Thursday 27 December 2012

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - Book Review

Title: The Sense of an Ending  
Author: Julian Barnes  
Publisher: Vintage  
Publication Date: 2012 (2011)  
Pages: 150  
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Xmas Gift

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This short, intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he never much thought about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he'd left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his career has delivered him into a secure retirement much as an amicable divorce has left him still fond of his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But suddenly Tony is presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he'd understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This is a book that has been on my wish list for a while, so when I received a copy for Xmas, I couldn't wait to get started.

I must say that it definitely met my expectations. It was a thought-provoking piece, perhaps at times (like much of Joyce's writing) a little too clever for its own good. But all the same, it was a very enjoyable, quick read that sucked you in and held you in suspense.

This book is one for literary fiction readers of a more philosophical persuasion.

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