Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011 Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they ...Show synopsisWinner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011 Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove. The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.Hide synopsis
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Whilst I can appreciate the writing skills of Julian Barnes, I did not enjoy the book. For my reading taste, it is too much of a downer. However, that said, it has some comical moments in it, and it is artfully written. It was a book group choice, and in our discussion, there was still a lot of confusion as to what exactly happened and who did what, so clearly, the author did not manage to convey all the necessary details - or left us in the dark deliberately.
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