The Sense of an Ending

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 5, 2011 - Fiction - 176 pages
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Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize

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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Interesting glimpse into the minds of middle age, looking back on earlier times. Tony has inherited the diary of a schoolfriend who has committed suicide through his ex-girlfriend's mother, and though ... Read full review

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An interesting read, yet somehow it left me feeling unfulfilled. Much ado about an unreliable narrator and his attempt to deconstruct, reconstruct and construct again his past. Through it all, it shows the importance of vulnerability in relationships. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
63
Section 3
65
Section 4
67
Section 5
157
Section 6
164
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Julian Barnes’s honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London.
 
www.julianbarnes.com

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