Sunday, May 28, 2017

Levels of Life

Levels of life / Julian Barnes, 128 pgs.

 A collection of essays by Barnes dealing with the grief he suffered from after the death of his wife.  The first essay talks about the early days of ballooning (hot air balloons) and the second talks about loss without death.  The third is his own wretched feelings on display in a way that really uncovers his situation.  What did anyone say that was helpful?  What did they do that wasn't helpful?  How possible was it for him to go on alone?  How should he lead his life without his beloved wife?  How had he previously not noticed so many people around him in the same situation?

There are some lovely and helpful thoughts here and the acknowledgement that almost nothing helps.

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