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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 441 pages
  • England, England
  • Julian Barnes
  • French
  • 02 March 2018
  • 2070417646

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About the Author: Julian Barnes

Julian Patrick Barnes is a contemporary English writer of postmodernism in literature He has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize Flaubert s Parrot , England, England , and Arthur George , and won the prize for The Sense of an Ending He has written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan KavanaghFollowing an education at the City of London School and Merton College, Oxford, he worked as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary Subsequently, he worked as a literary editor and film critic He now writes full time His brother, Jonathan Barnes, is a philosopher specialized in Ancient PhilosophyHe lived in London with his wife, the literary agent Pat Kavanagh, until her death on October Wikipedia.


10 thoughts on “England, England

  1. says:

    As much as I love Julian Barnes, I am divided about England, England On the one hand, it illustrates in a satirical and sad way why England has such trouble finding its place in the world right now Julian Barnes undoubtedly has the intelligence and skill to write a poignant satire on the state of Englishness But maybe my timing is not the best I found myself constantly thinking that it is not funny any, that it is too much to bear Maybe Julian Barnes, in 1998, understood and captured th As much as I love Julian Barnes, I am divided about England, England On the one hand, it illustrates in a satirical and sad way why England has such trouble finding its place in the world right now Julian Barnes undoubtedly has the intelligence and skill to write a poignant satire on the state of Englishness But maybe my timing is not the best I found myself constantly thinking that it is not funny any, that it is too much to bear Maybe Julian Barnes, in 1998, understood and captured the feeling of the future England 2016 and conserved it for me to suffer through at this moment in time.I read it in a couple of hours, devouring it, waiting for hope to appear and give me a glimpse of a better future But there is nothing but a replica of what we have already seen a million times to be expected,of the same, but condensed to a fun park experience and lived through in fast forward You choose what sad ingredients of English life you want to consume, and Julian Barnes with all his genius is one of the many options you have He can not help making the list of the quintessentially English, and neither can he help joking about it After all, he is English, as one of his characters conveniently states in defence of all his opinions.It is a very readable book, and very true in all its sarcastic absurdities It just made a sad and hopeless impression, and I find it hard to apply the dry sense of humour of its content to the review Too serious a feeling of irrevocable loss

  2. says:

    Okay, let me start by saying that Julian Barnes is obviously very intelligent He is witty and intelligent and well read BUT this book is obnoxious It s not the worst book I ve ever read by any means.it is smart and funny in parts and he has a point but the language is pretentious and showy You have to have an English degree to get through this book which I am in the process of obtaining Overall, it is inaccessible So if his point is that we prefer simulacra over the original and socie Okay, let me start by saying that Julian Barnes is obviously very intelligent He is witty and intelligent and well read BUT this book is obnoxious It s not the worst book I ve ever read by any means.it is smart and funny in parts and he has a point but the language is pretentious and showy You have to have an English degree to get through this book which I am in the process of obtaining Overall, it is inaccessible So if his point is that we prefer simulacra over the original and society has become complacent, lazy, etc., with this novel, he is only preaching to people who agree with him because only people who would probably agree with him would take the time to try to understand this novel Additionally, it was boring I fell asleep at least 5 times while trying to get through this book That has never happened to me before with any other book ever Congratulations, Julian Barnes, you re brilliant but the ironies and the parodies would only reach the highly educated and the book doesn t make me feel anything at all

  3. says:

    This is the first work by Barnes I ve given less than 4 stars, though I thought the first section detailing Martha s childhood and formation of character was great Then the book went downhill for me, as another character, Sir Jack, took center stage in the second, and longest, section I have no problem at all with unlikable characters I don t need to like a character to enjoy a work , but so many times when readers say they dislike books because there are no likable characters, I wonder if This is the first work by Barnes I ve given less than 4 stars, though I thought the first section detailing Martha s childhood and formation of character was great Then the book went downhill for me, as another character, Sir Jack, took center stage in the second, and longest, section I have no problem at all with unlikable characters I don t need to like a character to enjoy a work , but so many times when readers say they dislike books because there are no likable characters, I wonder if what they might really mean is that the characters are boring, which is how I found Sir Jack I understand he is part of the satirical, farcical nature of this section, but that didn t stop him from boring me, as did some of the rather long passages that lay out the progression of the Isle of Wight s becoming England, England Unfortunately , the third section was also marred by some of that same kind of description, as what happened on the mainland while the Island project was growing takes over I did like the ending better than the middle because of its metaphors, which stopped me from giving this two stars

  4. says:

    The hardest books for me to review are the ones that I objectively think are quite good, but that, for whatever reason, I didn t actually like very much This is one of those.On the one hand, I want to tell people don t bother with this one, it left me feeling very meh On the other, I think back on it and it was all very well put together, filled with fleshed out characters and unique ideas, and with some parts that bordered on magnificent Maybe if I d been in a different mood, maybe if I d p The hardest books for me to review are the ones that I objectively think are quite good, but that, for whatever reason, I didn t actually like very much This is one of those.On the one hand, I want to tell people don t bother with this one, it left me feeling very meh On the other, I think back on it and it was all very well put together, filled with fleshed out characters and unique ideas, and with some parts that bordered on magnificent Maybe if I d been in a different mood, maybe if I d paid itattention, maybe if I were a little smarter, I would have absolutely loved it Who knows In any case, I can t think of anything empirical to complain about.The big maybe if in this case, is Maybe if I were English, or knew a bitabout England, I would have liked this book better I ve never been to the UK, never been much of an Anglophile What I know about England has been gleaned from tabloids, fiction, a childhood spent watching Red Dwarf and Mr Bean, and whatever I picked up in high school history class about King So and So and what a jerk he was So the nuanced satire in this book, which is largely about foreign imbeciles such as myself and our ignorance and apathy about authentic British culture, whooshed right over my head The one thing I can say for myself is that at least I knew there was a whoosh, that I had missed something But I still didn t love the book.The story follows Martha, a woman who is too smart and too cynical for her own good, at three points during her life Part I is about her childhood, and the aftermath of her parents divorce This section, which stands alone very well as a short story, was the highlight of my experience with the book It s sharp and painful, and it gives the reader a rounded understanding of the character s foundation Everything that Martha does later on as an adult and as an old woman, makes sense because we ve seen her undergo this childhood trauma.In Part II, the longest and meatiest part of the story, we see Martha in her late 30 s, as she begins working for Sir Jack Pitman, a ludicrously pompous business mogul, who has a dream He knows that tourists come to England to see historical and cultural landmarks, but it s all so inconvenient Everything s so far apart you can t see it all in one day Transportation and money can be confusing historical sites are often dingy or falling apart the English people can be so unwelcoming Tourists want to be dazzled, but reality is just so underwhelming.Pitman s solution is nothing less than to create a whole new England He buys the Isle of Wight, a small island in the English Channel, and transforms it into a perfect miniature of everything that England symbolizes except better.At first, his employees and the public assume he s building some kind of patriotic theme park, but that s not it at all Pitman s vision is nothing so artificial Although the island is filled with half size reproductions of everything from Stonehenge to Buckingham Palace, and its residents are all hired on as actors to portray everyone from Robin Hood to friendly pub patrons , Pitman sees it as the real deal Why would anyone want to go to Old England so unfriendly, so unwieldy when they could go someplace smaller andaccessible, that has everything England ever had andbut distilled and with the bad bits filtered out Sure enough, the tourists flock to the island which Pitman dubs England, England And it s not just tourists celebrities relocate there landmarks are dismantled and rebuilt there, even the royal family is enticed bribed, blackmailed, whatever to make the island s half sized Buckingham Palace their new home Pitman is shrewd enough to name himself the island s Governor and then to declare independence from Old England, citing a centuries old technicality as justification Within a few years, Old England is rendered totally irrelevant culturally and economically It s a slum When people say England , they now mean England, England.Martha, originally hired on as a professional cynic whose job functions mainly included shitting all over everyone else s ideas , quickly rises within the company, and ends up overseeing the entire England, England project But then, things start to go tremendously, hilariously awry, and Martha is left with the blame.So Barnes s main theme is the question of authenticity If England, England is a fake and Pitman pontificates eloquently throughout the book on why it isn t, really why does that matter In all apparent ways, it s better than the original Why mourn the fate of Old England, other than for nostalgia s sake And if you are feeling nostalgic for Old England, why not go to England, England It s exactly the same, except better In Part III, Martha, now an old woman, finally returns to Old England, which, having spent the last half century in poverty, isolation and global irrelevancy, has been transformed into a shell of its old self, something totally unfamiliar but at the same time, something completely, innately English It has undergone a different distillation, but like England, England, has become a condensed manifestation of an ineffable Englishness Or maybe not maybe that s the difference between the two Old England has reached an ineffable Englishness, while England, England is all too effable.To Martha, anyway, it s somehow just as fake as the island ever was Which is Barnes s entire point, and which is depressing as all fuck, if only because it rang so true to me.This is one of the most unique dystopian novels I have ever read I wish Barnes had spenttime delving into this faux divide between real and fake , rather than spending pages and pages on the corrupt exploits of the fictional royals or Pitman s, um, very nontraditional sexual proclivities And I wish I had a better grasp of the general English Weltanschauung I kept trying to translate it into American, imagining an island full of miniature Statues of Liberty and Mt Rushs and flag waving Uncle Sams, but it s just not analogous for so many reasons the ineffable America is not anything like the ineffable England.Having typed up this review, I realize I do thinkhighly of this book than I d thought I didn t love the experience of actually reading it, but looking back it really was a good book Which is almost too perfect The distilled, essentially fake England, England in my memory, which is the one I m really discussing in this review, is better than the real England, England that I actually bought and spent many frustrating hours reading How very metaOriginal review date 18 October 2010

  5. says:

    Considering the fact that I m being forced to read this for my super dull post colonialism unit for college, I have reluctantly grown to enjoy it But of course, I will never admit it to my professor.

  6. says:

    This book is in three parts.In Part I, England, a young girl absorbs the leaving of her father She had a puzzle of the map of England Her father would hide one piece Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire And when her puzzle was done except for that one piece, HE would magically find it Nottinghamshire was missing when HE went missing too All of Julian Barnes brilliance is here And this brief opening will break your heart.In Part II, England, England, Martha Cochrane, that This book is in three parts.In Part I, England, a young girl absorbs the leaving of her father She had a puzzle of the map of England Her father would hide one piece Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire And when her puzzle was done except for that one piece, HE would magically find it Nottinghamshire was missing when HE went missing too All of Julian Barnes brilliance is here And this brief opening will break your heart.In Part II, England, England, Martha Cochrane, that precocious girl, is now a wizened young woman She s wonderful She passes an interview to work for an entrepreneur and becomes a resident cynic for that wealthy man set on a new idea, creating a doppelganger country of Old England, a hi tech amusement park that recreates all of England s history Crazily, it works An island with no government, just a place governed by contract and the whim of a business model The plot is, really, pretty stupid Yet, a few characters are richly drawn, especially Martha And there are some wonderful moments.Martha falls for a fella, and three pages of spectacular in bed, post coital dialogue begin with this line of hers Someone once had his hand where yours is.I learned that if you put a banana in a bowl with green tomatoes, those tomatoes will ripen much faster than a bowl of green tomatoes without a banana In case you wondered about the significance, Barnes writes Yes, Martha, but Paul isn t a banana and you aren t a pound of tomatoes.In Part III, Anglica, Barnes attempts a summing up But really, I just wanted it to end already.I loved the great female lead and several other characters I wish there wasinterplay between them andexplanations for their actions.Stupid idea great writing This was the bowl of tomatoes without the banana

  7. says:

    This was not my book as much as i liked the noise of time , so much i disliked this one This is a talmes balmes of intelectually constructed phrases aimed at nothing really Or the message of this book was so cryptic, that i didnt get it I found it dull, boring So as there are a lot of better books waiting to be read, i have just turned the pages till the last one reading between the lines It started really good, the first part was full of lyric And starting with the second part it got This was not my book as much as i liked the noise of time , so much i disliked this one This is a talmes balmes of intelectually constructed phrases aimed at nothing really Or the message of this book was so cryptic, that i didnt get it I found it dull, boring So as there are a lot of better books waiting to be read, i have just turned the pages till the last one reading between the lines It started really good, the first part was full of lyric And starting with the second part it got worse.It is about copying the original, producing a copy which is aimed to be better than the original Ok, and Is it about patriotism, is it about Martha, is it about sex, is it about relationships, is it about distorted reality I dont know really I dont know what I read At least for the first 3 4 of the book If you have another alternative to this book, take the alternative maybe it will worth your time

  8. says:

    In the disturbing tradition of Orwell s 1984 and Huxley s Brave New World, fellow English writer Julian Barnes has produced the first classic dystopia of the 21st century England, England is an unsettling satire of corporate ambition gone wild in a culture that values convenience above all else.Sir Jack Pitman thinks big He rules his financial empire from a worldly cathedral of the most extravagant design Subjects coming for an audience pass first through the Quote Room, where they can r In the disturbing tradition of Orwell s 1984 and Huxley s Brave New World, fellow English writer Julian Barnes has produced the first classic dystopia of the 21st century England, England is an unsettling satire of corporate ambition gone wild in a culture that values convenience above all else.Sir Jack Pitman thinks big He rules his financial empire from a worldly cathedral of the most extravagant design Subjects coming for an audience pass first through the Quote Room, where they can reflect upon a lavish description of Sir Jack chiseled into a monolith of slate.Having conquered every field, he laments to his sycophantic minions, What is there left for me A secretary s body microphone immediately clicks on to archive Sir Jack s answer Perhaps what I need is one last great idea, he muses, one for the road Sir Jack s final idea, the concept worthy of crowning his brilliant career, is to solve the problem of Britain s long, steady decline.England enjoys the most enviable past, but the bleakest future Its empire distributed, its wealth depleted, its military reduced, the country desperately needs turning around, and Sir Jack is up to the challenge It s a question of placing the product correctly, that s all, he notes.In passages as brilliant as they are witty, Barnes satirizes the modern world s obsession with imitation A French intellectual brought in to analyze Sir Jack s plan explains, Nowadays we prefer the replica to the original because originals present a reality which appearspowerful and therefore threatens us Once there was only the world, directly lived Now there is the representation, he goes on in mock post structural lingo It is not a substitute for the plain and primitive word, but an enhancement and enrichment This is where we live today A monochrome world has become Technicolor, a single croaking speaker has become wraparound sound Is this our loss No, it is our conquest, our victory It is our intellectual duty to submit to that modernity, and to dismiss as sentimental and inherently fraudulent all yearnings for what is dubiously termed the original We must demand the replica To realize his grand scheme, Sir Jack purchases the entire Isle of Wight and constructs a perfect imitation of what tourists want to see in England.Soon, wealthy buyers of Quality Leisure can experience Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the white cliffs of Dover, Robin Hood and his Band of culturally diverse Merry People, the West End, the class system, Harrods in the Tower of London , Stonehenge, thatched cottages with sheep in the meadow, snobbery, Devonshire cream, and a robin in the snow all in a convenient weekend package.It s expensive, of course, but as a publicist points out, If you attempted to cover the originals it would take you three or four times as long We re merely following the logic of the market Sir Jack quickly moves to declare the island s political independence and appeals to The Hague for defense against the crumbling motherland He has no worries Military invasion would be great publicity.This brave new venture serves as the nation s government, with Sir Jack as its governor for life All laws are replaced with corporate rules, rights are transformed to contractual obligations, and civil functions are performed or eliminated by the corporation This is Disney s Celebration town extended to its natural, though frightening conclusion.Beneath the outrageous satire, Barnes spins the sad tale of Martha Cochrane, an ambitious young woman determined to climb the corporate ladder of this faux nation.Her struggle to determine what matters and what love means in this hall of mirrors provides the novel with a degree of emotional depth beyond its clever social satire.Unfortunately, the novel is burdened by a vulgar sex scene that many readers will find beyond the pale Though the event is crucial to the plot, a writer of Barnes s enormous talent could have aimed forwit than shock.Cynical and dark as the book is, there s a stirring of optimism in the corporation s difficulties la Jurassic Park, real life asserts its messy, inefficient force even under the most artificial and controlled conditions.It turns out that the human spirit isn t, in fact, so easily satisfied with replicas Virtual reality is finally untenable because it involves only self love Sir Jack may never realize this he s eventually replaced by an actor but we ve gottime.http www.csmonitor.com 1999 0513 p1

  9. says:

    Now that I ve read

  10. says:

    Damage is a normal part of childhood I think I missed the entire point of this book.

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