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"Talking It Over" by Julian Barnes, written in 1991, introduces the love triangle, Stuart, Gillian, and Oliver, masterfully portrayed by the author in the sequel,"Love, etc." published in 2000.
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The earlier novel portrays the characters as young people juust starting out. Stuart is beginning a career as a banker; Oliver, although a University graduate and brilliant satirist, can only get employment as a teacher of ESl, and Gillian restores paintings, having given up her profession as a social worker. Stuart meets Gillian at a singles' bar and later become lovers. Appreciating Stuart's steadiness, Gillian decides to marry him. At their wedding, Oliver, Stuart's schoolhood friend and best man, falls in love with Gillian. How Oliver woos Gillian away from Stuart, and how Gillian disillusions Stuart about her married happiness with Oliver, beomes a fascinating tale, told from the viewpoint of each character who addresses the reader directly.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one woman-two men If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   teacher Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   artist Effect of sexing    -   blissful


City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Focus of story    -   equally on 3 in a l-triangle How much dialog    -   little dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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