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The Sense of an Ending
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March 1, 2012
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March 31, 2012

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Ellen Keim
Dec 18, 2011 Ellen Keim rated it liked it
I "liked" this book, with reservations. I don't think I would have finished it if I hadn't read how good it was supposed to be. The fact that it is so short didn't hurt either. I figured there must be SOME reason why the book had such good reviews and I could at least give it a try.

I'm not sorry I read it. But if it had been any longer, the story definitely would have had to be more interesting and engaging. I also would have liked to have known more about the characters: how they affected each
Katie Hanrahan
Mar 17, 2012 Katie Hanrahan rated it it was amazing
The author has a remarkable skill for inserting little bits of information that keep a reader turning the page. From creating sympathy for the main character, a retired old stick, to spinning a yarn, Mr. Barnes proves his talent as a writer.

Not to give away the ending, but I never saw it coming, and I'm not sure there were any significant clues earlier in the novel to indicate what was going to happen. That's the artistry, perhaps, in that a single sentence could be the hinge on which the narrat
Sandra Lawson
Mar 07, 2012 Sandra Lawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was vaguely aware that this had won last year's Booker, but an offer from the Sunday Times prompted me to buy a copy, and I couldn't put it down. I haven't read anything by Barnes before, but was immediately drawn in by the opening statements, especially the declaration that our memories can mislead us.

As a child of the sixties (and therefore a little younger than the peer group described by Tony, the books narrator) I could empathise with the sixth formers as they grew into young men, chased
Feb 14, 2012 Sheila rated it it was ok
Didn't live up to the Booker Prize hype for me. Dated story of 60's youth coming of age sexually and psychologically. Forty years later he becomes aware of the consequences of a friend's youthful indiscretions. Interesting?,..NOT! Too introspective, too much psychobabble for me.
Marie Boland
Nov 23, 2011 Marie Boland rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book and so beautifully written. Deserves book of the year from me.
Jan 27, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part one dragged but part two made it worth sticking with. Another 3.5 but I'm feeling generous.
I read the book in less than a day. I suppose it was especially appealing as a person who is around the same age as the narrator. It is a book that in sparse prose and only around 160 pages conveys a profound story.
Aug 19, 2011 Cathleen rated it it was amazing

What is it that we think we remember? I just finished this novel yesterday; it begged to be read in one sitting (I did it in two) but I want to reread it again, immediately. I'm still mulling over this novel, so more to come.
Apr 03, 2012 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, library
study of memory and personal history
retired man reviews two significant relationships in his early life as new documents in form of will and willed diary emerge
Jul 02, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Read it on the way back from an interview for University in Canterbury. Read it in two days it was that good! If not slightly upsetting.
Deborah Peterson
Dec 31, 2011 Deborah Peterson rated it liked it
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Heather (DeathByBook)
Dec 17, 2012 Heather (DeathByBook) marked it as to-read
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Derek Walsh
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