Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.~Synopsis from Goodreads
Now Tony is in middle age. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.
Man Booker Prize (2011)
European Literature Prize (2012)
ALA Notable Book for Fiction (2012)
The Sense of an Ending is a book that I picked after I read so so many great reviews about this book. Finally I was able to find a copy through the justbooks library and devoured it before my son was born. I never got to writing down my thoughts on this one because my son decided to come few days early and then I did not get the mood to sit down and actually write about this book. I know I have to write about this book, but I am not sure what to write.
I salute all those people who were able to articulate their thoughts on this book. I am still not sure what I exactly feel about this. Just that this is a book where the destination is less important than the journey. Can I say that about this book? Actually no. The whole story is tied together in a complex way and the reader gets some sense of a closure only at the end; so does the protagonist though what he feels at that point is indescribable.
Tony Webster - the character and its imperfectness makes this story. The very ordinary life of Tony makes his thoughts very much confined. A relationship breakup from the girl he loved and betrayal of trust from a close friend may be the biggest hardships that he has faced. And when something unexpected happens in his peaceful life he does not understand anything much and his search for the mystery takes him to a different level of understanding of an incident that happened during his youth. Tony is forced to rethink and rearrange his thoughts and impressions from that point and truth could be something far from what he thought, something which may take away the peace of his mind changing his life permanently.
When I was reading this book, The Sense of an Ending made an impression on me not because of the story, but for the amazing writing. If you have the habit of bookmarking interesting quotes, you will have to highlight the whole book. Each sentence is written so beautiful, so says me who is not too keen into prose. When it ends you feel like you have read a good but not so great book. You start wondering about all that hype and when you give it a few minutes of thoughts, you start grasping a lot of things and your respect for Jules Barnes goes higher and higher and you finally realize why people describe this one as a masterpiece.
The Sense of an Ending is a must read if you want to read something unique, a masterpiece !!!
Source: Justbooks Library
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
First Release: Jan 2011