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The Sense of an Ending

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

55 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

Worthy of any awards it receives

This is a short book. I consider myself a fast reader, but not speed reader, and I was able to digest it in about 4-5 hours on my Nook. This is not a throwaway airport novel, this is a "thick" book. Many times I found myself re-reading passages that contained philosophi...
This is a short book. I consider myself a fast reader, but not speed reader, and I was able to digest it in about 4-5 hours on my Nook. This is not a throwaway airport novel, this is a "thick" book. Many times I found myself re-reading passages that contained philosophical dialogue between the characters to make sure I was understanding it correctly. "The Sense of an Ending" will be discussed in English Lit 101 classes for years to come. After reading this, I feel like I have a better understanding of aging, remembrance, and how we perceive life and reality. For that, I believe that this book is worthy of any awards it receives.

posted by Chamrox on October 20, 2011

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Thought-Provoking Exploration of A Life

Tony Webster is an average man. We read of his life growing up, and his circle of friends. His most striking friend was Adrian, a brilliant student who the other boys never quite felt they knew. We read of his first love, Veronica, and how that worked out. We read h...
Tony Webster is an average man. We read of his life growing up, and his circle of friends. His most striking friend was Adrian, a brilliant student who the other boys never quite felt they knew. We read of his first love, Veronica, and how that worked out. We read how Tony felt when he and Veronica broke up and he later finds out that she and Adrian are now a couple.

The book then skips ahead forty years. Tony is now retired, having put in his years at an average job. He is divorced and still sees his ex-wife for lunches, no great hate or love there. He has one child he sees occasionally, and grandchildren he is more or less a stranger to. Average, average, average, Tony's whole life has been about getting by without making waves.

Then a surprise bequest causes Tony to reevaluate his entire life. He looks back at his schoolboy days, his college years and his marriage. One piece of information after another opens the floodgates of memory, and he remembers conversations and actions that he has long forgotten, but that now reframe his life in a different light. He tracks down old acquaintances and friends, until he uncovers a startling secret--one that makes him wonder what his life has been about and how his life has affected that of others.

The Sense Of An Ending won the 2011 Man Booker prize for literature. It is a gem of a book, short but thought-provoking. This is Julian Barnes at the top of his form, effortlessly shaking the snow-globe of memories to rearrange the outcome of events in myriad ways. He forces the reader to examine what place memories play in our lives, and to question how accurate our memories are. This thought-provoking novel is recommended for all readers interested in examining the human condition, and the ways we find to make it through life.

posted by sandiek on April 21, 2012

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Skip this one!

    A book with no point and no plot. Terrible.

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Ding919

    I read reviews stating how well written and interesting the story is, I recommended it to some friends before I finished it. They told me they will not take any more of my suggestions ever again! Was not a good book, I can't figure out why it got such rave reviews.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    HELP!

    I am confused. Did Veronica's mother have an affair with Adrian the friend of Anthony's? There are too many unanswered questions. Did Adrian and Veronica marry?Why did the mother leave money and the diary to Tony?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    This is one of those well written but horribly disappointing boo

    This is one of those well written but horribly disappointing books. Not worth reading.  Near the end a woman says to the main character, "You dont get it.  And you never will."  Well, I am with him on that.  I could not figure out what happened. Who was this woman? Daughter of whom? And so what!!  What a let downl

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    It's hard to appreciate a book about self-absorption

    When this was selected by a book club member, I looked forward to finally reading a Julian. Barnes book. Even though the book is short, it is one of the most painful books I've ever read. I am not happy to have to spend time with someone so self-absorbed. If twists are sufficient to merit a Booker Award, the next recipient should be Scott Turow for Presumed Innocent. Okay, ST isn't qualified for Booker (and PI isn't literary or recent), but the fact that The Sense of an Ending won the award makes me value that award a lot less.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Long and weary

    Felt as though the plot didnt start rolling until the last few chapters and the "climax" was anti-climatic. Would've been better if it was told in Adrians point of view.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    terrible

    I do not understand why all the hoopla. I did not care for this book and would not recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Depressing

    A narcisistic man disects every moment of his life . He is boring and never moves out of his comfort zone . None of the characters seem honest or authentic. Wierd book that makes me glad about my own normal life. Also, never write a letter when you are upset and give it to someone. You will regret it. Would not recomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Narcissistic Boring British Book

    Don't waste your money.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    disappointing

    Obviously written from a male point of view. Yaaaawn.....

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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