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The Only Story

A novel

One of the Best Books of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times 


Most of us have only one story to tell . . . only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine.

One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, nineteen-year-old Paul comes home from university and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. There he’s partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who’s forty-eight, confident, witty, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is a warm companion, her bond with Paul immediate. And soon, inevitably, they are lovers.

Basking in the glow of one another, they set up house together in London. Decades later, Paul looks back at how they fell in love and how—gradually, relentlessly—everything fell apart. As he turns over his only story in his mind, examining it from different vantage points, he finds himself confronted with the contradictions and slips of his own memory—and the ways in which our narratives and our lives shape one another. Poignant, vivid and profound,
The Only Story is a searing novel of memory, devotion, and how first love fixes a life forever.
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Julian Barnes, 1946 geboren, arbeitete nach dem Studium der modernen Sprachen zunächst als Lexikograph und dann als Journalist. Heute lebt Barnes in London.
Seit 1980 hat er zahlreiche Romane geschrieben. Für sein Werk wurde er weltweit mit zahlreichen Literaturpreisen ausgezeichnet, darunter den Man Booker Prize. 2004 und 2005 erhielt er den Österreichischen Staatspreis für Europäische Literatur. Er hat ein umfangreiches erzählerisches Werk vorgelegt, u.a. die Romane »Flauberts Papagei«, »Die Geschichte der Welt in 10 1/2 Kapiteln«, »Darüber reden« und »Arthur & George«. Sein Roman »Vom Ende einer Geschichte« verkaufte sich über 130.000 Mal.
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 272
Erscheinungsdatum 17.04.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-525-52121-1
Verlag Random House N.Y.
Maße (L/B/H) 20/14.9/3.3 cm
Gewicht 405 g
Buch (gebundene Ausgabe, Englisch)
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Ein wahrer Lesegenuss
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Luzern am 29.07.2019
Bewertet: Format: eBook (ePUB)

Das Buch ist eine Offenbarung und von der ersten bis zur letzen Seite ein purer Lesegenuss. Barnes reflektiert darüber, was uns über das Leben hinweg fundamental beschäftigt: Die einzige, wahre Liebe erfahren die meisten - wenn überhaupt - nur einmal. Der Protagonist blickt auf sein Leben zurück und schildert einfühlsam und refl... Das Buch ist eine Offenbarung und von der ersten bis zur letzen Seite ein purer Lesegenuss. Barnes reflektiert darüber, was uns über das Leben hinweg fundamental beschäftigt: Die einzige, wahre Liebe erfahren die meisten - wenn überhaupt - nur einmal. Der Protagonist blickt auf sein Leben zurück und schildert einfühlsam und reflektiert seine Lebensgeschichte, die von seiner ersten grossen Liebe geprägt ist. Das Buch ist berührend und sprachlich ein Meisterwerk. Kaum zu glauben, dass es nicht autobiographisch ist...

If you love the mix of a love story and philosophy you'll adore "The Only Story"!
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 03.06.2019
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

At the beginning I wasn't much of a fan of that story. But the more I read the more I liked the style of the author as well as the plot itself. I was able to relate to the characers, especially to the main protagonist Paul. I can very much recommend the book if you're into 'deeper' topics although you don't have to expect a clas... At the beginning I wasn't much of a fan of that story. But the more I read the more I liked the style of the author as well as the plot itself. I was able to relate to the characers, especially to the main protagonist Paul. I can very much recommend the book if you're into 'deeper' topics although you don't have to expect a classic romantic novel.

Love can only ever be captured in a story
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 12.05.2019
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“A tale as old as time”, they’re saying, and Julian Barnes makes no other claim when he opens his book with Samuel Johnson’s definition of a novel: “A small tale, generally of love.” It sounds so simple, almost insignificant in its “smallness”, and rather banal. A story that has been told many times before, that is being told ag... “A tale as old as time”, they’re saying, and Julian Barnes makes no other claim when he opens his book with Samuel Johnson’s definition of a novel: “A small tale, generally of love.” It sounds so simple, almost insignificant in its “smallness”, and rather banal. A story that has been told many times before, that is being told again and again and again, ad infinitum. What his protagonist does claim is that everybody has just one story, one that is making all the difference; it is the only story. Looking back on his life as an elderly man, he is ready to share all the wisdom he’s accumulated: “Strange how, when you are young, you owe no duty to the future, but when you are old, you owe a duty to the past.” A past that isn’t just about love, but also about pride, shame, living with consequences, sadness, and possibly closure. “It was a question of what heartbreak is, and how exactly the heart breaks, and what is left of it afterwards.” How one starts feeling protective of young lovers: “I want to protect them from what the world is probably going to do to them, and from what they will probably do to one another.” A romance? Yes, there is some of that, but somehow the sheer banality of most people’s lives is pushed to the foreground. The point is that Julian Barnes is so very good at writing about the seemingly banal (and also the tragic) with such clarity and elegance and is so convincing at capturing life’s basic truths. One cannot help but love “listening” to his musings.