April 5, 2005
April 5, 2005
A collection of tales featuring aging characters facing the ends of their lives includes "The Silence," in which a famous composer longs for companionship and resists drinking; "Knowing French," in which an octogenarian begins corresponding with an author; and "Appetite," in which a woman reads elaborate recipes to a sick husband. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
With high wit and a complete lack of sentimentality, this collection of stories faces the facts of aging and death. Stories include "A Short History of Hairdressing," in which the narrator gets a haircut at three stages in his life, and notices how differently he is treated in each; "Hygiene," about an aging suburbanite whose only pleasure--an occasional tryst with a prostitute named Babs--comes to a sad end; "Things You Know," about two friends, both widows, who meet for their monthly lunch and a hefty dose of mutual pity; "Appetite," in which an old man's only hold on on reality is the recipes his wife reads to him; and "The Revival," about Turgenev as an old man hopelessly in love with a young actress. The book's title may come from the fact that the lemon is a Chinese symbol for death. Or it may denote Julian Barnes's somewhat sour--but bracing--view of the coming of old age. A New York Times Notable Book for 2004.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, Literary
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Julian Barnes
- Online Item #: 11463518
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-5250
- ISBN: 9781400076505
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported