At its heart, The Sense of an Ending is a thesis on time and how it passes through one's life. Tony is an old man looking back on his life when his ex-girlfriend's mother dies and leaves him money and a diary of an old friend. However, the diary is being held captive by her daughter and Tony decides that he needs it in his possession. As he goes down the rabbit hole of getting it back, he discovers much about who he truly is. This is a very short but very impactful novel, which is beautifully written.
This Man Booker Prize-winning novel is now a major motion picture. A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning achievement in Julian Barnes's oeuvre. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.