The Sense of An Ending

The Sense of An Ending

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"Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, ... contends 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"--Flap p. 1 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2012
Edition: First Vintage International edition
ISBN: 9780525434665
Branch Call Number: 823.9140
Description: 10 identical volumes in tote bag ; 36 x 45 x 16 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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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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crumpetdoll
Jul 05, 2016

Profound. How what we perceive to be the truth about something that happened in the past isn't necessarily the reality of the situation.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

The Sense of an Ending is a quiet novella of intrigue. It is captivating for its equal share of simplicity and suspense. Its tension is built on a subtle feeling that something is not right. From early pages it is clear that Barnes' narrator is unreliable and that his perspective of events may be ajar. Barnes frequently delves into philosophy and psychology without losing track of the story. The language is sparse; the author does nothing in excess.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

One of my friends really likes Julian Barnes, and gave me this book of his to read. I was so disappointed that I didn't like it.

The thing I don't like about it is that it's just not special or remarkable. Neither the characters nor the plot are very remarkable or exciting. Just a really boring, yet mercifully short, read.

I don't know how or why this book won the 2011 Booker Prize. Maybe they felt it was Julian Barnes' time, regardless of the actual book that he wrote.

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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.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature.

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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