The first time I picked up a book by Julian Barnes, it was one of those magical moments in an independent bookstore... The unassuming jacket illustration caught my eye so I crossed the creaky wooden floor to explore its pages. And that, as they say, was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I was instantly drawn to how he illustrates the near-invisible nuances of human interaction and his keen understanding of how people communicate differently than one another. And in this collection of fourteen short stories entitled Pulse, Julian Barnes continues to capture the subtleties of what brings us together and what keeps us isolated.
Using a close third person point-of-view, and with a quality reminiscent of Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," Barnes is brilliant at showing readers - through minor gestures and realistic dialogue - that his characters are ...
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