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A decidedly male-sided account.,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Sense of an Ending (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I'm about Barnes' or Tony's age, but I grew up in Switzerland. Thus, it struck me how similar the fifties/sixties were in both countries for high school kids, with single-sex schools and all. I like the book a lot, not reading many novels, I must say. However, there are a few things that bug me. For one, women seem to be "bystanders", mostly. Nothing about how they might have felt in the relationships involved. At best, they are either enigmas, or rather simple-minded types. The more interesting characters like Mrs. Frost remain too much in the dark. And the later conversations between Tony and Veronica are just so irritating that I can't relate to them. I very much enjoyed the first two thirds of the book. But the last third kind of seemed to be filled with not particularly important philosophical paragraphs. I could not decide whether they were needed to lengthen or increase the tension or to increase the volume of the book.
The final twist is sufficiently well hidden that I had to read it at least three times to grasp what it meant. And I would have liked a bit on how Tony really handled that. But he may have been such a cop-out that anything interesting might have been considered too unrealistic by Barnes. But then, there are two other cop-outs earlier in the game or plot. Two males commit suicide after their sexual partners got pregnant. Not facing up to responsibilities, leaving it all to the female part of the original pair is decidedly old school. But probably just typical for the time. Anyway, males don't come away very well, just concerned with their sperms it seems.