This book I love. Julian Barnes is an author of essays and works of fiction, most recently his novel, Arthur and George. In this memoir, Barnes explores his thoughts on religion and death, more specifically fear of death. He muses on his parents life and death with open eyes, devoid of the maudlin adoration often bestowed on family memories. What amazes me the most is everything he feels, I feel the exact opposite. Yet I respect him so much because of his genius in expressing himself and his desire to be true to oneself when facing that final moment. Barnes also considers the life and death of other persons including French author, Jules Renard. Barnes had me at his first line, "I don't believe in God, but I miss Him."