Julian Barnes Writing Styles in The Sense of an Ending

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Point of View

This entire novel is an account from the main character and narrator, Anthony "Tony" Webster. Therefore the entire story, including events that he is not associated with, are told from his perspective. The reader finds out things when he does, and not earlier through a third party. In this way, the reader is taken along with the narrator, and their perception and viewpoint of everything is solely through his point of view. There are no instance where the reader is able to know certain events before the narrator, and the only changes in perception or point of view that the reader can achieve is when Tony himself has a realization or change of opinion later in his life. In a way, the narrator is really two completely different characters, young Tony and old Tony, each of them having different insights towards the same events. When...

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