Life has been good to Tony Webster, who's both contentedly retired and contentedly divorced. Then friends re-appear from a childhood long left behind and presumably shelved, and as the past suddenly looms large, Tony must rethink everything that has been his life. In the hands of multi-award winner Barnes, this should be masterly-and, with the book under 200 pages, there's a gorgeous simplicity at work. Essential; with a reading group guide.
Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize
By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers,The Sense of an Endingextends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-sellingArthur & Georgeand continued withNothing to Be Frightened Ofand, most recently,Pulse.
This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he’d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication,The Sense of an Endingis a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes’s oeuvre.