Staring At The Sun

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Random House, Feb 23, 2010 - Fiction - 208 pages
20 Reviews

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011

Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in China and we cannot fail to be moved by the questions she asks of life and the often unsatisfactory answers it provides.

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User Review  - Heej - Goodreads

A bit different than his most recent works (Sense of an Ending, Arthur & George) but still a good read. I enjoyed Barnes' take on the future. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Speed - Goodreads

I found this novel a touch disappointing, and it's lucky to avoid a three. On the plus side, he predicts something akin to the internet, but then so did HG Wells a century ago. I felt some of the characters were a bit shallow and simplified. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare and The Pedant in the Kitchen. His latest book, Levels of Life was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller. He lives in London.

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