Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review: The Sense of Ending by Julian Barnes


Author(s)         Julian Barnes
Cover artist         Suzanne Dean
Publisher Jonathan Cape (UK)
Media type  Print (hardcover)
Pages 150[1]
ISBN 978-0-224-09415-3



The Sense of an Ending written by British author Julian Barnes, was published in 2011 and happens to be the author's eleventh novel written under his own name. Barnes also writes crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. 

The Sense of an Ending is narrated by Tony Webster,a retired man. Webster recalls how he and his two other friends met Adrian Finn at school and they all vowed to remain friends for life. When the past catches up with Tony, he reflects on the paths he and his friends have taken. 


The novel begins with regular descriptions of how teenagers are, Tony and his friends, who them meet Adrian. Later, in the university, Tony meets his first real girlfriend, Veronica. This relationship changes Tony's relationship with Adrian which he later repents in old age. 

Tony is seen to reflect in the past, picking occurences and dissecting them. While doing so, he tries to figure out him place in the story.

In October 2011, The Sense of an Ending was awarded the Man Booker Prize. The following month it was nominated in the novels category at the Costa Book Awards. [Info taken from Wikipedia]

As a reader, I was left thinking and craving for more. As a story, for me, it's almost perfect. The journey across 150 odd pages, along with Tony, was like a walk along self-realisation and stumbling upon my own self.

My rating: 4/5

[Review done for Random HouseThe opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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