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Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize

By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse.
This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he’d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes’s oeuvre.

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The Sense of an Ending
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3.7 / 5
Great book
March 24th, 2015
Wonderful book that has affected me in a remarkable manner, which few have ever had. It made me re-evaluate my life and reconsider past experiences. This book reinforces the notion that life is a gift to be lived and cherished.
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The Sense of an Ending
January 13th, 2015
Pitch perfect elegy. It asks and answers the question what is left when we are left with our memories? How well can we be said to understand our own lives? How little does it take to completely unsettle our familiarity with ourselves? Barnes accomplished something earthshakingly good in a fraction of the space you might expect he'd need - there was no wasted movement, no fat on this book.
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December 22nd, 2014
Interesting twist at the end but wanted a better ending .............................................
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December 6th, 2014
Good prose, deep thoughts. Plot-wise I think it'a a little bit Haruki Murakami-ish. I had the same feeling I had after reading The Colorless Tsukuru.
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January 22nd, 2014
Truly "an author at the height of his powers". This short book is one of the most beautiful I've read in a long time and I could only wish it had been longer. Certainly a very worthy winner of than Man Booker prize.
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December 5th, 2013
different and an easy read
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