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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Jan 25, 12

bookshelves: best-of-2012, family-based-fiction
Read on January 24, 2012

We seem to have little control over our memories. The smallest things - an image, a smell, a color - can trigger scenes from our pasts, with such intensity, that it can cause physical pain.

And then, there is that small grain of doubt. Are we remembering things the way they were, or the way we wished they had been? In our recollections, we surely appear kinder, smarter, younger, thinner and better looking. And we never did anything deliberately cruel... did we?

This is a lovely, lovely book, packed with emotion, and slyly witty.

It is about one man's history, and his regret over a rash act, performed so long, long ago.

History manages to be both "the lies of the victors and the self-delusions of the defeated. Do we remember that enough when it comes to our private lives?"
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message 1: by Heather (new) - added it

Heather Grainger Just revived this in book club the first quote you put here is fantastic fingers crossed I enjoy it! ( am not used to having books chosen for me)


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Lynn Just finished this...made me want to reread "Atonement," as I remember that book inspiring some similar thoughts about memory, unreliable narrators, and self-justification...


Melki I've not read that one. The "surprise" was basically ruined for me by all the chatter surrounding the movie, but I would like to get to it one day.

Glad you liked this one, though. I'm steeling myself for when Judy rips it to pieces at book club;-P


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