28 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The Sense of an Ending (Borzoi Books) by Julian Barnes

What the heck was this book on about?

I only read this because someone at my book club chose it. It was obtuse, pretentious and made me want to gouge my eyes out. Especially the first half. I mean, really. I’m a pretty smart person (3.8 GPA, thank you), but the words, the sentence structure. Did the author set out to make it as difficult to read as it was? Or maybe I’m getting stupider as I get older?

I found out after that this book has won some awards and a big muckity-muck of a book. WHY? What did I miss? I can’t wait to discuss it with my fellow club members because obviously I’m an idiot. I “got it”. In fact, I think I may have got it more than what the book spelled out, but why take us through the most yawn-inducing prose to get us there?

It almost make me want to run away and read James Patterson. (Hey, I said ALMOST).

Seriously, if you are some literature nut, need something to fall asleep by or just want to torture yourself, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Otherwise, run.

Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize

By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse.

This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he’d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes’s oeuvre.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2012: 33

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