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The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes

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The Sense of an Ending
by Author Name Julian Barnes

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List Price:18.50
Format: Hardback, 204 x 138 x 20mm, 160pp
Publication date: 04 Aug 2011
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
ISBN-13: 9780224094153

Dubray Review

Julian Barnes puts memory under the microscope and reveals, with ruthless precision, both its fickleness and utter mutability. His protagonist, Tony Webster – stirred into action by dramatic recent changes in his life – has begun a thorough reassessment of his own personal history. He realises immediately that his self-awareness is impeded by an inherent bias that clouds and muddies any recollections of the past. Tony’s journey in this novel is toward a truth that will elude him forever unless he comes to understand and fully accept his own role in a tragic event from his early life. So he must remember what he’d prefer to forget and reconnect with persons all but erased from his memory of the past. At 160 pages, this remarkable book can easily be read in a single sitting but you’ll miss it terribly once you’re done.

Leon Hickey, Dubray Books Bray


Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011 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, rumour 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 marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove. The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.


"Packs quite an emotional punch... Julian Barnes unravels the mystery with masterly skill. He springs surprise after surprise without stooping to sensationalism in a crisp, engaging tale" -- Max Davidson Daily Mail "Written in beautifully cadenced prose, it is a mature writer's reflections on love and marriage... on family and friendship, on work and death" Time Out "There is no catastrophe, simply a dawning awareness of the past, its consequences and its meaning for the present. It is a familiar narrative structure, but in the hands of the master-wordsmith that Barnes has become, the effect is cumulatively overwhelming... A compelling, disturbing and profoundly moving story of human fallibility" -- Daniel Johnson Standpoint "It is a perfect novel of positively European economy and power (shades of Schnitzler, shades of Camus)... It is beyond the wit and depth of any current British writer" -- Giles Coran Times "Its technical expertise is little short of remarkable...a writer with an all-too rare attribute, a perfect literary ear. Take a page at random and read it aloud, and enjoy its finely tuned exactitude" -- Keith Miller Telegraph