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Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011.

Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, and her adventures in motherhood and in China, and we cannot fail to be moved by the questions she asks of life and the often unsatisfactory answers it provides.

©1986 Julian Barnes (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A good one for the oldies!

Poor Jean! What a tough life and such a terrible experience of sex! Was it really like that in the 1940s - sad to think of all those people missing out! Suicide to avoid old age? I have thought about it often particularly now I am in my late 60s and clearly going down hill! The author who was relatively young in 1984 might have a different view now! Everything should be on the table but I would not gamble on there being a god and/or an afterlife. We are all going to rot! Excellent narration - I give it 5!

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