Coverart for item
The Resource Nothing to be frightened of, Julian Barnes

Nothing to be frightened of, Julian Barnes

Label
Nothing to be frightened of
Title
Nothing to be frightened of
Statement of responsibility
Julian Barnes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "I don't believe in God, but I miss him." So begins this book, which is a family memoir, an exchange with his 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 writer Jules Renard. Barnes also draws poignant portraits of the last days of his parents, recalled with great detail, affection and exasperation. Other examples he takes up include writers, "most of them dead and quite a few of them French," as well as some composers, for good measure. Although he cautions us that "this is not my autobiography," the book nonetheless reveals much about Barnes the man and the novelist: how he thinks and how he writes and how he lives. At once deadly serious and dazzlingly playful, this is a wise, funny and constantly surprising tour of the human condition.--From publisher description
  • Based on his own memories and those of his philosopher brother, a memoir about the author's family offers a meditation on the inevitability of human mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, and an argument for, against, about, and with God
Summary
'I don't believe in God, but I miss him. Julian Barnes new book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his 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 like a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers. When Angela Carter reviewed Barnes' first novel, Metroland, she praised the mature way he wrote about death. Now, nearly thirty years later, he returns to the subject in a wise , funny and constantly surprising book, which defies category and classification - except as Barnesian
Tone
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2008
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
259623
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barnes, Julian
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Barnes, Julian
  • Barnes, Julian
  • Barnes, Julian
  • Barnes, Julian
  • Barnes, Julian
  • Authors, English
  • Fear of death
  • God
Target audience
adult
Label
Nothing to be frightened of, Julian Barnes
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780307269638
Lccn
2008019603
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn212855028
  • OCoLC
Label
Nothing to be frightened of, Julian Barnes
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780307269638
Lccn
2008019603
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn212855028
  • OCoLC

Library Locations

    • River Center Branch LibraryBorrow it
      120 St. Louis St., Baton Rouge, LA, 70802, US
      30.446665 -91.187910
Processing Feedback ...