The Sense of An Ending

The Sense of An Ending

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TRADE CLOTH. FP 6,000. 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 - 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. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307360816
Branch Call Number: BAR
Characteristics: 1 v


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Aug 28, 2020

The most interesting thing in this novel is: THE TITLE. The main character is unable to make possible, a satisfying life for himself due to his rather shallow analytical thought process. The only characters who you wish the author had developed, Sarah or Veronica, he didn't. I do not believe this deserved a Mann-Booker award.

Jul 14, 2019

Pretty amazing that 163 pages could seem so long... I liked about the first third of this book, but then the last two-thirds were repetitive, falsely profound, and inexplicable. I'm willing to say perhaps I just didn't get it.

Jun 20, 2019

A marvelous little book. The narrator take takes the reader through his memories from young-adulthood to late middle-age. Pretty much nothing happens. And yet, the voice is fresh & lively for a Petite-Bourgeoisie of no great talent or achievement: full of humor and rumination, and a bit of mystery.

I read it in a couple days, though it could easily be done in one. Four stars as of now, though with the vicissitudes of time and memory I might come back and give it the full five.

Very English (and of a particular time, place, class) - if that bothers, don't bother. Otherwise, pour yourself a half of the bitters have a go.

Jun 07, 2019

I enjoyed Part One with its clever humor and interesting insights into Tony’s rather maddeningly mediocre personality. However, Part Two goes completely off the rails with an ending that’s a total confusing stretch, leaving the reader with a “I’m not sure I get it” feeling. Disappointing.

Apr 13, 2019

superb book. Tough reading. Excellent writing. Very short, almost a novella. Wonderful discussions about memory and time. Definitely worth reading.

Mar 08, 2019

A rather quiet and gentle book which nevertheless digs at all the existential questions - what is my life for, why didn't I amount to more? There's an intriguing strand weaving in and out of the book about history and especially how our own history is built. The girlfriend Veronica is my only real complaint in an otherwise very good read. She remains enigmatic, her character unreadable, and even though Barnes probably did that on purpose to reflect the main character's ongoing puzzlement about women and life (she keeps telling him "You just don't get it") but for me as the reader it was pretty uncomfortable not to be able to know her better. I can see to some extent why this author/book was awarded the Man Booker Prize.

Aug 05, 2017

Should be titled "The Nonsense Of An Ending." It simply was not reasonably foreseeable that, when Tony, the main character, introduced his guy friend to the mother of his girlfriend, the mother and the guy friend would procreate. Even more unforeseeable that they would produce a special needs child. There's much to be guilty over as we pass through life. But, Tony's guilt was unfounded - in the extreme.

May 02, 2017

How wise the reviewer was, who mentioned age as a determiner of responses to this book. I would also suggest that a reflecting nature and a strong affinity for books emphasizing character. As for the reviewer who shared his view of females, your personal gender perspective doesn't belong on a book review website.
I loved this book and will read more Barnes.

Mar 28, 2017

I saw the film recently at the Bytown - then I read the book. The book (unlike the film) explains some things on the second last page. In the film you are left to guess how the story unravels. SPOILER ALERT However the film does not explain why Sarah left money to Tony (Anthony) in her will. It does not explain why Sarah left Adrian's diary to Tony. It does not explain why Veronica (Mary) burnt the diary. So we are left with an ending that makes no sense! Well, it is a novel!

Mar 15, 2017

Part one was exceptional; if you only read the first part it is a wonderful novella.

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Feb 27, 2018

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."

Sep 27, 2017

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.

CMLibrary_emcdonald Dec 14, 2015

"What you end up remembering isn't always the same as what you have witnessed."

Oct 27, 2012

“History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.”

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missmarple88 Jun 28, 2012

missmarple88 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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