The Sense of an Ending (Paperback)

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This compact novel packs a powerful punch. Narrator Tony Webster, a shallow and cautious man in his 60s, recalls the camaraderie of four schoolboys in a British prep school. Tony's first love affair, with the uptight Veronica, ends badly and later Veronica becomes involved with one of the boys, Adrian. Tony dismisses them along with his childhood and his life moves on. When a mysterious bequest comes from Veronica's deceased mother, he is compelled to renew his acquaintance with Veronica. She forces him to look at what happened in his early years, and face his cruelty and its consequence. Barnes has created a puzzle of prose in which every piece fits perfectly and the complete image is not revealed until the last passages. It demands to be read again. Highly thought provoking, it would be a great choice for book groups.

— Jane

Product Details
ISBN: 9780099564973
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2012