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“The Markings of a Classic”: Julian Barnes’ The Sense Of An Ending and the Man Booker Prize

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This year’s Man Booker Prize winner, The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes, has riveted the panel it seems, as it made its announcements Tuesday, October 18. Chair of the awarding body, Dame Stella Rimmington, described the book as having “the markings of a classic of English literature. It is exquisitely written, subtly plotted and reveals new depths with each readings”.

The Sense Of An Ending - Julian BarnesI have to agree. It was an incredible read, rather refreshing, and made me realise that I haven’t actually read a book in a long while that made me feel like this might be something which my future children (or perhaps their children) would have to write a book report on in school. Actually… do they still write book reports these days!?

If there was anything wrong with the book, it would be that it was only around 160 pages short. This doesn’t mean that it felt like the ending was rushed, instead, it would have been intriguing to see the story continue.

The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. It is a story of age and memory and is told in a sober tone by Tony Webster, the “hero” of this book.

In any case, whether you are a bookworm or would cheer during book burnings, I challenge everyone to pick up a copy of The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes and read it. I am certain that you will not regret it!

There, I Said It!


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    Has anyone else already read The Sense of an Ending? What did you think of it?