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Staring at the Sun by Julian Barnes. Charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginnings as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year This novel enables readers to follow her experience in marriage, her questioning of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in China.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Staring at the Sun. A very confusing book. Barely readable.
It has its mesmerising points but nothing brighter or engaging. The question that kept plaguing me, was: the protagonist, what, had some congnitive abnormalities or something? Or was it just the convoluted style that made me feel like that? A DNF at that. Jul 29, Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it. The really important questions do not have answers: and the really important answers do not need questions.
Life is itself, not comparable to anything.
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And all the great miracles are present in the here and the now, if only we can see them Some of the things which I took away from this magical, unreviewable book.
Read it. Julian Barnes has certainly improved a bit in the last 25 years. Both books document a long life, but the style is very different.
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There is a promising novel struggling to reveal itself here, but this isn't it. It is the story of Jean, told in three parts: as a late teen on the cusp of marriage at the Julian Barnes has certainly improved a bit in the last 25 years.
It is the story of Jean, told in three parts: as a late teen on the cusp of marriage at the end of WW2, in middle age, and then approaching her th birthday in The points of debate echo issues in earlier sections, but it just doesn't work as a coherent narrative and the character development didn't ring true. Jean is naive and not especially intelligent or well-educated, and as the story is told from her point of view, the first section in particular is told in a rather abrupt and simple style that I didn't find very enticing.
Somehow, by the middle section, she is taking expensive long-haul holidays on her own - and with her teenage son's blessing.
The descriptions of loneliness are well-done, too: "He had girlfriends, but he found, when he was with them, that he never felt quite what he was expected to feel: the inaccessibility of group pleasure, he discovered, could even extend to gatherings of two.
Sex didn't make him feel lonely; but it didn't As for male camaraderie, there often seemed something false about it. Groups of men got together because they feared complications Look at monasteries. Look at pubs.
It's cleverly prescient, though not totally accurate, which exacerbates the contrast between the this section and the more realistic earlier sections. The recurring themes are fear and bravery: fear of flying, death, sex McEwanstate snooping, and God, but they are light in the first part and overindulged in the final section.
Related to that, there's a fair amount of running away, both literal and metaphorical. View all 14 comments. The prose is close enough to a warm bed on a winter morning with a steaming cup of coffee in your hand and your favourite song playing in the background. It is a book of questions and answers of life not corresponding to each other - right from the curiosity of a child to the exploration of sex and marriage to wondering if there is a life after death.
It is also a book of brilliant visuals and wonders. It is also a book of simple 'truths' that make you pause, ponder and think about.
Jean Serjeant's life is the prism of Barne's early book to have conversations on page. I was blown away by the simplicity of the prose and yet the depth of the imagnation and life truths.
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The author has touched so many aspects of life and how we understand it - through the eyes of Jean and later through Gregory. The best parts I enjoyed and probably highlighted once every 2 sentences 1. The 14 and later 16 possible theories on the existence of God Don't miss this one 2.
The miracle of 2 sun rises 3. The pondering of the thin lines between courage, bravery and fear 4. The bitter Male truths and the feminist argument 5.
Staring at the sun go down 6. The miracle of life and. The accurate prophesies of Julian Barnes on Google, Siri and Government the book was written in s 8. The surprisingly true Chinese-Engish interpretation of life Don't worry - you dont need a book to tell you a story.
This enriches you. Sample this: "You grew old first not in your own eyes, but in other people's eyes; then, slowly, you agreed with their opinion of you. View all 5 comments. This is an early Barnes book which recalled Metrolandone of his first books that got me hooked on Barnes.
After reading most of his last books this was both a blast in the past as well as making me realize that some of his subjects such as love, death and existence has never left him and hence, reinforces why I love his books.
This is the story of a very plain woman, Jean Sergeant who, after living through World War II meets a pilot who boasts he can stare at the sun. Intrigued by This is an early Barnes book which recalled Metrolandone of his first books that got me hooked on Barnes. Intrigued by him but she decides to marry a policeman instead. Her life goes on even after an unremarkable marriage, has a child late in life, goes on to visit the Seven Wonders of the world and lives to almost years.
Barnes skips most of her boring parts and focuses on these main events - gotta love his brevity! Quite the life of someone who started off living a simple life. As she points out, as she gets older, she gets wiser but also realizes that much of the world really doesn't matter.
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Enter her son Gregory who lives a parallel and boring life as a life insurance agent. Where Jean is plain but travels, Gregory doesn't want to risk flying the risk is too great thanks to his day job and grows old with his mom.
Although nothing dramatic happens except for a near love affair, the last chapter jumps 50 years into the future. Now this part is a little trite compared to our technology today but Barnes does a fun job playing with the GPC General Personal Computer. Poor Gerald is bored of life and asks for advice on life, death and god and I feel this is where Barnes elevates himself.
I won't spoil the ending but Barnes delivers. After reading this book I do want to track down his middle period. There is a reason why he won the Booker - good stories that make you think. Mar 03, Scott Liddell rated it it was amazing.
I'd like to think I'd have been brave enough to be a woman, but somehow I doubt it.