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The Sense Of An Ending is a novel that revolves around Tony Webster, a retired man, who remembers the letter he sent to both his former girlfriend, Veronica, and his best friend, Adrian, during their youthful days.
Summary Of The Book
The narrator of The Sense Of An Ending is a retired man, Tony Webster, who remembers the time he met Adrian Finn at school, where the two pledged to remain friends for life. This book has two sections, both of which Tony narrates. The first portion is set during the 1960s, in which the readers are introduced to four intellectually arrogant friends, among which Adrian and Tony are the central characters, and play a major role throughout this story.
At the closing of school, one of the schoolboys hangs himself, the reason being that he impregnated a girl. The four friends then begin to debate on the philosophical difficulty of comprehending what exactly took place. After their schooling, Adrian moves on to attend Cambridge University, while Tony goes to Bristol University. Tony soon has a girlfriend, Veronica, and spends an embarrassing weekend that jeopardizes their relationship. It was not too long after that Adrian sends Tony a letter, telling him that he and Veronica are dating each other. Tony then addresses a letter to the two, speaking out against their relationship, wishing them a woeful life ahead.
Few months later, Tony is informed that Adrian has ended his life, who leaves a note for the coroner. His school friends attribute Adrian’s action to his depressive nature. Tony considers his letter to be brief and trivial. He marries Margaret, and they have one child together, followed by a quiet divorce. Despite their divorce, Tony and Margaret remain close friends. One day, Tony receives a letter from a lawyer, informing him of Veronica’s mother's death and that she has left behind Adrian’s diary for Tony. However, Veronica is grieved by the letter Tony sent her and Adrian in their youth, and tries everything to prevent Tony from getting his hands on the diary. Does the diary reveal the mystery behind Adrian’s suicide?
The Sense Of An Ending was greatly appreciated by readers worldwide, fetching Barnes the Man Booker Prize in October 2011.
About Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes is an author.
Apart from this book, Barnes has written Nothing To Be Frightened Of, The Pedant In The Kitchen, and A History Of The World In 10½ Chapters.
Julian Barnes was born on 19th January, 1946, in Leicester, England. He studied at the City of London School for seven years. He then completed his graduation studies in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford. After that, Barnes began working for the Oxford English Dictionary supplement as a lexicographer. Barnes has also worked as an editor and reviewer for the New Review and the New Statesman. He has written under the pseudonyms, Dan Kavanagh and Edward Pygge. He has been presented with the Prix Femina award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature.
|Number of Pages||160 Pages|
|Publication Year||2012 March|
|Awards||2011 The Man Booker Prize Winner for Fiction|
|Height||7.01 Inches (US)|
|Width||0.47 Inches (US)|
Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels, including Metroland, Flaubert\'s Parrot, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three col...View More
Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels, including Metroland, Flaubert\'s Parrot, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pedant in the Kitchen.
\nHis work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert\'s Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.
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Apr 10, 2015
Slow Sad and Boring
Feb 26, 2015
Slow and Thoughtful
Feb 4, 2015
Dec 20, 2014
a gripping tale
Sep 9, 2014
Resentment, Regret and Realm in its finest sense
May 15, 2012
A book to think!!!The story's facade is simple, refined almost to monotony and dependent on the revelation of a secret towards the ending. But what is hidden between the lines is far more chaotic—and likely to leave the reader anxious for days after finishing the book. I loved that the book made me really think about regret, and repentance. It also made me think about the idea that we are always dishonest narrators of our own lives. And the book was very disturbing that it made me think about how easy it is to think you are one kind of person, when you are actually not and how universal human frailty is.
Nov 4, 2011
Memory De-glorifiedThe book is a worthy winner. It deconstructs the romanticism built around the concepts of 'memory' and 'nostalgia'. It is a book divided into two parts. The first part is a memory told by the protagonist. The second part is the anti-thesis. The memory receives a setback. And it is interestingly narrated. The end is poignant.
Nov 8, 2011
Nice bookThis book is a delight to read if you are into reading non narrative type of fiction. This is less of a novel and more of a memoir. The book is more heavy on analysis, observation and opinion than on a narrative for a fiction.
Apr 1, 2012
Sense of an ending ...Everything was great about this book.
Jan 13, 2012
Splendid book for a mature mindIt was the first time I read a book by Julian Barnes and what a wonderful reading it was. The first person narration, the British humor and the narration is the work of a master. Although its only 150 pages but the emotions conveyed are far reaching. It is the book which leaves you thinking. Something which guarantees re-reads. A book for the ones who thoroughly enjoy stepping in the shoes of the character as he navigates through episodes of his life. A stark statement on the way we make peace with our lives by taking perceptions and believing them to be true.
Jun 26, 2012
Totally worth !t.
Nov 12, 2013
Profoundly Impressive -- Thought provokingI just finished "The Sense of an Ending" and was left stunned. There are books that leave the reader thinking about it for weeks, this is one of those. The mystery unfolds slowly, and we as readers are given the same facts as protagonist is. Everything is filtered through Tony's fractured memories. This is a book that will stay with me a long time.
Jun 6, 2012
Story is weak, but fantastic way of telling itThe story is not so great. But, the way it is told is brilliant. It is full of surprises and a little suspense, but at the end, the story does not appear worth of remembering. It finely narrates some events that started some half a century ago and enter in the present. The journey of a man from the childhood in the fifties/sixties to getting aged in the present world has been well-depicted (Although the story has a jump in time for about 30/40 years).
Nov 26, 2011
He is good !Well... to begin with,I am still trying to figure out the sense of an ending in " The Sense of an Ending " with its dual twists in the end. The ending left me with a sense of wondrous bewilderment... and open to plenty of interpretations,which makes the entire book worthy of a re-read later and very open to analysis. The lucidity in its style is marvellous. Barnes, has an extremely engaging plot build-up here which makes us hold onto every word as we traverse through the book.
Sep 9, 2014
Resentment, Regret and Realm in its finest senseI am thrilled to bits , i read the book. this on the whole is a vivid representation of what tony thought life was and how ironically it unfolded to leave him with more questions about his actions and the decisions he made. the choices man makes often comes back to either haunt him or present him in a a character he sketched ages back.