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The Only Story

Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesnt know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, hes proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention.As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.Tender and profound, The Only Story is an achingly beautiful novel by one of fictions greatest mappers of the human heart....

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ISBN : 9781473554795
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Number of Pages : 272 pages
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  • Paromjit

    This is Julian Barnes's latest offering, an author I absolutely adore. It is a profound and moving love story, and the complexities, intense suffering and heartbreak that accompanies it. It has Paul looking back on his only story, the love of his life, and his shifting perspectives as time passes. Barnes can be relied on for his well crafted beautiful prose and imagery, underscored by a musicality that beguiles and delights. The novel is split into three parts, and relates the story of 19 year o ...more

  • Bianca

    2.5 stars rounded up

    I declared 2017 the Julian Barnes year on account of reading and loving seven of his books.

    The Sense of An Ending, while it is one of his most popular books, was my least favourite novel of his. The Only Story is somewhat similar to that one, as it has an older narrator, Paul, reminiscing about his nineteen-year-old self in the 1960s and his first love and relationship with Susan, a woman twenty-nine years his senior. You read that right. Honestly, I didn't have any qualms ab
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  • Paula Bardell-Hedley

    “Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.”

    Book critics have been busy comparing The Only Story, Julian Barnes' latest tale of suburban goings-on, with his 2011 Man Booker Prize-winning, The Sense of an Ending. While it's true both novels are narrated by melancholic older men looking back on their lives, the protagonists recollect their pasts in different ways. The defining disparity between the two
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  • Diane S ☔

    Leaving this unrated. I've made it to 30% and this is an author I usually adore. His writing is wonderful as always but the plot just doesn't appeal. Quite frankly, I'm bored and just can't continue reading this. When a book is a chore to read the best thing to do is move on. It is what I have decided to do with sincere apologies to the author.

  • Netta

    It never ceases to amaze me how absolutely effortless Barnes’s writing is – as if the story was always there, begging to be told, as if there were two people who wanted to document their lives and mark their presence in the universe. That’s the reason the stories exist, isn’t? To mark our presence, our pain and our hopes.

    The Only Story is more than a story of "a long-haired student, 19" who fell in love with "a housewife, 48" and didn't make it into a proper rumpy-pumpy scandal, it is a mileston

    Which was the correct – or the more correct – formulation: ‘Life is beautiful but sad’, or ‘Life is sad but beautiful’?


    P.S. If I were to keep only one Barnes’s book, to be honest, it won’t be The Only Story, but as long as I’m not facing this choice, I’d say it is as brilliant as the rest of his novels. ...more

  • Diane Barnes

    3.5 stars. I love Julian Barnes because he's such an intelligent writer, and thereby makes me feel like an intelligent reader. This was no different, but I found it hard to connect emotionally with the story of a 19 year old boy who falls in love with a 48 year old woman. To me, it was less a story about love than one about maturing and learning that loves does not conquer all, but life certainly does.

  • Wen

    A maverick 19-year-old Paul falls head over heels for a 48-year-old Susan who he sees as an age-agnostic free-spirit, and who's non-assuming manner always elevates his confidence. .

    The story drags on from here, even after the woman turns out as an impostor. Regardless of that, we can all imagine that the initial luster fades over time as the boy grows up. The romantic love, "absolute' as in theory, is called upon to cement the decade-long responsibility....

    I'd better reserve my judgement; afte
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  • foteini_dl

    [2.5-3*, δεν έχω καταλήξει ακόμα.]

    Όμως, αυτή είναι η φύση των σχέσεων, όλων των σχέσεων: πάντοτε φαίνεται να υπάρχει κάποια ανισορροπία, του ενός ή του άλλου είδους.

    Αυτή η φράση ταιριάζει για να περιγράψει και τη σχέση μου με το τελευταίο πόνημα του Barnes. Δυστυχώς, το αποτέλεσμα είναι ανισόρροπο.

    Στο πρώτο κεφάλαιο, όπου βλέπουμε πώς αναπτύσσεται η σχέση ανάμεσα στον 19χρονο Paul και τη 48χρονη Susan σ’ ένα προάστιο του Λονδίνου της δεκαετίας του ‘60, έφτασα οριακά στο σημείο να παρατήσω το
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