"This was another of our fears; that life wouldn't turn out to be like literature."
Note the director is Ritesh Batra, the same director now helming the Robert Redford/Jane Fonda starrer based on Kent Haruf's Our Souls at Night. Sounds like Batra, a youthful 37, has a real affinity for older people and their stories!
What a great excuse for me to put Barnes book at the top of my TBR list! I haven't had the pleasure of reading this author yet—slaps self on hand—but just reading the novel's description on the author's website has me twitchy with excitement.
The story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past, Julian Barnes's 2011 novel is laced with his trademark precision, dexterity and insight. It is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they navigated the girl drought of gawky adolescence together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they swore to stay friends forever. Until Adrian's life took a turn into tragedy, and all of them, especially Tony, moved on and did their best to forget.
Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a marriage, a calm divorce. He gets along nicely, he thinks, with his one child, a daughter, and even with his ex-wife. 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. The unexpected bequest conveyed by that letter leads Tony on a dogged search through a past suddenly turned murky. And how do you carry on, contentedly, when events conspire to upset all your vaunted truths?
Seeing the trailer, I wish I'd already read the book!
Jim Broadbent in London Spy
Charlotte Rampling in Broadchurch
Michelle Dockery in Self/lessEmily Mortimer in The Newsroom
New kid in town, Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn in Ang Lee's adaptation of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk ) also stars. Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Harriet Walter round out the cast.
Is The Sense of An Ending on your bedside table or in your reading device (I use a Nook)? Have you started reading it or did you finish years ago? Or is your copy back at the bookstore waiting for you to pick it up? I can't believe after first posting about this film back in 2015 I still haven't read it!