The Sense of an Ending

Author(s): Julian Barnes

Literary Fiction

Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, "The Sense of an Ending" has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.


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"Elegant, playful, and remarkable." --"The New Yorker"
"A page-turner, and when you finish you will return immediately to the beginning." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Beautiful. . . . An elegantly composed, quietly devastating tale." --Heller McAlpin, NPR
"Dense with philosophical ideas. . . . It manages to create genuine suspense as a sort of psychological detective story." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"Evelyn Waugh did it in "Brideshead Revisited," as did Philip Larkin in "Jill" [and] Kazuo Ishiguro in "The Remains of the Day." Now, with his powerfully compact new novel, Julian Barnes takes his place among the subtly assertive practitioners of this quiet art." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"[A] jewel of conciseness and precision...." The Sense of an Ending" packs into so few pages so much that the reader finishes it with a sense of satisfaction more often derived from novels several times its length." --"The Los Angeles Times"
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"Exquisitely crafted, sophisticated, suspenseful, and achingly painful, "The Sense of an Ending" is a meditation on history, memory, and individual responsibility." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer "
"Clever, provocative. . . . A brilliant, understated examination of memory and how it works, how it compartmentalizes and fixes impressions to tidily store away." --"The Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"Concisely written and yet rich and full of emotional depth. . . . It's highly original as well. And complicated, just like life." --"New York Journal of Books"
"Elegiac yet potent, "The Sense of an Ending" probes the mysteries of how we remember and our impulse to redact, correct--and sometimes entirely erase--our pasts." --"Vogue"
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"Ominous and disturbing.... This outwardly tidy and conventional story is one of Barnes's most indelible [and] looms oppressively in our minds." --"The Wall Street Journal"
"At 163 pages, "The Sense of an Ending "is the l

General Fields

  • : 9780307947727
  • : penguin random house
  • : Vintage Books
  • : May 2012
  • : 204mm X 140mm X 18mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Julian Barnes
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 163