The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

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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. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. 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. The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world\'s most distinguished writers.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 20mm
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United States
  • English
  • 0224094157
  • 9780224094153
  • 831

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"An extremely moving, a precise book about the imprecision of memory and how it constructs people, stories and histories." -- Alasitair Bruce Guardian "Packs quite an emotional punch... Julian Barnes unravels the mystery with masterly skill. He springs surprise after surprise without stooping to sensationalism in a crisp, engaging tale" -- Max Davidson Daily Mail "Written in beautifully cadenced prose, it is a mature writer's reflections on love and marriage... on family and friendship, on work and death" Time Out "There is no catastrophe, simply a dawning awareness of the past, its consequences and its meaning for the present. It is a familiar narrative structure, but in the hands of the master-wordsmith that Barnes has become, the effect is cumulatively overwhelming... A compelling, disturbing and profoundly moving story of human fallibility" -- Daniel Johnson Standpoint "It is a perfect novel of positively European economy and power (shades of Schnitzler, shades of Camus)... It is beyond the wit and depth of any current British writer" -- Giles Coran Times

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About Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10� Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pedant in the Kitchen. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Medicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.

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I did not want to like this book as I have become somewhat cynical about award winners, they never seem to live up to the hype, so with trepidation I sat down and read this in a day. It wasn't perfect and sometimes the language saw me reach for the dictionery, but I loved the sense of how our memories change over time especially when we are forced to retell them to others. Read my full review at more
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