Monday, August 18, 2008

Julian Barnes on the Value of Literature

When explaining his return to the study of literature at Oxford after a brief foray into philosophy Julian Barnes writes:

“I returned to literature, which did, and still does, tell us best what the world consists of. It can also tell us how best to live in that world, though it does so most effectively when appearing not to do so.”

Source: Julian Barnes, Nothing to be Frightened of (London: Jonathan Cape, 2008), 151.

A review of this book can be found at Reviewing Books and Movies.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: “literature …tells us how best to live in the world”.

Julian Barnes on Missing God
Cricket for Eternity, Stories for Speakers and Writers.
Making People See Differently, SFSW
Review of Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes RBM