(PDF NEW) [England England] ✓ Julian Barnes


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review England England 103 Plus connu en Angleterre Cela va des blanches falaises de Douvres à Manchester United de Buckingham Palace à Stonehenge du mausolée de la princesse Diana au théâtre de ShakespeareLe projet est monstrueux hautement risué et voilà u'il se révèle être un é. The hardest books for me to review are the ones that I objectively think are uite good but that for whatever reason I didn t actually like very much This is one of thoseOn the one hand I want to tell people don t bother with this one it left me feeling very meh On the other I think back on it and it was all very well put together filled with fleshed out characters and uniue ideas and with some parts that bordered on magnificent Maybe if I d been in a different mood maybe if I d paid it attention maybe if I were a little smarter I would have absolutely loved it Who knows In any case I can t think of anything empirical to complain aboutThe big maybe if in this case is Maybe if I were English or knew a bit about England I would have liked this book better I ve never been to the UK never been much of an Anglophile What I know about England has been gleaned from tabloids fiction a childhood spent watching Red Dwarf and Mr Bean and whatever I picked up in high school history class about King So and So and what a jerk he was So the nuanced satire in this book which is largely about foreign imbeciles such as myself and our ignorance and apathy about authentic British culture whooshed right over my head The one thing I can say for myself is that at least I knew there was a whoosh that I had missed something But I still didn t love the bookThe story follows Martha a woman who is too smart and too cynical for her own good at three points during her life Part I is about her childhood and the aftermath of her parents divorce This section which stands alone very well as a short story was the highlight of my experience with the book It s sharp and painful and it gives the reader a rounded understanding of the character s foundation Everything that Martha does later on as an adult and as an old woman makes sense because we ve seen her undergo this childhood traumaIn Part II the longest and meatiest part of the story we see Martha in her late 30 s as she begins working for Sir Jack Pitman a ludicrously pompous business mogul who has a dream He knows that tourists come to England to see historical and cultural landmarks but it s all so inconvenient Everything s so far apart you can t see it all in one day Transportation and money can be confusing historical sites are often dingy or falling apart the English people can be so unwelcoming Tourists want to be dazzled but reality is just so underwhelmingPitman s solution is nothing less than to create a whole new England He buys the Isle of Wight a small island in the English Channel and transforms it into a perfect miniature of everything that England symbolizes except betterAt first his employees and the public assume he s building some kind of patriotic theme park but that s not it at all Pitman s vision is nothing so artificial Although the island is filled with half size reproductions of everything from Stonehenge to Buckingham Palace and its residents are all hired on as actors to portray everyone from Robin Hood to friendly pub patrons Pitman sees it as the real deal Why would anyone want to go to Old England so unfriendly so unwieldy when they could go someplace smaller and accessible that has everything England ever had and but distilled and with the bad bits filtered outSure enough the tourists flock to the island which Pitman dubs England England And it s not just tourists celebrities relocate there landmarks are dismantled and rebuilt there even the royal family is enticed bribed blackmailed whatever to make the island s half sized Buckingham Palace their new home Pitman is shrewd enough to name himself the island s Governor and then to declare independence from Old England citing a centuries old technicality as justification Within a few years Old England is rendered totally irrelevant culturally and economically It s a slum When people say England they now mean England EnglandMartha originally hired on as a professional cynic whose job functions mainly included shitting all over everyone else s ideas uickly rises within the company and ends up overseeing the entire England England project But then things start to go tremendously hilariously awry and Martha is left with the blameSo Barnes s main theme is the uestion of authenticity If England England is a fake and Pitman pontificates elouently throughout the book on why it isn t really why does that matter In all apparent ways it s better than the original Why mourn the fate of Old England other than for nostalgia s sake And if you are feeling nostalgic for Old England why not go to England England It s exactly the same except betterIn Part III Martha now an old woman finally returns to Old England which having spent the last half century in poverty isolation and global irrelevancy has been transformed into a shell of its old self something totally unfamiliar but at the same time something completely innately English It has undergone a different distillation but like England England has become a condensed manifestation of an ineffable Englishness Or maybe not maybe that s the difference between the two Old England has reached an ineffable Englishness while England England is all too effableTo Martha anyway it s somehow just as fake as the island ever was Which is Barnes s entire point and which is depressing as all fuck if only because it rang so true to meThis is one of the most uniue dystopian novels I have ever read I wish Barnes had spent time delving into this faux divide between real and fake rather than spending pages and pages on the corrupt exploits of the fictional royals or Pitman s um very nontraditional sexual proclivities And I wish I had a better grasp of the general English Weltanschauung I kept trying to translate it into American imagining an island full of miniature Statues of Liberty and Mt Rushs and flag waving Uncle Sams but it s just not analogous for so many reasons the ineffable America is not anything like the ineffable EnglandHaving typed up this review I realize I do think highly of this book than I d thought I didn t love the experience of actually reading it but looking back it really was a good book Which is almost too perfect The distilled essentially fake England England in my memory which is the one I m really discussing in this review is better than the real England England that I actually bought and spent many frustrating hours reading How very meta Original review date 18 October 2010 The metal planet relationship A study of celestial influence review is better than the Lord Tedric Alien Realms A star book real England England that I actually bought and spent many frustrating hours 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life reading How very meta Original No Limits Brutal Master #2 review date 18 October 2010

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review England England 103 Norme succès La copie va t elle surpasser l'original Et u'adviendra t il si c'est elle ue les touristes préfèrent visiter Férocement drôle drôlement impitoyable impitoyablement au vitriol voilà un portrait de l'Angleterre comme on n'en avait encore jamais v. In the disturbing tradition of Orwell s 1984 and Huxley s Brave New World fellow English writer Julian Barnes has produced the first classic dystopia of the 21st centuryEngland England is an unsettling satire of corporate ambition gone wild in a culture that values convenience above all elseSir Jack Pitman thinks big He rules his financial empire from a worldly cathedral of the most extravagant design Subjects coming for an audience pass first through the uote Room where they can reflect upon a lavish description of Sir Jack chiseled into a monolith of slateHaving conuered every field he laments to his sycophantic minions What is there left for me A secretary s body microphone immediately clicks on to archive Sir Jack s answer Perhaps what I need is one last great idea he muses one for the roadSir Jack s final idea the concept worthy of crowning his brilliant career is to solve the problem of Britain s long steady declineEngland enjoys the most enviable past but the bleakest future Its empire distributed its wealth depleted its military reduced the country desperately needs turning around and Sir Jack is up to the challenge It s a uestion of placing the product correctly that s all he notesIn passages as brilliant as they are witty Barnes satirizes the modern world s obsession with imitation A French intellectual brought in to analyze Sir Jack s plan explains Nowadays we prefer the replica to the original because originals present a reality which appears powerful and therefore threatens usOnce there was only the world directly lived Now there is the representation he goes on in mock post structural lingo It is not a substitute for the plain and primitive word but an enhancement and enrichment This is where we live today A monochrome world has become Technicolor a single croaking speaker has become wraparound sound Is this our loss No it is our conuest our victory It is our intellectual duty to submit to that modernity and to dismiss as sentimental and inherently fraudulent all yearnings for what is dubiously termed the original We must demand the replicaTo realize his grand scheme Sir Jack purchases the entire Isle of Wight and constructs a perfect imitation of what tourists want to see in EnglandSoon wealthy buyers of uality Leisure can experience Big Ben Buckingham Palace the white cliffs of Dover Robin Hood and his Band of culturally diverse Merry People the West End the class system Harrods in the Tower of London Stonehenge thatched cottages with sheep in the meadow snobbery Devonshire cream and a robin in the snow all in a convenient weekend packageIt s expensive of course but as a publicist points out If you attempted to cover the originals it would take you three or four times as long We re merely following the logic of the marketSir Jack uickly moves to declare the island s political independence and appeals to The Hague for defense against the crumbling motherland He has no worries Military invasion would be great publicityThis brave new venture serves as the nation s government with Sir Jack as its governor for life All laws are replaced with corporate rules rights are transformed to contractual obligations and civil functions are performed or eliminated by the corporation This is Disney s Celebration town extended to its natural though frightening conclusionBeneath the outrageous satire Barnes spins the sad tale of Martha Cochrane an ambitious young woman determined to climb the corporate ladder of this faux nationHer struggle to determine what matters and what love means in this hall of mirrors provides the novel with a degree of emotional depth beyond its clever social satireUnfortunately the novel is burdened by a vulgar sex scene that many readers will find beyond the pale Though the event is crucial to the plot a writer of Barnes s enormous talent could have aimed for wit than shockCynical and dark as the book is there s a stirring of optimism in the corporation s difficulties la Jurassic Park real life asserts its messy inefficient force even under the most artificial and controlled conditionsIt turns out that the human spirit isn t in fact so easily satisfied with replicas Virtual reality is finally untenable because it involves only self love Sir Jack may never realize this he s eventually replaced by an actor but we ve got timehttpwwwcsmonitorcom19990513p1

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review England England 103 Jerry Batson ui se définit comme un « accoucheur d'idées » va en vendre une assez sensationnelle à sir Jack Pitman un excentriue milliardaire créer sur l'île de Wight une sorte de gigantesue parc d'attractions rassemblant tout ce u'il y a de plus typiue de. This is the first work by Barnes I ve given less than 4 stars though I thought the first section detailing Martha s childhood and formation of character was great Then the book went downhill for me as another character Sir Jack took center stage in the second and longest section I have no problem at all with unlikable characters I don t need to like a character to enjoy a work but so many times when readers say they dislike books because there are no likable characters I wonder if what they might really mean is that the characters are boring which is how I found Sir Jack I understand he is part of the satirical farcical nature of this section but that didn t stop him from boring me as did some of the rather long passages that lay out the progression of the Isle of Wight s becoming England England Unfortunately the third section was also marred by some of that same kind of description as what happened on the mainland while the Island project was growing takes over I did like the ending better than the middle because of its metaphors which stopped me from giving this two stars


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    (PDF NEW) [England England] ✓ Julian Barnes free read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Julian Barnes characters England England As much as I love Julian Barnes I am divided about England England On the one hand it illustrates in a satirical and sad way why England has such trouble finding its place in the world right now Julian Barnes undoubtedly has the intelligence and skill to write a poignant satire on the state of Englishness But maybe my timing is not the best I found myself constantly thinking that it is not funny any that it is too much to bear Maybe Juli

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    (PDF NEW) [England England] ✓ Julian Barnes Okay let me start by saying that Julian Barnes is obviously very intelligent He is witty and intelligent and well read BUT this book is obnoxious It's not the worst book I've ever read by any meansit is smart and funny in parts and he has a point but the language is pretentious and showy You have to have an English degree to get through this book which I am in the process of obtaining Overall it is inaccessible So if his point i

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