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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Barnes Narrator: Julian Barnes Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I don't believe in God, but I miss Him. This book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with Barnes' brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that this is not my autobiography, the result is a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Richard | 2/9/2014

    " I'm not quite sure what to make of this memoir (long essay?). Novelist Julian Barnes writes about his thoughts, and those of other writers, theologians, scientists, etc., about confronting the end of life. He writes with humor, and the book is best when he is talking about himself. Barnes certainly has a breadth of knowledge and acquaintenceship with other writers, philosophers, etc. He raises enough questions that I suspect almost any reader can find something personally meaningful in this short work. But I'm not sure he truly has anything new to say about facing death. Still, he writes well and is willing to put himself in print on this topic. I'd be curious what others think about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " I might have rated it higher, but somehow, being in a Depression and all, I was a little less excited about reading about Schopenhauer, atheism, and death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim | 1/13/2014

    " After a slow, clunky start (resist the urge to stop within the first thirty pages) this is an amazing read for anyone who has ever wondered what, if anything, lies beyond death. Atheist, agnostic, wavering-Barnes writes beautifully about his own thoughts of mortality shaped by the experiences of his family, ancestors, and other (dead) writers. This isn't a book for those fortunate enough to have a rock solid faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ejcarter | 1/9/2014

    " A hilarious but also frightening meditation on death. It is also a partial autobiography and a reflection on writing as well. Filled with great lines from what he calls his "non-blood relatives"--mostly French writers and Russian composers. "

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