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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending

MADIE36, August 6, 2012

I FOUND MYSELF BEING STRONGLY REMINDED OF THE ALSO PRIZE-WINNING SHORT NOVEL,'REMAINS OF THE DAY'. A MAN REMINISCING AFTER A LONG LIFE, BELIEVING HE'D DONE ALL THE RIGHT THINGS AND BEHAVED PROPERLY AND DISCOVERING HE'D ONLY FOOLED HIMSELF. I FELT HE WAS TRYING TO FIND HIMSELF IN THE PERSON HE HAD THOUGHT HE ONCE WAS. IN BOTH BOOKS THERE ARE TWISTS AT THE END. THE TITLES ARE EVEN SOMEWHAT ALIKE. THE FINAL FEW PARAGRAPHS OF BARNES' STORY HAD ME CONFUSED, AND I'M STILL NOT QUITE SURE I 'GOT IT'. NOW, I WILL RE-READ BOTH BOOKS. THE FIRST PART OF 'THE SENSE OFAN ENDING' DRAGGED A BIT, SO I'M GIVING IT A 4, BUT I DO RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE WHO LOVES A GOOD STORY, THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND WELL TOLD.
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