16 Jul 2011

Julian Barnes: The Sense of an Ending

Just finished reading an advanced copy of 'The Sense of an Ending' - Julian Barnes latest book. It was quite dark, but I couldn't put it down - a vivid and hyperreal sense of ageing and the passing of time. There were some extracts from the book in today's Telegraph Review which I illustrated.

1 comment:

  1. Human relations are complicated. And human emotions are much more complicated. WHY ? coz most of the times we ourselves don’t know how will we react to particular situation. We surprise ourselves.

    Memories are still more complicated and tricky. We unconsciously and conveniently alter them and present it for others (sometimes for ourselves) the way we want... rather the way IT EXACTLY WAS!!

    Initially author tries to give different definitions of history through different characters of the story about some great political events of the past and then the way he uses those definitions to the history a common man creates out of his own life may not be of much importance to others. But YES, each and every man creates history in his own way!!

    “The sense of an ending” is one book which tells a simple story but the complications of relationships, emotions and altering memories to write our own history the way we wanted it to be.

    In authors own words “What you end up remembering isn't always the same as what you have witnessed.”

    The discussions which are there in the book makes us think about many aspects of life. And sometimes forced me to think and accept ignorance is bliss. The more we know or think about life, the complicated it becomes.

    All in all, this entire book is a master piece and worth every bit of appreciation and awards it has received!!