Book Review: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes


Julian Barnes is at the height of his career, and that is easy to see. This novel, though short, delivers a strong message, made ever more poignant by an author who is relaxed in his style, who knows clearly what he can or can’t do.

My opinion is that art, in all its forms, has the main purpose of making people feel. Minimalism, dadaism, all the postmodern currents that have altered art and stripped it naked of all embellishments are proof of this theory . And ever so often, readers find a piece of writing to be remarkably beautiful. Whether is a fragment of description, or a particular quote that has a lasting effect on them. But Julian Barnes uses beauty scarcely, as if he knows that a reader can get diabetes if the prose is trying to achieve too much. He delivers a fantastic last line in the ending…

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