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A history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters

by Barnes, Julian,

Format: Print Book 1990
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 3 copies
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Fiction Collection FICTION Barnes
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Barnes
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC BARNES
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC BARNES
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Fiction ON HOLDSHELF
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Fiction
This is, in short, a complete, unsettling, and frequently exhilarating vision of the world, starting with the voyage of Noah's ark and ending with a sneak preview of heaven!
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Admirers of Julian Barnes ( Flaubert's Parrot ; Staring at the Sun ) are accustomed to thoroughly unorthodox approaches to the novel, and his latest, while brilliantly entertaining, certainly strains the limits of the genre. There are many leitmotifs that link the extraordinary episodes: a fascination with Noah's Ark and Mount Ararat, with the perils of the sea, with woodworm and with the nature of love. Add a dash of art history, a good bit of philosophy, an offbeat vision of the Hereafter, plus Barnes's blend of storytelling skills and high intelligence, and the combination must be the thinking person's novel of the season. Whether he is offering a decidedly cynical view of the Ark, imitating 15th-century French religious and legal rhetoric or playing with a goofy U.S. astronaut or a spoiled British movie actor on location in darkest Venezuela, he seems to have perfect pitch. As for the art history, it is a masterly piece of exposition based on Gericault's famous painting The Raft of the Medusa --which the reader gets as a full-color insert. The so-called half chapter is a rueful dissertation on the fragilities of human love. A History may be ultimately undefinable, but it is thoughtful, often funny and never less than fascinating. (Oct . ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Vintage international
Subjects World history -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :1990
Edition First Vintage International edition.
Language English
Description 307 pages : color illustration ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780679731375
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