January 10, 2012
WHEN THE FACE CONTRADICTS THE SPEAKER'S WORDS
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending: A Novel (New York: Knopf, 2011) ("I saw it in his face. It's not often that's true, is it? At least, not for me. We listen to what people say, we read what they write--that's our evidence, that's our corroboration. But if the face contradicts the speaker's words, we interrogate the face. A shifty look in the eye, a rising blush, the uncontrollable twitch of a face muscle--and then we know. We recognize the hypocrisy or the false claim, and the truth stands evident before us." Id. at 150. Also, see Liesl Schillinger, "Julian Barnes and the Emotions of an Englishman," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 11/13/2011.).