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The Sense of an Ending

Barnes, Julian

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Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Softcover
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Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize

One of The Atlantic's Best Books I Read This Year

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.
 
This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

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Book Description: Vintage Books, 2012. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Elegant, playful, and remarkable." -- The New Yorker "A page-turner, and when you finish you will return immediately to the beginning." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Beautiful. . . . An elegantly composed, quietly devastating tale." --Heller McAlpin, NPR "Dense with philosophical ideas. . . . It manages to create genuine suspense as a sort of psychological detective story." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Evelyn Waugh did it in Brideshead Revisited , as did Philip Larkin in Jill [and] Kazuo Ishiguro in The Remains of the Day . Now, with his powerfully compact new novel, Julian Barnes takes his place among the subtly assertive practitioners of this quiet art." -- The New York Times Book Review "[A] jewel of conciseness and precision. The Sense of an Ending packs into so few pages so much that the reader finishes it with a sense of satisfaction more often derived from novels several times its length." -- The Los Angeles Times "Exquisitely crafted, sophisticated, suspenseful, and achingly painful, The Sense of an Ending is a meditation on history, memory, and individual responsibility." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer "Clever, provocative. . . . A brilliant, understated examination of memory and how it works, how it compartmentalizes and fixes impressions to tidily store away." -- The Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Concisely written and yet rich and full of emotional depth. . . . It''s highly original as well. And complicated, just like life." -- New York Journal of Books "Elegiac yet potent, The Sense of an Ending probes the mysteries of how we remember and our impulse to redact, correct--and sometimes entirely erase--our pasts." -- Vogue "Ominous and disturbing. This outwardly tidy and conventional story is one of Barnes''s most indelible [and] looms oppressively in our minds." -- The Wall Street Journal "At 163 pages, The Sense of an Ending is the longest book I have ever read, so prepare yourself for rereading. You won''t regret it." --Jane Juska, The San Francisco Chronicle "With his characteristic grace and skill, Barnes manages to turn this cat-and-mouse game into something genuinely suspenseful." -- The Washington Post "Ferocious. . . . A book for the ages." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "Concisely written and yet rich and full of emotional depth. . . . At times, side-splittingly funny, at others, brutally honest, but always delightfully well observed. . . . Ironically, despite focusing on endings, and on suicide, this is a tremendously life-affirming work. It''s highly original as well. And complicated, just like life." -- New York Journal of Books "Elegiac yet potent, The Sense of an Ending probes the mysteries of how we remember and our impulse to redact, correct - and sometimes entirely erase - our pasts. . . . Barnes''s highly wrought meditation on aging gives just as much resonance to what is unknown and unspoken as it does to the momentum of its own plot." -- Vogue "Novel, fertile and memorable . . . . A highly wrought meditation on aging, memory and regret." -- The Guardian (London) "A brilliant, understated examination of memory and how it works, how it compartmentalizes and fixes impressions to tidily store away. . . . Clever, provocative. . . . Barnes reminds his readers how fragile is the tissue of impressions we conveniently rely upon as bedrock." -- Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Brief, beautiful. . . . That fundamentally chilling question--Am I the person I think I am?--turns out to be a surprisingly suspenseful one. . . . As Barnes so elegantly and poignantly reveals, we are all unreliable narrators, redeemed not by the accuracy of our memories but by our willingness to question them." -- The Boston Globe. "Quietly mesmerizing. . . . A slow burn, measured but suspenseful, this compact novel makes every slyly crafted sentence count." -- The Independent (London) "Deliciously intriguing.with complex and subtle undertones [and] laced with Barnes'. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0307947726

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