Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes

This book had a really funny beginning, though overall it was a pretty sad book. A funny quote from the beginning (pg. 5): "Finn, then. Are you up in this period?"..."Not really, sir, I'm afraid. But there is one line of thouht according to which all you can truly say of any historical event-even the outbreak of the First World War, for example- is that 'something happened.'" This was a really funny line, though the rest of the book was just okay. Tony Webster, the main character, has problems. He is going through a mid-life crisis, or rather, an end-of-life crisis. He is retired, his family has ended in a divorce, and his old friends are literally coming back to haunt him. I enjoyed the matter-of-fact writing style in this book, which won the Booker prize, though in my opinion, the subject wasn't the most interesting.

Read The Sense of an Ending:

  • if you are looking for a fairly interesting/witty book
163 pages, 4 stars.

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