The Sense of An Ending

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 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?
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780307360830
0307360830
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ro_cohen
Aug 05, 2017

Should be titled "The Nonsense Of An Ending." It simply was not reasonably foreseeable that, when Tony, the main character, introduced his guy friend to the mother of his girlfriend, the mother and the guy friend would procreate. Even more unforeseeable that they would produce a special needs child. There's much to be guilty over as we pass through life. But, Tony's guilt was unfounded - in the extreme.

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larrysharon
May 02, 2017

How wise the reviewer was, who mentioned age as a determiner of responses to this book. I would also suggest that a reflecting nature and a strong affinity for books emphasizing character. As for the reviewer who shared his view of females, your personal gender perspective doesn't belong on a book review website.
I loved this book and will read more Barnes.

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1aa
Apr 25, 2017

A very well narrated audiobook. One of the characters - the old ex-girlfriend - was exceptionally annoying (Don't you get it?!, What don't you understand?!) because she thinks that people ought to be able to read her mind (a common manipulation technique among females). The most interesting parts of the book are the reflections and essay-istic parts relating to memory, youth, old age, change, regret, and equanimity, which are given in little bits that develop as the story progresses. Certainly well worth re-reading (or re-listening) and reflecting upon.

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fpsutka
Mar 28, 2017

I saw the film recently at the Bytown - then I read the book. The book (unlike the film) explains some things on the second last page. In the film you are left to guess how the story unravels. SPOILER ALERT However the film does not explain why Sarah left money to Tony (Anthony) in her will. It does not explain why Sarah left Adrian's diary to Tony. It does not explain why Veronica (Mary) burnt the diary. So we are left with an ending that makes no sense! Well, it is a novel!

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jcsie
Mar 15, 2017

Part one was exceptional; if you only read the first part it is a wonderful novella.

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Earlgrey454
Jul 29, 2016

I thought it was quite good for awhile, but it got pretty tedious around the halfway point and seemed to stay that way, so I eventually gave up on this one.

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crumpetdoll
Jul 05, 2016

Profound. How what we perceive to be the truth about something that happened in the past isn't necessarily the reality of the situation.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

The Sense of an Ending is a quiet novella of intrigue. It is captivating for its equal share of simplicity and suspense. Its tension is built on a subtle feeling that something is not right. From early pages it is clear that Barnes' narrator is unreliable and that his perspective of events may be ajar. Barnes frequently delves into philosophy and psychology without losing track of the story. The language is sparse; the author does nothing in excess.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

One of my friends really likes Julian Barnes, and gave me this book of his to read. I was so disappointed that I didn't like it.

The thing I don't like about it is that it's just not special or remarkable. Neither the characters nor the plot are very remarkable or exciting. Just a really boring, yet mercifully short, read.

I don't know how or why this book won the 2011 Booker Prize. Maybe they felt it was Julian Barnes' time, regardless of the actual book that he wrote.

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haileyj
Jan 28, 2016

I enjoyed this rather slow, plodding walk through a man's life. True it's not an action thriller but it does show how one person's actions can affect others without one being aware of it. It also describes how the memories and our perspectives of our past are not always accurate. My problem is with the ending. What really happened with Veronica, Adrian, Tony and why did Veronica's mother leave a bequest for Tony? There are too many scenarios to consider and it bugs me that I don't know what really happened. Anyone?

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature.

cmlibrary_emcdonald Dec 14, 2015

"What you end up remembering isn't always the same as what you have witnessed."

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becker
Oct 27, 2012

“History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.”

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