The Sense of an Ending
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Now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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.