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The Sense of an Ending

sense of an ending cover imageSense of an Ending

by Julian Barnes
General Fiction
Knopf
Hardcover - 176 pages
$23.95

Well, “finally”, you might say.  Certainly that is so for Julian Barnes who had three of his previous books short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in the UK. This time was a charm as The Sense of an Ending received the 2011 prize.  We sat last night with the twelve men of our winter reading and discussion group most of whom are sixtyish or more.  We had read Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton and the conversation evoked much of the sense of growing older, more reflective, more agonizingly poised on the cusps of hope and despair that lie at the heart of Barnes’ novel.  It is this angst of time, memory and remorse that fuels The Sense of an Ending.  However bleak this morality tale, the elegant, multi-layered prose provides a beautiful narrative and uplifting reading experience.   Barnes has earned his $82,000 award and then some!