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
  • 2,290

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A very fine book, skilfully plotted, boldly conceived... Barnes has achieved...something of universal importance
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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 *
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About Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Sunday Times bestsellers The Noise of Time and The Only Story. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and three books of non-fiction, including the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life and The Man in the Red Coat, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Duff Cooper Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.
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164,436 ratings
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2 8% (13,589)
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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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