Sense of an Ending

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: Penguin
    • 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.

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    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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    Publication Year
    • 2012 March
    • 2011 The Man Booker Prize Winner for Fiction
    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.


      \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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    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...

    Renu Raveendran

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    15 May, 2012

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    Totally worth !t.

    First thing first - "The Sense of an Ending" is the Man Booker Prize winner of 2011. Speaks a lot for itself.

    "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, rumor 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 ma...

    Shashwat Anand

    26 Jun, 2012

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    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 ...

    sumeet siddhartha

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    9 Sep, 2014

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    Story is weak, but fantastic way of telling it

    The 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).
    There is a reality unknown to the narrato...

    Amajit Basu

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    6 Jun, 2012

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    Sense of an ending ...

    Everything was great about this book.
    First ,the sincere on- time delivery of the book at the doorstep.
    Next ,the creative book cover design by Suzzane Dean.

    Then the well written story by Julian Barnes which talks of the tricks and surprises memories can play on a person. More so as you grow old , when elusive memories are all you have to rely on, for recollection of the past actions and their consequence- the present.


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    1 Apr, 2012

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    A skilfully plotted book.It's thrilling towards the end.


    Certified Buyer, Trivandrum

    19 Mar, 2018

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    interesting piece

    the first impression is of a monotonous recollection. it is only at the end that the whole story unfolds beautifully. thought-provoking and impressive. this one really deserved the prize.

    i for one, am glad i took this up. the empty, yet consuming effect it has was almost like The Inheritance Of Loss.

    memthoibi adhikari

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    9 Sep, 2012

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    Well crafted, brilliant use of the English language and fantastic story line.

    The ending is thought provoking and keeps you wondering. Not a dull moment from the beginning till the end.

    The use of English language is commendable.

    The book is all about an human mind and its journey in life.... The differant platform of behaviour pattern at differant stages in life. What happens when some of our past actions visits us in our oldage....Just Brilliant piece of work, worthy of the boo...

    Liz Thottan

    25 May, 2012

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    Barnes At His Best

    The Sense of an Ending. Words seem less to describe how exquisite this novel is.
    The story surrounds an ageing divorced man who visits his memories when he had the unfortunate time of his life with his girlfriend. Barnes has beautifully portrayed how the young and restless make some mistakes which they regret for the rest of their lives. The book leaves a deep impact on your soul and makes you think about it.
    5/5 it is as the novel is concise, right on track and emotionally astounding. One...

    Kanishk%20 Singh

    11 Apr, 2012

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    Profoundly Impressive -- Thought provoking

    I 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.

    The story is in two parts. First, the protagonist's English schoolboy experiences with friends, love, debate, and doubt. Then second, his agonies...

    Jayesh Singh

    Certified Buyer, Bangalore

    12 Nov, 2013

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