WINNER of the 2011 Man Booker Prize
I read this because my friend Holly loved it. I didn’t know anything about it, except maybe vague ideas of it being on some highly acclaimed BEST OF prize winner kind of list somewhere. Sure enough, the BOOKER. Says so right on the cover.
At only 163 pages, how could I resist?
Even though I found the first 20 pages rough and tough to catch hold of, I finally found some dedicated blocks of time and it ran away from me fast. I ran WITH it fast? I devoured it.
It’s about a retired English gentleman reexamining his life after being startled by news of his inheriting some cash and a couple of documents from the mother of an ex-girlfriend. I really don’t want to say more than that because it’s more than I knew and I really enjoyed how the memories and the now-a-day happenings unfolded, over-layed (not a word? I have the red squigglies questioning me. Now they are questioning my use of ‘squigglies’. I can’t win.) and got all twisted together.
Rating: Five slices of pie.
“Elegiac yet potent, The Sense of an Ending probes the mysteries of how we remember and our impulse to redact, correct – and sometimes entirely erase – our pasts.”
And, I can’t stop… I know my book club friends would hate this book. Well, maybe a few might like it. Maybe. It’s contemplative. But this begs to be discussed so I am looking forward to getting together with Holly over coffee and talking about WHAT ABOUT THIS/THAT?! with her…
Or visit Judith’s review and read her comment thread but beware: spoilers and speculations. And Marie’s review insists that I really need to re-read it. One more; read Estella’s Revenge’s review, too.