Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending  By Julian Barnes     English author Julian Barnes travels into the mind of Anthony Webster, a divorced, retired gentleman in his mid sixties living outside London. Tony, as his friends call him has led a most simple, quite ordinary life. He is contacted by means of a small sum of money left to him by the death of a mother of an ex girlfriend. This leads Tony to revisit his youth and adolescence, his college years and every basic decision he has made since that time. Tony questions his actions, his motives and ultimately his own memory of these events in search of the truth. He discovers the memory of events are yours alone. We all remember the same happenings very differently and that discovery can be life changing. This short descriptive novel is comparative to reading a memoir only it is a fictional character born in the authors mind, or is it? Concise, interesting read, not to get lost in the story as much as the thoughts it leaves you with afterwards.

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