A brilliant, colorful piece of writing. Great use of language. Maybe a touch long, but wonderful nonetheless.
"...I was appalled at how easily an unguided thought, even one not expressed, could get plucked from the topsoil and still manage successfully to get through."
Very few paragraph breaks and chapters nearly 100 pages long are making it hard for me to get through this one, but I'm determined to finish!
A rare 5 out of 5 stars for a contemporary novel.
Brilliant book. The voice is relentless—an exceedingly voicey novel, in which the style of speech seeped into everything that I thought and everything I did. It became a part of me, and I just loved it, this voice, because it‘s so sensible, so humorous too, and clear until it becomes not clear only to become clear once again moments later.
Anna Burns, man... She channeled this shit.
Thank you so so much @Caroline2 !! I‘m really looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the lovely birthday presents!
Naturally it wouldn‘t be untoward for the girl or the woman on the receiving end of this language to think, “if a renouncer-sniper from some upstairs window takes your head off now with a rifle-shot, soldier, not only would your passing not chagrin me, I think it would be a pleasant, charming, karmic thing.” So this was hatred.
#SoaringScores Day 25: #TheHunting of predatory Milkman was infinitely disturbing for me. The narration had a frenzied, hurried, painfully detailed feel to it, as if there is this struggle to find a word, then a phrase, then constellations of sentences to illuminate, to strengthen, to amplify a burning sensation, a strangled scream, a ripped truth torn from one‘s throat. My review of this powerful novel: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kRa
Got to page 80. I‘m finding it too hard to follow the train of consciousness and the no names. I‘m sure it is an award winning read but just not for me. I had to read the blurb and reviews to understand that it was about the troubles in Ireland around the 1970s I think. @MrsMalaprop do you want it or know anyone you might?
That seemed a slog but actually it's a flippin good read. Reflecting on the plot, it's so twisty and intricate it's pretty tricky to evaluate. However, I'm thoroughly glad I persevered and finished it as I found the last chapter much simpler and began to appreciate it more.
I found the increased portrayal of women fascinating, as well as the historic element. Having visited Belfast this year it reminded me of much of the tour I had.
Nope. I gave this a try in the text version and found it difficult. Trying again in audio and it is perfectly understandable but at 40% in I don‘t like anything about this book, especially the setting, storyline, and the animal abuse. Just. Can‘t. I gave it a chance. Buh-bye👋🏼
Congratulations Scott on your Litsy milestone! @GrilledCheeseSamurai I especially Iove seeing so much comics content from you, so I really should have tagged a favourite graphic novel instead of my favourite audiobook of 2019. 🤷♀️ #sixdigitsamurai
I would also like to extend a welcome to new user @Hazel2019 One of the great things about Litsy is the supportive and friendly atmosphere. Book nerds are nice.
Giving a Milkman a try on audio this time around as text version was not for me. 🤞🏼
UPDATE To anyone who felt out of the loop upon reading text version of Milkman: whether it was not the right time before or just text vs audio, this audio version is now understandable and a clear read.
A unique and magnificent novel that weaves together insights on tribalism, gender inequality, victim blaming, and the trauma of attempting an ordinary life in dangerously extraordinary circumstances. But the style is intentionally challenging — often rambling and hectic, with phrasing that pivots between awkwardly infantile, and gorgeously descriptive. I can see why it won the Man Booker Prize, but it maybe isn‘t for everybody.
“It was that people were quick to point fingers, to judge, to add on even in peaceful times, so it would be hard to fathom fingers not getting pointed and words not being added, also being judged in these turbulent times, resulting too, in not having your feelings hurt upon discovering others were talking about you, as in having individuals in balaclavas and Halloween masks, guns at the ready, turning up in the middle of the night at your door.”
Enjoying a quiet Saturday night (he games with headphones on when I‘m reading so we can hang out in the same room) and trying to make progress on this month‘s book club pick. Half way through and, so far, it‘s one of the most uniquely-voiced novels I‘ve ever read.
This is a polarizing book. People either love it or hate it. I listened to it and loved the narrator so much that I checked for other books she‘s done (no dice). I think I would have disliked reading it, though. Amazing dive into The Sorrows in Northern Ireland, and Anna Burns is a great observer of human nature. There is a lot of humor in this book, but Americans might miss it without the audiobook (comparing my experience with other reviews).
After seeing this book pop up in posts over the last few months I spotted it on a display shelf at my local library last week.
I've read the first 2 chapters so far.The authors style of writing is different to anything I can ever remember reading, very intriguing. I really like the attitude of the protagonist so far. It is totally different than what I expected after reading a few reviews, I expected it to be a lot slower that what it is.
Poolside read in my sister-in-law‘s gorgeous place in Antioch. Last few days in the US before returning back home to Singapore to begin packing for our huge international move to the United Arab Emirates.
Started reading this one and very nearly bailed!! Switched to audio and enjoyed it much better!!! I can completely understand why it won the 2018 Man Booker Prize. It tackles a rarely discussed facet of harassment and abuse in a unique and strangely captivating language (a language that's hard to read, but wonderful to listen to). Would definitely recommend!
Set during the troubles in Ireland. A young girl from a large catholic family tells her own tale of stalking,maybe boyfriend, a real milkman and her family. She talks of the perilous nature of life in one faction in a matter of fact way. It is a difficult book to read.
Ian Brown sings the praises of experiencing Milkman in audio rather than print in this article. I agree with him on that, but take issue with him dissing Anakana Schofield‘s performance of Bina in audio. Ignore him and listen to it for yourself and then tell me I‘m right, ok? Full article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-ian-brown-listens-in-why-audi...
(Link to Bina in comments)
I want to like this book so much, but am seriously struggling with the writing style. The whole book feels like one verbose, run on sentence. I can't seem to keep my mind in the pages at all. I very rarely bail half way through a read but this one may end up being the exception. 😏
We‘ve been delayed at the airport for 5 hours. We might miss my cousin‘s rehearsal dinner, but as long as I have a book, I‘m okay, right?
Here are my #top6reads from 2019 so far, in the order I read them. This was definitely an interesting exercise for me. It looks like Becoming and Normal People made lots of littens‘ lists.
Thanks for a fun hashtag @Cinfhen and for the tag @BarbaraBB! If you haven‘t done it yet, feel free to join in.
Somebody McSomebody made gladsome noises regarding the fulsome story within these pages. I thought happily that I too would enjoy these same swirling twisting words, maybe walking and reading. But no. I can appreciate the skill the author has to manipulate narrative to tell this story but I just feel like I‘m thrown against a wall repeatedly by the story instead of swept along by it
I was lucky to have listened to this as an #audiobook because the narrators vernacular adds such a wonderful level to the so very specific local athmosphere of ("southern") Ireland during The Troubles. A horrifying ecosytem of peer pressure, political (in)agency and chauvinist oppression contrasted with the great empathy and observational skills we get to experience by riding along our protagonists most personal thoughts.