The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Val Penny's Book Reviews

Julian Barnes was  born in Leicester, England, in 1946.  He now lives in London.  He is the author of several books of stories, essays and also a translation of Alphonse Daudet’sIn the Land of Pain, and numerous novels.   His publications include ” The Sense of an Ending” which was published  in 2011.  I chose this book because it was recommended by my local library.  I had never read anything by this author before.  Nior did I know that Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for this novel T”he Sense of an Ending”.   He has also received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in 2013 so I expercted great things. 


This is a concise yet open-ended book.  The narrator of this Booker longlisted new novella, Tony Webster,  has made that not unreasonable assumption, that by the act of revisiting his past in later life he challenges his core beliefs about causation, responsibility and the…

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