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Julian Barnes, author of the Man Booker Prize–winning novel The Sense of an Ending, gives us his most powerfully moving book yet, beginning in the nineteenth century and leading seamlessly into an entirely personal account of loss—making Levels of Life an immediate classic on the subject of grief.
Levels of Life is a book about ballooning, photography, love and loss; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded Barnes the 2011 Booker Prize described him as “an unparalleled magus of the heart.” This book confirms that opinion.
“Spare and beautiful...a book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief. To read it is a privilege. To have written it is astonishing.” —Ruth Scurr, The Times of London
“A remarkable narrative that is as raw in its emotion as it is characteristically elegant in its execution.” —Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times
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"It is extraordinary... [It] would seem to pull off the impossible: to recreate, on the page, what it is like to be alive in the world." (Emma Brockes Guardian)
"This is a book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief. To read it is a privilege. To have written it is astonishing." (Ruth Scurr The Times)
"It’s an unrestrained, affecting piece of writing, raw and honest and more truthful for its dignity and artistry... Anyone who has loved and suffered loss, or just suffered, should read this book, and re-read it, and re-read it." (Martin Fletcher Independent)
" Levels of Life is both a supremely crafted artefact and a desolating guidebook to the land of loss." (John Carey Sunday Times)
"While one might expect a Barnes book to impress, delight, move, disconcert or amuse, the last thing for which his work prepares us is the blast of paralysingly direct emotion that concludes Levels of Life." (Tim Martin Daily Telegraph)
" Levels of Life is, deep-down, a heartfelt attempt to chronicle the strange journey that follows the death of a loved one." (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)
"A Taj Mahal made of paper not white marble." (Peter Conrad Observer)
"A magnificent blast of unflinching prose." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Powerful and well-articulated." (Roger Lewis Daily Mail)
"It is true that the private language of love doesn’t generally translate; yet how vividly Barnes invokes the power and delicacy of what is lost to him." (Jane Shilling Sunday Telegraph)
"Profoundly emotive." ( Sunday Times)
"He writes with aphoristic simplicity and a calm profundity, without ever sounding self-pitying, maudlin or trite… Levels of Life is at times unbearably sad, but it is also exquisite: a paean of love, and on love, and a book unexpectedly full of life." (Rosemary Goring Herald)
"A grief-stricken, achingly precise and bravely unconsoling exploration into the inadequacy of words." ( Metro)
"An impassioned, raw insight into a survivor’s grief." ( Sport)
"A confession of grief so emotively described that it leaves the reader cold with awe." (Billy O'Callaghan Irish Examiner)
This short, unconventional book is probably the most moving that Julian Barnes has ever written
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