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message 1: by Gary (new)

Gary  the Bookworm TV is definitely more interesting these days!

message 2: by Shereen (new)

Shereen Thank you. I couldn't agree more. The best I can say about this book is it was only 4 CDs looooooooooong. I think I'll watch something really stimulating, like "Dance Moms."

message 3: by Maud (new)

Maud Van Loenen I completely agree. I was totally agitated after finishing this one. What a drag.

message 4: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I wish I had read your review before buying this book. Ugh.

message 5: by Kkop12 (new)

Kkop12 I had trouble with this one to. I was looking for reviews of 2-3 stars to see if someone else was confused as well.

message 6: by Maud (new)

Maud I´m with you, too... wondering if the 5star reviewers understood or if they just chose to remember they did.

message 7: by Steve (new)

Steve Hardy Couldn't disagree with you more. The characters in my opinion are not thin but rather not so exaggerated or sentimentalized as seems to be the case for the majority of fiction at this time in history. The writing flows beautifully and has an aesthetic sense of perspective. What Julian Barne's creates in this narrative has much in common with The Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood - recent recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

message 8: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Wieting I agree that this book had some wonderful writing and insights but the twist at the end....WTH?

message 9: by Auntjenny (new)

Auntjenny Steve wrote: "Couldn't disagree with you more. The characters in my opinion are not thin but rather not so exaggerated or sentimentalized as seems to be the case for the majority of fiction at this time in histo..."

I like Atwood. But I don't understand your comparison to Barnes. Granted I finished his book quite a while ago, but his writing is very different from hers. She's more of an idea writer...she builds upon fairy tales (The Robber Bride)... I felt like Barnes was trying to make something out of nothing, like his story was kind of stupid and he probably knew it so he fluffed it up with pretty and insightful writing but he was ultimately unable to mask the fact that the story was just kind of awful . Really felt like I'd wasted my time with his book. I've read two Atwood novels and would read more but I'm avoiding Julian Barnes.

message 10: by Maya (new)

Maya Totally agree. That one quote is the only reason it wasn't a complete waste of time.

message 11: by Lillian (new)

Lillian I think you missed the point.

message 12: by Auntjenny (new)

Auntjenny Lillian wrote: "I think you missed the point."
OK. What point did I/we miss?

message 13: by Leanne (new)

Leanne Williams I agree with Lillian. The book wasn't meant to have a fast moving/entertaining plot. This book is more a reflection of life, and the sense of it coming to a close-the sense of an ending. The narrator is looking back on his time spent on earth, what he has done with it, what he hasn't and how he feels about it. I think that is relevant to everyone, especially as we get older, looking back on what we wish we could have changed, or how we, ourselves could have changed. That is the value of this book-it's philosophical, much like its characters.

message 14: by Auntjenny (new)

Auntjenny Yeah, I think the philosophical gist of the story could have been summed up in that one sentence I quoted. No need for an entire book with a "plot."

message 15: by Kara (new)

Kara I agree. That particular quote was the only part of the story that stood out to me. I guess there were some interesting ideas around the nature of being human and the writing style was enjoyable but the plot, even as a character study, just was not enough to carry it. It may have worked better as a short story.

message 16: by Clova (new)

Clova Im glad somebody else found this confusing. Well written and some very clever and thoughtful lines, and combining well philosophical ideas with plot, but I do not understand what happened, I dont understand why he received the money, I dont know why he was left Adrians diary in the will. Its a real shame it just didnt make sense.

message 17: by Saoirse (new)

Saoirse Flaherty Spoilers much ? Reviews should come with a warning.

message 18: by Ivy-Mabel (new)

Ivy-Mabel Fling If you find this book so terribly bad, what can you recommend, please?

message 19: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Schaft Isn't Adrian the boys's father? That would explain the name. And Why the mother came on to Tony: she probably came on to all the boys in Veronica's life. She wasn't a nice woman. She fucked up Veronica.

message 20: by Anna (new)

Anna Tony's central character flaw throughout the novel is actually giving up. I think the entire story shows how he knows the level of person he should be, yet never puts in the effort to become that person. He wants things to be handed to him without working hard for them - friendship, love, intelligence, career, and so on. The story would've been so different if he wasn't a middling philosopher, a minimalistic non-communicative lover, an intimate friend, in short, an intuitive, unique individual.

message 21: by Auntjenny (new)

Auntjenny Cheryl Strayed- Wild. Jonathan Franzen Freedom or The Corrections. Any Margaret Atwood. Chad Horbach The Art of Fielding... even Sweetbitter was better. All much better than The Sense of an Ending!!

message 22: by Leila (new)

Leila Caz As I wrote in my review- the history boys and one hundred years of solitude - both deal with similar philosophical ideas in a much more pleasant way!

message 23: by Auntjenny (new)

Auntjenny The Round House by Louise Erdrich was one of the best I've read in years.

message 24: by Teresa Mann (new)

Teresa Mann Amen. You read this 6 yrs ago - i just read it. If only there was something good to watch on TV!

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