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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

 

 

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize and #1 international bestseller, The Sense of an Ending is a masterpiece. The story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past, Julian Barnes's new novel is laced with his trademark precision, dexterity and insight. It is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they navigated the girl drought of gawky adolescence together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they swore to stay friends forever. Until Adrian's life took a turn into tragedy, and all of them, especially Tony, moved on and did their best to forget.

Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a marriage, a calm divorce. He gets along nicely, he thinks, with his one child, a daughter, and even with his ex-wife. 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 unexpected bequest conveyed by that letter leads Tony on a dogged search through a past suddenly turned murky. And how do you carry on, contentedly, when events conspire to upset all your vaunted truths?

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  • Maribeth

    It was another fantastic meeting with great snacks, wonderful company, and a really enjoyable discussion!

    May 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I better understood the place memory, reconstruction, and fragmentation had in Tony's life.

    May 22, 2012

  • Maribeth

    Actually, we read State of Wonder! (sorry about that)

    May 16, 2012

  • Maribeth

    Thought I'd share this with the group since we read Bel Canto a few months back: An Evening with Ann Patchett http://www.folger.edu/woSummary.cfm?cdid=1581&wotypeid=1&season=c&woid=717

    May 16, 2012

  • Trisha

    I finished reading the book and was very impressed with it. If you have any interest in how memory works with age and self defense you'll probably enjoy this book. It is also well written. I'm looking forward to the discussion.

    April 24, 2012

  • Trisha

    In previous conversations during the meetings everyone there seemed interested in Sci Fi books. I think there are a few on the list as well. If there aren't perhaps we should think of a way to add some.

    April 24, 2012

  • Trisha

    It's not just you. It seems to work for some and not others. I'm not sure what happened. If you hit the more button on the top and then hit polls you can see the poll for this month. I'll be closing it shortly.

    April 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It could just be me....but the "vote here" link doesn't appear to be working.

    April 21, 2012

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