"And that's a life, isn't it?  Some achievements and some disappointments.  It's been interesting to me, though I wouldn't complain or be amazed if others found it less so. Maybe, in a way, Adrian knew what he was doing. Not that I would have missed my own life for anything, you understand."
Julian Barnes

Well, I picked this up because it won the Man Booker Prize for 2011
http://www.themanbookerprize.com/ and I usually enjoy reading them and this is a pick for our Literature for Lunch program later this year. 

The Sense of an Ending is a page-turner and Barnes definitely kept my interest.  The story takes place in England as Tony Webster looks back over his life and the pivotal suicide of one of his childhood friends directly after college.  It's a deceptively simple story with very little action, but a lot of underlying tension. 

The problem is that I kept waiting to get it. To have that pivotal moment where it all comes together and makes sense. I finished the book without having that experiences. I think I understand what happened in the book, but I still finished with the sense that I had missed something. Perhaps if I read it again...



03/22/2012 21:56

good post


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