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    The sense of an ending

    Jolted by a message fom the past, the teller revisits his days as an undergraduate. He writes with ruefulness and humour about difficult episodes in close relationships. At the same time, he reflects on the nature of history, as raised in his studies then. As his story unfolds, these lines of thought parallel then converge, culminating in a moment of clarity shocking to the narrator and confronting to the reader. What begins as a personal memoir ends as a profound and powerful story that could be told of any of us. Breathtaking.
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    The sense of an ending

    Enjoyed the read but enigmatic ending.
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    Deserving of the prize!

    Thoughtful and perceptive outline of human relationships, the callowness of youth, the ripple effect of our actions in relationships and unintended consequences thereof. Still, not sure the portrayal of suicide as a responsible action of an intelligent person rings true.
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    Ending too soon

    Like all Barnes's work this is incisive and subtle and compelling, conveying something of the range of feeling in later life, including sadness and loss as well as resignation. The past is there and not there, a long locked away secret is discovered, something is learned, and the book leaves you feeling you learned it too.
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    Verrassend

    Leuk is geen goede weergave voor dit boek. Daarvoor is het te diepgaand. Een boek met filosofische inslag die een weergave is van het leven van een mens met zijn herinneringen. Het doet denken. Veel wordt fout gedacht en daardoor is het einde verrassend.
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