You put together two things that have not been put together before.
And the world is changed. In Levels of Life Julian Barnes gives us
Nadar, the pioneer balloonist and aerial photographer; he gives us
Colonel Fred Burnaby, reluctant adorer of the extravagant Sarah
Bernhardt; then, finally, he gives us the story of his own grief,
unflinchingly observed. This is a book of intense honesty and
insight; it is at once a celebration of love and a profound
examination of sorrow.