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The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse. This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought aboutuntil his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought hed 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 hed 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 Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barness oeuvre.
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ImperfectCJ
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Some books acquire strong associations for me. Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland evokes a time share near Traverse City, Michigan. Steinbeck's Cannery Row, a cool bus window on a Greyhound bound for San Francisco. Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending, Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles, and Sonali Deraniyagala's Wave take me to the mountains of northern Spain in autumn.

I'm curious: What books carry strong associations for you?

Megabooks Books that I read in veterinary school, there were so few of them, generally remind me of pedicures because I‘d try to make time to do those two things together monthly. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Unbearable Lightness, anything by Anthony Bourdain, takes me right to a nail salon! 2d
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks So does it work the other way, too...the smell of acetone brings to mind arguments about piano practice? (Which is pretty much all I remember about Tiger Mother.) 2d
Eggs The strongest is Dandelion Wine. It takes me to childhood in a small midwestern town. So many similarities between that town and the fictional Green Town Illinois. Courthouse square, old library, paths by the river, new sneakers‘ bounciness for the start of summer!! Then I relived it with my 3 children, reading DW while they played, swam, ran and frolicked. What a great question you asked ❤️ 2d
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ImperfectCJ @Eggs What a beautiful memory and what a gift to pass to your children! 2d
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ Not only the thread and scenes of the book but also the unfettered joy of choosing what you read for once! And getting your feet massaged!!! That‘s part of it. A foot massage with definitely make me think of certain books/authors. Probably every graduate student who loves to read for pleasure has some positive association with sneaking in those precious pages. 2d
Megabooks I read The Hunger Games trilogy in the student lounge on call as a senior student so that has some memories as urgent as the story. 2d
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks That reminds me of my experience with the Clan of the Cave Bear books. I binge-read them during the first trimester of my pregnancy with my daughter when I had bad morning sickness. Every time I think of the series now, 15 years later, I feel ill. (Luckily, I read Harry Potter later in my pregnancy so no nausea with those.) 1d
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Cathythoughts
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#MOvember #IllRemember Another one I need to get to ! Almost the end of the month... feeling emotional here Cindy &
Everyone ... I‘ll remember all the chats & laughs & serious thoughtful posts that have been part of this particular Litsy journey.... 👍🏻❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Cinfhen Awwwwww😘😘😘😘it is kind of sad 😢 I‘m getting verklempt @julesG @BarbaraBB 2w
julesG @Cinfhen 😘😘😘😘 2w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I can‘t tell you how much I appreciate you! Thankyou 😘😘😘 2w
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TrishB End of an era ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Thanks friends 🙏🏻 @TrishB @julesG @Cathythoughts 🌻🌻🌻🌻 2w
batsy Definitely the end of an era like @TrishB said. Even even I wasn't participating during certain months I loved seeing the posts and I'll miss it ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts @TrishB yes! I agree @batsy what Trish .... the end of an era. I also always loved to see the posts 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Suet624 I‘m so sad to hear this. 2w
Cathythoughts @Suet624 I know ! But , we will continue on with @Cinfhen with #bookreport & #weeklyforcast .... so all is changing , but the contact will continue 👍🏻❤️ 2w
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen I‘ll miss the challenges, but look forward to seeing what you come up with in the future. 😘 7d
Cinfhen Thanks so much @rubyslippersreads we had LOTS of laughs and awesome book talk over the years 😁💕thanks for being an early participant ❤️ 7d
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Melancholy2243
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"Sense of an Ending" by Barnes, though started for me as an interesting read tickled down at some point. Maybe it was the narrative, or the long dragging way of presenting a story, it really didn't turn out to be as good as I had expected it be. Although some parts of the book had me highlighting lines some parts simply begged to be skipped. Yet, Barnes as an author has an impeccable way of moulding images that remain within the readers mind.

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StayCurious
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#BFCR4 Final Check In. This round I mostly did well. I met my reading goals and baked several healthy recipes. I started a weight loss program. I worked on myself. But this last week really fell through the cracks. We got a bunch of snow (the above picture is a romantic view of snow - in reality, Ottawa is currently a slushy grimy mess), and I got sick so I had to skip out on my fitness classes. Sadly, I felt that I ended on a really sour note.

IndoorDame Oh no, I‘m sorry you had such a bad week! Don‘t let it sour your view of this round because you did such great things!!! 💜💜💜 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yes, cold mud slush is the real winter tradition!! 😬 3w
Hufflepuffle I‘m sorry that it ended on a week you got sick. You did amazing things this round though so don‘t forget that. You are amazing! 🌸🌺🌼 (edited) 3w
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ErraticElle
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Panpan

This was a book club read. Meh. While I can see some merit in the message behind the writing, the narrative itself bored me to tears. The writing was okay, but seemed pompous and condescending...a reflection of the nature of the protagonist, but still really annoying & obnoxious to read. This absolutely would have been a DNF for me if not for book club. I will never understand how this won the Man Booker--there are so many better books out there.

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13North
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The book next in my reading list is "The sense of an ending".

Currently just in love with the way it looks, smells, the texture of its pages.

Have any of you already read it? How was it?

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TheEllieMo
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One from my TBR pile, that I feel could have a lot of #regret in it

#SoulSeptember @Eggs

Eggs I‘m intrigued 🤔🧐 3mo
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scowler1
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Mehso-so

A proper bit of highbrow literature this. Pretty short and interesting. It gets quite intriguing halfway through and ends well.

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Malisa
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Panpan

Hmmm
This book was kind of interesting at first but then became very predictable. Sometimes it was engaging then it would verge to dull. A very so so book. And the more I think about the more I thought it was kind of dumb?

Tamra I panned it too. 6mo
Emilymdxn I wasn‘t a fan of this one either I really didn‘t get the hype 6mo
Malisa @Tamra @Emilymdxn I am sooo glad I‘m not alone! 😂 6mo
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Libby1
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Panpan

This is a book about memory, meaning, and our common responsibility to one another.

These subjects usually fascinate me, but this book is

Incredibly. Dull.

My sense was that I couldn‘t wait for its ending.

readingjedi 😂😂😂 9mo
Kaye I agree with you on this. I‘d always heard how good it was. I thought it was dry and dusty and boring. 9mo
KathyWheeler I read this book and remember nothing about it. 9mo
batsy I tried to read a Julian Barnes book once ... I finished it but I can't remember which book 😅 9mo
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Rupi
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Book #18

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TrishB
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Cindy - do we just make our own sense of the ending 🤷‍♀️ I had a feeling it would be something like that, but still can‘t make my mind up!!

TrishB Tony or Adrian? Can you really forget sleeping with your girlfriends Mum???? 10mo
ephemeralwaltz @Cinfhen I didn't reply to your comment on my review of this! Mind if I join the conversation? @TrishB 😂 10mo
ephemeralwaltz I feel like Tony was the epitome of unreliable narration. On the one hand, it could be that Adrian got her pregnant and killed himself out of sheer desperation and Tony finds out in that illuminating moment of realization, or on the other hand, he himself got her pregnant and chooses to elude that little detail completely, having deluded himself for so long that he "eventually" forgot. 10mo
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ephemeralwaltz I read it as it being Adrian though, although that makes me a victim of Tony's unreliability, believing everything he says. This book blew my mind and the impact has stayed with me for so long 10mo
ephemeralwaltz Simple yet masterful 10mo
Anna40 I LOVE this book. Did you see the movie? Different but brilliant too 10mo
Cinfhen I go back & forth on this issue @TrishB @ephemeralwaltz I think Tony fathered the baby but the mom tried to pass it off as Adrian‘s?!? IDK... it‘s so twisted! I need to watch the film. 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @ephemeralwaltz I‘m leaning to Tony but haven‘t got a clue really 🤷‍♀️ does the film take a stance or leave it to interpretation too!? Tony was annoying me by the end but I take it he was supposed to! 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen thanks for chance to read 👍🏻 was so curious because of your comments. 10mo
ephemeralwaltz Yeah I need to see the movie too... I'm curious to how it portrays the situation! 10mo
Rissreads I loved this book! 💚 10mo
TrishB @Rissreads it‘s certainly thought provoking! 10mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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Book Club ready!

This book was phenomenal. It takes a re-read (very doable at 163 pages) for the full effect and every sentence is deliberate and satisfying. Memory and time and death and responsibility and guilt and remorse. I got hints of The Secret History as I read, too. Big questions await you if you pick this up: Is suicide the only philosophical question!? What is history? What should we take responsibility for? Ah! So good.

hilded I loved this one too, begs to be read in one sitting! 10mo
Cinfhen I JUST read this one yesterday!!! I‘m mulling over the big reveal at the end!!!! Who‘s the dad??? And is Sarah the mom???? 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this 10mo
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BooksForEmpathy @Cinfhen YES! Adrian is the father. In the vicious letter that Tony sent to Adrian and Veronica, he tells Adrian to consult the mother (Sarah) about her daughter. He ends up doing so, has an affair with the mother, and has a baby. Such a great reveal! 10mo
Cinfhen That makes the most “sense” but there are others who think Tony repressed his memories of having sex with the mom(Sarah) and he fathered the boy but Adrian Sr believed Adrian Jr was his and when he discovered Tony was the dad he killed himself. I don‘t know...it was so shocking 10mo
Cinfhen What did your bookclub think about this one??? 10mo
mauveandrosysky Ooooh yes this was so good! 10mo
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Cinfhen
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Wait, WHAT?!? Send help!!! That ending!!!! Oh God, so many theories....is that the point of this slim book about memory, perception, stories/lies we tell ourselves. Do we ever know the whole story?! Tony, the narrator is recalling a certain time in his life (part 1) In part 2, past events effect present day, but can Tony‘s truth be accepted as actual truth. Does the film leave you with the same sense of uncertainty?!?

TrishB Love your review 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
Cinfhen Have U read this one @TrishB ??? 10mo
TrishB No - haven‘t seen film either!! 10mo
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KarenUK Loved both the book and movie💕.... though can‘t remember the specifics... I think the movie ties things up a bit neater! 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m sending u the book so we can discuss!!!!! @TrishB it‘s like 170 pages so basically u could read it over lunch 10mo
Cinfhen @KarenUK we will discuss book at our next #MiamiMeetUp 10mo
Cinfhen So brush up on the details @KarenUK 😂😂😘 10mo
TrishB 😂😂 thank you 👍🏻 that‘s really not a book, it‘s an extended essay! 10mo
Cinfhen Agreed! For you it‘s chapter one @TrishB xx 10mo
TrishB I‘ve just had a set of committee papers that come in at 1021 pages 😁😁 the joy of reading, not... 10mo
krismlars Ooooh I didn't know there's a movie! I know I loved the book, but honestly can't remember what happened. That's the problem with reading so many books, I don't retain much. Either that, or I'm getting older and my memory isn't what it used to be. I want it to be the first thing😂 10mo
Cinfhen @KarenUK @krismlars The book ends with the revelation that a boy named Adrian ( same name as Tony‘s friend who killed himself) is living in a group home for adults with disabilities. It‘s insinuated that he is the brother of Valarie, who both Tony & Adrian had sex with and both may have had sex with Valerie‘s mom, Sarah. Which means Tony or Adrian is likely the dad & perhaps Sarah or Valerie is the mom. Does that sound familiar?!? 10mo
krismlars @Cinfhen I'm going to watch the movie ASAP! 10mo
Cinfhen Maybe I should watch movie too @krismlars 10mo
CarolynM I loved both the book and the film. Julian Barnes is a fabulous writer. My memory is the film is pretty faithful to the book. 10mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen I think I have selective amnesia! 😂😂I‘m going to watch the movie as homework before we meet! 😊👍💕 10mo
Cinfhen Did you read my spoiler tag @CarolynM What do u think happened??!?!!? 10mo
Centique @Cinfhen I remember reading this and being confused as to what happened as well. I think my thought was that the first Adrian had figured out this big secret and that one of his friends was the dad. It was a long time ago so I need to watch the movie too! 10mo
Cinfhen So you think Tony is the dad @Centique but do you think Valerie‘s mom is the mother of Adrian jr?! Which would mean Tony slept with his girlfriends mom!?!!! 10mo
Centique @Cinfhen I think that was my take - but its been a while! 10mo
CarolynM Yes, I did think Tony slept with the mother 10mo
BooksForEmpathy @Cinfhen Crazy ending and I had to look it up to be sure. Tony starts the “chain of events” that lead to Adrian meeting Veronica, then the letter is sent telling Adrian to consult the mother, then Adrian and Sarah have an affair and a baby, and this leads to his suicide. Would love to talk more about it!! 10mo
Suet624 I haven‘t read the book but I felt the same way at the end of the movie - wait, what??? 10mo
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Emu
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Despite its size this book still leaves plenty of food for thought. #1001books #tbrchallenge2019

CafeMom I really liked this book when I read it. 11mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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So happy to be home 😍! Salad and my new book club pick today as I prepare for school starting up again tomorrow.

I am working on intention lists of “more of” and “less of” for 2019. So far, some things in the “more of” column: reading, cooking + plating beautiful food (mostly vegetables!), self-care and self-compassion, working out, and writing. In the “less of” column I have things like self-doubt, mindless internet usage, and over-scheduling.

hilded The book is excellent, enjoy! 11mo
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CyaneFillion
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Not something I'd usually read, but finished this in the span of a day and I have to say it was quite a good book.

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hilded
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Excellent novel that begs to be read in one sitting. One of my favourite reads this year.

#Adventrecommends Day 5
#Favourites
#1001books

RaimeyGallant Beautiful cover. 12mo
vivastory I agree. I read it in one sitting. I thought it was brilliant. 12mo
hilded The movie was also good if you haven‘t seen it @vivastory :) 12mo
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Samplergal
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📚The Sense of an Ending 📚Richard Scarry 🎬 Schindler‘s List 🍵soup #manicmonday #letters

JoScho 🧡🧡🧡 13mo
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Emilymdxn
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This was okay - I think appreciated what he was trying to do more than the book itself. I‘m interested in the themes of memory and how we remember things and justify the past to ourselves, and the history boys-esque beginning, but I‘m a bit sick of books about pretentious men learning about themselves through failing to understand women. The ending didn‘t mean much to me, I had to look it up on Wikipedia as I thought I‘d missed something.

Libby1 I agree! I‘m deeply interested in the book‘s themes yet found it incredibly dull. 9mo
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Emilymdxn
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This should be quite a quick read that I‘ve been hoping to get around to for ages for #1001books

Hope it‘s good!

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Cathythoughts
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Hi Lauren, This is way too generous.... thankyou ! I love the cards & the bookmark ❤️. I really want to read this ... I just read your review & it will be interesting to compare notes. Thankyou , I hope the wedding preparations are going well ...what to wear will be a big one 😊. I know it can be stressful too , but it‘s happy days 😘 Cathy XX

laurenbescoby So glad it arrived! I wish I could have sent you more! I've had my dress for 5 years 🙈😂 bought it as soon as he proposed. Been in my parents wardrobe all this time, it's practically vintage. Still love it though. Full lace 😊 https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDEwWDMyMA==/z/QeQAAOSw-KFXdAOg/$_86.JPG 1y
Cathythoughts @miralunasbooknook OMG it‘s absolutely stunning! And classic & elegant. I love it 😍. You will be beautiful 💛. I‘m so excited for you 💫 (edited) 1y
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squirrelbrain Oh my gosh @miralunasbooknook that dress is stunning! And so you.... you‘ll look gorgeous! 1y
laurenbescoby @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain thank you ladies 😊 I'm looking forward to the contrast with the pale gold glitter dr martens I got to go with it 😂 1y
TrishB That‘s beautiful @miralunasbooknook and will look greats with the DMs 💕 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
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DISCLAIMER: I really enjoyed this one and gave it a high rating because it's narratively flawless and has a shocking TWIST. However, UGH, I couldn't deal with the narrator. Maybe saying he's a #stupidman is too much, but he's definitely too whiny about his past and about women. Think straight (veeeeeery straight), white, 50+, male. STILL LOVED IT THOUGH. I don't think I sound very convincing 😂

#SeptemberDanes @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen

Kalalalatja Hahaha you do send some mixed signals 😂😂 1y
Cinfhen Another book I‘ve been meaning to read & I think you sold it!!! At least to me...😘 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja 😘😘 @Cinfhen Yay!! It's really good in my opinion. 1y
Cinfhen Can we PLEASE DISCUSS the ending!!!!! I just read this and I‘m sooooo confused 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 10mo
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hilded
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Today Tony told me that I really couldn't visit London without seeing some of the amasing museums this city has to offer. So we went to The Natural History museum. I mean, just the building was worth the visit, it's stunning! I also got to see fossils, try an earthquake simulator and came face-to-face with animatronic dinosaurus. Excellent! We might just visit another tomorrow as well.

#BackpackEurope
#1001Books
#England 🇬🇧

julesG London's Natural History Museum is a favourite of mine. The British Museum is also worth a visit 1y
hilded Great, thanks for the tip! The British Museum tomorrow it is :) @julesG 1y
BarbaraBB I love the V&A in London. And Tate Modern... such great museums there 😍. Enjoy! 1y
minkyb Oh, enjoy them all!🤗 1y
arubabookwoman And I love that they‘re almost all free! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Of suppressed memories and #subconscious , this book offers an insight into the questions of ageing and memory. Barnes excels in this. 👍
#AugustIsATrip

MrsMalaprop I chose this for bookclub a few years ago. Really liked it. 👍 1y
mgallo1968 I love this book!!!!!!! 1y
vkois88 Sounds good and I like the cover 1y
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Baawrabookster
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"This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature"
- The Sense of an Ending

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mom2bugnbee
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History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.

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mom2bugnbee
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I certainly believe we all suffer damage, one way or another. How can we not, except in a world of perfect parents, siblings, neighbours, companions? ... Some admit the damage, & try to mitigate it; some spend their lives trying to help others who are damaged; and then there are those whose main concern is to avoid further damage to themselves, at whatever cost. And those are the ones who are ruthless, and the ones to be careful of.

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mom2bugnbee
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This was beautifully written. This is not an action-y, plot-driven book, and it is certainly slow-paced, but I believe that's by design. It allows for rich, descriptive language that stayed with me after I finished. Even though it moves slowly, it's just over 100 pages, so it can definitely be finished quickly.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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JulietteGF
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A very interesting read about taking a trip down memory lane. Anthony reflects on his past, questions his memories, questions the young man he once was. It's an entertaining read, and I'm very much looking forward to discussing it tonight at my book club with @Anna40 ;)

Anna40 Ahhh! And Anna didn't see the comment on Monday :)... was an interesting discussion, even though we spoke only briefly about the book... have a great weekend! See you in 2 weeks! :) 1y
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Anna40
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It has been a long time since I have read a book in almost one sitting. The underlying question of how reliable our memories are, is intriguing. The story, even though it is actually not what carries the book, is simple and pulled me in. To me, The Sense of an Ending is definitely character driven: Tony is likable and repulsive at the same time - which makes him very human, Veronica is enigmatic and mysterious. I highly recommend it.

Samplergal One of my top ten. 1y
Anna40 @Samplergal Absolutely! Will read it again! 1y
mgallo1968 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ this book 1y
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Anna40 @mgallo1968 fully agree! Loved it 1y
mgallo1968 This one is in my top ten! I read it in one sitting and then I read it again ! It is one of those that you want to reread and look for what you missed the first time.❤️❤️ 1y
Anna40 @mgallo1968 Did you also see the film with Jim Broadbent? 1y
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Anna40
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Because just as all political and historical change sooner or later disappoints, so does adulthood. So does life. Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down, by proving, however long it takes, that life isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Anna40
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How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life.

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Anna40
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It strikes me that this may be one of the differences between youth and age: when we are young, we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others.

mgallo1968 One of my all-time favorite books!❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Anna40 @mgallo1968 I LOVE this book. I'm halfway through it and am intrigued by the simple but powerful premise, the writing, the unreliable narrator. ... It's probably one of the best books I've read in a long time. I wish I could discuss it with someone. 1y
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Anna40
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History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.

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Tashreads
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13| #readingresolutions #bookandflowers

I adored this quiet, unassuming, small book.

CarolynM Me too 1y
Alternative_Mr_Men Im humming and hahing about adding this to my TBR. What did you like about it? 1y
Tashreads @Alternative_Mr_Men TBH I read it so long ago I can‘t quite remember the particulars 😂 But I do recall it resonating with me and completely understanding why it won the Booker. I think it will depend on your mindset when you read it. It‘s quite philosophical and introspective. 1y
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andrew61
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#heyjune #heyjude
I was going to go with jude the obscure but i will never get over child hangings and don't plan to reread, and don't get me started on 'a little life'.
So I've gone with Julian, middle age angst and a brilliant novella.
How flawed can a genius be, maybe i should have posted Turgenev because really this song is all about fathers and sons

Cinfhen Well played and I appreciate all the thought behind your choice 😉 2y
Dulcinella A brilliant book:-) 2y
Cathythoughts Great & interesting post 👍🏻 2y
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Matchkim
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Interesting with some great insights, but didn‘t blow my mind.

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Samplergal
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#7favsin7Days ❤️2/7.

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KarenUK
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“How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life. Told to others, but—mainly—to ourselves.”

Such a great book....

#memory #readingresolutions @Jess7

CarolynM Yes. I liked the film too 2y
Nute This is not what I thought this book was about. You make me want to read it now. 2y
KarenUK @Nute it‘s a wonderful example of an unreliable narrator... 👍💕 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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These are all interesting reads about amnesia, partial and total loss of #memory, and suppressed memory. Recommended.
#readingresolutions

Cinfhen Nice selections 2y
batsy Interesting choices! The Black Eyed Susans author has a new book out that also sounds good 2y
GatheringBooks what a nice round-up of similarly-themed set of novels! nice! 2y
rohit-sawant Fantastic post! 👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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Samplergal
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1. Sense of an Ending. Loved both. 2. Nay, but it‘s a business and if a pic of a Hollywood star sells more books, then I get it. 3. I would love to see The Perfect Nanny on film. #tuesdayTidbits @JenlovesJT47

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1. 95, but I retired. 😉. 2. 150 3. The Sense of an Ending, The Hate U Give, and Tampa. 4. None! I have too many on my TBR stack as it is. #2018CheckIn

Cortg That‘s a LOT of books! 🙌🏼 2y
Samplergal Yeah it is. But some of those are serial readers. (21) I said when I retired I was going to make up for all the years in public schools where I had no soul left at the end of the day to read. I‘m living the dream! 😂 2y
Gezemice I am also not reading a lot of new releases for the same reason... I am not retired but work only part time and use much of the other part to read. 2y
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Samplergal @Gezemice there are just too many books and not nearly the time to read them. 2y
tammysue Wow that‘s fabulous! 👏🏻🙌🏻 2y
Pamwurtzler I read a lot more since I retired too. It‘s the best! 2y
Kaye Could you send me a quick email if you have time ? julieklabo @ Gmail (edited) 2y
Samplergal @Kaye sent you an email. Wasn‘t sure you meant me or not. 2y
Kaye Yep, thank you ♥️ 2y
Gezemice @Samplergal Exactly! 2y
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MissSarahLou
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Where do you read? My answer: anywhere and everywhere, including the carwash. 🚘

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ephemeralwaltz
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I'm not really sure how to rate this book but I really really enjoyed reading it! Yes, the narrator is a self-absorbed male and yes the narrative was a bit too poetic but this books is a flawlessly written unreliable narrator looking back on his youth. Imperfect memory and history come together to create an actually thrilling story... Had me on edge at the end - I found it brilliant. Did I 'get' the ending? Is it relevant? I don't know.

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introvertedbooks Loved, loved, loved this. I want to watch the movie so badly! 2y
ephemeralwaltz @introvertedbooks me too! I haven't seen this. But I'm sure it won't work as well as the book 🤔🤔 I'm curious now 2y
Booksnchill Loved it and picked it for a round robin read as my choice recently- have you seen the movie? I think I‘ll watch it this weekend 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Booksnchill no I haven't! What's a round robin read? :) I couldn't stop reading last night - it's crazy good! 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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☀️☀️☀️ #currentread

This cover is so bright it actually glows in the photo LOL

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💙 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Cathythoughts thank you!! 😘 2y
theawkwardbooknerd it's a boring book about a self-obsessed person/protagonist, but i will look forward about your post-reading thoughts. 2y
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ephemeralwaltz @theawkwardbooknerd thanks for your comment. You're right ~ he is soo self-obsessed but I'm not finding it boring at all! I think the story and being in his mind is pretty exhilarating - the past leaves so many gaps for memory to fill... It's an interesting read so far! Almost finished with it :) 2y
theawkwardbooknerd oddly true! but, i had problem with the way that narrative has thrown to us (or, definitely maybe, to me). 😅 2y
ephemeralwaltz @theawkwardbooknerd understandable! I've seen other people say they didn't like it ~ you're definitely not alone 😂 2y
theawkwardbooknerd @ephemeralwaltz hahaha! it feels good. 😜 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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My next read :) thoughts?

Tamra It‘s was a pan for me. 😕 2y
Simona I liked it... 2y
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