The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

The sense of en endingBy Julian Barnes

Published by Vintage, The Random House Group Limited, 2011, UK

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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 retired. 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 lette ris about to prove.

My comments:

A disturbing story about life itself and time passing by.

Any of us can find in it similarities with their own life story.

Have we not all experienced long-forgotten friendships, petty betrayals or harmless naughtiness which resulted in painful disasters ?

When you put down « The Sense of an Ending » you can’t help yourself looking back at your own life and wondering what your present would be like if you had acted differently.

A beautifully written and plotted novel, gripping till the last pages.