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The End of Loneliness

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  15,229 ratings  ·  1,476 reviews
Jules Moreau’s childhood is shattered after the sudden death of his parents. Enrolled in boarding school where he and his siblings, Marty and Liz, are forced to live apart, the once vivacious and fearless Jules retreats inward, preferring to live within his memories--until he meets Alva, a kindred soul caught in her own grief. Fifteen years pass and the siblings remain str ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Penguin Books (first published February 24th 2016)
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Angela M
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A well written story affords us the opportunity to feel what the characters are feeling even if their experience is not one that is totally familiar. I know what grief feels like over losing loved ones, but I don’t know what it’s like as a child to lose both parents and carry that grief throughout your life. This is a such a well written story that I found myself totally immersed in the grief of Jules, Marty and Liz Moreau, so much so that I cried at times with them and for them. This is such a
Elyse  Walters
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My gosh.... the purity of this novel is beautiful. The storytelling MAGNIFICENT!

It’s a book you want to own - let some time pass - then read it again. A few novels are high on my ‘gift’ lists....
“Molokai” by Alan Brennert, “To The End of Your Life Book Club”, by Will Schwalbe, and “The History of Love”, by Nicole Krause are a few books. - just to name a few- I’ve given away to people many times. I like to bring a book - rather than a bottle of wine to dinner invitations.
I ‘already’ have a frien
JV (semi-hiatus)
"What is it that makes a life into what it becomes?"
Profound, sonorous, poignant, and deeply cathartic, The End of Loneliness is but one of the few novels that I would consider a literary magnum opus — a league on its own. Brimming with philosophical ruminations, insurmountable truths, and penetrating insights, it explores grief, life and death, camaraderie, yearning, solitude, and dreams of the lives forgone.
"What if there’s no such thing as time? If everything we experience is eternal,
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘there were things i couldnt say; i could only write them. because when i spoke, i thought; and when i wrote, i felt.’

what a surprise this book is. the kind of quiet surprise that ever so quietly draws closer to you, step by step, until its staring right back at you, making you realise and say, ‘oh, there you are. i didnt know how much i needed you.’ a story so heartbreakingly tender, so human in its reflection on loneliness, family, love, loss, grief, and hope.

but while this story has a re
Diane S ☔
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor-2019
My first five star read of 2019. Five stars because it gave me a very good story, some great and memorable characters, as well as delivering all the feels. A complimentary side of marshmallow thrown in for good measure.

When the story opens we are introduced to Jules. He is lying in a hospital bed recovering from a motorcycle accident. The reason for the accident is in doubt. He then flashes back to his past, and the reader follows he and his siblings as they are delivered to a just barely servic
The End of Loneliness is a story that affirms the power of love and the throbbing pain of loss and loneliness. How the heart can be nourished and torn apart, leaving us with an unforgettable and emotional journey.

At 11 years of age, the story's narrators, Jules, and his older brother and sister, Marty and Liz, lose their parents in a car accident. They are re-homed in a boarding school with each drifting apart and trying to adapt to this new alien world. For Jules, he despondently wat
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
At first i was curious about an unusual story by Benedict Wells, so i was excited to read. Benedict Wells has a great writing style. He usualy knows how to handle with words, but did not touch me with his style of writing. The destiny of the main character is directed by the arbitrariness of the autor without surprising moments and changes of tacks.
Andrew Smith
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The book opens with the line: I’ve known Death a long time, but now Death knows me.

Jules wakes in a hospital bed - he’s been in an accident and he’s pretty beaten up. He tries to piece it together: a motorcycle accident, but there’s something before that, something his mind doesn’t want to recall. We’ll find out what that is… but not yet, not for quite some time.

We flashback to his childhood and learn that he lost his parents early in life, the result of a car crash. He, his brother Marty a
*TUDOR^QUEEN* (on hiatus)
This was a very moving account of three siblings from Munich, Germany who tragically lost their parents in a car accident. The story is told from the perspective of the youngest son, Jules. As the story begins, a now adult Jules wakes up in hospital realizing he has survived a motorcycle accident. Both Jules' older brother Marty and the hospital psychologist question whether it was an accident or a suicide attempt. From here, the story rewinds to its beginning.

Jules is a carefree, brave and outg
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I've known Death a long time, but now Death knows me."

"What is it that makes a life into what it becomes?"

Memoirs and autobiographies are an effective way to share one's life memories and lessons, with the world. They are, indeed, a wonderful medium to bring people (and hearts) together, when everyone's growing apart these days.

The only way we can overcome the loneliness within us is together.

This is one of the areas in our lives, where memoirs serve a higher purpose - they genuinely help in o
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a book about siblings Liz, Marty, and Jules.. who at young ages, lost both their parents in a traffic accident, and then were sent to boarding school for many years. They were separated from each other while there and for the youngest, Jules .. it was especially difficult.
This is their story, (mostly focusing on Jules life) and how the sadness of such an early loss affected their entire lives. There are also other great characters in this book to bring about a very meaningful and lo
3.5 and a yawn

This book is fine. Not fine like in fine china. Or fine like in mighty fine. This is more like the fine I utter when my salmon is a little overcooked. It’s fine, I tell the server, as in, I can still taste a bit of goodness but I definitely won’t rave about this meal later. It’s fine; it will do. So this isn’t a huge endorsement, obviously. And in the same way, I can’t give a huge endorsement to this book.

The story is about Jules, whose parents die when he’s young. He and his brot
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Described as a Tear Jerker in the magazine review I read but I am afraid this one didn't emotionally affect me in any way and not a tear was shed which may say more about me than the book....... but we do all react differently and as so many of friends found this one a powerful and emotional read, Unfortunately by the end of the novel I was left unmoved and unsatisfied and didn't connect with the characters and to be honest probably wont remember much about this novel a month from now. I do rea ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this utterly wrecked me. What a beautiful book.

The End of Loneliness, translated from the German by Charlotte Collins, follows three siblings growing up in Munich, whose parents die in a car accident, leaving them orphaned and forced to attend boarding school. The focus is on Jules, the youngest sibling, who's more of an observer than a participant in his own life; after his parents' death he turns inward and fixates on a parallel narrative that he's crafted of what his life would have bee
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
“A difficult childhood is like an enemy. You never know when it will strike.”

This quote pretty much sums up what The End of Loneliness is all about. Jules is the youngest of three siblings. His parents die when he is 11 years old, and he and his siblings go live in a boarding school. Later in life, Jules looks back on different points in his life — how he and his siblings distanced themselves from each other and slowly came back together. But, always, for Jules and his siblings, the early loss o
Wow! This book thoroughly absorbed me. I will remember it for a very long time. It took quite awhile to read as I did keep pausing so many times to reflect on the complex thoughts of the lonely Jules, his struggles with low self esteem and self examination, his attempts to understand the motives of others and especially the love of his life. I made personal notes and re-read sentences, paragraphs and often whole chapters for I felt the complexity of his loneliness so intensely. The book touched ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tooter by: Elyse Walters
5+++ Stars.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Do you know what my father said to me before he died? He said it was important to have a true friend - a soulmate. Someone you’d never lose, who would always be there for you. He said it was more important than love...Sometimes I think that’s who you are for me, or me for you. I can imagine us being friends all our lives, and I’m just so infinitely glad we got to know each other here.”
Thus begins the emotional roller coaster ride of the soulmates. This is the story of Jules Moreau and his soulm
Renee (itsbooktalk)
I had high hopes for this character driven exploration of fate, life, and love but by the halfway point I fizzled out on the story. This is the story of Jules, Marty and Liz, 3 siblings who weather their first tragedy when their parents are killed when they're all still under 16. They're sent to a boarding school and I must say, the author did a fantastic job of portraying the depth of sadness that all 3 experienced because as we learned from the beginning of the story, they were close with thei ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
I feel like I went on a journey, when reading this book. Originally I began reading it physically, but I’m glad I moved to reading it on audiobook because the way the narrator delivers the story flows so effortlessly, and I enjoyed it far more when I was listening to it.

What really got me about The End of Loneliness was how much it seeped into my heart and made me feel as if I was Jules, growing older and wiser as he deals with the troubles of life, grief, heartbreak, and finding one’s purpose
Paula Bardell-Hedley
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paula by: NetGalley.
“A difficult childhood is like an invisible enemy. You never know when it will strike.”
Eleven-year-old Jules and his siblings, Marty and Liz, live sheltered, seemingly idyllic lives in Munich with their devoted mother and father. Until, that is, both parents are killed in a catastrophic road accident while motoring in France and the children are sent to a grim state boarding school, where they rapidly drift apart.

Jules changes from a fearless, vivacious boy into a withdrawn teenager who writ
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I won the "The End of Loneliness" written by Benedict Wells and translated by Charlotte Collins in the Goodreads Giveaways and was very pleased I did. It was an entertaining story looking at life philosophically, dealing with friendships, illness, death and such like and although very sad at times it was also quite uplifting.
General fiction readers should really enjoy this book, it's not my normal genre but I'm glad I won it as I did find it a pleasurable read and probably wouldn't have picked i
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
This book was just OK for me... granted, it's not my typical type of book, but a good story with good characters is still a good story with good characters, regardless of your preferences. I don't feel like this book really had either.

It was fine, just not great. I didn't really like or care about Jules. Even his love story with Alva just OK.
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My heart can‘t handle this much pain.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When the parents of young Jules, Liz and Marty Moreau die in a car crash, the children are sent to a boarding school. Jules is separated from his brother and sister and has a difficult time adjusting. He once was the only one brave enough to cross a dangerous tree that had fallen across a waterway but now he feels vulnerable and retreats to his memories and books. When he meets Alva, he recognizes a kindred spirit. Alva also has had tragedy in her life. But their friendship falls apart, although ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everybody loved this book, and I mean EVERYBODY. When I was reading/listening- I just felt I wanted more. I couldn't connect with the characters and felt at a distance from them. The author is very skilled, but the story, I don't know, maybe it was too sad, maybe it was wrong book wrong time ...more
I KNEW I would like this book. I was offered it as a borrow on Mar 4 and I read it immediately. I have about 8 other books that I have borrowed that are sitting in a pile unstarted. This book is SPECIAL.

I could probably write volumes about how this book affected me but then I would be SPOILING it for you. So instead of telling you what happens, I will tell you who it happens to.

The Author
Separated from his parents at age six, Benedict Wells poured his turmoil into The End of Loneliness, a story
Renee Godding
Jun 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: literary-fiction
Small rant incoming...

I’m proud to say that I made it until June this year before encountering a book I didn’t just dislike but actively hated. That book was The End of Loneliness. Obligatory disclaimer before you come for me: please know this ismy opinion based on my experiences, and I'm not trying to insult anyone. If you love this book I'm happy for you, but I just have many problems with it...

I realise that it’s an unpopular opinion, and I honestly don’t think it’s just this book I dislike,
5 incandescent stars

Rating: 5 stars

German author Benedict Wells has written a complex, thought-provoking book about all the important things in life; family, friendship, finding your place in the world, determining what sort of person you will become. We meet the narrator, Jules Moreau, in the hospital after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. He starts reflecting on all the events that brought him to this place.

Jules is the youngest of three siblings. Liz is the eldest in the family, Mar
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Benedict Wells wurde 1984 in München geboren. Im Alter von sechs Jahren begann seine Reise durch drei bayerische Internate. Nach dem Abitur 2003 zog er nach Berlin. Dort entschied er sich gegen ein Studium und widmete sich dem Schreiben. Seinen Lebensunterhalt bestritt er mit diversen Nebenjobs.
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