February Book Club

02/21/2013 7:00 pm

The book club discusses The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Random House, 2012, 176 pp., pbk., reg. $14.95; sale $13.46) on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.

 A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.  This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. 

Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels, three books of short stories, and three collections of journalism. In addition to the Booker Prize, his other honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London. 

“Elegant, playful, and remarkable.”
The New Yorker 

“A page-turner, and when you finish you will return immediately to the beginning.”

San Francisco Chronicle 

“Beautiful. . . . An elegantly composed, quietly devastating tale.”

—Heller McAlpin, NPR

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