The Sense of an Ending
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011
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.
Now Tony is retired. 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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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... all the way to the end; superbly written, perfectly paced, thoroughly engaging. Brilliant stuff.
I just don't get it, either
Hmm, bit of a weird one this. On the one hand there's some great humour and on the other hand there's the no sense of an ending.
I felt pretty thick and frustrated after finishing the book, though having perused a relevant blog it seems like that's fairly common.
It's a shame really because it felt like the book was gaining momentum and tension towards the end. And then to just scatter that tension into opaque ambiguity . . . I felt unrest. I felt great unrest.
Fabulously written. Didn't suspect the ending for one minute. This was a quick read but so full and insightful. Well worth it.