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    [New] (Levels of Life) AUTHOR Julian Barnes The title announces the premise there are definite highs and lows in life and a great author like Barnes can lay them out metaphorically and emotionally At the topmost level we soar giddy with love thrilled by the ride At the unluck

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    [New] (Levels of Life) AUTHOR Julian Barnes Levels of LifeJulian Barnes Grief is another word for love “You put together two things that have not been put together before And the worl

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    Read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Julian Barnes Julian Barnes Î 5 Read characters Levels of Life Levels of Life★★★★★ 5 Heart rending starsI've freuently found that reading a story that reliably takes you where you hoped it was going all along can be wonderfully soothing There are times when as a reader you crave exactly that the

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    [New] (Levels of Life) AUTHOR Julian Barnes Julian Barnes Î 5 Read “You put together two things that have not been put together before And the world is changed” proclaims Julian Barnes in the first two sentences that open this atypical book an idea that becomes the foundation and pillar of three seemingly unrelated stories that concoct Levels of LifeTake photography and balloons as the first exampleThe French photographer Nadar had a thrill for experimentation and decided to take

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    characters Levels of Life [New] (Levels of Life) AUTHOR Julian Barnes Read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Julian Barnes Oh wowI need to strike while the iron is hot with this oneDon't be fooled by the apparent anecdotal aloofness of the first two sections of this recollection of grief They deal with balloons and height and stories of Englishmen and Frenchmen famous and less famous They deal with Sarah Bernhardt and Nadar and officers and life lived on the le

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    [New] (Levels of Life) AUTHOR Julian Barnes Love may not lead where we think or hope but regardless of the outcome it should be a call to seriousness and truthThis is such a difficult book to review coherently for so many reasons Perhaps the disparity between the topics of the three ess

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    [New] (Levels of Life) AUTHOR Julian Barnes Julian Barnes Î 5 Read Read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Julian Barnes A friend contacted me during the week and asked if I had this book He knows I like Barnes’ writing – and so he wanted to know if I’d read the last story in this book in particular I hadn’t He said the other two weren’t nearly as good but thought I might like this last one I’ve only read the one he suggested I went to my local libr

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Julian Barnes Î 5 Read Read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Julian Barnes Read Ó Levels of Life 105 N Barnes’ eigene Trauer über den Tod seiner Frau – schonungslos offen präzise und tief berührend Ein Buch über das Wagnis zu lieben »Eines der besten bewegendsten Bücher die es gibt« Evening Standar. A friend contacted me during the week and asked if I had this book He knows I like Barnes writing and so he wanted to know if I d read the last story in this book in particular I hadn t He said the other two weren t nearly as good but thought I might like this last one I ve only read the one he suggested I went to my local library and borrowed the book realising with a kind of shock that I hadn t been to my local library in a years so long that they had to reactivate my library card It had been so long that it had died although perhaps like Lazarus than Jesus because with hardly any fuss at all it was alive againI ve had something of a charmed life with death we have kept or less a respectful distance from each other My life has been much charmed than that of my eldest daughter to whom death has crept closer in her nearly 30 years than it has in my nearly 60 Even the death of one of her grandparents was made intimate and personal to her by her being the person who found her nanna at the bottom of the stairs The charm my life has been blessed with and the trouble of hers seem oddly out of joint It is not that I would exchange one of the deaths she has had to live through for someone just as close to me that I could live through in her stead The idea is monstrous Nor would my dying in the place of one of the others have improved the situation any for her But I d have liked to have taken away the pain if that could be done in a way that wouldn t also take away the love And that s the problem isn t it And therein lies the impossibilityThis is less a story about death and much a story about grief While I was reading I thought it might be a nice thing to recommend this to people It is always hard to know if there is such a thing as a good book to recommend to people in grief And then I thought of people I love very dearly who have lost partners significant others lovers family members parents siblings At first I thought maybe I would just send them a photocopy of the story with a note Or rather of flipping this into a pdf and attaching to an email But I haven t done that as easy and hard as it would be I m not even all that sure why My friend intended to do exactly this and has with me And part of me thinks it is a lovely thing to do so why wouldn t I do the sameMy older sister is in hospital She has had her bowel removed this week I get to hear the doctors reports second hand and as reinterpreted by my parents both approaching 80 My elder sister is and has been all her life intellectually disabled A uarter of her brain was destroyed in the oxygen tent she was placed in as a baby in yet another hospital half a world away She is two years older than me Both of the women I ve considered life partners even if neither have proven such have been two years older than me A psychologist I went to with my first wife as our marriage was ending and I was falling in love with my other significant life partner that has never uite proven to be suggested that I was looking for a substitute for my effectively lost or perhaps or less dead older sister Death takes so many shapes far too many of which are metaphoricalI started reading this book sitting in a caf at the hospital where my sister was being gutted I was drinking overly strong and bitter coffee and flicking over the pages increasingly tentatively Her operation was but one indignity in a life composed of a certainty and an all too clear awareness of her difference of her lack of her outsideness And this will be one hurdle for her to stumble over I started reading this book in public and then I thought fuck what if I cry I mean this is an essay by a man who has lost someone he loved very dearly who he felt had complemented and completed him who had remembered his life with and for him who disappeared out of his life in ways that those of us who have never experienced such loss fear Tears would hardly be an irrational response to the reading about such a book But to sit in a hospital caf crying that has meanings too Meanings that others do not expect to need explained to themA strange symmetry presented itself to me how I try to avoid reading very funny books in public Of Pascal saying we laugh and cry at the same things Sometimes although not nearly often enough my brother and I sing together We sing Irish songs we learnt from records purchased by our parents when we were young I told him once when our children were still in primary school and we were away together and singing and talking over too many beers that when our father dies I planned to sing The Wind That Shakes the Barley at his funeral My mother told me once that my father has sung that song all of my life and so I would have of necessity have heard him singing it all of my life too but I remember the first time I really heard him sing it I remember standing listening to the words to the lilt of the tune that shakes like wind in barley and back then as a young man being nearly moved to tears in a room crowded and me surrounded by people I knew And listening to him and knowing that I certainly would not want to be seen crying in front of them all I ve regretted since telling my brother that this has been my plan I ve worried that in singing the song that the hammer blows of the alterative k s in clay cold corpse will prove too much for meA year or so ago I realised I d never thought about what I would sing or say or do at my mother s funeral The idea of her death being too absurd to contemplateI read this almost exclusively with one person in mind someone mentioned here but also hardly alluded to Someone who holds much experience with grief and also with death than I have or even my daughter has and who I hope despite knowing how awful and selfish this is to hope that she will be left to grieve the loss of me

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Julian Barnes Î 5 Read Read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Julian Barnes Read Ó Levels of Life 105 »Ein außergewöhnlich intimes und ehrliches Buch über Liebe und Trauer« The Times Julian Barnes schreibt über die menschliche Existenz – auf der Erde und in der Luft Wir lernen Nadar kennen Pionier der. The title announces the premise there are definite highs and lows in life and a great author like Barnes can lay them out metaphorically and emotionally At the topmost level we soar giddy with love thrilled by the ride At the unlucky other end we may have lost a loved one crashing hard in the fall crippled by grief Barnes probed these levels by structuring this short book into three parts 1 The Sin of Height this is essentially an extended metaphor depicting freedom and flight by way of three celebrated balloonists in the late 19th century One was an English officer and adventurer Colonel Fred Burnaby another was the most famous actress in her day the exotic French bohemian Sarah Bernhardt and the third was a French inventor who was the first to combine ballooning and photography another metaphor a man they called Nadar This section contains historical snippets switching often among the subjects In these we learn that Burnaby is bull headed Bernhardt is free spirited and Nadar is very witty and very stupid Aside from the factoids about the people and their experiences we get a sense of the excitement and unpredictability of ballooning and also how the sin of height may be punished Remember that guy Icarus2 On the Level the focus in this section was on Burnaby and Bernhardt who did meet in real life but whose full story is left to Barnes to flesh out Anyone who has read Arthur and George the historical fiction Barnes wrote about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a falsely accused solicitor named George Edalji knows how effective this format can be where actual events are filled in with plausible details and dialog to bring the story alive The romance between these two larger than life figures was not fully reuited in the end Its main purpose it would seem was to transition us between the highs of Part 1 and the lows in Part 3 It also spoke in generalities and abstractions Why do we constantly aspire to love Because love is the meeting point of truth and magic Truth as in photography magic as in ballooning The title of this section was repeated in the text Was Sarah on the level with Fred as they came to their understanding 3 The Loss of Depth this was the meat of the book its real albeit sad purpose It was 37 days from diagnosis to death Barnes wrote of his dear wife As long as I m uoting he reminded us too that every love story is a potential grief story A gifted writer like Barnes speaks of his emotional state with honesty and clarity without any of the overwrought melodrama could have resulted under the circumstances Nor did he sugar coat the ordeal He was frank about how little happiness there is in just the memory of happiness His pain was displayed at its worst when he discussed his carefully choreographed suicide plan Fortunately the time came when he knew he would not kill himself He said I realised that insofar as she was alive at all she was alive in my memory So memory matters after all I hope too that even as he felt sharply the loss of shared vocabulary of tropes teases short cuts injokes sillinesses faux rebukes amatory footnotes all those obscure references rich in memory but valueless if explained to an outsider that these things would remain rich The goal of this three part exercise was clear Parts 1 and 2 were meant to set the stage and provide context for the memoiressay in Part 3 The grief language was expanded by way of contrast with the earlier theme or in concert with the theme when it happened to go wrong eg hurtling a balloonist s legs a foot deep into a flower bed and exploding his organs The truth is this level breakdown felt a bit forced at times I won t criticize too harshly though since each section worked well enough individually even if the set of them didn t cohere This had to have been a difficult book for Barnes to write I imagine a form of tunnel vision applies where you can only see things from your own painful point of view The solipsistic undertones were no doubt born of honest emotion Friends typically didn t help much He would complain about those who would mention her name too often and those who would avoid mentioning it at all The words passing away and losing her irked him too And he really hated as would I those who would cite as Gospel truth that whatever doesn t kill you makes you stronger All that is understandable I suppose too that this was meant to be less of a tribute to his wife and of an in depth exposition on grief See Calvin Trillin s About Alice for one that is a touching memorial to the love of a man s life Barnes asserted that grief is a state whereas mourning is a process His book was primarily about the state but near the end he did mention in hopeful terms that he s getting better One thing that helped was when a widow he knew told him it hurts as much as it s worth He finally learned to accept his pain in those terms And of course time helps As does a realization that he s not alone in missing her others do too I also thought that having used uxorious half a dozen times which must be a record that he wore the word like a badge If this book was part of the process for moving on I m glad for his sake he wrote it

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Julian Barnes Î 5 Read Read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Julian Barnes Read Ó Levels of Life 105 Ballonfahrt und einer der ersten Fotografen die Luftaufnahmen machten sowie Colonel Fred Burnaby der zum eigenwilligen Bewunderer der extravaganten Schauspielerin Sarah Bernhardt wird Und wir lesen über Julia. Levels of Life 5 Heart rending starsI ve freuently found that reading a story that reliably takes you where you hoped it was going all along can be wonderfully soothing There are times when as a reader you crave exactly that the comfort that a predictable story can bring Then there are other times when you stumble upon a book that takes you in such an unexpected direction that you find yourself not only surprised by the uniue nature of what you are reading but actually thrilled by its unpredictability and pleased for allowing yourself to step out of your comfort zone Levels Of Life suarely falls into that latter category A short book whose blending of essay collection and personal memoir makes it difficult to describe or characterize And because I m afraid that writing a fitting review is way above my paygrade I am just going to share a few of my favorites uotes and passages here Love may not lead where we think or hope but regardless of outcome it should be a call to seriousness and truth If it is not that if it is not moral in its effect then love is no than an exaggerated form of pleasure Then at some point sooner or later for this reason or that one of them is taken away And what is taken away is greater than the sum of what was there This may not be mathematically possible but it is emotionally possible This is what those who haven t crossed the tropic of grief often fail to understand the fact that someone is dead may mean that they are not alive but doesn t mean that they do not exist Opera cuts to the chase as death does An art which seeks obviously than any other form to break your heart Look what she has lost now that she has lost life Her body her spirit her radiant curiosity about life At times it feels as if life itself is the greatest loser the true bereaved party because it is no longer subjected to that radiant curiosity of hers Pain shows that you have not forgotten pain enhances the flavor of memory pain is a proof of love If it didn t matter it wouldn t matter You lose the world for a glance Of course you do That is what the world is for to lose under the right circumstances Levels of Life is a beautiful book even achingly so because Barnes s loss is so palpable and the memories he shares with us are so personal Listening as he narrates the audiobook which he performs flawlessly only adds to that level of intimacy As I was writing this review I noticed he never mentions his wife by name instead he always refers to her as She or Her but of course there s only one She he can be referring to My impression is that this was his way to preserve those precious memories and a reaffirmation of the life and the love they shared Finally let me add that I believe this book could be especially valuable to people who have lost a loved one and might be struggling as they adjust to a new reality Barnes s candid descriptions of his own grieving process could be a source of validation empathy and solace to some

  • Hardcover
  • 144
  • Levels of Life
  • Julian Barnes
  • German
  • 07 November 2018
  • 9783462047271