The Sense of An EndingPaperback - 2012
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 achievement in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.
This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends 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.
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Fabulous book, remarkable. And yes, my opinion probably directly relates to my age. Unbelievable story, that has every chance of actually happening. Wonderful, wonderful book.
This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature.
"What you end up remembering isn't always the same as what you have witnessed."
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