Man Booker Prize Winner 2011: The Sense of an Ending

Man Booker Prize Winner 2011: The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
Reviewed by Sheryl Shurville
Jonathan Cape
Thu, 04/08/2011
9780224094153
£12.99

The Sense of the Ending is a brilliant book by a brilliant writer – a dexterously written story of one man’s attempts to recall a past tainted through time. “What you end up remembering isn’t always the same as what you have witnessed” notes rueful narrator Tony Webster at the novel’s beginning. 

Now retired, Webster is forced to re-visit his past in order to understand the events of the present – specifically the arrival of a solicitor’s letter informing him that an ex-girlfriend’s now-deceased mother has bequeathed him £500 and the diary of his former school friend, Adrian Quinn.

But the diary never came, so Webster contacts his ex-girlfriend in an effort to retrieve the personal document, sparking a series of situations that Webster struggles to comprehend. A well-deserved Man Booker winner.

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