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Book of the Week: The Only Story

January 31, 2018

Book of the Week: The Only Story

From Man Booker Prize winning author Julian Barnes, The Only Story is a thought-provoking new novel about the fraught relationship between a young man and a middle-aged woman. This is a novel that is rooted in ideas, emotions, unreliable narrators, and the strength of its characters. With a deft combination of darkness and humour, this story shows how one relationship can dominate a lifetime.

"Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question."

First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction's greatest mappers of the human heart.

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"A novel that quietly sinks its hooks into the reader and refuses to let go ... As a feat of narrative control it shows a novelist at the height of his powers."Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

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    The Only Story

    Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.

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