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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Oct 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: book-club, 1950ce-onwards, man-booker
Read from December 08 to 10, 2011 — I own a copy

I enjoyed this book - not least because it was a quick read. The first part finds Tony reminiscing about his young self - his life, his loves, his perceptions.... In an easy-to-read way we grow with Tony from school through to retirement with some amusing and some painful anecdotes.

Part two finds Tony being forced to re-examine his life. Was he really so 'peaceable'? Did the relationship between his ex-girlfriend and his best friend (who later suicided) really cause him no pain? With the introduction of new information, he questions his assumptions, perceptions, and ideals, and discovers that while life has varied meanings, according to his ex-girlfriend Veronica - he just doesn't get it.

Irritatingly, Tony never asks "what" it is he doesn't get, or even "why" he doesn't get it, and Veronica seems determined to force him to read minds.


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