The Sense of an Ending

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.

Author: Frank Kermode

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198031154

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.
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The Sense of an Ending

Follows a middle-aged man as he reflects on a past he thought was behind him, until he is presented with a legacy that forces him to reconsider different decisions, and to revise his place in the world.

Author: Julian Barnes

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 9780307957122

Category: Fiction

Page: 150

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Follows a middle-aged man as he reflects on a past he thought was behind him, until he is presented with a legacy that forces him to reconsider different decisions, and to revise his place in the world.
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The Sense of an Ending

Veronica was hardly suggesting that her mother was offering money in exchange for the pain her daughter had caused me, was she? Or was she? At the same time, it made sense that Veronica didn't give me a simple answer, didn't do or say ...

Author: Julian Barnes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446467626

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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'A masterpiece... I would urge you to read - and re-read ' Daily Telegraph **Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011** Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove. Now a major film
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Metroland

This special edition contains unseen archive material including letters from early fans such as Philip Larkin and Dodie Smith, contemporary reviews, a deleted scene from the original manuscript as well as an introduction from the author.

Author: Julian Barnes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409088745

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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A special edition of Julian Barnes’s first novel with an introduction from the author and previously unseen archive material. Christopher and Toni found in each other the perfect companion for that universal adolescent pastime: smirking at the world as you find it. In between training as flaneurs and the grind of school, they cast a cynical eye over their various dislikes: parents with their lives of spotless emptiness, Third Division (North) football teams, God, commuters and girls, and the inhabitants of Metroland: the strip of suburban dormitory Christopher calls home. Longing for real life to begin, Christopher makes for Paris in time for les événements of 1968, only to miss it all in a haze of sex, French theatre and first love. And before long he finds himself drawn inevitably back to Metroland and the very life he was trying to escape... This special edition contains unseen archive material including letters from early fans such as Philip Larkin and Dodie Smith, contemporary reviews, a deleted scene from the original manuscript as well as an introduction from the author.
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Hygiene Storycuts

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Author: Julian Barnes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448128747

Category: Fiction

Page: 18

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Major 'Jacko' Jackson, now retired, takes his yearly, self-appointed furlough to London. But time has moved on, and the kitchenware on the itemised task list his wife has provided him with is not the only thing he finds out of stock. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.
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The Completion of Judges

Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction, Smith's Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End, and Torgovnick's Closure in the Novel.8 2.2. Theory of Endings: Key Resources Kermode's The Sense of an Ending is now widely ...

Author: David J. H. Beldman

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9781575064970

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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The last five chapters of the book of Judges (chs. 17-21) contain some shocking and bizarre stories, and precisely how these stories relate to the rest of the book is a major question in scholarship on the book. Leveraging work from literary studies and hermeneutics, Beldman reexamines Judges 17-21 with the aim of discerning the "strategies of ending" that are at work in these chapters. The author identifies and describes a number of strategies of ending in Judges 17-21, including the strategy of completion, the strategy of circularity, and the strategy of entrapment. The temporal configuration of Judges and especially the nonlinear chronology that chapters 17-21 expose also receive due attention. All of this offers fresh insights into the place and function of Judges 17-21 in the context of the whole book.
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The Noise of Time

'BARNES'S MASTERPIECE' - OBSERVER In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block.

Author: Julian Barnes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473524828

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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'BARNES'S MASTERPIECE' - OBSERVER In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return. ‘Stunning’ Sunday Times ‘A profound meditation on power and the relationship of art and power... It is a masterpiece of sympathetic understanding... I don’t think Barnes has written a finer, more truthful or more profound book’ Scotsman ‘A tour de force by a master novelist at the top of his game’ Daily Express
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