The Only Story

ISBN: 9781473554795
Year of publication: 2018

The Only Story

Julian Barnes

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Julian Barnes THE ONLY STORY to Hermione Novel: A small tale, generally of love. Samuel Johnson A Dictionary of the English Language (1755) ONE Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question. You may point out – correctly – that it isn’t a real question. Because we don’t have the choice. If we had the choice, then there would be a question. But we don’t, so there isn’t. Who can control how much they love? If you can control it, then it isn’t love. I don’t know what you call it instead, but it isn’t love. Most of us have only one story to tell. I don’t mean that only one thing happens to us in our lives: there are countless events, which we turn into countless stories. But there’s only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine. But here’s the first problem. If this is your only story, then it’s...

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