Date(s) - 19/12/2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IH Nuevos Ministerios
This month’s book is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.
The story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past, Julian Barnes’s new 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?
“Its effect is disturbing – all the more so for being written with Barnes’s habitual lucidity. His reputation will surely be enhanced by this book. Do not be misled by its brevity. Its mystery is as deeply embedded as the most archaic of memories.” –Anita Brookner, Daily Telegraph
The IH book club meets once a month to discuss a different work of literature. Discussions are wide ranging and and often demonstrate an interesting variety of interpretations and opinions. So far, we have read books by a wide variety of authors including George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Truman Capote and Graham Greene.
As well as the great enjoyment of reading and discussion, our members regularly comment on the benefit that they have noticed to their English studies. Getting into the habit of reading regularly in English helps greatly as it builds vocabularly and grammar and exposes us to a range of styles and registers.
Michael Smith – Club Coordinator
Bookings are closed for this event.