Pulse - Julian Barnes

The impeccable craft of Julian Barnes’s richly textured collection of short fiction, Pulse (Vintage, $15), is evident in every detail, including the organization, of these fourteen pieces. The bulk of the first half explores various scenarios of connection and disconnection—a man rummaging around in the apartment of a woman he’s dating, a widower returning alone to the island he and his wife had visited together—interspersed with the lively dialogues of a dinner party; life has both its lighthearted and its grave moments. The book’s second section focuses on various sorts of loss, but Barnes shows how these deprivations can be opportunities for deeper understanding, as when a deaf-mute man develops a special talent for drawing people’s portraits, or a woman so traumatized by her abusive father that she loses all sense of smell becomes a talented musician. Barnes is always a keen and compassionate observer.
Pulse: Stories (Vintage International) By Julian Barnes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742407
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2012