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Book review: 'Pulse' by Julian Barnes
Book review: 'Pulse' by Julian Barnes

Pulse Stories Julian Barnes Alfred A. Knopf: 227 pp., $25 Of our leading novelists, Julian Barnes has one of the richest historical imaginations. "Flaubert's Parrot" (the title is more or less self-explanatory) and "Arthur & George" (based on a true incident in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came to the rescue of an Anglo-Indian lawyer falsely accused of a heinous crime) are smoothly seductive masterpieces, which conclusively demonstrate the writer's ability to reconstruct the past in an utterly unselfconscious, entirely persuasive manner. Put simply, you never get the impression that he's swotted up the details and stuck them in, willy-nilly, to...

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