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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

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In this 2011 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Tony Webster and his clique first meet Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian is a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swear to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. 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. The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 01/08/2011 ISBN-13: 9780224094153  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10� Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pedant in the Kitchen. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Medicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.

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With English as my second language I always enjoy reading an author who has clear ans supple command of the language. Barnes has a very fine story to tell, one that has been highly relevant to me in my present endeavor of summing up my own life (I'm in the seventies). Yours Jens Bruun

- 27/11/2011
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