Thursday, 14 June 2018

"The sense of an ending" by Julian Barnes

I liked the design also before, but now with a lot of endings and time flying away covered by the author, it also makes more sense. 

I had a slight problem in the beginning. His language is - exquisite? a smoothly weaved motif of something modern, which combines the old and the new? - and that is also the reason to why I have this book in my possession. (The second is that I bought it at Hedengrens, an independent, well-sorted bookstore in Stockholm which was about to go bankrupt - and me and many other customers managed to save it.) I perfectly imagine everything depicted could have taken place; I am with the four boys in the classroom and see the teacher in front of me, I am the invisible guest when Tony meets Veronica's family, I read the e-mail conversations over Tony's shoulder, I am the bored waitress hearing the dull conversation between Tony, now a divorced adult, and his former wife. Here it is - dull. Tony didn't ever want much in life, but he is persistent when he wants to. Or maybe he just sums up the events in a way where the peak of events is left out, but almost covered, which keeps me intrigued but also surprised about me being intrigued.

And intrigue there is, more than one would think at first. All those small details makes Tony, as well as the reader, go aha and remind of the deceitfulness of a memory. Some images are clearer that others, and only when we go back in time in our thoughts do we remember more of the circumstances - and hopefully, what we forgot. In Tony's case - a letter, which also turns out to be a curse, not leaving him quiet maybe ever anymore. 

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