In Love, etc. Julian Barnes has created a deep, dark feast of human frailties and needs. Love, etc. stars three characters introduced a decade ago in Talking It Over — to which this novel has an eerie, freestanding relation. Which is precisely what Stuart felt about his wife Gillian, until his witty, feckless, former best friend Oliver stole her away. Fabulously engaging and profoundly unsettling. ISBN: 0375411615 Publisher: ALFRED A. KNOPF
Untouched by the twentieth century, Thul, the small fishing village near Bombay, is still ruled by the age-old seasonal rhythms. Hari and Lila have lived in the village all their lives, but their family is now desperately down on its luck. Their father drinks; their mother is seriously ill; and there is no money to keep them fed and clothed.
Delicately and exquisitely executed, Anita Desai’s gentle and probing story traces the evolution of Hari and Lila into adults as each of them faces the family’s predicament – just as the first signs of industrial India creep into their village.
There is a point in life that triggers a series of revelations, after a certain event that opens your eyes, like nothing else could ever do. that can lead to a truth, so much higher than the everyday struggle to live a “happy life”. Both the trigger point, and the revelations differ from one person to another. Some experience it so rnildly that they might not even notice the change, while for some people like Aaron, life could get too tense, or too big to be able to fit in the “Real World” as we know it.