Jennifer (aka EM)’s review of The Sense of an Ending > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Koeeoaddi (new)

Koeeoaddi Uh oh. Shall I delete my library hold?

Jennifer (aka EM) goodness me! You're speedy ... I dunno; I think this might have way more resonance for a 60ish British guy experiencing mid-life regret. But try it - it's a quick read, at least. :-)

message 3: by Jennifer (aka EM) (last edited Dec 15, 2011 08:00PM) (new)

Jennifer (aka EM) (I revised from my first 2-star rating up to 3, separating out my dislike for the main character from what I think Barnes actually achieved here. I did really dislike the ending though).

message 4: by Jason (new)

Jason This review is perfect.

Jennifer (aka EM) haha! Thanks ... a brief, gut reaction ... Elizabeth's is the gold standard, I think.

(PS - you are CRACKING ME UP with your votes on my reviews - THANK YOU!)

message 6: by Jason (new)

Jason Welcome!

message 7: by Jason (new)

Jason And yeah, agreed on Elizabeth. She made that one really personal which packs some punch.

message 8: by Gary (new)

Gary  the Bookworm I thought your review was a lot more interesting than the book.

Jennifer (aka EM) hahah - thank you Gary!

message 10: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Stohrer Ugh, I agree completely. He made a mistake, he wrote a nasty letter. Such a small incident, and such brief relationships with the recipients. Move on, move on!

message 11: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Agree totally!!!

message 12: by knig (new)

knig Agreed Tony unlikeable, but the plot in the second half just went surreal: does Barnes take usfor idiots? Why would the mother bequesth Tony the diary? On what basis? why would Veronica play 'cat and mouse' on the phone and all over town? All she had to do was tell him from the start she'd 'accidentally' lost/thrown out the diary. It really felt like a storm in a teacup.

Jennifer (aka EM) Thank you for the likes, everyone! Yeah, K-o-L, that's another thing that you've just reminded me of. The plot twists seemed so implausible and unfounded.

message 14: by Cecily (last edited May 19, 2015 05:10AM) (new)

Cecily Pamela, sometimes it's exactly those sort of apparently small incidents that do have blighting echoes down the years.

I didn't like Tony, and was slightly disappointed with the ending, but I loved the beauty and skill of the writing and found the musings on memory, history and truth very thought-provoking.

message 15: by Dolors (new)

Dolors I waited to finish the book before reading your review, and although I didn't like Tony neither (who might?, you are right about him) , I thought the story wasn't only about self-pity but mainly about the irrevocable passage of time and the veracity of what we call memories.
And I found that subject engaging, similar to McEwan'sAtonement; in which we are shown how a little nonsense (like a bland lie or in this case a nasty letter) can trigger tragedies in real life. Call it chance, fate or coincidence, but I think it's still worthy to think about.

Jennifer (aka EM) Agreed Cecily and Dolors! For me, the "musings on memory, history and truth" (I like that) are thought provoking at a theoretical level, and Barnes' writing of it was sound, but he just didn't engage my heart. I freely confess that my dislike for the character is muddling my response to the book overall. I'm normally not so shallow, but here ... well, I guess I was! :-D

message 17: by Dolors (new)

Dolors Jennifer (aka EM) wrote: "Agreed Cecily and Dolors! For me, the "musings on memory, history and truth" (I like that) are thought provoking at a theoretical level, and Barnes' writing of it was sound, but he just didn't enga..."

completely accepted! It happened the same with Navokov's Humbert Humbert in Lolita, hateful, hateful man who made me loathe the whole story!

message 18: by Emily (new)

Emily I respectfully suggest that many readers, like Tony, just don't get why he receives the inheritance. It is blood money, it is out of guilt. Payback for having used V to get to A

message 19: by Kiwi (new)

Kiwi Love your review

message 20: by Joanne (new)

Joanne ha ha I recommended this to you and you hated it - I loved this book so surprised it did not capture you.

Jennifer (aka EM) hahah JOANNE!!!! I thought it was Debra that brought it in - was it you? Yeah, who knows - maybe just hit me at an odd time. I'm glad you loved it though!

message 22: by Joanne (new)

Joanne No it was likely debra I just read it this past weekend.

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