#410 ~ The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Published by: Knopf Doubleday

Published on: October 5, 2011

Page Count: 176

Genre: Literary Fiction

My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com

Audiobook Published by: AudioGo

Narrator: Richard Morant

Audiobook Length: 4 hours 38 minutes

Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook

Review from My Bookshelf

Anthony is a man in his retirement years. Although divorced, he maintains a good relationship with his ex-wife. Just like the rest of his life, he believes he understands her and the reasons why they eventually divorced. She is still a stabilizing force in her life. Had it not been for an unexpected inheritance from the mother of a former girlfriend, he might have lived his remaining years unaware of how little he really did grasp the events of his life.

I loved this book on every level. The writing was gorgeous. It drew me in before I got to know Anthony or the other boys with whom he went to school. There was punch in this novel as well. As the story of Anthony’s youth unravels, my face flushed when he was finally caught in a lie he had been telling himself for decades. Richard Morant’s narration was another high point. His voice is crisp and clear. He brought a seriousness to the story that very much reflected for me Anthony’s opinion of himself and the story he was telling. For me, the story and the narrator were a perfect compliment. There is no doubt that I will be reading more Julian Barnes and listening to more Richard Morant in the future.


  • At 2012.03.09 01:06, softdrink said:

    This book has been everywhere lately! It even won today’s opening round in the Tournament of Books.

    • At 2012.03.09 09:47, Beth Hoffman said:

      Loved your review! This is my kind of story and is going on my list immediately.

      • At 2012.03.09 11:29, Lilian Nattel said:

        I love short novels–this sounds like another to add to my list.

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        • At 2012.03.09 17:46, Ti said:

          I skimmed a bit since I have yet to read it. I just got it from the library but my group is not reading it until October. Can’t wait that long to get to it though.

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          • At 2012.03.10 21:43, Emily said:

            Oooh, this sounds good! Thanks for the review.

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