Daily Archives: February 3, 2012

** The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

In The Sense of an Ending, a now older man receives a wholly unexpected inheritance that starts him reminiscing about his young adulthood and how he betrayed a friend with dramatic consequences. The beauty of the story is not so much the memories, which turn out to be rather trite, but how the narrator putters through them, commenting to himself on how his ex-wife has aged, or not, or how he now views himself when he was a young man. The reader seems to inhabit the man’s mind. Well done!

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