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The Sense of an Ending av Julian Barnes
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The Sense of an Ending (urspr publ 2011; utgåvan 2012)

av Julian Barnes (Författare)

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7,016495963 (3.8)1 / 722
Som pensionär får Tony Webster ärva ungdomsvännen Adrian Finns dagboksanteckningar från modern till sin gamla flickvän Veronica. Under skoltiden i 1960-talets England var de vänner, men allt tog slut när Adrian inledde ett förhållande med Veronica. Kort därefter tog Adrian sitt liv. Fyrtio år senare återser Tony Veronica.… (mer)
Medlem:flydodofly
Titel:The Sense of an Ending
Författare:Julian Barnes (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2012), Edition: 1st, 163 pages
Samlingar:2020
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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    Cariola: Another brief but powerful novel that explores how our perceptions vary and memories change over time, as well as regrets over lost oppotunities. McEwan is, like Barnes, a master of words and character development. On Chesil Beach made the Booker short list in 2007--and should have won!… (mer)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These brief, intricately plotted novels are reflective, character-driven stories that examine a pivotal event from different perspectives. In a complex narrative that shifts between past and present, individuals who grew up in 1960s England discover that memory can be unreliable.… (mer)
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    Queenofcups: I found myself thinking of Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea as I read this book. There is some affinity in theme and story. Murdoch is expansive, where Barnes is elegant and economical. It won the Booker in 1978, and it's well worth another look.
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    AlexBr: If you like unreliable narrators.
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Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down, by proving, however long it takes, that life isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Case in point: This book. And I was so looking forward to this! Everyone said it was great! It's a Booker! It's on 1001! All my friends love it! I like Barnes! No, not all it's cracked up to be at all. [b:Flaubert's Parrot|2176|Flaubert's Parrot|Julian Barnes|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1400866083l/2176._SY75_.jpg|1414912] was so much better. I can only imagine the Booker people were fixing their previous oversight with a consolation prize for this one.

Fair respect to Barnes' writing. It goes down lovely as ever, in this case helping me past the fact that we have to sit through another English schoolboy's memories and hear all his sexual dalliances. (And respect too to the fact that Barnes as an author has a clear eyed view of his moping protagonist's failures with women; I won't be putting this one on the 'male gaze' shelf.) And there are such lovely meditations on time and memory and failure throughout. If only they were supported in the slightest by the plot!

There is a plot, even if it's only about three beats long. (I do prefer books where things happen, I freely admit.) At page 69, I sat up and said "There it is! Now it gets good!" At page 75ish, I started pawing through the rest of the book to see when I was going to get good. By page 100 I was just on a countdown to see how much longer it would take to choke it down. And the final page, rather than releasing me from my misery, made everything worse. This man deserved convicting. I was very ready to see him convicted! But in the end, I find him Not Guilty. The great reveal misses the mark by miles. Our narrator has no great horror lurking behind him; we cannot convict him of any terrible crime, save only the banal stretch of his wasted days behind and before. I hate it when that happens.

Anyway, as you can see, everyone adores this but me. (This is the fourth 1001 book I've put on that shelf this week.) So I won't say don't read it. Maybe you will love it. But if I were you, I'd just go read the parrot book. ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
I found the ending a little garbled and there were still some unanswered questions, but I enjoyed the story and the telling of it nonetheless.

This is NOT a happy book. (I don't require happy endings.) ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Ook 5 sterren bij herlezing: indrukwekkend op literair vlak, op emotioneel vlak en inhoudelijk. Straf boek, meer daarover nu dinsdag 27 oktober 2020 op Tussen de Letters in CC Zwaneberg te Heist-op-den-Berg ;) weest welkom ( )
  GertDeBie | Mar 22, 2021 |
I'm usually not much of one for that great literary subgenre of (SB)SBBB -- that's (Sometimes British) SchoolBoys Behaving Badly -- see Lord of the Flies, Old School, A Separate Peace, etc. etc. I did make an exception for Donna Tartt's The Secret History which had me completely enthralled from start to finish and now I think I'll make another, slightly lesser one for The Sense of an Ending.

The structure is hard to describe -- I guess it's what would be filed under "stream of consciousness" -- and largely consists of an older man reflecting on a failed relationship in his youth. Barnes is achingly right about so much of what he writes about memory, pain, and love (or at least, I think he's right) that I felt like I had to take a walk or do some kind of breathing exercises when I finished the book, I was so wound up. It's a short gallop from start to finish, and well worth your time. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Turns out I can’t be bothered finishing this.
Clever writing but I wasn’t engaged with it much. Urgh. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
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By now, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes has gained itself a reputation for being the novel you must read twice.....

Nearly every paragraph in this book has multiple interpretations. Once all the questions are answered, the reader is left in the same state that Tony is in the book’s final pages—floored at life’s essential mysteries, and frustrated that they cannot be relived. Fortunately for us, we can just read the book again.
tillagd av Nickelini | ändraForbes, Geoff Mak (Mar 29, 2012)
 
Barnes' work is one in which, event-wise, not a whole lot happens. Unless we’re talking about the events of the brain and the tricks of time and memory. If that's the case, then Barnes has impressively condensed an undertaking of biblical proportions into a mere 163 pages.
tillagd av WeeklyAlibi | ändraWeekly Alibi, Sam Adams (Nov 10, 2011)
 
A man's closest-held beliefs about a friend, former lover and himself are undone in a subtly devastating novella from Barnes. It's an intense exploration of how we write our own histories and how our actions in moments of anger can have consequences that stretch across decades. The novel's narrator, Anthony, is in late middle age, and recalling friendships from adolescence and early adulthood. What at first seems like a polite meditation on childhood and memory leaves the reader asking difficult questions about how often we strive to paint ourselves in the best possible light.
tillagd av kthomp25 | ändraKirkus Reviews. (Nov. 1, 2011)
 

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"We could start perhaps with the seemingly simple question. What is History? Any thoughts, Webster?
'History is the lies of the victors,' I replied a little too quickly.'
Yes, I was rather afraid you'd say that. Well as long as you remember that it is also the self-delusions of the defeated...' (p. 25, large print ed.)
We muddle along, we let life happen to us, we gradually build up a store of memories. There is the question of accumulation, but not in the sense that Adrian meant, just the simple adding up and adding on of life. And as the poet pointed out, there is a difference between addition and increase.
Indeed, isn’t the whole business of ascribing responsibility a kind of cop-out? We want to blame an individual so that everyone else is exculpated. Or we blame a historical process as a way of exonerating individuals. Or it’s all anarchic chaos, with the same consequence. It seems to be me that there is--was--a chain of individual responsibilities, all of which were necessary, but not so long a chain that everybody can simply blame everyone else. But of course, my desire to ascribe responsibility might be more a reflection of my own cast of mind than a fair analysis of what happened. That’s one of the central problems of history, isn’t it sir? The question of subjective versus objective interpretation, the fact that we need to know the history of the historian in order to understand the version that is being put in front of us.
That last isn’t something I actually saw, but what you end up remembering isn’t always the same as what you have witnessed.
And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time’s malleability. Some emotions speed it up, others slow it down; occasionally, it seems to go missing--until the eventual point when it really does go missing, never to return.
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