Cross Channel by Julian Barnes

By Julian Barnes

In his first number of brief tales, Barnes explores the slim physique of water containing the mammoth sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies among England and France with acuity humor, and compassion. For no matter if Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, workers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they observe, along wealthy meals and barbarous sexual and spiritual practices, is their very own ineradicable Englishness. the 10 tales that make up Cross Channel introduce us to a plethora of fascinating, unique, and occasionally ill-fated characters. Elegantly conceived and seductively written, Cross Channel is extra proof of Barnes's wizardry.

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Medida que Tertuliano Máximo Afonso havia desenrolado o seu discurso, o empregado, de puro assombro, de pura admiração, ia arregalando mais e mais os olhos, definitivamente conquistado por um cliente que não só sabia o que queria como também dava as melhores 33 razões para querê-lo, coisa sobre todas rara no comércio e em particular nestas lojas de aluguer de vídeos. Há que dizer, no entanto, que uma aborrecida nódoa maculava de interesse baixamente mercantil o puro assombro e a pura admiração patentes na arroubada cara do empregado, e foi ela, em simultâneo, o pensamento de que sendo a produtora em questão uma das mais activas e antigas do mercado, este cliente, a quem não devo esquecer-me de tratar sempre por senhor Máximo Afonso, acabará deixando na caixa registadora uma boa quantidade de dinheiro quando chegar ao fim do tal trabalho, estudo, ensaio, ou lá o que seja.

Tertuliano Máximo Afonso conhecia estes móveis, este cortinado, esta alcatifa, ou julgava conhecêlos, possivelmente o que lhe aconteceu foi ter lido um dia num romance ou num conto a lacónica descrição de um outro gabinete de um outro director de uma outra escola, o que, assim sendo, e no caso de vir a ser demonstrado com o texto à vista, o obrigará a substituir por uma banalidade ao alcance de qualquer pessoa de razoável memória o que até hoje tinha pensado ser uma intersecção entre a sua rotineira vida e o majestoso fluxo circular do eterno retomo.

Segundo os gostos do classificador. Esta tendência congénita, a que não saberiam nem poderiam resistir, tomou-se, com o decorrer do tempo, em um gravíssimo e se calhar insolúvel problema de comunicação, quer a colectiva de todos, quer a particular de tu a tu, que foi o de acabarem por confundir-se os alhos e os bugalhos, as tornas e as deixas, usurpando as palavras o lugar daquilo que antes, melhor ou pior, pretendiam expressar, do que resultou, finalmente, bem te conheço ó máscara, esta atroadora algazarra de latas vazias, este cortejo carnavalesco de latões com rótulo mas sem nada dentro, ou apenas, já desvanecendo- se, o cheiro evocativo dos alimentos para o corpo e para o espírito que algum dia contiveram e guardavam.

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