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The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending
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Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize and #1 international bestseller, The Sense of an Ending is a masterpiece.The story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past, Julian Barnes's new novel is laced with his trademark precision, dexterity and insight. It is the work of one of the world's most... show more
Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize and #1 international bestseller, The Sense of an Ending is a masterpiece.The story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past, Julian Barnes's new novel is laced with his trademark precision, dexterity and insight. It is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they navigated the girl drought of gawky adolescence together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they swore to stay friends forever. Until Adrian's life took a turn into tragedy, and all of them, especially Tony, moved on and did their best to forget.Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a marriage, a calm divorce. He gets along nicely, he thinks, with his one child, a daughter, and even with his ex-wife. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove. The unexpected bequest conveyed by that letter leads Tony on a dogged search through a past suddenly turned murky. And how do you carry on, contentedly, when events conspire to upset all your vaunted truths?
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307360823 (0307360822)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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Books Over TV rated it
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. ...
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Annie is reading ~ rated it
4.0 August reads: The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
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...
From the Queen's Kindle
From the Queen's Kindle rated it
3.5 The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
‘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...
Peregrinations
Peregrinations rated it
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.
In a network of lines that enlace
In a network of lines that enlace rated it
3.5 Not one I'd highly recommend
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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