Sunday, 18 September 2011

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Covering some of the same ground as the last M. Amis, this is an altogether superior work, a novella that grows in intensity as it moves towards its final revelation. While constantly insisting on the difference between life and literature, it demonstrates exactly the power of literature to ask Big Questions. The Sense of an Ending is almost Tolstoyan in that respect, although Tolstoy would probably have called it 'Remorse'. Anyhow, a good, thought-provoking book about life and how to lead it. I shan't reveal more because it can be read in a day, and ought to be. This is my favourite Barnes novel since 10 and a half chapters.

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