“"The Sense of an Ending" was a compact but powerful book. It was about 160 pages long, with relatively large type face and wide margins. I read it in less than a day. From the start, it was written in a simplistic, easy-to-read style, and engaged the reader with interesting characters and enough foreshadowing to really pique one's interest. The intrigue kept building until the end; a conclusion which did not disappoint.
Anthony Webster is 60 years old, and he recounts an incident from his youth in the 1960s. Tony's story centers around his friend, Adrian Finn, whom he first met in high school. Though he and Adrian went on to different colleges, they stayed in touch through letters. Meanwhile, at college, Tony met his first girl friend, Veronica. He dated Veronica for about year, but it didn't quite work out. Tony recalled a failed weekend visiting her parent's home. Later, after their break-up, Adrian started dating Veronica. Adrian wrote to Tony about it, making sure there were no hard feelings as they moved on with their lives. But tragedy struck.
Tony did move on with his life. Forty years later, he received a mysterious bequest from Veronica's mother. Tony was puzzled and got back in touch with Veronica. The story unfolds that Tony had remembered things a little differently as the evidence from forty years ago revealed. Barnes eloquently explores self-deception and how we frame our characters in order to live with ourselves.
This was an excellent story, well deserserving of the Booker Prize it won. If you have a free afternoon, I highly recommend filling the time with a read of this book. Well-done!”
Excellent review - agree with you.
Pleasure tto read such well read literature.