Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes

Bondi Junction

I was nervous to read this, because I have loved all of Julian’s other novels so deeply - but there is something so transient about Elizabeth Finch that once I started reading about her, I couldn’t stop. She exists on the page as an almost fabled persona in our protagonist Neil’s reality, wherever he moves he takes her wisdom and knowledge with him. Yet, in true Barnes style, the story pivots from one of admiration to one of impertinence in the middle of the novel, and this is when that feeling of virtuosity hit me and Elizabeth Finch became my new best friend. Jazzy