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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Jan 17, 2012

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Read from January 15 to 17, 2012

This 2011 Booker prize winning story is a sixty-year old retired British man's ruminations
on his past. Friends from college resurface in very different ways which leads him to re-examine
what happened and how he played his part. Looking back over his life, he finds himself wanting.
Remorse finds him and he realizes his memory or understanding of it, is deeply flawed. A sad
story in the end, courageous in its bleak reappraisal of his place in the world he has made
for himself. He's been a coward, inept, and passively quite dull. Not an uplifting experience
of course. A short book, so it does not become maudlin and intriguing in its shifts of mind.

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