It's another marvellous fiction in first person by Julina Barns. The way characters first establish themselves by talking to the reader directly and then get themselves into situations they hardly had imagined makes it an engaging novel. And like anyother Julian Barn fictions, its inherently philosophical in everything that is said and heard.
I feel a little awkward rating 4, almost 4.49/5 to a book written by one of my favourite writers. Frankly, with the kind of book Barnes has written one can’t help but raise their expectations to an insurmountable height, be it the cleverness of England, England or the poignance of The Only Story, Barnes leaves one with a taste of life that is both bitter and, in a very realistic manner, sweet. Talking it Over is a book written in the form of conversations taking place. The style is unconventional and it almost feels like you there on a table over tea and cakes with these characters trying to tell you what went down in their lives- how the two characters got married and everything seemed secured and happy just like the day they got married until the best friend walks into their conjugal life. Barnes’ erudition of love, relationships, loyalty, mid-life crises, family and life in general is phenomenal and at times heart breakingly honest. There is this section in the book which I liked a lot, very logically and intelligently, he compares love with money. I am looking forward to the sequel and see what these characters are up to after what they had done by the end of this story.