The Sense Of An Ending

Author: Julian Barnes
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307957330
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Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse. This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he’d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes’s oeuvre.

The Sense Of An Ending

Author: Frank Kermode
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198031154
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Frank Kermode is one of our most distinguished critics of English literature. Here, he contributes a new epilogue to his collection of classic lectures on the relationship of fiction to age-old concepts of apocalyptic chaos and crisis. Prompted by the approach of the millennium, he revisits the book which brings his highly concentrated insights to bear on some of the most unyielding philosophical and aesthetic enigmas. Examining the works of writers from Plato to William Burrows, Kermode shows how they have persistently imposed their "fictions" upon the face of eternity and how these have reflected the apocalyptic spirit. Kermode then discusses literature at a time when new fictive explanations, as used by Spenser and Shakespeare, were being devised to fit a world of uncertain beginning and end. He goes on to deal perceptively with modern literature with "traditionalists" such as Yeats, Eliot, and Joyce, as well as contemporary "schismatics," the French "new novelists," and such seminal figures as Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett. Whether weighing the difference between modern and earlier modes of apocalyptic thought, considering the degeneration of fiction into myth, or commenting on the vogue of the Absurd, Kermode is distinctly lucid, persuasive, witty, and prodigal of ideas.

The Sense Of An Ending Take Iii

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Julian Barnes's novel, The Sense of an Ending, follows his autobiographical meditation on mortality, Nothing to be Frightened Of, in offering a dystopian view of the meaningfulness of existence ("what it all adds up to") in the face of an ending that amounts to annihilation, for the self and ultimately for the cosmos. In this he follows Frank Kermode's elegant study in the theory of fiction, The Sense of an Ending, in which Kermode traces the fate of the modern novel in the wake, as he sees it, of the death of the traditional, biblically-grounded sense of existence as arising, continuing and ending under the providential hand of God. The present article provides the author's own take on these issues, as exemplified in the experience—concurrent with reading Barnes—of a death in the family. The question arises, in this context: How do we assess competing claims to authenticy, and countering claims to mauvais foi, bad faith?

Levels Of Life

Author: Julian Barnes
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385350783
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Julian Barnes, author of the Man Booker Prize–winning novel The Sense of an Ending, gives us his most powerfully moving book yet, beginning in the nineteenth century and leading seamlessly into an entirely personal account of loss—making Levels of Life an immediate classic on the subject of grief. Levels of Life is a book about ballooning, photography, love and loss; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded Barnes the 2011 Booker Prize described him as “an unparalleled magus of the heart.” This book confirms that opinion. “Spare and beautiful...a book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief. To read it is a privilege. To have written it is astonishing.” —Ruth Scurr, The Times of London “A remarkable narrative that is as raw in its emotion as it is characteristically elegant in its execution.” —Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times This ebook edition includes a reading group guide.

Apocalyptic Overtures

Author: Richard Dellamora
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813520575
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Fin de siécle: the phrase evokes at once a sense of decadence, deviant sexuality, and fears that history is coming to an end. For gays, the ends of centuries carry an even greater fear of real endings as they contemplate the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895 and the onset of AIDS just a decade ago. By considering apocalyptic thinking and crises in masculine representation together, Richard Dellamora lets us see what was--and is--at stake in the fin de siécle definitions of gay identity. Issues dominating male homosexual subcultures in the 1890s are still reverberate in our own day and predetermine agendas in the gay community. Dellamora links 19th-century writers not only with E.M. Forster at the turn of the century but also with such contemporary novelists and theorists as Edmund White, Jacques Derrida, and Michael Foucault. Apocalyptic Overtures provides a provocative new context for thinking about gender, literature, and society.

The Humanistic Heritage

Author: Daniel R. Schwarz
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812212181
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Daniel R. Schwarz defines the theory and method of Anglo-American novel criticism in terms of principles he calls humanistic formalism. Because Anglo-American criticism has tended to sacrifice theory for method and philosophic inquiry for close analyses of the text, the theoretical assumptions o fits novel criticism have been neglected. Yet, based on a coherent but heterogeneous aesthetic, it has produced a body of impressive analyses of the English novel. The author shows that, beginning with James and Lubbock, critics as diverse as Forster, Leavis, Watt, Van Ghent, Kettle, and Kermode share common assumptions. Schwarz defines the common humanistic assumption of this criticism, and one might define his perspective as that of a progressive traditionalist. While the book is a spirited defense of Anglo-American criticism, Schwarz seeks to contribute to a dialogue between Anglo-American humanistic criticism and the ideas proposed by structuralism, Marxism, and deconstruction.

Disaster Movies

Author: Stephen Keane
Publisher: Wallflower Press
ISBN: 9781905674039
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Through detailed analysis of films such as The Towering Inferno, Independence Day, Titanic and The Day After Tomorrow, this book looks at the ways in which disaster movies can be read in relation to both contextual considerations and the increasing commercial demands of contemporary Hollywood. Featuring new material on cinematic representations of disaster in the wake of 9/11 and how we might regard disaster movies in light of recent natural disasters, the volume explores the continual reworking of this previously undervalued genre.

American Cultural Studies

Author: Catherine A. Warren
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252070082
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Serving as a call for intellectuals to engage in the cultures they study, this book stresses the importance of a historically informed cultural studies and delves into the discipline's roots in pragmatism, social activism, and radical politics. It also considers the moral and social responsibilities of citizen-intellectuals in the United States.

Before She Met Me

Author: Julian Barnes
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307797783
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At the start of this fiendishly comic and suspenseful novel, a mild-mannered English academic chuckles as he watches his wife commit adultery. The action takes place before she met him. But lines between film and reality, past and present become terrifyingly blurred in this sad and funny tour de force from the author of Flaubert's Parrot. From the Trade Paperback edition.