The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

Book rating: 05 Paperback Vintage Books

By (author) Julian Barnes

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 14mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099564971
  • ISBN 13: 9780099564973
  • Sales rank: 2,059

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This title is winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. May be Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. 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.

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Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare and The Pedant in the Kitchen. His latest book, Levels of Life was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller. He lives in London.

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By Allyson A 23 Jun 2012 5

This is a great read, short but kept my interest. Its hard to work out whether I like the main character or think he is a bit of a git who played it 'safe' all his life.

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"A masterpiece... I would urge you to read - and re-read - The Sense of an Ending" Daily Telegraph "Mesmerising... the concluding scenes grip like a thriller - a whodunit of memory and morality" Independent "A very fine book, skilfully plotted, boldly conceived... Barnes has achieved...something of universal importance" -- Justin Cartwright Observer "A precise, poignant portrait of the costs and benefits of time passing, of friendship, of love. A small masterpiece" -- Erica Wagner The Times "A wonderful story that is all too human and all so real" Irish Times