Frankly, there are very few authors who dissect the vicissitudes of life and pave their way into its deeper, evolved understanding in today’s time; I for one regard Barnes as one of the authors who masters this skill through his prose. Metroland is an intelligent bildungsroman, dealing with the dynamics of sex and freedom through the maturity of two English boys. Christopher and Toni are a delightful pair and I really would LOVE to be friends with them because you want people talking about “Life with a capital L” with a minuscule experience. Besides, I liked the subtle satire on capitalism and bourgeoise lifestyle used in the literature. I am looking forward to more of Barnes.