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    Sense of an Ending (English, Paperback, Julian Barnes)

    Sense of an Ending  (English, Paperback, Julian Barnes)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House
    • ISBN: 9780099570332, 0099570335
    • Edition: 2012
    • Pages: 160
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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.

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    • Imprint
      • Vintage
    • Publication Year
      • 2012 March
    • Awards
      • 2011 The Man Booker Prize Winner for Fiction
    Contributors
    • Author Info

      • 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.

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        \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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    4

    Nice product

    Beautiful story, heart wrenching
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    Nice

    Product matches with the description given. Although the binding is a bit close to the text which makes reading difficult, overall I'm satisfied.
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    Shrestha Bhattacharya

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    Engaging...

    There is something about a Julian Barnes novel that keeps you engaged... This is no different.
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    anand desai

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    9 Aug, 2016

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    4

    It did not end there...

    A simple yet intriguing novel. Perfect for people with less patience for novels. This 150 page novel will blow your mind in the end.
    Essence of the novel- To uncover history, first uncover the history of the historian!
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    Nikita gupta

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    5

    The sense of an ending.

    This is one of the best books I have ever read so much so that i read it through for the second time immediately after completing it in the first instance. Gripping, complex, unusual and sensitively woven, I enjoyed it immensely.
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    PRIYAMWADA CHADHA

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    Slow Sad and Boring

    Don't get me wrong, this one is beautifully written and well executed. The author has a great point and the approach is fantastic. However the book starts off so well that you start to think that it is about something more - but its not. Actually, as you near the end you realize that the book is about nothing whatsoever. The writer has one great point to make - things are not as they seem and memory is now always true. But beyond that lies nothing.
    Its good book, a great premise, but it left...
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    Simon Pinto

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    Slow and Thoughtful

    Nicely build plot. Will make one think. Crisp writing with every couple of pages having enough thoughtful material to ponder.
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    ankit goyal

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    26 Feb, 2015

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    AWESOME!!!

    Its a book which is one of its own kind. Reflective , brooding and intense. The extraordinary hidden metaphorical references of the "average"life of an "average" man is what makes this book a roller-coaster ride : and the suspense is heart-rending! GO FOR IT!! The book will surely impact you in a great deal of ways- even if you wish it hadn't.....
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    AVANTIKA

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    4 Feb, 2015

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    a gripping tale

    Climactic ending & the gradual build-up sealed the fate. If you're sick of reading all the cliched fast-paced novels, this is an uplift from all the shit out there.
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    Nikunj Sharma

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    20 Dec, 2014

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    5

    Resentment, Regret and Realm in its finest sense

    I 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.
    " The Sense of an ending" shall leave you quizzed , foxed and frailing to ask you about the decisions you might relate to.
    I suggest this book to be read not ...
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    sumeet siddhartha

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