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10 thoughts on “Cross Channel

  1. says:

    This is Barnes first collection of short stories, all about various Brits in France, down through the ages.In GNOSSIENNE, a Spanish poet, an Algerian film maker, an Italian semiotician, a Swiss crime writer, A German dramatist, a Belgian art critic and yours truly him, not me are invited to a dinner Ees no joke.In EVERMORE, an old woman goes to WWI graveyards in France Her brother is there Unknown soldiers are there She wondered if there were such a thing as collective memory.In INTERFERENCE, a dying composer s last work crosses the channel, back and forth.HERMITAGE was my favorite piece, and well worth the price of admission Two older women buy a vineyard Oh, they have special plans But the French who make the wine have been there for generations Forever, really And old ways die hard, sometimes not at all Barnes didn t separate the women as m...

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    This collection of short stories was uneven Don t I say this about every collection of short stories Well, except for the one I found evenly bad, but I won t mention any names.The book s main theme is the relations between French and British, specifically the stories of Brits in France Being neither French, nor British at least not for another two years this is a foreign territory for me I see both countries through my Polish glasses France is mostly Napoleon and his broken promises made to the Polish people and also a penchant for romantic dramatic gestures which we seem to share although the Polish tend to stick to them longer than it seems reasonable The British we resent a little bit for the WWII business, and the Yalta, but we also love them because they are what we wish we could be if we could only get our shit together We also love them because they were the first EU country to fully open their borders to us and let us colonise their land Finally, we look at both countries with a certain suspicion because they don t have Jesus in their hearts any And Jesus is very...

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    Cross Channel is a short collection of short stories with a common theme of British French relationships over time.The gently mocking, elegant prose is exactly what I would have expected from Barnes However, I found all but Dragons t...

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    I picked this book up because a I had heard a lot of good things about the author, and b I was taking a cross channel historical research trip myself, traveling alone, and needing a trusty literary tour guide.In both, I wasn t disappointed Barnes is a great stylist, his prose nothing but elegant He is also able to narrate in different voices a pompous British aristocrat who thinks only of Cricket while France burns in the Revolution and la Terreur, two old maids who give up their farm in Essex to become vintners in France, a dying English composer who can subdue an entire French village when he wants to listen to the radio, and the old world fairy tale teller who narrates the tale of Catholic soldiers trying to convert a Protestant village in France, to name a few.The span of time is vast from the late seventeenth century to the near future And the research on the terrain is authoritative I took the ...

  5. says:

    A thick slice of everything short fiction can be.

  6. says:

    Exact 3.5 stelute

  7. says:

    Short story collection, so a fast read I enjoyed probably 60% of the stories, and I did like the little things that linked some with others in the collection But I had problems reading this one probably because I m Canadian.More specifically, probably because I m not English or French There were a lot of references to the history of these two countries, many of which were the linchpin for the story, and if...

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    I did not really finish it, just read a half and decided to quit a rare decision for me I usually like short stories, but this collection is about British French relations, and simply is not really close to my heart Skillfully written, but stories plots are not very interesti...

  9. says:

    Ten short stories on Anglo French relations A few are memorable, but there s nothing here to match the interlinked tales in The History of the World in 10.5 Chapters.Frequently enough, though, you meet a phrase or ...

  10. says:

    M rturisire nu prea mi place proza scurt Nici francez nu tiu Doar c Barnes m a cucerit cu totul jocurile de cuvinte, personajele memorabile, dialogurile Abia a tept s i i citesc romanele.

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Cross Channel Afortunadamente Para Os Leitores E A Literatura, Barnes Tem Sido Sempre Um Escritor Imprevis Vel Aqueles Que Leram O Papagaio De Flaubert E Uma Hist Ria Do Mundo Em Dez Cap Tulos E Meio, Para Citar Os Seus Livros Mais Famosos, Conhecem A Sua Capacidade De For Ar At Aos Ltimos Limites As Formas Da Narrativa, Conjugando De Forma Subtil A Intelig Ncia Das Ideias Com O Prazer De Contar Uma Verdadeira Hist Ria.Em Do Outro Lado Do Canal, Depara Se Nos Uma Colec O De Hist Rias, Aparentemente Desconexas, Mas Que Adquirem, Gra As A Um Nico Fio Condutor, Uma Perfeita E Fascinante Unidade.E Qual Esse Fio Condutor A Oposi O Inglaterra Fran A, O Fasc Nio Que O Continente Exerce Sobre A Ilha, A Fran A Como O Outro Absoluto Da Inglaterra, T O Pr Ximo E T O Distante Um Livro Deslumbrante Julian Barnes O Mais Inteligente E O Mais Cosmopolita Dos Escritores Ingleses Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Para Mim, Este O Melhor Livro De Barnes Don Skiles, San Francisco Chronicle