Man Booker 2011

This year the Man Booker goes to Julian Barnes for his novel “The sense of an ending“. The novel is about male relationships. This short review is from Abbey’s

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 in middle age. 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. The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.

Parramatta City Library has this title. For reservation go to www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/library

Other links: An interview with Julian Barnes and Julianbarnes.com

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