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Metroland
 
Metroland, by Julian Barnes (Vintage Edition)
  Metroland is Julian Barnes's first novel. It took between 7-8 years to write and draws heavily on his personal experiences growing up in the suburbs of London. Written in three parts, the first section focuses on the friendship of Christopher and Toni and their childhood disgust for the bourgeoisie. The second section finds Christopher in Paris during les événements of 1968, where he misses out on the events because he is too busy having sex. The last section outlines Christopher's life back in the London suburbs, his marriage, his child, and his stable job. When Toni returns to question Christopher's loss of their early childhood philosophy, Christopher is faced with the dilemma of turning his back on his wife and child or acknowledging that he has become what he once despised. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for a first novel.
 

English Editions (View Translations)

Metroland. London: Jonathan Cape , 1980. Pp. 176.

Metroland. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. Pp. 176.

Metroland. London: The Book Club, 1980. Pp. 176.

Metroland. London: Robin Clark, 1981. Pp. 176.

Metroland. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987. Pp. 176.

Metroland. London: Picador, 1990. Pp. 176.

Metroland. New York: Vintage International, 1992. Pp. 176.


Reviews

Guignery, Vanessa. "Excentricité et interlinguisme dans Metroland et Talking It Over de Julian Barnes." Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines, 15, (1998).

Church, Michael. "Untitled." Times (London), 27 March 1980: 11. Naughton, John. "Smirking." Listener, 27 March 1980: 419.

Bailey, Paul. "Settling for Suburbia." Times Literary Supplement (28 March 1980): 345.

Levin, Bernard. "Metroland: Thanks for the Memories." Sunday Times (London), 6 April 1980: 42.

Blishen, Edward. "Growing Up." Times Educational Supplement, 2 May 1980: 22.

 
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