By Julian Barnes
In his first selection of brief tales, Barnes explores the slender physique of water containing the titanic sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies among England and France with acuity humor, and compassion. For even if Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, employees, athletes, or aesthetes, what they realize, along wealthy foodstuff and barbarous sexual and spiritual practices, is their very own ineradicable Englishness. the 10 tales that make up Cross Channel introduce us to a plethora of fascinating, unique, and infrequently ill-fated characters. Elegantly conceived and seductively written, Cross Channel is additional facts of Barnes's wizardry.
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In his first choice of brief tales, Barnes explores the slim physique of water containing the titanic sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies among England and France with acuity humor, and compassion. For even if Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, workers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they detect, along wealthy nutrients and barbarous sexual and non secular practices, is their very own ineradicable Englishness.
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You kidding? With Mama in there fussing? When she starts fussing at the walls, you know she’s gonna be at it all day. ” “Oh, who wants to do that? ” My supply of ideas exhausted, I began to concentrate on the white spots on my fingernails. The total signified the number of boyfriends I would have. Seven. Mama’s soliloquy slid into the silence “…Bible say feed the hungry. That’s fine. That’s all right. But I ain’t feeding no elephants…. Anybody need three quarts of milk to live need to get out of here.
No one could have convinced them that they were not relentlessly and aggressively ugly. Except for the father, Cholly, whose ugliness (the result of despair, dissipation, and violence directed toward petty things and weak people) was behavior, the rest of the family—Mrs. Breedlove, Sammy Breedlove, and Pecola Breedlove—wore their ugliness, put it on, so to speak, although it did not belong to them. The eyes, the small eyes set closely together under narrow foreheads. The low, irregular hairlines, which seemed even more irregular in contrast to the straight, heavy eyebrows which nearly met.
Sammy screamed, “Kill him! ” Mrs. Breedlove looked at Sammy with surprise. ” She put the stove lid back in place, and walked toward the kitchen. At the doorway she paused long enough to say to her son, “Get up from there anyhow. ” Letting herself breathe easy now, Pecola covered her head with the quilt. The sick feeling, which she had tried to prevent by holding in her stomach, came quickly in spite of her precaution. There surged in her the desire to heave, but as always, she knew she would not.