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15 The Sense of an Ending

Originally posted by audrey_e at 15 The Sense of an Ending
15 THE SENSE OF AN ENDING Julian Barnes (England, 2011)

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The Sense of an Ending won the Man Booker Prize in 2011.

An old man reflects on his youth, and specifically his friendship with Adrian, and the latter's suicide.

What a wonderfully-crafted novel! Julian Barnes managed to gradually build a multi-layered plot that I would not want to spoil in anyway. All I can say is that Tony, the narrator, is one of the most memorable unreliable narrators I've ever read.
This is clearly a book that needs to be read a second time, and it is perfect for a group discussion as it is a puzzling and haunting story.
Since The Sense of an Ending is a reflection on memory and how we view the past, some have argued that it is better to read it when middle-aged or older. I'm 24, but an old soul, and I found this book very meaningful.

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