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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780099570332, 0099570335
    • Edition: 2, 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
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    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.

    Dimensions
    Width
    • 12 mm
    Height
    • 178 mm
    Length
    • 110 mm
    Weight
    • 119 gr
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    5

    Splendid book for a mature mind

    It 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 peac...
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    Aashish Dada

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    Jan, 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 ...
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    sumeet siddhartha

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    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.
    It has its sha...
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    Abhik Dey

    Nov, 2011

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    Nice book

    This 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.
    However this a great book,and surely is one of the all time best in its specific genre
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    Shibaji Mukherjee

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    Nov, 2011

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    A Masterpeice !!

    Human relations are complicated. And human emotions are much more complicated. WHY ? coz most of the times we ourselves don’t know how will we react to particular situation. We surprise ourselves.

    Memories are still more complicated and tricky. We unconsciously and conveniently alter them and present it for others (sometimes for ourselves) the way we want... rather the way IT EXACTLY WAS!!

    Initially author tries to give different definitions of history through different characters of the st...
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    Roopashree Krishnamurthy

    Jun, 2012

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    5

    Brilliant

    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...
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    Liz Thottan

    May, 2012

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    Journey to your mind!

    High on intellect, high on emotions and memories which most of us will relate to, at least parts of it if not all.

    The book is written in two parts. The first part is straight forward in terms of what it is trying to say and easy to digest. It is likely to give a sense of nostalgia and it completely succeeds in doing so. The second part is where the book gets heavy, the plot starts moving fast and the ending leaves you in a daze. It is something you would not be expecting.

    It ends in such a...
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    Zimit Bhagat

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    Jan, 2012

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    Wow. Absolutely Brilliant !

    This intuitive & witty reflection of life by the character haunts, makes one think about one's own existence for a long time and wonder about strange paths life can take. Worthy of a booker and it would make an awesome script for a film. Absolutely Brilliant !
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    Gaurav Khattar

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    Dec, 2011

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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...
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    Jayesh Singh

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    Nov, 2013

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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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    Shruthi

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    Apr, 2012

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