The Sense of An EndingBook - 2011
By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse.
This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he'd left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he'd understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.
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Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down, by proving however long it takes, that life isn't all it's cracked up to be."
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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