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Pond
Pond | Claire-Louise Bennett
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"What Bennett aims at is nothing short of a re-enchantment of the world. ... This is a truly stunning debut, beautifully written and profoundly witty." -The Guardian Immediately upon its publication in Ireland, Claire-Louise Bennett's debut began to attract attention well beyond the expectations of the tiny Irish press that published it. A deceptively slender volume, it captures with utterly mesmerizing virtuosity the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, a young woman living a singular and mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village. Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, it focuses on the details of her daily experience--from the best way to eat porridge or bananas to an encounter with cows--rendered sometimes in story-length, story-like stretches of narrative, sometimes in fragments no longer than a page, but always suffused with the hypersaturated, almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world that we remember from childhood. The effect is of character refracted and ventriloquized by environment, catching as it bounces her longings, frustrations, and disappointments--the ending of an affair, or the ambivalent beginning with a new lover. As the narrator's persona emerges in all its eccentricity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help but see mirrored there our own fraught desires and limitations, and our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known. Shimmering and unusual, Pond demands to be devoured in a single sitting that will linger long after the last page.
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Te Araroa kilometers tramped: 603.3 of 3005.3

Books completed on trail: 11

As others have mentioned, this book is mostly the thoughts of the narrator. I listened to the audiobook and liked the narrator and the book was short enough that it didn‘t seem tedious even tho nothing major happens. #rbdigital

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Devyn Holy cow that‘s beautiful 😍 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ve always been so attracted to this cover! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 3mo
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TheBookStacker That cover 😻 3mo
Kalalalatja 😍😍 3mo
Cinfhen Love floral covers 3mo
batsy Yesss what @LeahBergen said! So pretty 😍 3mo
Nute Beautiful! 3mo
youneverarrived Gorgeous 😍 3mo
Reviewsbylola Omg I almost used this one the other day! 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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Not saying it‘s bad overall but it really didn‘t connect with me. I read it for an irl bookclub and all the way through I was thinking ‘I just have no thoughts about this, I have nothing to say‘. I thought the writing style was trying a little too hard to be individual and profound and I just never felt like I wanted to be in this narrator‘s head. I was very aware of how much longer there was to go all the way through which is never a great thing

Megabooks That‘s one of the things I hate about ebooks - knowing how far you have to go! 5mo
Megabooks To the minute! 5mo
Emilymdxn @megabooks normally I don‘t really look at it apart from the occasional ‘read until there‘s less than 2 hours to go then it‘s time for bed‘ or to judge if I have time for another chapter before catching a train, but honestly if I hadn‘t known this one was so short idk how I‘d have finished it. 5mo
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Henrik_Madsen
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I know I‘m in the minority here, but I thought the book was pretty boring. The narrator lives alone in rural Ireland and spends her time thinking about her past and everyday life, but I wasn‘t really touched by her reflections.

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DoonTheGoon
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Holiday book haul. ♡

Cinfhen West was really good!!!! 11mo
DoonTheGoon @Cinfhen I've heard such good things! And I'm very glad it's kinda "bite sized" - I have so much to read!!! 11mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! It‘s definitely snack size 😂😂❣️ 11mo
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Cinfhen But it packs a hearty amount!! (edited) 11mo
gradcat Such a good stack! 📚 👍❤️ 11mo
Kaye Just contacting you here rather than on the JB area where I‘ve already closed signups. Someone asked me if you‘d still like to sign up for the JB Penpal group ? If so, can you email me ASAP ? I‘ve already closed signups but if you reach me before I get the final list ready to send out, I can add you I need litsy name, name and address , birthday. Thanks. Hope you get this in time julieklabo @ Gmail.com 11mo
DoonTheGoon @kaye I'll do that now - although at this stage it might be too late!!! I was travelling back home from the holiday! 11mo
Kaye Got it , Dana. Thanks ♥️ 11mo
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perfectlywinged
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Lovely stream of conscious novel about a woman who lives alone in a cottage

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BrittaBohler
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Beautiful language, a little disappointed by the final conclusion.

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Lindy
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An eccentric childless woman living in extreme solitude in Ireland narrates a series of interconnected stories & vignettes with no plot to speak of—it‘s all atmosphere & wit. As I listened to this #audiobook, I could practically feel myself vibrating with the book‘s energy. An exploration of human connection to the physical world, the link between our outer and inner selves, a sensory experience. I feel like I can see everything differently now.

DarcysMom Great review! 👍 1y
Lindy @DarcysMom Thank you 😊 1y
batsy I love this review—"vibrating with the book's energy", perfect! I'm so keen to read this. 1y
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Lindy @batsy 😁👍 1y
Tonton Beautiful review ! 1y
MayJasper Very happy for you 1y
Lindy @Tonton @MayJasper Thanks! ☺️ 1y
LeahBergen Great review! 1y
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Lindy
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I just threw my dinner in the bin. I knew as I was making it I was going to do that, so I put in all the things I never want to see again.

(Internet photo of author)

Blaire Great quote! 1y
Soubhiville 🤣😂 that‘s awesome. 1y
readordierachel OK. Sold. 1y
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Lindy
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Although I was quite alone, I‘d nonetheless managed to outstay my welcome.

Centique I love this photo! 😍😍😍 And the book sounds amazing too (already on my TBR) 1y
Lindy @Centique Thanks! 1y
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Lindy
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Bananas and oatcakes are, by the way, a very satisfactory substitute for those mornings when the time for porridge has quite suddenly passed. If a neighbour has been overheard, or the towels folded, the day‘s too far in, and porridge, at this point, will feel vertical and oppressive, like a gloomy repast from the underworld.

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Lindy
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…a cautionary notice next to the pond, which, by the way, has absolutely no depth whatsoever. If it were up to me, I wouldn‘t put a sign saying ‘pond‘ next to a pond. Either I‘d write something else, such as ‘pig swill,‘ or I wouldn‘t bother at all.

ladym30 What cute pigs! 1y
Lindy @ladym30 Yes, my sister‘s pigs are adorable at this age. 🐷 1y
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Lindy
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Thank you, @shawnmooney , for giving 5 stars to this on goodreads. It‘s been on my TBR for ages and your rating prompted me to immediately start listening. (Thank you, Edmonton Public Library and Hoopla for having this title available.) I LOVE it. Littens, brace yourselves for incoming quotes.

shawnmooney ❤️😍❤️😍❤️😍 1y
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LeahBergen Ha! 1y
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emtobiasz
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Not sure what I'm in the mood for, so I'm starting this. #moodreading

merelybookish What do you think? I loved it but can understand that it's pretty idiosyncratic. 2y
emtobiasz @merelybookish I'm really enjoying the language but I'm glad it's only 200 pages-- I don't think it would work for longer than that. I also keep going back and forth about whether I like the narrator or think she's (she? he? unclear) is a terrible person. 2y
emtobiasz @merelybookish Which is a long way of saying I like it but feel like I'll never be able to recommend it to anyone. 2y
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sthenia
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bookandcat
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Reading this book (full of super lovely poetic prose) while listening to a live stream of Handel's Messiah from Duke University's Chapel Choir. I may be biased because I used to sing with the choir, but the yearly performance the choir does is always STUNNING and gets me ready for the holiday season.

If you want to listen, the stream is free at https://www.twr360.org/messiah

#music 🎶🎵🎶🎵

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GuiltyFeat
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Both Karl Ove Knausgaard and Nicole Krauss mentioned this in their recent New Yorker interviews, so I ordered it and it came in this minimalist edition from Fitzcarraldo. The stories are beautifully and deliberately composed, but decidedly off-kilter. Then they began to wash over me and I felt less like the narrator was nuts and more like she had tapped into the bonkers, self-deluding and obsessive nature of every lonely and insecure person ever.

LitLogophile Your review definitely put this on my TBR! I ❤️story collections and that description is very intriguing. 2y
GuiltyFeat @LitLogophile happy to have passed on the recommendation. Let me know how you get on with it. 2y
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GuiltyFeat
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When your best man is a pilot for BA with unlimited baggage allowance and he gets himself on the Tel Aviv route just to come for a visit and some schwarma, and to bring you your books. #lovinglife #shanatova

BarbaraBB That is great! 2y
ReadingEnvy I loved Pond. 2y
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dixi_e
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YES!!

ReadingEnvy Loved this booi 2y
dixi_e @ReadingEnvy Me, too! 2y
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dixi_e
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Equating the sound of frogs with your vagina? This book just keeps getting quirkier and more amazing (also, this chapter is perfectly titled).

mcipher Weird!! 😂 2y
dixi_e @mcipher I know! Gotta love the creativity that finds the link. And the tone of the passage... flawless. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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My most recent buy written by a female author, adding to my forever increasing tbr 📚
#newbooksTBRs #readingwomenmonth

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Jason_Roland
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About to finish this strange, but refreshing little novel. Kind of a personal diary kind of thing, but just so weird and jumpy. Unreliable narrators​ are the best!

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Zoe_reads_books
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Loving my bouquet of tulips and my stack of books under 200 pages (I'm hoping I'll be able to power through some of these and cut down my tbr of almost 450 books)

ReadingEnvy Ooh I loved Pond! 3y
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dixi_e
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This book is an implicit tale full of prose and languid syntax. It's wild, weird and I'm relishing it. How pointless, poignant and delightful is this chapter/short story?

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kmbezner
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When I was flipping through this book at the library, this was the passage that told me I had to read it.

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Autolycus
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#next book

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kmbezner
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"English, strictly speaking, is not my first language by the way. I haven't yet discovered what my first language is so for the time being I use English words in order to say things. I expect I will always have to do it that way; regrettably I don't think my first language can be written down at all. I'm not sure it can be made external you see. I think it has to stay where it is; simmering in the elastic gloom betwixt my flickering organs."

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Mjk20a
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Got to nearly the exact halfway point and just couldn't do it anymore. Plot is not important to me and I read many authors who have no use for plot. My reading time is limited and I didn't find anything the narrator was saying "insightful" nor really that interesting. I gave up in "Control Knobs". This book comes highly recommended and reviewed, perhaps by the end I would have seen things differently but I don't have the time to devote to it.

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kmbezner
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library haul!

Ekkross Yessss Paper Girls! 3y
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BookHermit
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If only my own rambling mind were this eloquent and insightful. Woolfish stream of consciousness at its best. Not everyone's cup of tea--those who require a plot need not bother. It felt a bit like a low key fever dream to read it but I quite enjoyed the narrator's perspective and observations. Not so much about solitude as being solitary, being comfortable in and with one's own mind, the only one to which we have complete access.

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BookHermit
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My bedside #shelfie because that is the only place #whereiread when I am sick. As I am now. With the flu 🤧😷🤒😕 #riotgrams

JoeStalksBeck Feel better ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Oh noes! Feel better! *hugs* 3y
BookHermit @GoodallBookHaul @CherylDeFranceschi Thanks! You guys are sweet 💕 3y
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Beachesnbooks
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My book haul for January! (Well, most of it 😳) #bookhaul

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[DELETED] 614065233
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Oh happy day! Fresh books!

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MooseGurl
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Sundays are meant for lying in bed, on the couch, and reading. "Pond" is so perfectly atmospheric, dreamy and serene and makes me want to observe everything, take it on the pulse.

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KEB37
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Being on Litsy and seeing other people's photos makes me feel sooooo much better about my own TBR pile. #toomuchtoread

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EvieBee
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Dinner out with Mr. Eve. Not pictured are the books I picked up from the library on the way here.

Texreader Beautiful photo! 3y
Michelle_mck Beautiful! Brow game is strong! 👍🏼😘 3y
LeahBergen Gorgeous couple! 3y
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Cinfhen Hope you had a wonderful dinner💞 3y
LiteraryinLititz Aw! Great picture! 3y
BookishFeminist What a great photo! Always have to stop on the way for library books 😂 3y
vivastory Sweet picture. Hope you had a nice dinner. 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Nice photo. Hope you enjoyed your evening. And I can't wait to read this one. 👍🏽 3y
rachellayown Beautiful photo! I've done that a lot before a night out- just a quick stop to grab my holds! 😉 3y
LauraBeth That's a fabulous looking couple right there! 😀 3y
Jenshootsweddings 🔥🔥🔥 3y
JSW Oh hi gorgeous. 😍 3y
Buddys_Momma Precious!❤️❤️ 3y
Lesliereads 😍 3y
kspenmoll Beautiful photo! 💚 3y
GlitteryOtters Y'all look gorgeous. And is that a cardigan you are wearing? It is beautiful (and totally something I need...I know I already have 10 cardigans, but I think I need that one too! 😂) 3y
readordierachel Lovely photo! 3y
EvieBee @GlitteryOtters Thank you so much! I have a slight cardigan problem, lol! I collect them like I do books hahaha! Can never have too many. Xx 3y
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Worldforreading
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Here's my TBR for January, with some choices inspired by the #tournamentofbooks long list 😄

TNbooklover66 I just read and really liked Marrow Island. I'm working on #tob books too but I haven't read the others. 3y
Lacythebookworm I enjoyed Enchanted Islands! Am curious about Pond. Look forward to your review 🙌 3y
Reviewsbylola Enchanted Islands was one of my best of 2016. 3y
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Worldforreading @TNbooklover66 I started Marrow Island and so far I really like it as well 😊 3y
Worldforreading @Lacythebookworm I've read good things from critics, so I'm hopeful I'll enjoy it. We'll see 😄 3y
Worldforreading @Reviewsbylola Great! I chose it as my BoM but never got around to it. Need to fix that. 3y
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NerdyRev
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Post 1 of 2- Was taken to BnN today and told to pick out a few books, so here is today's stack! So happy they put out Idaho early and noticed the cover for Idaho and Pond are similar.

Reviewsbylola I want to read all four of those!! 😍😍 3y
NerdyRev @Reviewsbylola Me too 😂😜 3y
Suzze I adored Idaho! 5 ⭐️ 3y
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Cinfhen I'm jealous for many reasons.....but 3y
Cinfhen Swooning 3y
NerdyRev @Cinfhen Did you read it? Is it good? 3y
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HardcoverHearts
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This seemed like a nice, short book that I can complete today for the end of the year. It's gotten great reviews and is supposed to be a quiet and contemplative read, which I am looking forward to as we leave 2016 and brace forward into 2017. Happy New Year, Littens!

Reviewsbylola Pretty cover! 3y
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susanw
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Some of this was brilliant, but due to the stream of conscience writing, some let my mind wander far from the text. Therefore feeling a bit bored, like reading words but not absorbing. I'm not really a huge fan of that meandering no story kind of book. This definitely needs to be read in bigger chunks, and it's one you need to concentrate on. If you're willing to put in the work, you might like it. Also the cover is very pretty. #ToBLonglist

Cinfhen Great review and you managed to sum up the difficulty I'm having with my current read 3y
charl08 If you found the Green Road hard work, skip Pond (imho). The stream of consciousness thing got annoying for me very quickly. 3y
Flaneurette I usually like this kind of book but I found it mostly self indulgent. There were a few good nuggets and I will probably check out her next thing but maybe I'm just too old for this writer. 3y
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