Talking it Over - Julian Barnes


I somehow acquired this years ago (I think I accidentally stole it from an ex-boyfriend's mother) and only read it now because I've somehow acquired the sequel (not from the same source, fortunately). With its self-conscious cleverness, it's hardly a hidden gem, but every sentence and idea does seem to be carefully crafted and planned in advance. The story, such as it is, seems a little outdated these days, and the characters are unconvincing, but the language and construction have to be admired.

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