The Sense of An Ending

The Sense of An Ending

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Follows a middle-aged man as he reflects on a past he thought was behind him, until he is presented with a legacy that forces him to reconsider different decisions, and to revise his place in the world.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 9780307360816
0307360814
9780307957122
0307957128
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Description: 150 pages ; 22 cm

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CRRLAdults Sep 11, 2018

Follows a middle-aged man as he reflects on a past he thought was behind him, until he is presented with a legacy that forces him to reconsider different decisions, and to revise his place in the world.

When your past comes visiting in the form of a 40-year-old diary, can you trust your memories?

Tony Webster...contennds with a past he never thought much about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.

This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about until his oldest friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he'd left all of this behind as he built a life for himself, a... Read More »


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EljayJohnson
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.

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bogwolf
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.

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EPool_Lib
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.

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beetlebaily
Apr 13, 2019

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

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diannehildebrand
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.

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ro_cohen
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.

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larrysharon
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.

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fpsutka
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!

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jcsie
Mar 15, 2017

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

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Earlgrey454
Jul 29, 2016

I thought it was quite good for awhile, but it got pretty tedious around the halfway point and seemed to stay that way, so I eventually gave up on this one.

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gale37
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."

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Candaceb108
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."

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becker
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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