Nothing to Be Frightened of

Nothing to Be Frightened of

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"I don’t believe in God, but I miss him." So begins Julian Barnes’s brilliant new book that is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the writer Jules Renard. Barnes also draws poignant portraits of the last days of his parents, recalled with great detail, affection and exasperation. Other examples he takes up include writers, "most of them dead and quite a few of them French," as well as some composers, for good measure.

The grace with which Barnes weaves together all of these threads makes the experience of reading the book nothing less than exhilarating. Although he cautions us that "this is not my autobiography," the book nonetheless reveals much about Barnes the man and the novelist: how he thinks and how he writes and how he lives. At once deadly serious and dazzlingly playful, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a wise, funny and constantly surprising tour of the human condition.

From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Based on his own memories and those of his philosopher brother, an insightful memoir about the author's family by the author of Arthur & George offers a thoughtful meditation on the inevitability of human mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, and an argument for, against, about, and with God. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Vintage Canada,, 2010
ISBN: 9780307368447
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jan 20, 2009

I don’t believe in God, but I miss Him. That's what I say when the question is put. I asked my brother, who has taught philosophy at Oxford, Geneva and the Sorbonne, what he thought of such a statement, without revealing it was my own. He replied with a single word: 'Soppy.'


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