5 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase:
A dense and beautifully written collection of stories whose only common thread is that all of its main characters are growing old, and either contemplating death, or the life they’ve lived: the mistakes, the regrets, the small joys of everyday life and love. Probably my favorite work by Julian Barnes, its characters vary between being poignant and polished, or vulgar and offensive — sometimes all of the above all at once. It is an enthralling, emotional read that deserves to be not only read, but repeated.