The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes 2011
29 23 6 7.9/10 PAPERBACK FICTION English 176 Knopf 0307957128 9780307957122

By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse.   This short, intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he never much thought about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.

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Critic Reviews

The Sunday Times Lidija Haas

Here, as in some of his other books, there is truth to be found – it’s just not always easy to recover, and people are adept at masking, forgetting, or reinventing it.

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The Globe and Mail Sandra Martin

Exquisitely concise, The Sense of an Ending, which is long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, offers a merciless portrait of late-20th-century males.

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Time Out Sydney Andrew P. Street

It’s a strange, slight story given weight by Barnes’ exceptional writing...and at 150 pages, it's barely more than a novella.

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The Daily Mail Michael Arditti

...this is a fascinating sketch of an unglamorous and rarely mined vein of middle-class life.

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The Spectator David Sexton

This novella does not move or satisfy.

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The Guardian Justine Jordan

Barnes excels at colouring everyday reality with his narrator's unique subjectivity, without sacrificing any of its vivid precision...

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