EBOOK Levels of Life


  • Hardcover
  • 128
  • Levels of Life
  • Julian Barnes
  • English
  • 08 January 2018
  • 9780385350778

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Download ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Julian Barnes Free read Levels of Life · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Out tearing them apartYou put together two things that have not been put together before And the world is changed One of the jud. You put together two things that have not been put together before And the world is changed proclaims Julian Barnes in the first two sentences that open this atypical book an idea that becomes the foundation and pillar of three seemingly unrelated stories that concoct Levels of LifeTake photography and balloons as the first exampleThe French photographer Nadar had a thrill for experimentation and decided to take distance from terra firma to gain a better perspective from afar He captured the skies with the first aerostatic images in 1868 aspiring to be the eye of God He changed mankind s view of the worldTake the improbable affair between a British Colonel and a bohemian French actress as the second exampleBoth Sarah Bernhardt and Fred Burnaby were adventurers and soared the skies in balloons but their pioneering souls dropped ballast when they looked each other in the eye on ground level Sometimes you put together two people who have not been put together before and sometimes the world is changed sometimes not Barnes is an elegant illusionist He is also a virtuoso in the use of metaphor and syllogism And so displaying a pristine journalistic style straddling historical fiction and specialized documentary he weaves a subtle internal rhythm between the experiences of these historical figures and something the reader can t anticipate a devastatingly introspective and crude autobiographical confession of a personal ordeal such as the loss of his wife which gives shape to the final section of the book titled The loss of depth The ground shakes and the mirage of the protective Eye in the sky deflates when the core of a life is ruthlessly taken away leaving only a carcass that functions like an automaton because the spark that ignited its senses has permanently gone out And what is taken away is greater than the sum of what was there This may not be mathematically possible but it is emotionally possible With the straightforwardness of expression characteristic of an intimate diary that can easily create discomfiture to the reader for its voyeuristic undertone but successfully avoiding sugary sentimentalism Barnes writes down how life ebbed away from him after his wife Pat was diagnosed with a deadly tumor that killed her in 37 days after thirty years of marriageGrief bereavement loneliness sadness confusion retaliation anger Barnes words carry bits and pieces of his soul that drag the reader down to the currents of a man s mind in turmoil facing the loss of a beloved and the inherent phases of mourning The ineffective appeal to God the torture of revisiting memories the intermittent relief of drugged sleep where the living can be reunited with the dead and consciousness ceases to be the complex and diverging reactions from friends and acuaintances the general rejection to address illness and death openly and the tendency to transform those words into taboos to be shunned at all costs the sense of constant dislocation the danger of accepting grief as a new given condition What is success in mourning Does it lie in remembering or in forgetting Barnes chilling testimony will make the blood run cold in the reader s veins and his unnerving reflections transcend the personal sphere and reach the status of a universal treaty on how to face death and its dendritic manifestations today Doubtlessly But the humble reader who is typing these letter here and who confesses being a helpless romantic believes that Levels of Life is ultimately the irrefutable paean to Barnes deep love for his wife rather than an ode to his pain Finally the fact that Barnes is not prone to moralizing gives a superior level to his low keyed reflections on loss pain and love which invite the reader to take perspective look himself in the Eye and guide him to find in love the meeting point between truth and magic Love may not lead where we think or hope but regardless of outcome it should be a call to seriousness and truth If it is not that if it is not moral in its effect then love is no than an exaggerated form of pleasure Eye Balloon by Odilon Redon

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Download ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Julian Barnes Free read Levels of Life · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as an unparalleled magus of the heart This book confirms that opinio. A friend contacted me during the week and asked if I had this book He knows I like Barnes writing and so he wanted to know if I d read the last story in this book in particular I hadn t He said the other two weren t nearly as good but thought I might like this last one I ve only read the one he suggested I went to my local library and borrowed the book realising with a kind of shock that I hadn t been to my local library in a years so long that they had to reactivate my library card It had been so long that it had died although perhaps like Lazarus than Jesus because with hardly any fuss at all it was alive againI ve had something of a charmed life with death we have kept or less a respectful distance from each other My life has been much charmed than that of my eldest daughter to whom death has crept closer in her nearly 30 years than it has in my nearly 60 Even the death of one of her grandparents was made intimate and personal to her by her being the person who found her nanna at the bottom of the stairs The charm my life has been blessed with and the trouble of hers seem oddly out of joint It is not that I would exchange one of the deaths she has had to live through for someone just as close to me that I could live through in her stead The idea is monstrous Nor would my dying in the place of one of the others have improved the situation any for her But I d have liked to have taken away the pain if that could be done in a way that wouldn t also take away the love And that s the problem isn t it And therein lies the impossibilityThis is less a story about death and much a story about grief While I was reading I thought it might be a nice thing to recommend this to people It is always hard to know if there is such a thing as a good book to recommend to people in grief And then I thought of people I love very dearly who have lost partners significant others lovers family members parents siblings At first I thought maybe I would just send them a photocopy of the story with a note Or rather of flipping this into a pdf and attaching to an email But I haven t done that as easy and hard as it would be I m not even all that sure why My friend intended to do exactly this and has with me And part of me thinks it is a lovely thing to do so why wouldn t I do the sameMy older sister is in hospital She has had her bowel removed this week I get to hear the doctors reports second hand and as reinterpreted by my parents both approaching 80 My elder sister is and has been all her life intellectually disabled A uarter of her brain was destroyed in the oxygen tent she was placed in as a baby in yet another hospital half a world away She is two years older than me Both of the women I ve considered life partners even if neither have proven such have been two years older than me A psychologist I went to with my first wife as our marriage was ending and I was falling in love with my other significant life partner that has never uite proven to be suggested that I was looking for a substitute for my effectively lost or perhaps or less dead older sister Death takes so many shapes far too many of which are metaphoricalI started reading this book sitting in a caf at the hospital where my sister was being gutted I was drinking overly strong and bitter coffee and flicking over the pages increasingly tentatively Her operation was but one indignity in a life composed of a certainty and an all too clear awareness of her difference of her lack of her outsideness And this will be one hurdle for her to stumble over I started reading this book in public and then I thought fuck what if I cry I mean this is an essay by a man who has lost someone he loved very dearly who he felt had complemented and completed him who had remembered his life with and for him who disappeared out of his life in ways that those of us who have never experienced such loss fear Tears would hardly be an irrational response to the reading about such a book But to sit in a hospital caf crying that has meanings too Meanings that others do not expect to need explained to themA strange symmetry presented itself to me how I try to avoid reading very funny books in public Of Pascal saying we laugh and cry at the same things Sometimes although not nearly often enough my brother and I sing together We sing Irish songs we learnt from records purchased by our parents when we were young I told him once when our children were still in primary school and we were away together and singing and talking over too many beers that when our father dies I planned to sing The Wind That Shakes the Barley at his funeral My mother told me once that my father has sung that song all of my life and so I would have of necessity have heard him singing it all of my life too but I remember the first time I really heard him sing it I remember standing listening to the words to the lilt of the tune that shakes like wind in barley and back then as a young man being nearly moved to tears in a room crowded and me surrounded by people I knew And listening to him and knowing that I certainly would not want to be seen crying in front of them all I ve regretted since telling my brother that this has been my plan I ve worried that in singing the song that the hammer blows of the alterative k s in clay cold corpse will prove too much for meA year or so ago I realised I d never thought about what I would sing or say or do at my mother s funeral The idea of her death being too absurd to contemplateI read this almost exclusively with one person in mind someone mentioned here but also hardly alluded to Someone who holds much experience with grief and also with death than I have or even my daughter has and who I hope despite knowing how awful and selfish this is to hope that she will be left to grieve the loss of me

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Download ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Julian Barnes Free read Levels of Life · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning photography love and grief; about putting two things and two people together and ab. I was introduced to Julian Barnes with his 2011 Man Booker prize winner The Sense of an Ending which is a favorite of mine After finishing an 800 page book recently I looked for something shorter this time and chose Barnes 128 page Levels of Life It is unimaginable as to how the author was able to fit in so much emotion into this short mix of history and memoir Levels of Life is like nothing else I have ever read Filled with his personal thoughts about the love and then grief he felt after his wife Pat Kavanagh died in 2008 is extraordinary The book is broken down into three levels The first two of which I agree with Stephen Gilbert s review as to being uncertain as to how flying in a balloon fit in and also had a tendency to skim through the first two sections The third section of the book The Loss of Depth is his masterpiece on grief His description of what he went through mourning loss grief anger and suicidal thoughts are words from his soul Enlightening is the reactions of others to his wife s death from those that don t say anything like she never existed to those that do on different levels Barnes said it so well with this uote This is what those who haven t crossed the tropic of grief often fail to understand the fact that someone is dead may mean that they are not alive but doesn t mean that they do not existFor those that have experienced grief and for those that have not I highly recommend reading Levels of Life Unforgetable5 out of 5 stars


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