The Quirks Of Memory

The Quirks Of Memory

“…our life isn’t our life, just the tale we’ve told about our life. Told to others, but-mainly-to Julian that is ourselves-” Barnes The feeling of an Ending.

Therefore claims the protagonist, Tony Webster, of the person Booker Prize winning novel, The feeling of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The novel is precisely just that-A man in his 60s looking back, retelling and re-examining his life’s story and certain events in them in a nutshell. But, it is not a Charles Dickenish style of a novel where Copperfield can look at each and every and each occasion of their life and bore us to death. The tale of his life that Tony informs us and maybe to himself too is fairly a succinct, exact one with regular ramblings from the value and unreliability of memory and passage of time and life generally speaking. Which is just exactly how Barnes’ prose additionally works: neat and packed with precision-a types of no nonsense, no frills, maybe maybe perhaps not too look that is overtly nostalgic one’s life.

The novel is divided in to two components. The part that is first a fast go through the Tony’s life at school along with his selection of buddies and exactly how they meet up with the intellectual and apparently severe Adrian Finn. He speaks of their university life, their gf Veronica and exactly how things have complicated for the reason that relationship. Having a witty and engaging narration, Tony offers in an excellent, tongue-in-cheek manner all of that there clearly was to school and teenage life-friends, love, university, partying, being together and guaranteeing a genuine lifelong contact and a type of innocent idealism about every thing. But this perhaps not in a style that is cliched can certainly make you retch and cringe aided by the nostalgia usually related to those times but could make you state, “yes also I’d those exact same ideas whenever I had been a kid. Continue reading The Quirks Of Memory