Friday, October 28, 2011
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending is a beautifully written slim volume about a man who, later in life, looks back with regret for things he did in his youth.
Each word is carefully crafted and not padded out like you see in so many books.
Tony Webster remembers in detail the many philosophical conversations he had with his friends at a middle-class public school in the 1960s.
He needs to look back to make sense of events that have happened since.
The ending is totally unexpected and if you'd not fully understood the book as you were reading it, this will make you want to go back and read it again, as suddenly all the slots fall into place.
This book has invariably been described as "masterful", "imaginatively crafted", "elegant", "wonderful" and "beautifully written" to mention a few comments from the top book critics.
Buy it yourself and see what you think. You are sure to not be disappointed.