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Melmoth the Wanderer

As the name suggests, Melmoth The Wanderer is about Melmoth, a man who trades his soul with the devil for an added 150 years to live. Using this, he travels the world, trying to tempt people into exchanging their place with him so that they get to live the extra years. Unlimited happiness and joys come to the man who switches over with Melmoth but true to little facts which are often overlooked, there is a small glitch. Though the man would get to live much more than a normal life, he is damned to eternal damnation after death.

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Sense of an Ending

In the initial pages of the book, in reply to a teacher’s question of “What is history?”, Tony Webster replies, “History is the lies of the victor” while his brilliant friend Adrian Finn says, “History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of the mind meet the inadequacies of definition.” This sets the tone for the book to follow in its wake.

Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize winning novel, “A Sense of an Ending” is the story of Tony Webster and his friend Adrian Finn. We see the characters through the eyes of Tony who is now a 60-year-old aging man, recounting the lost memories of his youth. He constructs a memory in the wake of his fading mind and is not entirely surprised to find what he remembers and what actually happened have two different connotations.
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