The Sense of an Ending
Winner of the 2011 Man Booker PrizeA novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre. This intense novel... show more
Winner of the 2011 Man Booker PrizeA novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
Publish date: May 29th 2012
Pages no: 163
Edition language: English
I've owned this book almost a year in October. It is a short book and I have no idea why I hadn't picked it up earlier. However, yesterday I was looking through my Audible library to find a short listen, under 6 hours, and noticed The Sense of an Ending and decided to give it a go. I'm happy I did. ...
How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life. Told to others, but—mainly—to ourselv...
‘History is the lies of the victors,’ I replied, a little too quickly.‘Yes, I was rather afraid you’d say that. Well, as long as you remember that it is also the self-delusions of the defeated.’This is the story of Tony Webster, narrating the memories of his youth from the twilight of his life. I pa...
I was not bowled over by this one. Well-written but just not the kind of story I enjoy. In a way it reminded me of Graham Greene's The End of an Affair.
I’m conflicted about this one. The writing is superb, the pacing well done and the story itself a good length. Barnes doesn’t attempt to make the story more than it is, and knows when to stop. However the main issue I have with this book is there is no relief in the plot. It’s sad for the sake of ...
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