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The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

The Sense of An Ending

By Julian Barnes

Presented

by Mrs. Frink


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

TThe Sense of an Ending is about a group of friends. The narrator is Tony, who tells the story of their high school and university years from the vantage point of a middle aged man. His memory of some key events proves to be way off the mark. Although Tony is the narrator, the most interesting character to me is Adrian, who joined the group of friends as a new boy when they were in high school.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

Adrian Finn, a tall, shy guy who kept his eyes down and his thoughts to himself. At first.

Adrian said things his friends thought would make the teachers mad … but the teachers loved Adrian’s philosophical courage. His honesty later triggers an event that leads to tragedy.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

The Sense of an Ending packs some serious vocabulary. One word I want to share is

Lachrymosely (adverb)

Weepingly or tearfully

From Latin lacrima, tear.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

Also, Susurrus

I love this word because it describes something that happens all the time in the classroom !)

Susurrus (noun)

A soft, whispering or rustling sound.

From Latin susurare, to whisper.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

Nepotism (noun)

Favoritism granted by persons in high office to relatives or friends.

From Latin, nepos, nephews.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

Winsome (adjective)

Charming, engaging.

From Old English, wynn, pleasure, joy .


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

Solipsistic (adjective)

Adhering to the belief that the self is the only reality.

From Latin, solus, alone + ipse, self.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

This short novel is set in a London’s boys school in the 1960’s. Barnes describes the times from the boys’ point of view. They know that the 1960’s are a time of liberation for many – but they are not experiencing many adventures during the first part of the novel.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

ThTh

Tony and the guys should get out more often.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

I loved reading about the landmarks of one of my favorite cities. Also, the importance of the campus to the story reminded me of another great book, A Separate Peace.


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

The book’s plot centers around Tony and his first girlfriend Veronica. Tony is sensitive to his middle class status when he visits Veronica and her wealthy family at the country home. After the couple breaks up, friendships are strained when tall, shy Adrian dates Veronica after college.

Tony remembers handling this problem in a smooth, sophisticated manner … but, if so, how to explain all the tragedy which follows?


The sense of an ending by julian barnes presented by mrs frink

One theme of The Sense of an Ending is our staggering inability to understand even the people we love the most – and how this haunts us as the years go by.


The best place to read this book

The best place to read this book:

A beautiful high school or college campus


Best food to have while reading the sense of an ending

Best food to have while reading The Sense of an Ending:

An omelet … because Veronica’s rich, odd mother does something quite strange after fixing Tony some eggs.


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