Grief. Julian Barnes crafts great sentences. From his personal grief at the death of his wife, Barnes has written a powerful 140 page essay titled, Levels of Life. The power of love dominates this essay, and Barnes pulls readers into the beautiful writing as he packs a wallop through his spare prose infused with strong underlying emotion. Whatever form grief has taken in one’s own life, there is an expression of that grief in this essay. Readers who have both loved and experienced loss will be overpowered by the beauty of this essay.
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