INFORMATION ABOUT JULIAN BARNES
Julian Barnes was born in Leicester, England on January 19, 1946. He goes to the City of London School from 1957 to 1964 and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He worked as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionarysupplement for three years. In 1977, Barnes began working as a reviewer and literary editor for the New Statesmen and the New Review. From 1979 to 1986 he worked as a television critic, first for the New Statesmen and then for the London Observer. In 1983, Metroland was published.
EXPLAIN THE TITLE: METROLAND
The biggest part of the story takes place at a suburban of London, named Metroland. The main characters grown up in Metroland. So that is why the book called Metroland.
WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE STORY TAKE PLACE?
The story takes place between 1963 and 1977. The story is split up in three parts. Part one playes in 1963 in Metroland. Part two playes in 1968 in Paris. Part three playes in 1977 in Metroland.
WHO ARE THE MAIN CARACTERS?
The main character is Christopher Lloyd, but he is called in the normal live Chris. Not the main character, but an important character is Chris' friend Toni.
WHAT KIND OF STORY IS METROLAND
Metroland is a roman.
SUMMARIZE THE STORY OF METROLAND
Chris and Toni are good friends. They are adolescents, because they are about 15 years. After school, they do many things together. When Chris is 19 years old he leaves Metroland and he goes to Paris to see the New World grow. He met there Annick and after a month he starts a love affair with Annick. With Annick, it is the first time he did it (you know what I mean). He also met there Dave, Mickey and Marion. After the meeting with Marion, he talks with his girlfriend Annick. They going quarrelling about Marion and Annick leaves Chris forever. Chris starts then a love affair with Marion. Chris and Marion go back to Metroland. Marion and Chris got married and got a child called Amy. He starts to work as copywriter. He met Toni again, but now he realised Toni is a troublemaker. He did not many things with Toni anymore. At last, he has a meeting at his old school. He see there all his old classmates. The book ends, with that he is looking out of the window in the night.
This was a difficult book, but it was a good book, because the book sketch a good picture about growing up and adolescents. But this book is dull and superficial. My opinion about Julian Barnes is: he is a good writer, but also a dull writer. He is a good writer, because he can sketch (in this book) a good picture about the characters. The characters are exactly as people in the daily live. But the book is very difficult. Julian is a dull writer too, because there is nothing happened in the story. That is also why my summarise about the story is so short. The book also dull, because the book is superficial.
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