Friday, March 30, 2012
Book thirty-five: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
With that in mind, let's talk about this year's Man Booker prize-winner, Julian Barnes and his winning novel, The Sense of an Ending. This is a book about time and memory and how we all remember things differently. It's also a story about what happens when we are confronted with the reality of the past.
I have no intention of even hinting at the characters or the plot or the action that makes this novel work. I'm convinced this is a book best read with as little advance knowledge as possible. But it's definitely a book worth reading. It starts with a list of vague memories. Then, as you read the book, each of those listed memories returns to inform the tale and remind characters that time may or may not heal.