The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending

byJulian Barnes

Kobo ebook | August 2, 2011

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize [2011]

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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Title:The Sense of an EndingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 2, 2011Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307360830

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfectly written Julian Barnes' command of the English language is awe-inspiring. A really good story with, I think, a very important lesson.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Clever A little too philosophical for me, but still a mindf*ck nonetheless. There wasn’t much story to be had so much as life lessons from Tony Webster and his chums. I appreciated the metaphors around aging and false memories. The ending definitely caught me off guard.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite novels on my bookshelf Incredibly well written, I could feel the emotions. A story with mystery, love, friendships, and battles of the soul.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! A writing style that restores my faith in contemporary writing -- that is to say, Barnes writes with a wonderful blend of old-style diction and observation, in a modern context. An absolute pleasure to read.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you read this book you will not be disappointed! The Sense of an Ending is the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner, as well as an international bestseller, and I can definitely see why! This novel is very thought-provoking, extremely well written and it gives the reader a sense of their own mortality. (Which is not always considered a good thing, but in this case, it is). I would definitely recommend this book to all!
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soul baring book The book seems to generate polar opposite opinions from readers. I think it is excellent, a man reviewing his life. You see the decisions made, perhaps not fully remembered, perhaps too one sided. But it delivers as a book about a man looking back on his life. If I were a younger man, perhaps I would not have enjoyed as much but as an older reader, I see the life of this man only too well. It is a book I have read twice over the last year. The writing is clear and to the point. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you read this book you will not be disappointed! Excellent Book. Barnes wit and style are sure to stand the test of time. Definitely worth the money.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you read this book you will not be disappointed! A middle aged man, Tony Webster, is in the will of his first girlfriend's mother who has left him 500 pounds and a diary of a friend, Adrian, who had committed suicide years before. This starts him on a quest to discover why she did this and gets his memory working. The story takes us back to when there were four boys, friends, in school. Later, when Tony's first girlfriend, Veronica, starts going out with Adrian, one of the boy's friends, he writes the most horrible letter imaginable to Adrian. This story was short, but so thought provoking that it makes you remember your own mistakes and how we try to "remember them differently" so that we might not seem so bad. When Tony meets Veronica to try to get the diary, he feels that she is acting very strangely, as do I. Her words to him are "you don't get it, you never got it." I felt bad for Tony because it seemed that he was way over his head as far as his egghead friends were concerned. He was just a guy; did guy things when he was young and made mistakes just like we all do. But his bad letter writing mistake in his youth seemed to have consequences.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not sure why I added this to my wish list I cant remember why I added this to my wish list, it did not become any clearly either during or after reading it. Honestly I would not recommend it unless you want an idea of what you might expect to happen to your memory as you get older. I can save you some time and tell you to live life to the fullest and never waste an opportunity even if it presents like a huge challenge. Not that I think that is the authors message but reading about a someone else self professed mediocre life, that's how it made me feel.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Aims to be Plain and Achieves The thing about award-winning books that you read AFTER they've won the awards is you spend the entire time trying to fathom just what IT is, if this book is deemed to have had IT. This was my first encounter with the already-acclaimed Barnes, and upon completion of it, I've decided that it is a fine attempt to express something surprising, a Dickensian twist, but to do it in an intentionally normal, boring, and to use the author's word "average" life. The intent was to make it as human as possible, and though that's something many writers aspire to, there is much that leaves you wondering what the point is. The voice is not distracting, but nor does it make you thrill as many Man Booker winners in the past have made me do. It's fairly conventional, and yet there are times when it dives into the rumination of time or life or epitaphs that we find some of the most riveting work. And yet, it still just comes together too nicely, with a fairly plain mystery and a fairly plain explanation in the end. In the real world, it would be noteworthy, but in fiction it is just life.
Date published: 2012-10-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't wait for it to end I should have known that as a winner of the Man Booker prize, this book and I were not going to get along. This is a book about a man who mis-remembers his youth, is confronted with his self-righteous smug judgments of the past, and in the end nothing of any consequence really happens. At a scant 160pp, this book dragged on forever. Couldn't wait for it to end, but persevered to the last out of bookclub commitment only.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I have not read a novel so polarizing as The Sense of an Ending. Just look at some of the other reviews. It is so well crafted and achieved that the reader may question the fact it was on purpose. But all one needs to do after reading is look to the title and I defy you not to at least smirk. If you are the type of reader who enjoys a novel that is tied up in a nice bow by the end I would avoid this book. This novel seems ideal for any book club. The desire to discuss and confirm the narrator’s take on events in book make it self-reflexive. You look to other people around you to help you make ‘sense’ of the book. This process may be fun it is ultimately futile. The reader should try and decide for themselves before seeing what other readers have to say. This fact makes the book difficult to review or even describe to friends. All you can say is just read it. This book may not engage your heart but it will engage your mind. The Sense of an Ending is about, “Making sense of the ways we try to make sense of our lives.” Deep. Check out my first published work Defenseless
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting! You will not be able to put this book down--it is absolutely compelling.It is well written, clever, humorous and unpredictable.
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best novels The best novel I have read in a long time. This was my first time reading Julian Barnes. The language, character development, the movement of the story were exceptional. I am now curious to read more by him. Truly enjoyed the book and have no reservation recommending the book.
Date published: 2011-11-14