When The Unreliable Made More Sense
“That’s one of the central problems of history, isn't it, sir? The question of subjective versus objective interpretation, the fact that we need to know the history of the historian in order to understand the version that is being put in front of us.”
“But we also learn something else: that the brain doesn’t like being typecast. Just when you think everything is a matter of decrease, of subtraction and division, your brain, your memory, may surprise you. As if it’s saying: Don’t imagine you can rely on some comforting process of gradual decline – life’s much more complicated than that. And so the brain will throw you scraps from time to time, even disengage those familiar memory-loops.”
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING is not a book of answers, but of questions. The moment I hit the last page, I went back to the first page, then scanned my way through again, desperately looking for the answers to my unanswered questions. I must admit that I was highly intrigued by the twist at the ending, something that created “a sense of an ending” for the story, but it did not satisfy my curiosity. No doubt, that the perplexity of this book is its charm.
Title: The Sense of an Ending
Author: Julian Barnes
|April 14, 2012, ATC|
|Buddy readers who indulged each other's curiosity.|