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SUMMARY ✓ The Sense of an Ending 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 novel follows a middle aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about until his c. This is by Julian Barnes so we know it will focus on memory and its tricks Some examples but what you end up remembering isn t always the same as what you witnessed And I need to return briefly to a few incidents that have grown into anecdotes to some approximate memories which time has deformed into certainty And again I must stress that this is my reading now of what happened then Or rather my memory now of my reading then of what was happening at the time The book is a Booker Prize winner so we expect and we get great writing In those days we imagined ourselves as being kept in some kind of holding pen waiting to be released into our lives There s not a lot of point in adding an extensive review to book with 12000 already on GR although it s interesting to note that its rating 37 is a bit on the low side Barnes seems to be a writer that you like or you don tThe basic story is that we have a man of retirement age who is a doofus He has a couple of adult children he s never shown much interest in and an ex that he meets with for an occasional lunch The story goes back to his college days and early romances when he broke up with one girl who dumped him for another buddy in his group view spoiler He wrote the two of them a nasty vicious letter and promptly forgot about it That letter turns up 40 years later in a package from a lawyer and he is shocked to see it He is incredulous that he could have written it memory again but there it is in black and white in his handwriting hide spoiler

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SUMMARY ✓ The Sense of an Ending 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 oeuv. 45 Update There is going to be a movie after the book and it is coming out this month if interested you can see the trailer here story about the unreliability of memory and how we can chose to forget or to reinvent the past in order not to remember disturbing truths I discovered this book by Julian Barnes when reading comments about Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan which is a book I also enjoyed The tone of the story is uite similar in some ways Barnes McEwan and Coetzee have a way with words that I find brilliant They use simple prose but with such a punch I am not fully satisfied about how the author finished the book and left some of the events unexplained Maybe that was the intention but I would have liked to understand a little bit better the reason behind some of Veronica s behavior

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SUMMARY ✓ The Sense of an Ending Losest 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. This is an exploration of memory exuisitely written as the thoughts of an old man looking back on his life good enough to merit 5 despite the somewhat contrived ending ironic given the titleImageryIt opens with six watery images an unexpected word in several of them makes them vivid each of which form part of the story I remember in no particular order a shiny inner wrist steam rising from a wet sink as a frying pan is laughingly tossed into it gouts of sperm circling a plughole before being sluiced down the full length of a tall house a river rushing nonsensically upstream its wave and wash lit by half a dozen chasing torch beams another river broad and grey the direction of its flow disguised by a stiff wind exciting the surface bath water long gone cold behind a locked door PlotTony and his three friends were somewhat pretentious teenagers from moderately privileged backgrounds one of those suburbs which has stopped concreting over nature at the very last minute and ever since smugly claimed rural status They are on the cusp of going to university As they go their separate ways they stay in touch to greater or lesser extents but events of their youth echo across the years and as he approaches retirement Tony tries to draw the threads together and make sense of his life Very self absorbed and not especially likeable but if anything I think that makes the book interesting In particular there are two rather unbalanced relationships that left their mark with Adrian who joined school later than the others and his first proper girlfriend Veronica He suffers pre guilt the expectation that she was going to say something that would make me feel properly guilty Despite this and a couple of shocking incidents Tony is not unhappy with the course of his life though he is not entirely happy either His reference to the small pleasures and large dullnesses of home is apt Although he was at university in the sixties Most people didn t experience the sixties until the seventies though he experienced a confusing mix of the two Nostalgia doesn t help the powerful recollection of strong emotions and regret that such feelings are no longer present in our lives Can you reverse remorse to guilt and forgivenessMemory History TruthThe recurring theme is the accuracy or inaccuracy of memory coupled with the effects of time Tony is forever musing on memory history and truth Revelations prompt further re evaluation and interpretation Maybe none of this is true some elements of the plot and the behaviour of key characters are implausible or at least not adeuately explained but does it matter anyway Surely that is the point Barnes is making Many books feature unreliable narrators but it s uite refreshing to read one where the narrator is pondering their own unreliabilityTony is honest about his dishonesty as a narrator except that he constantly says his relationship with his daughter is closer than it appears from what he describes and constantly ponders on it What you end up remembering isn t always the same as what you witnessed If I can t be sure of the actual events any I can at least be true to the impression those facts left It gets harder with age As the witnesses to your life diminish there is less corroboration and therefore less certainty as to what you are or have been and memory becomes a thing of shreds and patches When we are young we invent different futures for ourselves when we are old we invent different pasts for others The history that happens underneath our noses ought to be the clearest and yet it s the most deliuescent History is that certainty produce at the point where the imperfection of memory meets the inadeuacy of documentation Mental states can be inferred from actions Whereas in the private life I think the converse is true that you can infer past actions from current mental states Similarly X thought logically and then acted on the conclusion of logical thought Whereas most of us do the opposite we make an instinctive decision then build up an infrastructure of reasoning to justify it It takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time s malleability MeaningIn the end the meaning 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 Some people dislike Tony so much that that it taints their enjoyment of the entire book but to some extent Tony is everyman and we are all Tony which leads me to wonder if the dislikers are TOO like Tony for their own comfortThis is a story that reveals far with each encounter like the film The Sixth Sense because you know the denouement you spot the significance of trivial signs earlier on and also notice the gaps where Tony and probably the reader has connected dots that shouldn t be Petra nails this aspect in the final paragraph of her short but perfectly formed review hereRelated BooksThis is SO much better than another of his multi decade life stories dating from 25 years earlier Staring at the Sun my review HEREAnother short book in which a grumpy aging man reflects on his life makes an interesting contrast with this though Yasmina Reza s Desolation my review HERE doesn t come out of the comparison favourably only 2And then there is John Banville all of whose books seem to focus on and are often narrated by such people See my reviews HEREUPDATE re Film of 2017I thought the film released in April 2017 in the UK was excellent There was less about schooldays fair enough and Tony was slightly likeable which will help some who disliked the book for that reason The narrative jumped about with Tony s understanding in a similar way to the book Three of the six watery images that open the book and this review are featured prominently It has a fabulous cast including Jim Broadbent Charlotte Rampling Harriet Walter Michelle Dockery Matthew Goode Emily Mortimer and James Wilby and it mostly captured the tone and plot very well See imdb page


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  • Hardcover
  • 150
  • The Sense of an Ending
  • Julian Barnes
  • English
  • 02 January 2018
  • 9780224094153