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The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International)
The Sense of an Ending - Vintage International Author:Julian Barnes Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize — A 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 cont... more »ends 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.« less
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Read this for my book club and it sparked a lot of discussion. While some (like me) really liked it, others did not, but that didn't diminish the discussion. Isn't that what good literature does....evoke a variety of responses and opinions. This book while short in length and compact in story is full of ideas that deserve discussing.
Sarah B. (skatkat) reviewed The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International) on
Helpful Score: 2
I read this book because I'm working my way through books that have won the man booker award as a sort of book project. I usually love books that are introspective but this one left me with a sour memory.
It was written in an utterly pretentious way with none of the depth that the writer was obviously hoping and desperately attempting to instill into the book. None of the characters were likeable or even relate able because they in no way connected with each other.
Yes it's a short book and I did read the whole thing but only out of curiosity as to why exactly this book was awarded anything. Seems to me there were many other more deserving contenders in 2011 that should have beaten this pretentious opaque pile of paper.
My bookclub read this book, and it was interesting to see all the theories and speculation about the characters' motivations that were expressed in the discussion. It can be read in one sitting, but it feels as if you've read a much longer book due to its depth. To me it's like an older person's Catcher in the Rye. I liked it!
No thanks, this reads like something an angrey English Professor would have MADE me read in college. It could not grab my attention at all and despite its short number of pages, I could get through the first 30!
This was a treat to read. The author's writing style is so different from what I'm used to - it was lyrical, somehow. The ending surprised me. If I didn't have a whole stack of books waiting to be read, I would reread this one. Great book.
This is a difficult book to describe, as I did not like it so much as I respected it. That is to say, the writing and message appealed to me, even as the story was certainly not one that I loved. Basically, it is all about how our memory and the truth of things do not necessarily agree with each other. It is a compelling and honest message, buoyed by strong writing skill, which effectively carried me through to the end even as parts fell a bit flat to me. The main issue is, I suppose, the lack of likability on the part of any of the characters within the narrative. That may not bother you, but I was left wanting to yell at the primary narrator that he was not as great of a guy as he thinks, and the only real redemption granted the reader is that the guy does at least somewhat realize it in the end. If that sounds okay to you, then it's worth checking out.