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message 1: by Sharon (new)

Sharon So is the one that you started instead of ?

message 2: by Sharon (new)

Sharon I was going to start Arthur and George by him, but Icy Sparks won the toss up. I'm rather enjoying too !

message 3: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Oh yes, Sharon. This hardbound book is so thin as it is just a novella. And the title is very apt as a yearender so I thought I'd like to read this first!!!

Icy Sparks! I have a copy of that book since time immemorial ha ha! I will wait for your review....

message 4: by K.D. (last edited Dec 22, 2011 09:34PM) (new)

K.D. Absolutely I think you meant Aldrin's
Veronika and Angus both did not write a review.

All of them rated this with 5 stars.

message 5: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Ah, just the thread... I will read that.

message 6: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Tsismis. Interesting!

message 7: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely She did not. But she, Jzhun and I had a dinner at Yamcha few weeks after the El Pueblo meet up. Kwesi tagged along with Jzhun. After that, she made herself scarce na. I sometimes she her online but she's not posting any messages in the threads and I have not been seeing any updates from her.

message 8: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely About not being from Vibal (I think) but from the e-book sister company. She also invited any of us who has any good idea in mind for possible publication or something. She is very knowledgeable in literature. UP Lit grad yata majoring in Anglo-Saxon lit (if I am not mistaken).

message 9: by Brad (new)

Brad Number 3 and Number 3 for me.

message 10: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely BRAD: Thanks for you first #3.

Really, you look younger in your picture!

message 11: by Tripster Guy (new)

Tripster Guy I'm really sorry. I'm not smart enough to understand it. Yes, I still don't get it. However, this book gave me an example on how to write a letter to your ex. hahahaha! Loved that part.

message 12: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Oh Tripster. Agree, it is not easy to read. If I came across this book say 5 years ago, I would have felt the same. It takes time to get attuned to all styles by many many novelists.

But yes, that bitchy letter is a revelation. Complete opposite of what I though he is (based on his character in the Part I of the book). Har har.

message 13: by Dav'ne (new)

Dav'ne  Stahley Yes, that line irritated me too!

message 14: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Dav'ne: That means Julian Barnes is effective :)

message 15: by Andrew (new)

Andrew K.D. - Pretty much liked this book for all of the reasons you suggested, although would like to think I will never be so drily and anaemically middle aged that I will identify with Tony too much. Gotta love a Man Booker Prize winner. They do provide a much higher than average chance of an unputdownable read. Gotta love Julian Barnes as well. Although '10 and a half chapters' was my only previous experience of him, this bloke is now batting two from two with me. Thanks for your review. Your first para summed up my response to the book.

message 16: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Thanks, Andrew. This is my first Barnes and I am planning to read more of his works.

message 17: by Mirvan (new)

Mirvan  Ereon kuya pahiram!

message 18: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely RA, sure. But how do you propose to get my copy from me? Show up on May 19th?

message 19: by Mirvan (new)

Mirvan  Ereon K.D. wrote: "RA, sure. But how do you propose to get my copy from me? Show up on May 19th?"

san po ba?

message 20: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Eton Centris (corner of EDSA and Quezon Ave)

On the group homepage, click on "Events." Also, as member, you must have received an email invite to this event.

message 21: by Missy J (new)

Missy J Hey K.D.,

I just finished reading this amazing book. It was like a fresh breath, the writing is superb. But I wonder, why did Veronica's mom leave Tony (the protagonist) some money and the right to keep Adrian's diary? If you don't remember the details of this book anymore, no need to answer the question :)

message 22: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I think that was discussed by my friends here. Wait, hmmm. If I am not mistaken, it was the mom's way of saying sorry to her attitude towards Tony. :)

message 23: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Correct! I think that can be used to separate the brilliant works from the mediocre ones. :) Although this one is a brilliant work as that being just a little part of the whole scheme.

message 24: by Kim (new)

Kim A "If only these people....would sit down and discuss amongst themselves...." Yes, but how many people actually do that in real life? Nearly none! The characters behave just like real people. That's why one reason I like this novel so much.

message 25: by Hanako (new)

Hanako I felt that way about "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen!

message 26: by Kedar (new)

Kedar 3. You are an old or middle-age man and you are fond of thinking of your what-ifs.

I strongly suspect that I am middle-aged, and I love thinking of what-ifs. Sold!

message 27: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Kim: I agree and it is a very effective tool for storytellers.

Hanako: Thanks! Glad to know I am not alone.

Kedar: :)

message 28: by Srinivas (new)

Srinivas i am 22 and am sure that i am not a middle-aged. None of reasons u mentioned above are not the reasons i picked this fine novel to read.

I picked this book solely, after the Publicist's description on the inner side of front cover, its about memories. because i always liked to read books about memories where character's present is entangled with his past, so much, that his future is mystery.

The second para of ur's review is what i felt about this while and after reading this book.

message 29: by Srinivas (new)

Srinivas forgot to mention, thanks you for writing such a nice and straight-to-story review.

message 30: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Thank you, Srinivas. Yes, you are an exception.

message 31: by Srinivas (new)

Srinivas K.D. wrote: "Thank you, Srinivas. Yes, you are an exception."

KD, the book is an exception, i think

message 32: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Okay, both of you are.

message 33: by jocelynn (new)

jocelynn Are you related to the writer? It's the only reason I can think of that would have prompted such a glowing review. I hated the book and thought it was one of the most boring books ever.

message 34: by Sally (new)

Sally I thought the book was amazing. However, I had the same reaction you did. Why didn't Veronika just tell him what her problem was. I must confess, though, maybe because I read the book in bed in early, early morning, that I did not completely understand the ending. Obviously, I missed some important fact along with way: Maria? Sister? And so why did Adrian have to kill himself? And what did the title of the book mean? So, okay, I wasn't an English major.

message 35: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Jocelyn, I am not. LOL.

Sally, thanks. I cannot comment on those now because what remains in me are just sketchy events about the book. There have been a least a thousand of books read since this one and now.

message 36: by Pam (new)

Pam Right!

message 37: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Thanks, Pam.

message 38: by Hai (new)

Hai Giang ”You don’t get it. You never did.” This is a common use, when girl want to say that she still has feeling for a man. But Tony had did a terrible thing that sparked for broken family, and this is a reason why they just can't get back together, even she still loves him after all. That part is what Tony never understand.

After all, I think she just want to say: "You don't get it. You never did. I love you. But Tony, you're on your own".

message 39: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Hai, yes. I think women in general would know that. Something that I do not understand as a man. :)

message 40: by Valentina (new)

Valentina Accardi Totally agree!

message 41: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Valentina wrote: "Totally agree!"

Thank you, Valentina. :)

message 42: by Kurtz (new)

Kurtz Wait, what? How could you think Veronica dumped him? He in no uncertain terms dumped her immediately after they had sex leading her to call it "almost rape". And he wasn't holding back on having sex until they were ready, he's freaking obsessed about it happening until it does.

message 43: by Antony (new)

Antony George very good review!

message 44: by Carl (new)

Carl Rayer Great review. I thought Veronica's not telling Tony Webster (name like the dictionary?) was both in character - but also part of the theme of how narrative (particularly for history) often fails or cannot communicate meaning. Veronica doesn't want to fuel Anthony with more material to analyse and deconstruct?

message 45: by Lizet (new)

Lizet I read The Sense Of An Ending book two years ago because I was interested in philosophy. when I read the book, I couldn't put the book down. Now I reread it because the movie was being released last week, so I wanted refresh my memory. I really enjoyed it, but I definitely dislike Veronica way of being. Why is she so difficult. Why couldn't she be straight forward with Tony.

message 46: by Parul (new)

Parul Shukla hi can someone please explain the ending? I loved the book but I can't make out who Mary really is? is she veronica?

message 47: by Maree (new)

Maree Fagan I read this book in a single sitting , couldn't put it down , at first I thought it could be a book I wouldn't enjoy, full of selfish , up themselves universally graduates , but no it was definitely enjoyable and held my attention. The characters could be a bit frustrating they don't really communicate that well with each other but it really brought home how close to real life it is . The ending was unexpected Veronica Mary being the half sister of Adrian's son , naughty Mum and her seductive goodbye wave . A book I will have to re read one day

message 48: by Kim (new)

Kim A Parul wrote: "hi can someone please explain the ending? I loved the book but I can't make out who Mary really is? is she veronica?"
Yes, Mary is Veronica, and the brother she is visiting is the son of her mother and her former boyfriend Adrian.

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