The Only Story

The Only Story

Large Print - 2018
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"One summer in the sixties, nineteen-year-old Paul comes home from university and joins the tennis club at his mother's urging. He's partnered with Mrs. Susan Mcleod, a fine player who's forty-eight. They bond immediately and soon become lovers. Decades later, with Susan now dead, Paul looks back on their story"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781683248378
Characteristics: 303 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Aug 15, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can't think of a description that doesn't seem trite, given that the book is about life, really. And love as well. And many simple yet haunting insights in between. Very well done. I found it hard to put down - not that it was a mystery, but because there was something delicious on nearly every page.

Jul 07, 2018

Barnes is, imo, the best novelist alive today. "The Only Story" kept me engrossed from cover to cover (obviously--I picked it up yesterday and finished this afternoon). It's a poignant, realistic look at Love. Can't recommend it enough.

Jun 29, 2018

I think that Julian Barnes is a brilliant writer and was looking forward to this most recent book. It was a very engrossing read and the change in the main character's thinking about his life at the end of the book justified the telling of the story. It was a very insightful concept of people having that one true love that made their only story. I would recommend this book.

Jun 18, 2018

Too much self pity and navel gazing. I didn't finish the book as I felt it a waste of time.

May 31, 2018

Barnes has a way of getting you into the head of the main character, Paul, who falls in love at a young age with Susan Macleod, married and older. The development and complexities of the relationship over the years is an interesting ride if you fly with it. As always, Barnes interjects the dialogue with quick wit and humor - Re: Susan believing in afterlife "Oh, I don't believe in that. It would all cause far too much trouble. All those people who spent their lives getting away from one another, and suddenly there they all are again, like some dreadful bridge party."

May 15, 2018

A lovely book, it will appeal greatly to those whose lives are close to their horizon. An old man remembers his salad days and an unconventional affair that shaped him and the remainder of his life. The last section of the book is less interesting to those of us who are older as it describes these feelings of reminiscence, of paths diverging.


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