Julian Barnes' new novel on faith and death
By Bill English
In his new memoir, "Nothing to Be Frightened Of", acclaimed English novelist Julian Barnes twists the meaning of the well-known term into something truly disturbing. With a calculated logic, he deftly demonstrates that nothing is definitely something to be frightened of. Barnes thinks of death daily and can't shake the dread of no longer being around. Viewing God as an imaginary friend who offers no hope of an afterlife, the writer studies time-honored texts searching for an escape clause to mortality.