Cover: The Sense of an Ending © Source: Amazon. Click cover to go to Amazon
  • Publication: Jonathan Cape; First Edition (4 Aug. 2011), Hardcover, 150 pp. £12.99
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224094153
  • Read: 18 April 2020 – 27 April 2020
  • Rating: Very Good ★★★✩✩ | Goodreads: ★★★✩✩ (3.72)

From the Publisher: Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

‘Someone once said that his favourite times in history were when things were collapsing, because that meant something new was being born.’

As most of you know, I rarely read fiction, concentrating entirely on non-fiction, but a couple of weeks ago, I saw a film that pleasantly surprised me: The Sense of an Ending, directed by Ritesh Batra, and staring the brilliant Jim Broadbent, known for playing the father of Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones’s Diary franchise. Being privy to the list of titles from the Man Booker Prize over the years, I was not unfamiliar to the title and remembered that this was originally a book. So I decided to give the book a read. Out came the Kindle and within a couple of minutes, the book was purchased and ready to be read.

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, and The Sense of an Ending. He won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In conclusion, I quite enjoyed reading the novel, it was slightly different than the film (as expected) but I preferred the film. Jim Broadbent gave an excellent performance. And let’s just say that without spoiling anything, I like Leica cameras.◼︎

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

I would rate the book The Sense of an Ending as ‘Very Good’ but unfortunately it is not one to which that I would return.