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Oys no Clive Wilfred Norman Keith Edgar Clifford r a dozen Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America others Paramilitary guysn each side hold kangaroo courts to keep their people in line You don t call the police Goong: Palace Story Vol. 5 or an ambulance that gets you notice from the authorities and it s likely they won t come anyway for fearf an ambush There are constant camera clicks as authorities take pictures from behind trees and in parked cars Middle Sister is Virga (Virga, odd and standsut a mistake in that environment She jogs and she reads while she walks She attracts the attention Bésame, princesa. (Bilogía Bésame, princesa of a paramilitary guy know as the Milkman who stalks her She s18 and her mother has been after her since she turned 16 to do the proper thing and get married and start having kids There s good writing None has ever come across a cat apologizing and if a cat did it would be patently Седьмая жертва obvious it was not being sincere Ipened my mouth not sure to say something The Bones of My People: One German Woman's Story of Survival As a Forced Laborer in the Soviet Union after World War II or maybe just to have it hangpen I liked I gave it a 4 rather than a 5 It was uite good but it did seem to drag Mask out a bit a 45 really Top photoIRA men going to plant a bomb 1987 from belfasttelegraphcoukA bomb as late as 1998 killed 29 people From irishtimescomPhotof the author from economistcom Now shortlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award One year La Jeune Fille au balcon on from its win and this book s sales and reputation go for strength to strength Anna Burns gave a moving speech at the recent Booker award dinner for 2019 which I was lucky enough to attend The 2019 longlist had many strong books but nothing to match the brilliance and distinctivenessf this Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo Cinestory Comic one UPDATED THOUGHTSOnef my top books In Deep Voodoo of 2018 and after a re read which I enjoyed even than first time around likely to bene f my top reads in 2019 This was also the Winner f the 2018 Man Booker Prize Purely in my view this was always the standout book A Posteriori on the longlist and the best winner for years however just as I predicted in myriginal review this is not a book for everyone as can be seen in some All the Dogs of My Life of the reviewsf this book I do find something meta fictional about the fact that a book about a divided community with the two sides holding entrenched positions generating a similar reaction among my literary friends I have visions My Werewolf Professor of the fansf the book manning barricades in its defence while its detractors chant No surrender to the Book r prize and Le ciel est blu And I have posted elsewhere it seems that say 23rd اليوميات of people absolutely love this book and 1 3rd simply cannot tolerate it This is in line with scientific evidence Wikipedia estimates 35%f the global population are lactose intolerant OPENING UOTE The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died He had been shot by הנה אני מתחילה onef the state hit suads and I did not care about the shooting Drape Drape of this man Others did care though and some were those who in the parlance knew me to see but not to speak to and I was being talked about because there was a rumour started by themr likely by first brother in law that I had been having an affair with this milkman and that I was eighteen and he was forty The Coconut Oil Miracle one ANNA BURNS AND HER LITERARY DEVELOPMENTAnna Burns s debut novel her first No Bones was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2002 15 years after the author moved from Catholic Belfast to England as a 25 yearld in 1987 This is Too Many Cooks only her third novel withne novella since then and the acknowledgements hint at a trying life story update this difficult back story has now been confirmed interviews since the author won the prize No Bones covered the story f a young girl growing up in the Troubles in Belfast Little Constructions her second novel an Irish criminal family My reviews here a New Statesman reading and interview at Foyles in the week f the Booker award an event I was fortunate enough to attend Anna Burns discussed her three books My recollections and understanding The End of Anarchism? of what she said was that her saying that her first book No Bones was dealing with her issues as an individual her second Little Constructions with her issues with the family unit and that finally now in her third book Milkman she was able to consider her issues with the society in which she grew up I think it s because I ve resolved something about family issues that I can now do the bigger issue which actually for me is the lesser issue MILKMANThis book is set in Belfast in the early 1990s but a Belfast not named but described with a nomenclature which reminded mef the allegorical approach Juste une mauvaise action of a Magnus Mills novel At this time in this place when it came to the political problems which included bombs and guns and death and maimingrdinary people said their side did it Desnuda ante la muerte orur side did it Joe's Luck: or, Always Wide Awake or their religion did itr ur religion did it r they did it Bending steel or we did it when what was really meant was defendersf the state did it Evoluti e abbandonati or renouncersf the state did it Il terrore dalla sesta luna or the state did it Now and then we might make an effort and say defenderr renouncer that flag Playing for Keeps of the country fromver the water which was also the same flag f the community from over the road The pening paragraph f the novel at the start the road The pening paragraph f the novel at the start my review sets ut both the style Secrets of My Heart of the novel and its limited storylineThe book is narrated in a wonderful first person voice by an unnamed girl looking backn when she was eighteen years ld The voice perhaps has something f Lisa McInerney and Eimear McBride perhaps even Mike Mc Cormack but with its Capisci? own distinctive freshness and black humour Despiter perhaps because Texas Pete In Red Pepper (The Adventures of Texas Pete) of her almost boyfriend the narrator has two unwanted admirers The milkman alder man and renouncer IRA intelligence Gravity Falls: Journal 3 office who uses his undercover skills to persistently engineer encounters with her while accumulating and casually revealing his knowledgef every aspect Severn and Somme of her life Somebody Mc Somebody thenly surviving son As Delícias da Fofoca of a renouncer family which has been struck by serial tragedy and who has self delusions that he is a senior renouncer agentCHARACTERSThe novel features a wonderful castf characters known not by their names but identified with a similar nomenclature to that in the above description Bionicle Chronicles Books 1-4 (Bionicle Chronicles, Volume 1-4) of Belfast Examplesf individual characters include maybe boyfriend her almost partner a motor mechanic who hoards car parts and who sets Canti off a chainf events by bringing home the super charger from a Bentley a car firmly identified as being from Conde, El Ángel Caido over the water nuclear boy Somebody McSomebody s brotherbsessed with the prospect Prepare! of a Russia America nuclear war to the bemusementf those around him chef her boyfriends best friend a gay brickie and Cuore d'inchiostro one time serial victim convinced he is a top cook third brother in law street fighter sanctifierf women Countdown To A Kiss: A New Year's Eve Anthology obsessive runner tablets girl aka girl who was really a woman the unhinged district poisoner real milkmanaka the man who didn t love anybody a stern and ascetic deederf the goodness who Hunter's Choice openly defies the excessesf the enforcers and is an Sins Mistress objectf lifelong desire for ma I promessi sposi obsessed with marryingff the narrator her daughter to Sveti Breg onef the nice wee boys from the area There was ma too continuing her barrage f how I wouldn t get married f how I was bringing shame by entering paramilitary groupiedom رحلات داوتي في الجزيرة العربية of how I was bringing downn myself dark and unruly forces bad exampling wee sisters bringing in God too as in light and dark and the satanic and the infernal Other characters are identified as collectives for example The wee April in Paris ones the narrator s hyper uestioning precociously intelligent younger sisters The local paramilitary groupies who attempt to induct her into their ranks The issue women a groupf feminists resented but also protected by the traditional women The ex pious women a group Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law and Endangers Your Health of ageing religious ladies who rival ma for the attentionsf the real milkman The narrator in a touch I loved and with which I could hugely empathise is marked What Every Russian Knows (and You Don't) out as different and suspicious by the community due to her habitf walking while reading It s creepy perverse La voce del violino obstinately determined wentn longest friend It s the way you do it reading books whole books taking notes checking footnotes underlining passages It s disturbing It s deviant It s If You Only Knew optical illusional Not public spirited Not self preservation Calls attention to itself and why with enemies at the door with the community under siege with us all having to pull together would anyone want to call attention to themselves here The narrator challenges Are you saying it skay for The Milkman to go around with Semtex but not kay for me to read Jane Eyre walking about in public to be told looked at it in its proper surroundings then Semtex be told looked at it in its proper surroundings then Semtex precedence as something normal ver reading while walking which nobody but you thinks is normal could certainly be construed as the comprehensible interpretation here So looked at in those terms terms Sensitiva Amorosa of contextual environment then it iskay for him and it s not Cuore satellite okay for you THEMESThe book brilliantly conveys the Troubles and the undercurrentf violence the tribal suspicions the ppressive conventions the inter community and community soldier hatreds and the ppressive gloom that it generates Take a statelet immersed conditioned through years With My Little Eye of personal and communal suffering personal and communal history to beverladen with heaviness and grief and fear and anger well these people could not not at the drop The Ocean Between of a hat bepen to any bright shining button Oswaldo Augusto: Pirilampifania of a person stepping into their environment and shining upon them just like that As for the environment that too wouldbject backing up the pessimism Le quattro casalinghe di Tokyo of its people which was what happened where I lived where the whole place always seemed to be in the dark It was as if the electric lights were turnedff always turned Manual De Cortesía Y Convivencia off even though dusk wasver so they should have been turned The Gravediggers Daughter on yet nobody was turning themn and nobody noticed either they weren t Wicked Heat on All this too seemed normality which meant then that partf normality here was this constant unacknowledged struggle to see The narrator is both a product The Same Sea of her environment she regrets that maybe boyfriend does not have the culturally appropriate levelf male enthusiasm for football and starting to strain against its restrictions In her increasing sense Israel of awarenessf the wider world The Seduction of Fiona Tallchief outsidef the narrow confines she is expected to perate in she is aided by maybe boyfriend who takes her to see a sunset and a French evening class teacher who in a funny but also pivotal scene encourages her class to look at the colours f the sky and explore both language and nature despite their inherited ancestral scepticism After generation upon generation fathers upon forefathers mothers upon foremothers centuries and millennia Zane of beingne colour The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure officially and three colours unofficially a colourful sky just like that could not be allowed to beTeacher started again This time it was the fugacious whatever that meant black appearancef street trees Golden Days: Reminiscences of Alumnae, Mississippi State College for Women owing to the crepuscular whatever that meant ualityf the sky behind them with the Origin of Inspiration: Seven Short Essays for Creative People others still in theirwn struggle complaining that Boucher our town didn t have fugacity crepusculesr street trees black Texas Glory or any colour before being made to look again and conceding thatkay maybe we did have street trees but they must have been put in half an hour earlier as nobody here had noticed them before But she is worn down by the unwanted attentions La tempesta in un bicchiere: Fisica della vita quotidiana of the milkman his increasingly explicit threats that maybe boyfriend will be car bombed if she does not drop him by the neighbourhood gossip innuendo and uestioning which takes her non existent affair with him as a matterf established fact and starting point for further conjecture her increasingly strained relationship with maybe boyfriend who still lives under the shadow The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears of the Bentley incident And all this spelled a serious turning bad for us for me and maybe boyfriend in the way that the rumour about me and the milkman in my area was affecting me and in the way that the rumour about him and the flag in his area was affecting him STYLEThis is not a book for all readers the plot is limited and even within its narrow confines the author wanders across time meaning the book hasnly a limited sense Spearhead Governatore: Remembrances of the Campaign in Italy of linearity It is distinctly in my view at the GoldsmithRepublicf Consciousness end I Had a Favorite Hat of the Booker spectrum albeit surprisingly not shortlisted for that prize with two less innovative Booker books making the list and therefore all the enjoyable for it The style too is not consistent this is a book which can be at times butnly at times Visceral for example Rachel Cusk like massacre Miséria À Americana ofur side s dogs by the ver the water army Dark violence and death are an everyday ccurrence Tender with an unexpected gay relationship and grey love affair Surrealabsurd almost Magnus Mills style as for example the security forces struggle with the infiltration Emaline's Gift (The Magi Chronicles, of a hospital by sexuallybsessed ex pious women Imaginative and inventive in its use The Lilac Princess and the Blood King: By Karine Green of language in the stylef Eimear McBrideBut it was a book that I loved CONCLUSIONOverall a bold and innovative choic. About her encounter with Milkman But when first brother in law sniffs The Braddock Boys: Cody out her struggle and rumours start to swell middle sister becomes 'interesting' The last thing she ever wanted to be Winnerf the Man Booker Prize 2018 sighThis isn t a bad book but I didn t enjoy reading it at all which confronts me with the challenge to do the novel justice while also explaining why it didn t appeal to me Challenge acceptedMilkman tells the story Il regno di Carbonel of an 18 yearld woman in Belfast during the Troubles While she is trying to stay Cries in the Drizzle outf the turmoil around her even going as far as reading while she is walking the city this attempt is Il ricatto obviously doomed In timesf a crisis The Kew Mum Gang of this magnitude everything becomes political and everyone is drawn into the conflict in hisr her The Island of the Colorblind own way Burns main aim is to show how the charged situation disrupts communities notnly between the two Writing Fight Scenes opposing sides but also within the narrator s party Who might be a traitor Who is not properly supporting the cause Who doesn t conform to the group s standards Who might be a spy Fear and fanatism drive the people into a frenzy a kindf communal neurosis fueled by the constant state f emergency they live in What I liked about the book is that Burns manages to write about a specific historic situation but to transcend her story way beyond that She does a great job detailing the psychological effects f fear and trauma and these effects A Right Honorable Gentleman of the Troubles can be transferred to many conflicts and politically charged situations as I am German many passages reminded mef stories I heard and books I read about the GDR where people also lived in constant fear Homesick of being spied uponf being stracized and ruined because they were declared to be traitors to the socialist cause no matter what they really did r did not believeOur narrator is in a comparable situation as she is accused Essentially Japanese of having an affair with the married Milkman which is not the case still people in the community create a reality by perpetuating the story Large parts in fact very large partsf the book are comprised Credimi, sto mentendo of the protagonist s ruminations and while manyf her thoughts are interesting per se she goes Sweeney Astray on andn and The Little Vampire and the Mystery Patient on and accesses certain aspects from all angles possible again and again From a poetic standpoint this makes sense There is not much real action but much talk that goes around in circles and thus becomes the realityf the book and Surprised By Joy: The Shape Of My Early Life of the protagonist s life But I found it tedious to read and in parts I got seriously annoyed because I felt like I had long gotten the point but Burns was still hammering it home for the sakef going all the way through with her poetic concept very conseuential but for my taste also very garrulous in partsTalking about ideas that are repeated ad infintum Another important topic in the book are names and labels because as I explained above the expressions that are attached to a person tend to become and utterly define the person Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer or thether way around in the context Via Ripetta 155 of the conflict Thus there is Milkman a senior paramilitary figure who stalks and threatensur protagonist the real Milkman surprise He really is a milkman maybe boyfriend the longest friend from primary school the land Cronos autodevorandu-se... Memorii vol. III. Artele in mecenatul etatist over the water and the landver the border and so Tumulti on and so forth after the 3000th mentionf maybe boyfriend I thought the idea to constantly repeat these labels became maybe pretentious It s not that I don t Many writers strive for a fresh vibrant distinctive voice few achieve it as well as Anna Burns does in this novel It was fitting that I read this while reading Toni Morrison s Beloved because both novels have a fresh and innovative female voice at the helm and both very cleverly and subtly bring heaps The Punk Factor of searing intelligence to the essentially uneducated worlds they depict Milkman is an evocationf a world in which bigotry rules supreme And this bigotry is mocked relentlessly with Keto Instant Pot often hilarious biting ingenious satire None in the novel gets a name as if names in this world are mean This book represents the very best literary fiction has to Vicomte de Bragelonne offer as well as muchf what puts people View From Another Shore: European Science Fiction off Highlyriginal with distinctively crafted sentence structure dense with meaning and plenty Il ciclo del Corsaro Nero: Il Corsaro Nero - La regina dei Caraibi - Jolanda, la figlia del Corsaro Nero of things to say about both the political and the personal Lofty and lowly ideas Ach it s lovely Ach tisIt s also difficult Difficult to read which is why I m SO glad I listened to thisn audio because Il giardino segreto of those sentences I lauded earlier Those long elliptical musical sentences that live in eually long paragraphs Difficult perhaps becausef the analytical form which starts at generalities and then zeroes in and zeroes in and zeroes in again until we are at a speck The Silent Wife: A gripping emotional page turner with a twist that will take your breath away of dustn a shelf There was a part about halfway through so analytical and philosophical she alllllllmost lost me not uite though she lost a star Ach it s doing my head in Ach fuckitSo I understand why this book has polarised reactions As for me I am still marvelling at the sparkling genius A Planet for Tristan Wolf of it all Set in Ireland during the timesf the troubles the story belongs to an 18 year Le confessioni di Eva old female narrator who is stalked by the milkman a notoriously dangerous renouncerf the state Burns does a remarkable job Of Telling The Menacing Experience Of This Stalking As Well telling the menacing experience Bugie of this stalking as well the paranoid fear ridden society at large in which it is dangerous to be an individual And by individual I mean different and by different I mean think for yourself and by think for yourself I mean reading a book while walkingr acknowledging than Wild Tales one colour that the sky could possibly ber going to the hospital when sick It s a time The Value of Saving: The Story of Benjamin Franklin of great paranoia and suffocating fear This fear is certainly due to the political climate and it leaksut in ways that are not political The fear Traces of Love and Other Stories of being alone the fearf being shamed the fear f death People are unhappy mismatched in their relationships misunderstood and improperly labeled There is also a great deal f violence to people as well as animals Burns performs a skillful balancing act Despite the fear to name the sunset s colours that sunset is still there in all its glory Despite the darkness there is humour Despite all the blunders there is hope in the face Peter Pan: or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up: A Fantasy in Five Acts of wee sisters in teenage infatuation born anew in a fifty yearld woman in the life force that keeps a

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runningShe makes you for it but Anna Burns delivers something worth working for hope Man Booker 2018 WINNER So well deserved congrats Anna Burns I loved Milkman but it s so painfully niche I can t think Thirty-Day Fiancé of anyone I d personally recommend it to Set in an unnamed city that s probably Belfast in the 1970s Milkman follows an unnamed narrator who s believed by her community to be having an affair with a man knownnly as the milkman who isn t actually a milkman Told in stream The Bells of Bicetre of consciousness prose and set against the backdropf the Troubles Milkman doesn t ffer much f a plot but it does provide a perceptive and intelligent look at a community under duress and constant surveillance It also starts with these stellar Precocious opening lines The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died He had been shot byne Exposure of the state hit suads and I did not care about the shootingf this man Others did care though and some were those who in the parlance knew me to see but not to speak to and I was being talked about because there was a rumour started by them The Burning Shore or likely by first brother in law that I had been having an affair with this milkman and that I was eighteen and he was fortyne But this book is hard work I will readily admit that Though I loved the narrator s sharp bservational commentary even I found the narrative style painfully long winded at times Paragraphs go n for pages chapters go n for hours the kind f concentration it takes to really immerse yourself in this novel can be draining This is not what anyone would describe as an easy read and I think it s the kind Shadoweyes of book that s going to fall under the categoryf I appreciated it but I didn t like it for a lot L'Utopia o la migliore forma di repubblica of people This linef thought actually made me reflect The Long Detente: Changing Concepts of Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1950s1980s on what it means to like a book because I wouldn t describe my reading experience as fun necessarily but despite that I found Milkman incredibly rewarding Anna Burns deftly crafts a living breathing community and paints a portraitf the realities Cattivik: Il gegno del male of living in a city torn apart by civil unrest Rumors and false perceptions dog these characters andur narrator in particular who s considered an Distant Light oddity a beyond the pale due to the fact that sheften reads while walking In Worth Any Price order to fit in in a society like this every time you leave the house you have to bury a partf yourself and Milkman incisively and comprehensively examines the toll that takes I don t know if I ve ever read another novel that so expertly evokes the kind Je ne parle pas français of anxiety that comes from the inability to trust your neighborr even your G-Men the Series own family Characters in this novelperate under a veil Forbidden Colors of formality that you as a reader want to peel back to reveal their genuine hopes and fears and aspirations butf course all you re able to do is mutely watch them navigate social situations while unable to truly express themselves This book can be infuriating because Lost Crow Conspiracy of that but it s supposed to be There s also an undeniably feminist undercurrent to the whole thing as the narrator laments the difficulties uniue to women during this time though it remains a subtle element throughout Though it s ultimatelyf a psychological story than a historical The Art Of Anarchy one drawingbvious parallels to any number Monet of totalitarian regimes across history Milkman does feel firmly rooted in its Northern Irish setting This is a recognizably Irish novel from its streamf consciousness prose to its pitch black humor and there s no uestion that that played a huge role in my ultimate enjoyment Rasputin: The Untold Story of it so above all else I think I d recommend this to anyone who loves Irish lit and Irish history but who can tolerate a lackf plot and likes their novels a bit Perseus Spur on the philosophical side Personally I ll be thrilled if this is shortlisted for the Booker but I also doubt that likelihood as it s not the kindf novel that s destined to reach a wide audience not that the Booker necessarily prioritizes accessibility but I would just find it unlikely if all five judges are in complete agreement about this The Arvon Book of Life Writing one s merits enough to advance it But who knows This had already beenn my radar before the longlist announcement but I m very happy that it pushed me to read it sooner than I Lady Penelope's Christmas Charade, a Regency Romance otherwise would haveEDITn 1015 I changed my mind I think it s going to win This book is a current favorite for winning the Man Booker Prize in 2018 Its fame comes from the distinctive Voice Será Colombo Português? of Middle Sister So it s a voice book that makes me thinkf Kapferer on Luxury: How Luxury Brands can Grow Yet Remain Rare others the broguef Swing Hammer Swing by Jeff Torrington This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters or The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus At the time I write early 2019 the book already has 13000 ratingn GR and than 2200 reviews So I ll go easy n the summary You ll probably like it r you won t as there is a dichotomy in the reviews with mostly 4 s and 5 s but many 1 s and 2 s with a lot Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-Petrol World of DNFsThe Voice this isn t a uote but a listf vocabulary to give an example Ach aye yeah middle sister wee sisters my maybe boyfriend his maybe girlfriend renouncers the The Adjustments opposite religionver the water Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 Volume 1 : New Rules over the border this sidef the road that side Ruin Me of the road it s not wee buns ach aye no Here s an examplef the voice from a passage where her mother talks to her about her deceased father She meant depressions for da had had them big massive scudding whooping black cloud infectious crow raven jackdaw coffin upon coffin catacomb upon catacomb skeletons upon skulls upon bones crawling along the ground to the grave type Nara Leão: Uma Biografia of depressions There is very little back and forth dialog but passagesf conversation are included in the Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story one paragraph per page structure The story is all centeredn the euphemistically called Troubles in Northern Ireland especially from the late 60 s through 1988 The author was born in 1962 so she lived in the Belfast during all this time and was ten at the time f peak violence 1972 More Than 3500 People Were 3500 people were in the violence from shootings and bombings r shot by British soldiers From Plassey to Partition and After or by paramilitary groupsn each side Catholic and Protestant her Tito Santana's Tales from the Ring opposite religions This is a huge amountf deaths for a city the size The Bharatanatyama Reader of say Toledo Ohior Plymouth UKEvery family in the story is touched by the violence in some way and in those days Catholics had large families In the main character s family she has had a brother shot and a brother in law killed by a car bomb Another brother is Tropico del Cancro on the run because he is wanted for violence by the police anlder sister can never return because she married someone Owned of thepposite religion and went to live in England Daily life is shaped by the conflict Her maybe boyfriend is in trouble for holding L'arte di Mœbius on to a British made car part There areur shops and their shops the right kind Emerald Lizard of butter the TV shows you can and can t watch James Bond movies areut the right and wrong kind Five Busy Beavers of tea and first names for In this unnamed city to be interesting is dangerous Middle sisterur protagonist is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark. ,

E for which the Booker Judges must be congratulated A distinct and darkly humorous novel which serves as a literary reminder Fratello clima chetati... of the Troubles a difficult time in British history andne which answers its The Invisible Arab own uestion You never know they said what might be considered the most sought after paraphernaliaf these sadnesses in years to come No no no no noAs in hell no I didn t finish it I made it through a third Dream of Wings of the book but I just couldn t take it any It was right up there with a root canal maybe worse because it reuired intense concentration A fascinating book that sadly was unreadable for meI feel bad I m bad mouthing this book First 60 pages I wasn my knees worshiping this author for being such a freakin genius The sentences Duck's Vacation oh the sentences Uniue twisted revealing stunning The writing was very stylized and I loved the style Intricate personal clever unusual spotn it s very hard to describe the power The Cats In Krasinski Square of the writing The first sentencef the book is killer good And there was psychology O Guarda do Pomar oh how I love psychology I got yanked inside the author s head a hostage to herff kilter way The Green Mountain Boys of thinking Hot diggity I was forced to let gof my way Proverbios of looking at the world and I bought into hers I did have to concentrate hard but I didn t care because I was enjoying myself so much I can t stress how much allf this was working I held tight to her visionuntil all the sudden the rubber band burst and the magic was gone Kaput The sentences that had seduced me now confused me and annoyed me No connection any zilchSo what the hell happened Too much politics too much philosophy which always makes my head spin My theory is that the author indulged herself and wrote every single word that came into her head She analyzed everything to death This led to long paragraphs about ideas sacrificing dialogue and plot with many abstract thoughts and compound words all in a row without room for a breath plus a zillion commas Sort Билет за Транай of like I m doing hereh god no As I went from complaining to being pissed Bed of Nails off I realized that I would have loved this if it were a short story I could have sustained that concentration for a shorter amountf time To have to endure 300 plus pages Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League of this thick pea soup which became unpalatable to this pea brain no wayIt was just too friggin dense and there were too many tangents I had to reread and reread sentences until I had severe brain pain This writer she could take a specn a wall and write a whole complicated treatise Seized Seduced on it uestions that kids thinkf like why is the sky blue actually launches the author into analyzing just that in painful detail If I were a kid I would run away to play in my sandbox Granted it s not a simple uestion but you don t have to make it a PhD thesis either At first I was having a ball such a cool subject but as she droned Indecency on about it I changed my tuneI started realizing that I was dreading picking up this book and I thought Root canal This is like a root canal But a root canal would bever sooner Hey I told myself I can end this root canal this minute and simply stop reading I can make it shorter than a root canal damn straight I can Wouldn t it be fun to walk Lata Mangeshkar out in the middlef a root canal and suffer no conseuences And thus I did what I seldom do and especially with a book I was absolutely loving at first I ditched it This gave me both relief and distress Was I just too stupid to understand it all Were the sentences readable to my smart friends but too dense for my lesser brain I decided it didn t matter I read for pleasure and this had swerved into the torture category Oh you probably want to know what this book is about It s told in first person by an 18 year Pencarrow old girl in Belfast in the 1970s during the timef war No Frankenstein in Baghdad one has namesnly nicknames For example she refers to her boyfriend as her almost boyfriend There s a stalker who she calls the milkman and there s another stalker named Somebody McSomebody and a few Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog other players who she refers to in funny ways I thought the name thing was clever The main character is the subjectf gossip and she is criticized because she walks and reads You really get the sense Matematica 7 - 3b: Ciclo Egb of war and the accompanying fear Unfortunately the author s self indulgent tangents take us away from the characters and the plot Oh and a warning There s a dead animal scene that I could have done without I don t know why the author went there Gross and upsettingThis book won an award it did indeed I think the judges considered it great art but didn t think about how it fared as literature whether it was accessible whether the plot and characters poppedut like they should Because I think it failedThe final thought before I gave up This thing will take me two months to read and life is too short So many books ut there that will make me shiver Get me the hell ut f the that will make me shiver Get me the hell ut f the s chair Deserved Winner f the Man Booker Prize 2018Shortlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2019This year s Man Booker longlist contains plenty Over the Top of surprises but I suspect that none will be welcome than thisne I will try to keep this review fairly short so for a detailed El baile one I recommend thisne from Gumble s Yard setting is based The Secret Kept from the Italian/My Bought Virgin Wife/Claimed for the Billionaire's Convenience/The Spaniard's Untouched Bride on Belfast at the heightf the Troubles in the late 70s but this is never explicitly stated in fact very few proper names appear in this book It is written in long dense paragraphs and very long chapters which makes finding in this book It is written in long dense paragraphs and very long chapters which makes finding points uite challenging and it is a book that demands concentration The narrator recounts her experiences as an 18 year Sikandar old trying to steer a path through the minefieldf gossip and political intrigues in Catholic Belfast the author is Country old enough to remember these times and was brought up thereThe language and style is extraordinary and innovative Rather than using names characters are referenced using their place in the story The Milkmanf the title is an Towards Zero older and married renouncerf the state ie a republican terrorist who seems to be stalking the narrator leading the community to believe that they are having an affair This is not her Denali Dreams only problem she is also seen as a non conformist just because she likes reading while walking Like many Catholics the narrator comes from a large family so brothers sisters and brothers in law are givenrdinals Hollywood Renaissance other characters include the real milkman aka the man who doesn t love anybody tablets girl tablets girl s sister and almost a year maybe boyfriend The mother is a powerful presence and believes community rumours than herwn daughter while brooding El Cura. (Caso de Incesto). over herwn poor choice Il Mago of husband Places and communities are also referred to indirectly for example the ten minute area a derelict buffer zone the interface roads and the parks reservoirsThe languagef control is another theme She s fine Impostress out and about was the communal prognosis upon her also the communal euphemism for mended though broken itself another euphemism for in urgent needf medical care and attention all Ego, Hunger and Aggression of which the person in need unfortunately was not going to attend hospital to getIt is interesting that Burns chose to write about this period now given the current climatef social media surveillance and hate driven politics and the threats to Irish stability created by Brexit NB After writing this review I discovered that the book was mostly written than 4 years before it was published so well before the Brexit referendum which makes it all the prescientThis may sound dark and claustrophobic but the book also contains some very funny momentsTo finish I can t resist a link to a song that covers some the same ground the brilliant Religious Persuasion by Andy White Well that wasunpleasant I usually can read a 352 page novel in two to three days this took me a tortuous ten as Ritrovarsi on severalccasions I looked at the book and just had no interest in reading any Antes Que Anoiteça of it I was sorely tempted to DNF it but as a Booker completest I rallied myself to get through I m going to disappoint some by not giving thisne आषाढ़ का एक दिन of my infamous parodic takedown reviews but I am going to have to pass since this book notnly sapped my creative juices but at several points my will to liveOthers have bizarrely mentioned how funny this is but I can nly assume they find cancer boils and diarrhea eually hilarious The non plot Barely Contains Enough Incidents contains enough incidents hang a very short story upon and Burns going n and Fado And Other Stories on andn about virtually nothing and then repeating herself La casa nel vicolo once again for page after page after page with no paragraph breaks made me think she must be getting paid by the word At page 180 I mentioned this was reminding mef Proust whose October 21st 2018Somebody gave me their copy Gemini of the Man Booker winner today because I m down with flu A nice surprise And a surprise to find the colour pink dominating the cover What had I thought That it would be green Or white Or mayberange No Ignore the A Terrible Day orange That must be the fever talking The pink covered book looks unread and I worry about creasing the spinef said pink book but I crease it anyway and uickly I ve wanted to read Pinkbook ever since I d first heard about it though I ve not wanted to read it for all that time too so Somebody sending it Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. Tienne La Botie over was like my mind being made up for me by Somebody Else Not that I like my mind being made up for me as a rule though I don t like rules much either Ok I need to sleep nowOctober 22ndI ve discovered why Pinkbook is pink It s becausef the amazing ability Ebano of the sun to set gloriously even upon inglorious circumstancesAnd I m clearer about why I had that not wanting to read it feeling It came from the suspicion that Pinkbook s narrator and I must bef a similar vintage We are One from La piccola ottantenne che cambiò tutte le regole over the border thether from under the border compassly speaking One living in a no go area Constable Around the Green over the road from another no go area thether living in a come and go as you please area alongside Lone Star Rising (Texas Rangers, other come and go as you please areas One learning to tiptoe around unmentionables so that tomorrow might come thether tramping Busters First Snow on taboos like there was no tomorrow So there was guilt in that not wanting to read it feeling Guilt that there were no no go areas where eighteen yearld me lived no taboo subjects I couldn t examine if I chose no tribal groups making tribal rules no white van men making up my mind for me no names I dared not name And no father mother sisters brothers missing r dead None f any Thérèse Raquin of that though I lived no great distance away from Pinkbook s narrator in world terms In world terms we were just across the road from eachther October 23rdI m in a doctor s waiting room primary viral infection becoming secondary bacterial infection and as I take Pink half read book Women in Therapy outf my bag essential reading while waiting therapy I smile because a familiar song issues from the speaker system It s a song Pinkbook s narrator might have hummed as she walked the dark end Il Poeta of her street But she d have had to hum it silently because the Van man who wrote that song was fromver the road and the white van godfathers Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 on the dark endf her street might not have approved But me when that song came My Body-Mine out I got to sing along wherever I chose belting itut happily with friends at parties never dwelling long n the dark end f the street always crossing confidently towards the bright side The Noble Guardian of the roadWhen the song ends I flatten Pinkbookut heedless Ipso Facto of creases position my fingers to hold it at the best angle and pick up this troubled fractured painful but funny story where it leftff Soon I come to the bit about narrator s jamais vu moments It seems that along with the The John Wyndham Omnibus odd in her community habitf reading while walking she had the habit f wiping certain happenings from her memory completely Although it must be said that her subconscious made unexpected choices about what to jamais vu Why dotdotdot and not dash dash dash I wonder as my name is calledI walk ut f the surgery twenty minutes later with a prescription and with two f my fingers in a splint It seems I ve damaged the extensor tendon f the fourth finger f my left hand I have no memory MINECRAFT: Crazeballs Memes and Jokes: Unofficial Minecraft Book (Minecraft, Minecraft Secrets, Minecraft Stories, Minecraft Books For Kids, Minecraft Meme Book, Minecraft Comics, Minecraft Xbox) of howr when it happened Jamais vu Jamais d j vu D j jamais vuI walk home not reading while walking I need no further reading injuries October 24thI m galloping through Pinkbook Pinkbook is fast becoming Nearly read book until narrator puts a halt to my gallop On the innocent turn The Graduate of a relatively innocent seeming page I stumble upon a purply red passage Roasted beetroot and Roma tomatoes Celebration red cabbage in port and red wine Platterf edible red with further red and splashes Wisp of a Thing of red with extra startling red splatters to follow There s a butcher s knife in this passage Where is jamais vu when you need it LaterOk Nearly read book I say stubbornly this is it I ve fortified myself with strong coffee so that I can finish youff in Monkey taming one go I will do this I flatten Pinkbookut for the final time position some I Was Spock: Leonard Nimoy of my fingers to hold it at the best angle and give this troubled fractured painful but contumaciously hilarious story all I ve got It s worth it. O be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous Milkman is a talef gossip and hearsay silence and deliberate deafness It is the story f inaction with enormous conseuence. ,

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