The Sense of An Ending

The Sense of An Ending

Large Print - 2012
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Tony Webster has always made the very reasonable assumption that he could trust his memories, but when he's forced to revisit his past, everything he believes about himself and his life is challenged. The fact is that Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, never gave much thought to his past at all until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance -- one of them from the grave and another maddeningly present. Tony thought he'd left all this uncertainly behind as he built a life for himself. Tony has created a very ordinary life for himself that includes the usual trappings of marriage, family, and career. But his marriage has become an amicable divorce, and his career has turned into a comfortable retirement. Presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he'd understood all along, Tony may have to revise his estimation of his own nature and his place in the world. The Sense of an Ending is so compelling that it begs to be read in
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. :, Center Point Pub.,, 2012.
Edition: Center Point large print edition.
ISBN: 9781611733259
Branch Call Number: LT FIC BARN
Characteristics: 191 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 28, 2016

I enjoyed this rather slow, plodding walk through a man's life. True it's not an action thriller but it does show how one person's actions can affect others without one being aware of it. It also describes how the memories and our perspectives of our past are not always accurate. My problem is with the ending. What really happened with Veronica, Adrian, Tony and why did Veronica's mother leave a bequest for Tony? There are too many scenarios to consider and it bugs me that I don't know what really happened. Anyone?

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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.

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."

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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