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    The Sense of an Ending (Download) Free download Û PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è Julian Barnes Read & download The Sense of an Ending Just brilliant The book at first appears right to the end to be a rather mundane story of the life of an ordinary man who is neither perceptive about the people around him nor does he see himself in a clear light Only at the end is it apparent

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    The Sense of an Ending (Download) This is by Julian Barnes so we know it will focus on memory and its tricks Some examples “but what you end up remembering isn’t always the same as what you witnessed” And “I need to return briefly to a few incidents that have grown into anecdotes to some approximate memories which time has deformed into certainty” And “again I must stress that this is my reading now of what happened then Or rather my memory now of my

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    The Sense of an Ending (Download) When Veronika said ”You don’t get it You never did” I told myself so why don’t you tell him? Grrr If on

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    Free download Û PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Download) Julian Barnes è 2 Summary Definitely has a plot but a pathetic one Thin characters cliched ideas I feel annoyed by having read this book OK there was one good uote “Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down by proving however long it takes that life isn't all it's cracked up to be” But ultimately the plot is a gimmick I don't understand how this won the Booker Prize What the hec

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    The Sense of an Ending (Download) Free download Û PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è Julian Barnes Julian Barnes è 2 Summary This is an exploration of memory exuisitely written as the thoughts of an old man looking back on his life good enough to merit 5 despite the somewhat contrived ending ironic given the titleImageryIt opens with six watery images an unexpected word in several of them makes them vivid each of which form part of the story“I remembe

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    Read & download The Sense of an Ending The Sense of an Ending (Download) Julian Barnes è 2 Summary Such was the big fat craptastic big reveal groanworthy lurid pulpy Victorian melodramatic you got to be kidding ending with no sense that the two stars this novel was hanging on to by its fingernails up to page 130 slipped out of its grasp and it ended up with the ignominious one star but since that puts it in the same company as many much loved novels it may well be worn as a Badge Of Honour – I envisage on

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    Read & download The Sense of an Ending The Sense of an Ending (Download) Some of my closest GR friends may have noticed that I’ve been less active around here lately Unfortunately there’s a reason for that It’s nothing dire but it’s still sad for me to have to say As it turns out I’m going to h

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    The Sense of an Ending (Download) Julian Barnes è 2 Summary I think my years as a philosophy student were actually detrimental to my enjoyment of this short novel about life and memory The stuff that has left other people reeling in amazement reminded me of little than just another essay on the mind and the way we think the way we interpret events and the way our memories can let us down Mr

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    The Sense of an Ending (Download) 45 Update There is going to be a movie after the book and it is coming out this month if interested you can see the trailer here story about the unreliability of memory and how we can chose to forget or to reinvent the past in order not to remember disturbing truths I discovered this book by Julian Barnes when reading comments about Chesil

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    The Sense of an Ending (Download) Julian Barnes è 2 Summary I had never really intended to read this book and I certainly had no intention of owning it I was browsing in a BN sitting out a winter storm in Lincoln Nebraska and ran across of stack of The Sense of an Ending with BOOKER PRIZE WINNER blazoned across the front of the book I dug through the stack of third printings and there near the bottom was one book with BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEE on the cover Well it is sort of cosmic for a colle

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The Sense of an Ending Read æ 102 T 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. Some of my closest GR friends may have noticed that I ve been less active around here lately Unfortunately there s a reason for that It s nothing dire but it s still sad for me to have to say As it turns out I m going to have to hang up my spurs albeit for reasons that have nothing to do with my friends here and not even much to do with me It has to do with my niece s husband who until recently had been a web application developer at Goodreads The past perfect tense applies because while it s all well and good to speculate on your own machine and on your own time about what anatomically improbable position Jeff Bezos s head may be in it s evidently not OK on company machines and on company time To make matters worse this was a job I d encouraged him to pursue I d rather not go into the details the policies and the politics but you ll understand that as a matter of principle I need to bid you all a fond farewell I ve taken a few weeks to consider my swan song my final review on this site The wordplayful part of me was tempted to read the first volume of Proust s classic just so I could use the name Swann but that would run a terrible risk Too many of you have read and fully absorbed the Remembrance series and would no doubt think of me in the end as the poseur that I am were I to feign any insight Then I looked at a few of the titles I d read but not yet reviewed One of them Disgrace by J M Coetzee had potential given the situation that brought this about but like I said it s best not to talk about that A Ship of Fools is out for the same reason Then one jumped out at me the much discussed Booker Prize winner of 2011 by Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending The title certainly fitsWhile the story may not be fresh in my mind it s been three years since I read it I do recall a heated internal debate concerning the main character Tony Did he ring true Could I imagine myself in his shoes The book actually fits for another reason too It s all about memories faulty and biased though they may be I m sure in a few years time I ll look back on my GR experience and remember writing thousands of reviews making millions of comments and stockpiling near infinite good will from it allAs a glib student oblivious to his own clich d thinking Tony once said that history is the lies of the winners A nuanced discussion followed including a uotable line from their brightest most philosophical friend Adrian History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadeuacies of documentation Later the classroom discussion led to a related point That s one of the central problems of history isn t it sir The uestion of subjective versus objective interpretation the fact that we need to know the history of the historian in order to understand the version that is being put in front of usBarnes was clever I thought to apply this theme to Tony s mature self analysis As a retiree in his sixties once married now divorced father of a daughter he considers close contrary to most evidence and one who has led a rather uotidian life Tony reflects on several key junctures from his youth It s clear he s an unreliable narrator of his own story but readily cops to it and to his credit is disturbed by it What you end up remembering isn t always the same as what you have witnessed I don t consider it a spoiler to say that one of those memories concerned a girlfriend from his university days Veronica who dumped him and ended up with the aforementioned Adrian Tragedy struck soon after that and the reason Tony is so keen to revisit those memories is that Veronica s mother beueathed him Adrian s diary But Veronica was the one in possession of it and was very reluctant to give it up That s all I ll mention of the conflict but as you may well have guessed there s plenty beneath the surfaceWhen I first considered this book for my final review it hadn t occurred to me that there d be so many ways to tie it to my own reflections Please indulge me one last time as I take even uotes from this book and relate them to my years on GoodreadsThe retired and resigned version of Tony near the end of the book had this to say as the witnesses to your life diminish there is less corroboration and therefore less certainty as to what you are or have been Even if you have assiduously kept records in words sound pictures you may find that you have attended to the wrong kind of record keeping When he mentioned those assiduously kept records especially the pictures I thought of Facebook The right kind of record keeping to me would be the thoughts and reactions on Goodreads Those reflect something meaningful and say about what makes you you Even so as the memories of those who participated with you fade so does your presence At least I m keeping my account active so that I don t disappear altogetherGetting back to the topic of unreliability older Tony said perhaps it s that same paradox again the history that happens underneath our noses ought to be the clearest and yet it s the most deliuescent Like I said it was a few years ago that I read this so my own reliability should be uestioned I guess that means anything I say beyond this point is meta unreliable Be that as it may I think it s true that subjectivity the lives we make for ourselves that read like literature and even outright lies often make our accounts interestingAs one last indulgence I swear I m linking past reviews that I feel speak to that last statement rather well From 2015From 2014From 2013From 2008I had considered giving this book either five stars or one since those are the reviews that often contain the most passionate arguments and attract the most curious readers But that isn t my true sentiment Let s assume that the truth is at least slightly important to me This one is a solid 35 rounded to 4 Tony was a little frustrating at times for his unreliable Tony centric views but I did like the theme Besides that Barnes guy writes really wellBefore I sign off I want to extend a big THANK YOU to you all for making these years on Goodreads so rewarding I ve enjoyed the countless insights contained in your reviews the entertainment value the recommendations the overly generous comments and the nonstop thinking and fun I can only hope that our collective memories never fool us into thinking that our time together has been anything but great

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The Sense of an Ending Read æ 102 Winner of the 2011 Man Booker PrizeOne of The Atlantic's Best Books I Read This YearA 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 Jul. This is by Julian Barnes so we know it will focus on memory and its tricks Some examples but what you end up remembering isn t always the same as what you witnessed And I need to return briefly to a few incidents that have grown into anecdotes to some approximate memories which time has deformed into certainty And again I must stress that this is my reading now of what happened then Or rather my memory now of my reading then of what was happening at the time The book is a Booker Prize winner so we expect and we get great writing In those days we imagined ourselves as being kept in some kind of holding pen waiting to be released into our lives There s not a lot of point in adding an extensive review to book with 12000 already on GR although it s interesting to note that its rating 37 is a bit on the low side Barnes seems to be a writer that you like or you don tThe basic story is that we have a man of retirement age who is a doofus He has a couple of adult children he s never shown much interest in and an ex that he meets with for an occasional lunch The story goes back to his college days and early romances when he broke up with one girl who dumped him for another buddy in his group view spoiler He wrote the two of them a nasty vicious letter and promptly forgot about it That letter turns up 40 years later in a package from a lawyer and he is shocked to see it He is incredulous that he could have written it memory again but there it is in black and white in his handwriting hide spoiler

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The Sense of an Ending Read æ 102 Ian 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 buil. This is an exploration of memory exuisitely written as the thoughts of an old man looking back on his life good enough to merit 5 despite the somewhat contrived ending ironic given the titleImageryIt opens with six watery images an unexpected word in several of them makes them vivid each of which form part of the story I remember in no particular order a shiny inner wrist steam rising from a wet sink as a frying pan is laughingly tossed into it gouts of sperm circling a plughole before being sluiced down the full length of a tall house a river rushing nonsensically upstream its wave and wash lit by half a dozen chasing torch beams another river broad and grey the direction of its flow disguised by a stiff wind exciting the surface bath water long gone cold behind a locked door PlotTony and his three friends were somewhat pretentious teenagers from moderately privileged backgrounds one of those suburbs which has stopped concreting over nature at the very last minute and ever since smugly claimed rural status They are on the cusp of going to university As they go their separate ways they stay in touch to greater or lesser extents but events of their youth echo across the years and as he approaches retirement Tony tries to draw the threads together and make sense of his life Very self absorbed and not especially likeable but if anything I think that makes the book interesting In particular there are two rather unbalanced relationships that left their mark with Adrian who joined school later than the others and his first proper girlfriend Veronica He suffers pre guilt the expectation that she was going to say something that would make me feel properly guilty Despite this and a couple of shocking incidents Tony is not unhappy with the course of his life though he is not entirely happy either His reference to the small pleasures and large dullnesses of home is apt Although he was at university in the sixties Most people didn t experience the sixties until the seventies though he experienced a confusing mix of the two Nostalgia doesn t help the powerful recollection of strong emotions and regret that such feelings are no longer present in our lives Can you reverse remorse to guilt and forgivenessMemory History TruthThe recurring theme is the accuracy or inaccuracy of memory coupled with the effects of time Tony is forever musing on memory history and truth Revelations prompt further re evaluation and interpretation Maybe none of this is true some elements of the plot and the behaviour of key characters are implausible or at least not adeuately explained but does it matter anyway Surely that is the point Barnes is making Many books feature unreliable narrators but it s uite refreshing to read one where the narrator is pondering their own unreliabilityTony is honest about his dishonesty as a narrator except that he constantly says his relationship with his daughter is closer than it appears from what he describes and constantly ponders on it What you end up remembering isn t always the same as what you witnessed If I can t be sure of the actual events any I can at least be true to the impression those facts left It gets harder with age As the witnesses to your life diminish there is less corroboration and therefore less certainty as to what you are or have been and memory becomes a thing of shreds and patches When we are young we invent different futures for ourselves when we are old we invent different pasts for others The history that happens underneath our noses ought to be the clearest and yet it s the most deliuescent History is that certainty produce at the point where the imperfection of memory meets the inadeuacy of documentation Mental states can be inferred from actions Whereas in the private life I think the converse is true that you can infer past actions from current mental states Similarly X thought logically and then acted on the conclusion of logical thought Whereas most of us do the opposite we make an instinctive decision then build up an infrastructure of reasoning to justify it It takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time s malleability MeaningIn the end the meaning of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down by proving however long it takes that life isn t all it s cracked up to be Some people dislike Tony so much that that it taints their enjoyment of the entire book but to some extent Tony is everyman and we are all Tony which leads me to wonder if the dislikers are TOO like Tony for their own comfortThis is a story that reveals far with each encounter like the film The Sixth Sense because you know the denouement you spot the significance of trivial signs earlier on and also notice the gaps where Tony and probably the reader has connected dots that shouldn t be Petra nails this aspect in the final paragraph of her short but perfectly formed review hereRelated BooksThis is SO much better than another of his multi decade life stories dating from 25 years earlier Staring at the Sun my review HEREAnother short book in which a grumpy aging man reflects on his life makes an interesting contrast with this though Yasmina Reza s Desolation my review HERE doesn t come out of the comparison favourably only 2And then there is John Banville all of whose books seem to focus on and are often narrated by such people See my reviews HEREUPDATE re Film of 2017I thought the film released in April 2017 in the UK was excellent There was less about schooldays fair enough and Tony was slightly likeable which will help some who disliked the book for that reason The narrative jumped about with Tony s understanding in a similar way to the book Three of the six watery images that open the book and this review are featured prominently It has a fabulous cast including Jim Broadbent Charlotte Rampling Harriet Walter Michelle Dockery Matthew Goode Emily Mortimer and James Wilby and it mostly captured the tone and plot very well See imdb page

  • Paperback
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  • The Sense of an Ending
  • Julian Barnes
  • English
  • 26 August 2019
  • 9780307947727