author tells the story of Paul, a young man of 19 and his first love, Susan, a middle age married woman of 48 They meet in 1963 on the tennis court, where fate brought them together for a double match They begin to spend and time together until they fall irremediably in love The novel is divided in three parts, the first chapter is written in first person and relates the beginning of the love story The second part is a mixture of 1st and 2nd person and deals with the inevitable degradation and end love while the 3rd part, where we showed Paul s remaining life, is written mostly in a detache...


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    First love fixes a life forever this much I have discovered over the years It may not outrank subsequent loves, but they will always be affected by its existence It may serve as model, or as counterexample It may overshadow subsequent loves on the other hand, it can make them easier, better Though sometimes, first love cauterises the heart, and all any searcher will find thereafter is scar tissue When Paul was 19 years old and visiting his family in a stifling London suburb while on summer break from university, his mother encouraged him to visit the local tennis club While silently mocking the self important people who took their tennis seriously and themselves even so, he is randomly partnered in a tournament with Susan Macleod Despite the obvious differences between them Susan is in her late 40s, married, mother to two adult daughters, the two develop a strong bond.Susan likes to tease Paul for his youthful braggadocio, his lack of real knowledge of the world around him and relationships, and his playful nature Paul is utt...


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    Would you rather love the , and suffer the or love the less, and suffer the less That is, I think, finally, the only real question This sentence, which introduced this most recent book of Julian Barnes to his potential readers, was pretty much my Achilles heel from Page 1 I don t quite understand how you can adjust the levels of love, like making marks on a burette and letting the content drip as per your desire of colour and consistency of the final emotion Quantifying love is beyond my comprehension.And yet, there is a certain granular tenderness in this story of a young man and his almost thirty years senior lover that prevents this love story from turning into a chore.Seen in the rearview mirror during his twilight years, Paul reminisces the first time his 19 years old self fell for the 48 years old married Susan at a Tennis Court when the two were brought, fortuitously, together to team up for a mixed doubles match, and that his feelings were near immediately reciprocated Ignited by this act that was both adventurous and liberating, Paul and Susan built walls around them, barricading their respective families with a dangerous, and often confounding, indifference and pushing this affair out of their current state, both literally and geographically But at their new abode, that strippe...


  5. says:

    I love Julian Barnes writing His The Sense of an Ending and Levels of Life were brilliant He is absolutely one of my favorite authors That s why it is so disappointing to not have enjoyed his most recent book The Only ...


  6. says:

    Leaving this unrated I ve made it to 30% and this is an author I usually adore His writing is wonderful as always but the plot just doesn t appeal Quite frankly, I m bored and just can t continue reading this When a book is a chore to read the best thing to do ...


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    I recently read a sentence in another book that stayed with me There comes a time in every man s life when he looks back than forward fitting in Julian Barnes The Only Story This book is as much about a man s memories fading memories as well than it is about love He sometimes asked himself a question about life Which were truer, the happy memories, or unhappy ones He decided, eventually, that the question was unanswerable He remembered his own early attempts to define love, back in the village, alone in his bed Love, he had ventured was like a vast and sudden increasing of a lifelong frown Wow bleak expe...


  8. says:

    2.5 stars rounded upI declared 2017 the Julian Barnes year on account of reading and loving seven of his books The Sense of An Ending, while it is one of his most popular books, was my least favourite novel of his The Only Story is somewhat similar to that one, as it has an older narrator, Paul, reminiscing about his nineteen year old self in the 1960s and his first love and relationship with Susan, a woman twenty nine years his senior You read that right Honestly, I didn t have any qualms about that, I read books about younger men being seduced by older women before.I would rather be outraged than bored And oh my, it pains me to say this, but The Only Story was tedious, repetitive and I had to force myself to get back to reading it I don t know about you, but when I read about something taboo, forbidden, especially a risky love affair, I expect passion, animal attraction, a sense of inevitability and urgency Even in the beginning of the relationship, there wasn t much fire It was all so dry and passionless It was all very proper without actually being proper Why was Paul so taken with Susan I couldn t tell you While the relationship lasts much longer than expected, unfortunately, it takes a very sad turn, as Susan becomes an alcoholic That was painful to rea...


  9. says:

    I d forgotten how contemplative and funny Julian Barnes is The mood of this novel is nostalgic and retrospective but not saccharine That a book so touching and tragic could be so ironic and amusing, and helplessly sad, and then end on a cold, blunt note struck me as realistic and sort of wonderful I really admired the final pages I don t think it should have ended any other way Our lives are often disastrous and heart breaking, our minds flit back and forth, and sometimes we are cold and cruel, and sometimes we just appear that way, and sometimes we are so young, and almost always we get broken, and this looking back and picking apart by Barnes s narrator, this drowning in what happened, and what was, and how it ended, was right up my alley I enjoy it now that it s over, oddly Perhaps it was triggering for me I didn t realize that there was panic inside her How could I have guessed I thought it was just inside me Now, I realize, rather late in the day, that it is in everyone It s a condition of our mortality We have codes of manners to allay and minimise it, jokes and routines, and so many forms of diversion and distraction But there is panic and pandemonium waiting to break out inside all of us, of this I am convinced I ve seen it roar out among the dying, as a last protest against the human condition and its chronic sadness But it is there...


  10. says:

    The Only Story by Julian Barnes is an introspective retrospective on a first love and how it shaped the narrator s life I loved this thought provoking love story told many years later and the internal discussion about memories.In part one, nineteen year old Paul is home from university for the summer and with his mother s encouragement, he joins the local country club to play tennis He is partnered with Susan, a married woman old enough to be his mother Paul and Susan spend time together and as their lives intertwine, he meets Susan s friend Joan, and Susan gets to know Paul s college buddies Paul falls in love, Susan is attracted to him, and the unlikely couple begins an affair When their taboo relationship becomes public, they are kicked out of the country club Young Paul is energized by the public disapproval, and despite her marriage, albeit loveless, the two travel together, and they live together for over a decade There was love and romance, and everything was so good This is how Paul wants to remember.In part two Paul tells us all the things he remembers but would want to forget They had borders living with them in the attic, Susan s husband punched him and on another occasion he smashed her teeth in Susan was an alcoholic and taking antidepressants The realities of life are revealed and author Julian Barnes switches narration from first person, to third person as he dis...

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