Title: The Sense of an Ending
Author: Julian Barnes
Publication Date: 2012 (2011)
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Xmas Gift
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.