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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Dec 26, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: international, literary
Read in December, 2011

It's a truism: every story is a mystery story, which this exquisitely crafted literary meditation on memory and character proves more than most. The last two pages unravel the mystery that drives the search by the protagonist Tony (and the reader), almost tangibly forcing a retracing of steps -- clues, if you will -- whose meaning is so different and so much more devastating than when initially unfurled conversationally. I silently gasped as the clockwork fell into place and I flipped back through the slight but dense 163 pages to see if I could, as Tony finally does, "get it." Might I say, having never read Barnes, that I'm in love with his sentences and his sensibility. There are reasons why many of us are Anglophiles, as well.
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