i have literally just finished this book, and i must say, it was one of the best i’ve ever read – and i’ve read a lot of books! the sense of an ending, by julian barnes is a moving and deeply thoughtful piece of writing, about our pasts, our changing memories and how they can affect our lives as we grow older. i don’t want to explain the plot – the amazon page does it so much better than i ever could, but it’s supremely gripping and full of little callbacks to the narrator’s younger days. it’s told in fragments, similar to the nature of our memories, a huge theme in this book.
the book isn’t very long at all – only about 150 pages, and i finished it in 2 hours (yup, i read fast), but it leaves you with many questions that linger long after you finish reading it. the narrator feels like someone you know in real life, you get to know him that well. i would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all of you, and definitely think it deserved the nomination for the man booker prize it got.
“There is accumulation. There is responsibility. And beyond these, there is unrest. There is great unrest.”
p.s: can one of the admins add a reviews section pretty please? i know meredith has done a couple of book reviews and it would be nice to have a section dedicated to them ^^