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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Nov 13, 2012

it was ok
Read in November, 2012

I was a bit disappointed with the denouement. I was expecting a John Forbes Nash (A Beautiful Mind) twist but that didn't come and the ending was a bit suburban. The book reminded me of Murdoch's The Sea The Sea in expressing similar themes of selective memory and self delusion, of looking back at the seemingly important events of youth from the hindsight of age. However, the book rather hinges on the weak character of Veronica and what she wouldn't tell. Of course if she did tell early on in the book there would be no story and no philosophising but I'm not convinced the secret was such a big deal that she couldn't reveal it - especially to someone who she thought "just didn't get it", out of spite and in an attempt to destroy someone's regard for a friend. But perhaps I am underestimating the reserve of the English.

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