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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Jul 20, 2012

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"History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation."

This is meant to intrigue us, and put a deeper meaning to the seemingly mundane life of the narrator of the story.
When, truly, it seems he's no more than an observer (and not a very astute one at that).

An ambitious little novel, well-written, but lacking a whole sense of completion. I suspected the outcome long before the narrator did, which is always a bit frustrating as a reader (you find yourself wanting to reach into the pages and slap them).

So, a quick read, but one I'm sure which will not stick with me long-term.
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I have wanted to read Barnes for a long time. Oddly, my first choice was nonfiction, Nothing to Be Frightened Of, because I found it at a bargain bin and I was interested in his take on death. Despite Barnes' attempt to address ultimate meaning, I was not overwhelmed; however, I do look forward to trying his fiction. I am inclined to read Flaubert's Parrotor Arthur & George.

Gloria This was my first Barnes and I'd definitely give him another go. The latter of the titles you listed intrigues me a bit.

Mark Arthur and George I read for my 'earthly bookclub' a number of years ago....i found it rather disconcerting but fascinating at the same time. I suppose that is probably a good thing. re-reading that, it does rather whiff of damning with faint praise but I will leave it stand

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