Pulse

Pulse

Book - 2011
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A volume of fourteen stories about loss, friendship, and longing includes the tales of a recently divorced real-estate agent who invades a reticent girlfriend's privacy, a couple that meets over an illicit cigarette, and a widower who struggles to let go of grief.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307595263
0307595269
Branch Call Number: FIC/BARNES
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm.

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haileyj
Dec 28, 2016

This collection of short stories was as if I'd had a conversation with friends. There was a bit of gossip, some soul-searching, but mostly just a recounting of a day in the life of a friend. The stories were mildly entertaining and were as if I'd been visiting a friend and listening to an event or series of events in their lives.....nothing too serious.

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modestgoddess
Oct 10, 2015

Sublime book of short stories. I got my own copy. Such a great writer.

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uncommonreader
Apr 17, 2013

Barnes can write, but he has nothing to say. Banal and middle-class. The four stories at a dinner party were particularly annoying. Disappointing.

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mjayh
Apr 27, 2012

I loved The Lemon Table, Julian Barnes's other collection of stories, so was really looking forward to this book. I agree with The New York Times book reviewer, Michiki Kakutani, who said some of these should have been discards. In my opinion the best of these were not up to the weakest of his last collection.

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 20, 2011

Pulse is a new collection of 14 short stories by an elegant master of the form. These stories of mostly middle-aged British characters pulse with hope and optimism and demonstrate that Julian Barnes is an impeccable story teller.
The first nine stories resonate with humour and wit. The dinner-party conversations of a group of old friends are exposed as smug, middle-aged liberal elites. Barnes has captured the sharp dialogue exchanges between these upper-class British dinner guests with a wicked sense of style. The stories reveal the way people misunderstand one another because of the ambiguities that often exist between lovers and friends. The five stories in the second half of the book are skillfully and delicately rendered around the senses of hearing, sight, touch, and taste as people get closer to one another as they try to connect. Barnes explores the themes of love, loss and death with acute observations that are deeply affecting. Pulse is a gem of a collection written by a very well respected author.

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hotdice
Jun 04, 2011

major disappointment. I felt Barnes was just transcribing dinner conversation.

debwalker May 30, 2011

"Marriage and relationships are the main preoccupation of Pulse, Julian Barnes’ third story collection and 17th book. In most cases, these are the relationships of middle-aged, middle-class British people much like Julian Barnes himself, or awkward second attempts bearing the patina of past betrayals, divorces and personal failings."
Emily Donaldson
Toronto Star

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