The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes audiobook

The Man in the Red Coat

By Julian Barnes
Read by Russell Bentley

Recorded Books, Inc. 9781787332164
9.16 Hours Unabridged
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From the Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Sense of an Ending, a rich, witty, revelatory tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the remarkable life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days intellectual shopping: a prince, a count, and a commoner with an Italian name. In time, each of these men would achieve a certain level of renown, but who were they then and what was the significance of their sojourn in England? Answering these questions, Julian Barnes unfurls the stories of their lives, which play out against the backdrop of the Belle Epoque in Paris. Our guide through this world is Samuel Pozzi, society doctor, freethinker, and man of science with a famously complicated private life who was the subject of one of John Singer Sargents greatest portraits. In this vivid tapestry of people (Henry James, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, and James Whistler, among many others), place, and time, we see not merely an epoch of glamour and pleasure but, surprisingly, one of violence, prejudice, and nativism with more parallels to our own age than we might imagine. The Man in the Red Coat is, at once, a fresh portrait of the Belle Epoque, an illuminating look at the long-standing exchange of ideas between Britain and France, and a life of a man who lived passionately in the moment but whose ideas and achievements were far ahead of his time.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

From the Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Sense of an Ending, a rich, witty, revelatory tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the remarkable life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days intellectual shopping: a prince, a count, and a commoner with an Italian name. In time, each of these men would achieve a certain level of renown, but who were they then and what was the significance of their sojourn in England? Answering these questions, Julian Barnes unfurls the stories of their lives, which play out against the backdrop of the Belle Epoque in Paris. Our guide through this world is Samuel Pozzi, society doctor, freethinker, and man of science with a famously complicated private life who was the subject of one of John Singer Sargents greatest portraits. In this vivid tapestry of people (Henry James, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, and James Whistler, among many others), place, and time, we see not merely an epoch of glamour and pleasure but, surprisingly, one of violence, prejudice, and nativism with more parallels to our own age than we might imagine. The Man in the Red Coat is, at once, a fresh portrait of the Belle Epoque, an illuminating look at the long-standing exchange of ideas between Britain and France, and a life of a man who lived passionately in the moment but whose ideas and achievements were far ahead of his time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In 1885, a prince, a count and a celebrity gynecologist left Paris for a shopping trip in London. With this arresting gambit, Barnes opens his latest book, an entertaining survey of the wits and dandies of one of his favorite historical periods, the Belle Époque.” New York Times Book Review
“[Barnes] allows the concepts and fashions of the era to be defined by the written records of what people had said about them, presenting readers with the opportunities to observe through direct account…[His] wit, intellect, and pleasant irony incite a lasting thrill in us.” Los Angeles Review of Books
“Barnes peoples his history with a spirited cast of characters, including Sargent and Whistler, Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt, Henry James and Proust, Pozzi’s diarist daughter, Catherine, and unhappy wife, Therese, and scores more. Finely honed biographical intuition and a novelist’s sensibility make for a stylish, engrossing narrative.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Julian Barnes

Author Bio: Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of numerous novels, as well as several books of short stories and collections of journalism. In addition to the Man Booker Prize, his other honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English