The Only Story

The Only Story
Titel: The Only Story
Auteur: Barnes, Julian
Bestelnr.: 9781787330696
Uitgever: Jonathan Cape
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From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of }A Sense of An Ending{, comes a terribly sad new novel about a young man who falls in love with a much older woman. In the early 1960s, 19-year old Paul falls in love with 48-year old Susan Macleod who is married with two children, and soon they become lovers. Looking back into how they fell in love, Paul also recounts the slow process of how everything fell apart..

Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question. 

First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. 

As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. 

Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction's greatest mappers of the human heart.