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Love, etc
 
Love, etc, by Julian Barnes (Vintage Edition)
  In Talking It Over, Stuart and Oliver fought for the love of Gillian. One of them won, but what happened next? Love, etc catches up with this trio after ten years only to find more chaos and confusion. Written in the same style as the prequel, Barnes takes the form a few steps further as the characters plead for the reader's attention.
 

English Editions (View Translations)

Love, etc. London: Jonathan Cape, 2000. £15.99.

Love, etc. Canada: Random House Canada, 2000. $32.95.

Love, etc. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. $23.00.

Love, etc. Bath, England: Chivers Press; Waterville, Maine: Thorndike Press, 2001. Pp. 268. (Large print edition).

Love, etc. London: Picador, 2001. Pp. 249.

Love, etc. New York: Vintage International, 2002. Pp. 227.

Love, etc. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2002. Pp. 227.


Reviews of the French Edition
(Special thanks to Vanessa Guignery and Mercure de France)

Garcin, Jérôme. "Visite à Julian Barnes: Des oies, des crabes et un perroquet." Le Nouvel Observateur, 3-9 janvier 2002: 62-65. http://www.nouvelobs.com/articles/p1939/a8807.html

Neuhoff, Éric. "Messieurs les Anglais." Madame Figaro, 5 janvier 2002: 28.

Villovitch, Héléna. "Julian Barnes: «Etc.», la suite." Elle, 7 janvier 2002.

Coppermann, Annie. "Jules et Jim à Londres." Les Echos, 8 janvier 2002: 54.

"Dix ans après: Julian Barnes." Mercure de France, 9 janvier 2002. http://www.mercuredefrance.fr/titres/dixanstitre.htm

Clavel, André. "Rendez-vous avec Barnes." L'Express, 10 janvier 2002: 49. Read an excerpt in French

Corty, Bruno. "Le couple en métamorphose." Le Figaro littéraire, 10 janvier 2002: 3. (Interview on the same page: "Julian Barnes: 'L'amour sans jalousie, ça n'existe pas!'")

Clavel, André. "Léger, malicieux, le nouveau Julian Barnes." Le Temps des livres, 12 janvier 2002.

de Saint Vincent, Bertrand. "Julian Barnes." Figaro magazine, 12 janvier 2002: 68-69.

Delorme, Marie-Laure. "A nos amours, dix ans après." Le Journal du Dimanche, 13 janvier 2002: 29.

Eckert, Yaël. "Julian Barnes, le vaudeville au sommet." La Croix, 17 janvier 2002: 20.

Romain, Maxime. "Littérature anglo-saxonne." La Marseillaise, 20 janvier 2002.

Noiville, Florence. "Retrouvailles conjugales." Le Monde des Livres, 25 janvier 2002.

Mony, Olivier. "Inventaire avant liquidation." Sud-ouest Dimanche, 27 janvier 2002: 12.

Juffin, Bruno. "Dur, dur, d’être un quadra." Les Inrockuptibles, 30 janvier 2002: 60.

Hitchings, Henry. "La France de Julian Barnes." Courrier International, 31 janvier - 6 février 2002.

Fiemeyer, Isabelle. "Que reste-t-il de leurs amours?" Lire (www.lire.fr), février 2002.

Sanchez, Serge. "Dix ans après." Magazine littéraire 406 (février 2002): 76.

"Les Britanniques Julian Barnes et David Lodge tendent un miroir a la fois pittoresque et désabusé aux quadras hétéros de leur génération." Vogue, février 2002.

Aubert, Marie-Caroline. "Envie de lire." Marie Claire, février 2002.

de Decker, Jacques. "Un vaudeville en apartés." Le Soir, 6 février 2002: 38.

Lecoultre, Cécile. "Dix ans après, Barnes séduit toujours." 24 Heures, 6 février 2002.

"Dix ans de nostalgie, etc." Paris Match, 14 février 2002.

Simon, Geneviève. "Julian Barnes, côté France." La Libre Belgique, 23 Mai 2002: 8.


Reviews of the German Edition:

Behrens, Volker. "Darüber reden - aber nicht über alles." Neuen Zürcher Zeitung 22 March 2002. Read the review: http://www.nzz.ch/2002/03/22/fe/page-article81R0Q.html

Scobel, Gert. "Julian Barnes: Liebe usw." Hessischer Rundfunk.


Reviews of the American and Canadian Editions:

Timberg, Scott. "With a Tip of the Hat to Kurosawa." Hartford Courant 28 January 2001. Interview with Barnes about Love, etc.

Charles, Ron. "A Valentine letter bomb." The Christian Science Monitor (8 February 2001): 19. http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/2001/02/08/p19s1.htm

Kakutani, Michiko. "An Old Love Triangle Reassembled in a New Decade." The New York Times (9 February 2001): E-45.

Cole, Lloyd. "Resist Temptation To Scrap It; 'Love, Etc.' Worth Enduring An Offensive Character." Hartford Courant (11 February 2001).

Hanrahan, Phil. "Love triangle enters heart's many chambers." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (11 February 2001): 06E. http://www.jsonline.com/enter/books/reviews/feb01/bk.love11020901.asp

Levi, Jonathan. "What Makes the World Go Round." Los Angeles Times (11 February 2001): 7.

Uhland, Vicky. "For Barnes, Life Is a Sequel." Rocky Mountain News (18 February 2001): 2E. Online version titled: "A British sequel -- sort of."

Benfer, Amy. "'Love, etc.' by Julian Barnes." Salon.com (21 February 2001). http://www.salon.com/books/review/2001/02/21/barnes/

Kissel, Howard. "HEY, READER, LISTEN UP ... A love-triangle novel that truly speaks to us." Daily News (New York) (25 February 2001): 19.

Birkerts, Sven. "Talking It Over Some More." New York Times (25 February 2001): 8 (sect. 7).

Stead Sellers, Frances. "Still Talking It Over." Book World (Washington Post) (25 February 2001): T10.

Ball, Maggie. "Yoghurt Despair: Julian Barnes' Love, Etc." The Compulsive Reader [February 2001] http://www.compulsivereader.com/article1001.html

"Interview with Julian Barnes." Random House [February 2001]. http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=0375411615&view=qa

Begley, Adam. "What Lies Beneath." Details 19(5) (March 2001): 86, 88. Interview with Barnes.

Twardy, C. A. "Three characters back together, each with a view of calamity." Atlanta Constitution (4 March 2001): 4D.

Podgurski, David. "Dust Jacket Required." Stamford Advocate (4 March 2001). Interview with Barnes.

Lopate, Leonard. "Interview with Julian Barnes." New York & Company: WNYC (7 March 2001).

Hansen, Liane. "Interview with Julian Barnes." Weekend Edition Sunday (11 March 2001). http://www.npr.org/programs/wesun/ (Select "Archives" and search for the March 11, 2001 program.)

Salter Reynolds, Susan. "For the 'Love' of Intimacy and Good Manners." Los Angeles Times (11 March 2001): E1.

Alford, Steven E. "Three views on love and life's miscellany." The Houston Chronicle (18 March 2001): 14.

Anderson, Jon. "Letter to the Editor: 'Love Medicine, Etc.'" New York Times (25 March 2001): 4 (sect. 7).

Rea, Steven. "'Love, etc,' by Julian Barnes." Philadelphia Inquirer (28 March 2001).

Peck, Dale. "Literature's Cuckold." The New Republic (2 April 2001): 32-.

Rea, Steven. "Wry Look at 'Love' Is Brillian Theater, Fiction." Arizona Republic (8 April 2001): J4.

Kelly, Christopher. "'Love, etc,' by Julian Barnes." Fort Worth Star-Telegram (25 April 2001).

Landon, Philip. "Love, etc." Review of Contemporary Fiction 21(2) (Summer 2001): 167.


Reviews of the British Edition:

Herbert, Susannah. "Hello! We've met before." Daily Telegraph (22 July 2000): 4.

Shilling, Jane. "A trio for married voices." Sunday Telegraph (23 July 2000): 13.

Adams, Tim. "The eternal triangle." The Observer (23 July 2000) http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4043244,00.html

BBC Radio 4 Front Row. (27 July 2000).

Coldstream, John. "'I'd be very jumpy if I wasn't writing'." Daily Telegraph (London). (27 July 2000).

Cunningham, Valentine. "Sobering, jolting, marrow-ahakingly magnificent." The Independent (London). (28 July 2000).

Wroe, Nicholas. "Literature's Mister Cool." Guardian (29 July 2000). Coldstream, John. "Feature." Daily Telegraph (London). (29 July 2000): 5.

Taylor, D. J. "Not the end of the affair." Sunday Times (London). (30 July 2000).

Sutcliffe, Thomas. "I met a man who wasn't there." The Independent (London). (1 August 2000): 7.

Bradbury, Dominic. "Talking it over about writing, etc" The Times (London). (2 August 2000).

Hawtree, Christopher. "Words: Polder, n." The Independent (London). (2 August 2000): 14.
Briefly mentions Barnes's previous promise in Hawtree's "Word" column to use the word "irk" in his next novel. Hawtree mentions that Love, etc does not contain the word.

Hawtree, Christopher. "Words: Tea-Bag, n." The Independent (London). (3 August 2000): 16.
Briefly discusses the use of the word "tea-bag" in Love, etc. Hawtree mistakenly claims that Stuart's ex-wife Terri refers to Americans as "tea-bags", when she is really talking about the British: "We don't get too many of you coming through, so we buy into the stereotype, which is that Brits are snobby and stick together and don't pick up the tab for drinks if they can possibly avoid it. Oh, and most of the men are tea-bags, if you'll pardon the expression" (p. 34).

Blacker, Terence. "Call Me a Slut, But Julian Just Can't Satisfy Me." The Independent (London). (4 August 2000): 4.
Briefly discusses Barnes's new novel in an essay on the nature of the relationship between author and reader.

Hawtree, Christopher. "Words: News, n." The Independent (London). (4 August 2000): 20.
Briefly discusses Oliver's observations on the word "news" in Love, etc.

Showalter, Elaine. "Careless talk costs wives." The Guardian (London). (5 August 2000): 8.

Woolaston, Graeme. "Time to catch up with the lovers." The Herald (Glasgow). (5 August 2000): 15.

Lappin, Tom. "The Plot Thickens." Scotland on Sunday. (6 August 2000): 26.

Marchand, Philip. "Love is a Monologue." The Toronto Star (24 September 2000).

Cheong, Felix. "Let's talk about love, etc." The Straits Times (Singapore) (7 October 2000): 29.

Sparks, Ben. "Julian Barnes' sequel short but excellent." The Ottawa Citizen (15 October 2000): C17.

Redhill, Michael. "What's love got to do with it?" The Southland Times (New Zealand) (16 December 2000): 26.

"Let's Talk about Love, etc: An interview with Julian Barnes." Amazon.co.uk Website.

The Books Unlimited webpage on Julian Barnes: http://www.booksunlimited.co.uk/authors/author/0,5917,-18,00.html

"Julian Barnes: The Truthful Liar" (Excerpts from Meridian Writing) BBC World Service http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/arts/highlights/001213_barnes.shtml Includes a short audio excerpt!


Online Interviews

March 7, 2000 -- New York: Julian Barnes in Conversation with Jay McInerney
A recording of the interview conducted in the Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library.

March 8, 2000 -- Boston: Robert Birnbaum interviews Julian Barnes for an online magazine called Identity Theory.


Additional Criticism

Kelly, Kathleen A. "Talk-Show Intimacy and Narrative Technique in Julian Barnes's Talking It Over and Love, etc." International Journal of the Humanities, 5.10 (2007): 179-188.

Kelly, Kathleen A. "Humors, Neuroses, and Falling in Love in Julian Barnes's Talking It Over and Love, etc." The International Journal of the Humanities 9.9 (2012): 178-192.

 
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