The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes

The author is looking back over his life to a relationship he had as a student and the way this impacted on his friends and family. One of his friends committed suicide and he is left the boys diary in a will but has problems obtaining it. I found the characters un-appealing and lacking in realism or any other desirable attribute. At the end of the book I was left wondering why it had been written – perhaps that was the author’s desired effect? I have read other books by Julian Barnes that I found more satisfying so maybe as a colleague said “perhaps I didn’t read it properly.”
 
Attleborough Reading Group
 
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