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The Sense of an Ending

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Staff Review: "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes


This story is written as reminiscences of the times and adventures a group of friends shared in high school, and how their adult lives are altered by events that lead to a mystery.  Tony Webster (the narrator); his three friends Alex, Colin and Adrian; and Tony's girlfriend, Veronica, grow and change over the years.  The narration is steeped in reflections of past motives and the characters' curiosities are brought on by the adolescent beginnings of the friendship.  For Tony, his past is a combination of witlessness and guile and this drives the mystery of the tale into the present and to it's surprising conclusion.  

Though this book won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 and was later made into a movie, I found it boring and drawn out at times and it didn't leave me buried deep in thought long after I read it.

Audience: adults | Genre: award-winning, fiction

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