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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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"You just don't get it and you never will." These words. spoken several times to the main character as he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, kind of sums up how I feel about this novel. I didn't love it but I found it interesting to think about the fallability of memories and how we rewrite our own histories as life goes on.

I thought the character Tony was passive and dull. Veronica knew it when they were in college and she knew it 40 years later. Tony wanted closure to the events of the past. He wanted not to be guilty of causing pain. He wanted "the sense of an ending" to the mystery. I thought he was obsessed with trying to create the ending that he could live with. It made me wonder, since we know we can't trust Tony's narration as the truth, can we as readers believe the ending Tony has figured out, or has he rewritten history again?
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