Book Review: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Sense of an EndingFiction (Released October, 2011)
Bottom Line: Skip it.
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Plot Summary:
Tony Webster confronts his past through the reappearance of an old girlfriend and portions of the diary of an old friend.

My Thoughts:
I had trouble writing the summary for this book because, as I was reading, I kept asking myself “what is the point?” or “what is this even about?”. I did enjoy reading the book and I was interested to see what happened next, but at the same time, I kept wondering if I was missing some major underlying meaning.

Maybe it was because everyone who had recommended this book to me RAVED about it and I thought it was merely OK. Or, maybe I really completely missed the point.

I’m glad I read it since I didn’t invest too much time into it (it’s really short) and, at least now, I can participate in a discussion about it. Otherwise, I feel like this is one of those award winners that literary critics love, but is perplexing to some regular readers.

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  1. Neha S wrote:

    A good book for slow reading..Makes you think about the emotional upheaval we sometimes go through…the feeling of guilt and remorse that
    engulfs us when we do something wrong..

    The story is simple but it has been narrated in an interesting way..

    Posted 3.15.14 Reply

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