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Levels of Life
Levels of Life | Julian Barnes
Part history, part fiction, part memoir, Levels of Life is a powerfully personal and unforgettable book, and an immediate classic on the subject of grief. Levels of Life opens in the nineteenth century with balloonists, photographers, and Sarah Bernhardt, whose adventures lead seamlessly into an entirely personal account of the author's own great loss. "You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed..." Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described Barnes as "an unparalleled magus of the heart." This book confirms that opinion.
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erzascarletbookgasm
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On one level, this book is about 19th century hot air balloonists but in its heart, it‘s about love - Barnes‘ dedication of love to his wife, and about his grief, when his wife died of brain tumour.

#JulyColdPlay #Up&Up #UpUp

Eggs Sounds good! 💗🎶📚💗 2mo
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Anna40
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Barnes starts his book with two essays on his metaphors: ballooning (love and grief) and photography (memory). I almost felt lulled in by the historical context and love story between Sara Bernhardt and Fred Burnaby. But then came the last part of the book: a very intimate, personal and insightful look at his own grief, love for his wife and his Sehnsucht for her. I saw that the book received a low rating on Litsy and cannot understand why.

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EyeEssBeeEn
Levels of Life | Julian Barnes
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I‘m surprised so few would recommend this book. Maybe it was just timely for me to read. I loved the reflection on the history of photography and ballooning. Then coupled with the loss of a loved one.

catiewithac I love everything by Julian Barnes! 9mo
Anna40 I agree! Loved it 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Part memoir, part essay, part fiction, Barnes wrote about his own grief after the death of his wife. He wrote about the highs and lows in life - of two people being together; being apart; and then the enduring of loneliness.
⭐️⭐️⭐️
#getmovin #levels

Cinfhen Sounds really sad😭well played ❤️ 1y
Kalalalatja Sounds so sad! 1y
eanderson Awwww.... 🙁 1y
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fleeting
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Adored this book so much. What is grief, and who can write about one's experience of loss? Only the great and eloquent ones can. 💨

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GeorginaCrossAuthor
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The best escapism. #reading #writing #bookquotes

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GinaF1003
Levels of Life | Julian Barnes
Mehso-so

Picked up steam a third of the way in. Compelling but slow.

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Michelle_mck
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Mehso-so

The first 2 essays are ok and the third is amazing talking about the impact of losing his wife - it is magical a overall the book is ok - the final essay is why you read it

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Michelle_mck
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Love already

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Smarkies
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You put together two people who have not been put together before; and sometimes the world is changed, sometimes not. They may crash and burn, or burn and crash. But sometimes something new is made, and then the world is changed.

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