The Sense of an Ending
At first bat, when attempting to explain The Sense of an Ending, I can’t recall a whole lot actually happening. It’s mostly about an average guy (Tony Webster) meandering through an average life with his chums. I thus feel that describing the events themselves would be irrelevant and could make the book come across as boring – which it is far from. It would also spoil some of the important twists and turns that crop up throughout, and we definitely wouldn’t want that.
Rather, for me, it was all about how the book was written. Author Julian Barnes’ effortless prose makes Tony’s simple duties like going to the pub sound as intriguing as if he were flying to the moon on a unicorn. He spins the ordinary into the extraordinary by churning out smart wit married with glaring honesty and a questioning of life itself.
The Sense of an Ending questions what we think is historical truth, or if truth is really a recollection of what our mind believes has actually happened via memory or otherwise. It’s about time and how time can mean everything or nothing – it’s what you do with it, what you make of it. Tony’s life is affected by all these ideologies that intercept his life, making for an inspiring journey with an interesting outcome. The ending invites an unexpected surprise, revealing a skeleton hidden in Tony’s closet that he never even knew was there.
The Sense of an Ending was awarded the Man Booker Prize for 2011.
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