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The Sense of an Ending (Borzoi Books) Hardcover – October 5, 2011
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“Elegant, playful, and remarkable.” —The New Yorker
“A page turner, and when you finish you will return immediately to the beginning . . . Who are you? How can you be sure? What if you’re not who you think you are? What if you never were? . . . At 163 pages, The Sense of an Ending is the longest book I have ever read, so prepare yourself for rereading. You won’t regret it.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“Dense with philosophical ideas . . . it manages to create genuine suspense as a sort of psychological detective story . . . Unpeeling the onion layers of the hero’s life while showing how [he] has sliced and diced his past in order to create a self he can live with. —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Ferocious. . . . a book for the ages.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An elegantly composed, quietly devastating tale about memory, aging, time and remorse. . . . Offers somber insights into life’s losses, mistakes and disappointments in a piercing, thought provoking narrative. Bleak as this may sound, the key word here—the note of encouragement—is ‘insights.’ And this beautiful book is full of them.” —NPR
“With his characteristic grace and skill, Barnes manages to turn this cat-and-mouse game into something genuinely suspenseful.” —The Washington Post
“[A] jewel of conciseness and precision. . . . The Sense of an Ending packs into so few pages so much that the reader finishes it with a sense of satisfaction more often derived from novels several times its length.” –The Los Angeles Times
“Elegiac yet potent, The Sense of an Ending probes the mysteries of how we remember and our impulse to redact, correct – and sometimes entirely erase – our pasts. . . . Barnes’s highly wrought meditation on aging gives just as much resonance to what is unknown and unspoken as it does to the momentum of its own plot.” –Vogue
"Deliciously intriguing . . . with complex and subtle undertones [and] laced with Barnes' trademark wit and graceful writing." —The Washington Times
“Ominous and disturbing. . . . This outwardly tidy and conventional story is one of Barnes’s most indelible [and] looms oppressively in our minds.” –The Wall Street Journal
"Brief, beautiful....That fundamentally chilling question - Am I the person I think I am? -turns out to be a surprisingly suspenseful one.... As Barnes so elegantly and poignantly revels, we are all unreliable narrators, redeemed not by the accuracy of our memories but by our willingness to question them." —Julie Wittes Schlack, The Boston Globe.
"A brilliant, understated examination of memory and how it works, how it compartmentalizes and fixes impressions to tidily store away..... Barnes reminds his readers how fragile is the tissue of impressions we conveniently rely upon as bedrock." —Tom Zelman, Minneapolis Star Tribune
About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING is an accessible and engaging novel. It is narrated in the first person, informally, almost as if Tony Webster is telling you the story over late-night drinks. He proceeds in a hip, self-deprecating, moderately dispassionate and distanced fashion.
Webster is in his mid-sixties. Julian Barnes (born 1946) was in his mid-sixties when he wrote the novel. I am now in my mid-sixties. There was a lot that resonated with me, although a couple observations about life were totally foreign to me. Even so, I believe that the audience the book would most appeal to, and affect, are those who also are over sixty.
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING garnered the Man Booker Prize for 2011. As good as it is, to me it is not a prize-winning novel. For one thing, it is time-bound; I suspect that twenty or more years from now -- after most readers are no longer familiar with such cultural phenomena as the Rolling Stones' "Time Is on My Side" ("Ti-yi-yi-yime is on my side, yes it is") -- it will be rather dated. More importantly, it declines in quality over its last third, and the plot twist at the very end is, to me, too contrived.
Julian Barnes is not a wordy author, in fact I would say he is one of the most efficient authors I have read in a long time. The book is full of great quotes - and I fully intend to re-read the book and write down some of them. About half of our book group had read the book twice and while I don't usually do that I can't wait to read it again. I know I'll understand the plot situations better the second time around.
I heartily recommend this book. Once you are into it, the reader will understand why it won the Booker Prize.