Talking It Over by Julian Barnes
In this powerfully affecting Flauberts Parrot gives readers a brilliant take onthe deceptions that make up the quivering substrata of erotic love. Aninterplay of serious thought and dazzling wit. . . . Its moving, its funny, itsfrightening . . . fiction at its best.--New York Times Book Review.
Personal Review: Talking It Over by Julian Barnes
Not until I came to the end did I check the publication dates of this noveland John Mortimer's Dunster. Barnes has it. Talking It Over dates from1991 and Dunster from 1992. Whether there was any communicationbetween the authors regarding their stories, or whether the muse visitedthem independently, I have no idea at all. If the latter, the resemblancebetween the plot-lines is nothing less than startling. Safe and slightly dullfinancial professional has a showy and erratic best friend. Dull professionalmarries well, and wife deserts him for erratic and showy best friend, whomshe then marries. The second marriage fails, partly through Aristotelianhamartia of best friend. The b/f gets his deserved comeuppance, thisproviding some cold and partial consolation to the wronged dullprofessional.