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Metroland

Julian Barnes

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EAN: 9780099540069
Published: 5 Dec 2013

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From the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction comes a magnificent portrait of youth and growing up.

Christopher and Toni found in each other the perfect companion for that universal adolescent pastime: smirking at the world as you find it. In between training as flaneurs and the grind of school they cast a cynical eye over their various dislikes: parents with their lives of spotless emptiness, Third Division (North) football teams, God, commuters and girls, and the inhabitants of Metroland, the strip of suburban dormitory Christopher calls home.
Longing for real life to begin, we follow Christopher to Paris in time for les evenements of 1968, only to miss it all in a haze of sex, French theatre and first love, leading him, to Toni's disappointment, back to Metroland.

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What the critics say

A dazzling entertainer
- New Yorker

One of the best accounts of clever English schoolboyhood I've read
- Times Literary Supplement

If all works of fiction were as thoughtful, as subtle, as well constructed, and as funny as Metroland there would be no more talk of the death of the novel
- New Statesman

Irony and imagery are deployed with a finesse even Flaubert wouldn't wince at...consumately elegant
- Sunday Times

If all works of fiction were as thoughtful, as subtle, as well constructed and as funny as Metroland there would be no more talk of the death of the novel
- New Statesman

It's one of the best accounts of clever English schoolboyhood I've read
- Times Educational Supplement

Irony and imagery are deployed with a finesse even Flaubert wouldn't wince at...consummately elegant
- Sunday Times

About the Author

Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot and Arthur & George. His most recent novel, The Sense of an Ending, won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare and The Pedant in the Kitchen. His latest book, Levels of Life, was published in 2013 and was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). In 2004 he received the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, and in 2011 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature. He lives in London.

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