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This review is from: The Sense of an Ending (Hardcover)
The Sense of an Ending is a tiny book - merely 150 pages - and I think most of the people will regard it as a quick read, but that is where they are wrong. I don't think that this book is meant to be read in one go or over few days. It is more of a book that is better to be read in bite sizes to get the most of it. It feels like this book is offering a mirror to each reader and it is up to every one of us whether we decide to reflect upon our lives when reading the book or just take it at a face value and read just the story as it is.
The story itself is a reminiscence of a childhood and adulthood of a retired man, who is forced through some current events to see his past and its consequences in completely different light. For me, the story itself would have been interesting enough to read, but what I found more intriguing was that the book was literally littered by provoking thoughts. When I read a book, I always mark any interesting parts that I would like to either quote or go back to when I finish the book. With this book I marked 39 of them! Some of them are sentences, some are paragraphs. I don't think I can say that I was reading this book. I think it is more accurate to say that I was working through the book. I read few pages (sometimes just few paragraphs), I paused, I reflected, I let the book work on me and I continued when I was ready to continue. This book took me on an incredible journey and when I finished it, I was lost for words. And believe me, that doesn't happen often. And then, out of nowhere, great sadness washed over me because of the though, that we all have great and highly treasured memories, that we are fond off and no one can guarantee us, that what we remember is actually what happened and how it happened. And I got this urging wish to take back time and to be able to re-live the moments again.
Most of the time, especially when we are young, we don't even think how much our actions impact on other people and how much damage words can do. I think that one of the wisdoms I took away from the book is that we all need to try to make peace with our past because it has much more influence on our future than we can ever imagine. But then as the book says `You still don't get it. You never did, and you never will. So stop even trying.'
I would recommend to have a go at this book as it is beautifully written and there is something essentially human delivered through the story and some more is left to be found when you read between the lines. Let me know what you think.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2012 14:26:56 GMT
Nora Gluckmann says:
One of the best reviews I ever found in Amazon, you don-t have any comments because nobody feels as clear as you do. And this is not only an excellent book but a trip inside the characters...and also inside your own self. Not always easy. But even if you must afford suffering and also a certain serious distress about a deeper understanding of "damaged"new
morals, this little book leaves you richer. Your review is excellent, thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 00:30:51 BDT
G Cleary says:
I concur with Nora. Fantastic review that articulated precisely my thoughts when reading this last year, particularly in its discussion of the gem lines/paragraphs that litter the book, and what a fabulous book it is. Such impact in so few pages - funny, provocative, entertaining, uncomfortable. Your review does it much justice.
Posted on 27 Apr 2013 13:33:23 BDT
I have just finished this book and I think your comments are very accurate, you are spot on when you say it is a book to make one think of one's own memories even in the midst of reading it - that was very much my experience also. Agree its a terrific novel, Enjoyed your review.
Posted on 7 May 2013 14:10:34 BDT
I too agree - I thought it was a great book. It's not so much story, as a way of thinking. There were lots of occasions to pause and think - which to me is a sign of a good book. You don't have to have a lot of fizzy action of frothy (or likeable!) characters to make it worthwhile. You just need substance.
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