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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Mar 14, 2012

it was amazing

This is one of the most engaging, thought provoking, and well written novels I have ever read. The book is about the life on an average man, one you allowed life to happen as he says, rather than to live it full bore. The protagonist has a story, with many threads but in this tale he follows one thread, albeit a big one, in his life. What is our life? What do we really recall as opposed to create for our own self image? What ate the unanticipated and often unrealized consequences of our actions? Do we ever really know how others see us or do we really understand who we are? I loved one particular line: "My younger self had come back to shock my older self with what that self had been". The protagonist is a retired grandpa, like myself, so perhaps his thoughts and reflections are particularly resonant, but I think this book is a masterpiece by any standards.

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