|Author / Contributor(s):||Julian Barnes|
Trade paperback (US). 208p.
Jean Serjeant, the heroine of Julian Barnes's wonderfully provocative novel, seems ordinary, but has an extraordinary disdain for wisdom. And as Barnes--winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending--follows her from her childhood in the 1920s to her flight into the sun in the year 2021, he confronts readers with the fruits of her relentless curiosity: pilgrimages to China and the Grand Canyon; a catalogue of 1940s sexual euphemisms; and a glimpse of technology in the twenty-first century (when The Absolute Truth can be universally accessed).Elegant, funny and intellectually subversive, Staring at the Sun is Julian Barnes at his most dazzlingly original. "Brilliant . . . a marvelous literary epiphany."--Carlos Fuentes, The New York Times Book Review "Barnes's literary energy and daring are nearly unparalleled."--New Republic