Book Review: “The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes

“The Noise of Time” has just been released in paperback, so check out my review from earlier this year…
(Spoiler: it’s aweseome)

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The Noise of Time

By Julian Barnes

noise of time book5-stars

If you’ve answered to yes to any of the above, then you will love this book.

I was already a fan of Julian Barnes before I read this book. But I was familiar with his more overtly humourous titles – “Flaubert’s Parrot” and “A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters”. While this new novel is still unmistakably stamped with Barnes’ wry style, it is of a blacker kind than I had previously encountered.

“The Noise of Time” tells the story of real life Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, during the twists and turns of the Russian Revolution. It is a tale of one man’s struggle, and the problem of artistic freedom versus artistic integrity. You might think – or hope – that the first will bring about the second. If the artist is free to create as he wishes, then surely what…

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