The Sense of An Ending by Frank Kermode

The Sense of an Ending (1967) is a book which seeks to establish a connection between fiction, time and apocalyptic modes of thought. Frank Kermode ( sees in the apocalyptic certain features which, he suggests, provide a useful analogy with the process of reading and writing fiction.

The author tells us that in imagining an end for the world apocalyptic thinkers are imposing a pattern on history, thus making possible ‘a satisfying consonance with the origins and with the middle’. This classic in literary theory has fittingly stood the test of time (time is the major theme of the book). Before embarking on this read the following excellent review

Professor Frank Kermode

218 pages in Oxford University Press paperback

ISBN 978-0195136128

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