The Quirks Of Memory

The Quirks Of Memory

“…our life isn’t our life, merely the whole tale we now have told about our life. Told to others, but-mainly-to ourselves-” Julian Barnes, The feeling of an Ending.

Therefore states the protagonist, Tony Webster, of the Man 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. Nonetheless, it is not a Charles Dickenish variety of a novel where Copperfield can look at each and each and each occasion of their life and bore us to death. The storyline of their life that Tony informs us and maybe to himself too is very a succinct, accurate one with regular ramblings in the value and unreliability of memory and duration of time and life as a whole. Which is exactly how Barnes’ prose additionally works: neat and high in precision-a form of no nonsense, no frills, maybe maybe not too look that is overtly nostalgic one’s life.

The novel is divided in to two components. The very first component is a quick consider the Tony’s life in college along with his band of friends and just how they meet with the intellectual and apparently severe Adrian Finn. He speaks of his university life, their gf Veronica and exactly how things have complicated for the reason that relationship. All that there is to school and teenage life-friends, love, college, partying, being together and promising a sincere lifelong contact and a kind of innocent idealism about everything with a witty and engaging narration, Tony gives in a good, tongue-in-cheek manner. Continue reading “The Quirks Of Memory”