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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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"[A]a novel where all the questions remain unanswered at the end can, more rarely, have a resoundingly firm cadence, just like Green's Loving. What has become rarer is a coincidence of the two. Novelists have become increasingly unlikely to bring a story to a final close with a final-sounding cadence. You wouldn't find many thrillers, even, these days, ending as Casino Royale does - 'Yes, dammit, I said 'was'. The bitch is dead.' " Philip Hensher goes beyond what Frank Kermode called the sense of an ending.