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Lanny
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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An entrancing new novel by the author of the prizewinning Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Theres a village an hour from London. Its no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village belongs to the people who live in it, to the land and to the lands past. It also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythical figure local schoolchildren used to draw as green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth, who awakens after a glorious nap. He is listening to this twenty-first-century village, to its symphony of talk: drunken confessions, gossip traded on the street corner, fretful conversations in living rooms. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, ethereal boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny. With Lanny, Max Porter extends the potent and magical space he created in Grief Is the Thing with Feathers. This brilliant novel will ensorcell readers with its anarchic energy, with its bewitching tapestry of fabulism and domestic drama. Lanny is a ringing defense of creativity, spirit, and the generative forces that often seem under assault in the contemporary world, and it solidifies Porters reputation as one of the most daring and sensitive writers of his generation.
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Tamra
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Am I hearing some snippets of voices of the dead in the cemetery? If so, it‘s reminding me of Lincoln in the Bardo and that‘s a very good thing.

Booksnchill Loved this book! 2d
Pricel101 Adding to my tbr! Thanks!! 2d
Tamra @Booksnchill yay! Loving it so far! 2d
Tamra @Pricel101 you are welcome! 2d
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TheEllieMo
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My favourite book of the year comes in at #Under250Pages. It‘s small but exquisite.

#GratefulReads @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚🖤 1w
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TheEllieMo
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#OctoberWrapUp fourteen completed books, and I‘m about 80% through Who Am I, Again and about 60% through Murder on a Midsummer Night. Of the finished ones, Lanny was a surprising favourite, with 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World a close second. None that I didn‘t like, though An Orchestra of Minorities would have benefitted from a stronger editor.

#Spooktober @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing spooktober all month 💕💕 2w
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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️
I honestly thought I would like this more, but it didn‘t quite do it for me. I do appreciate the unique way Porter chose to tell this story though, and I am interested in reading more of his work.

#catsoflitsy #Ember

Leftcoastzen 😻 2w
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TheEllieMo
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I hated Porter‘s first book, Grief is a Thing With Feathers. I expected to hate this, but a couple of bookclub friends said it was worth trying, so I did. And wow. It‘s totally blown my expectations. I loved it. It totally evokes the spirit of a rural English village. If you‘re going to give it a go, go for Audio, the “swirly” bits of writing make so much more sense.

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TheEllieMo
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Came to this one somewhat trepidatiously; I hated Grief is a Thing With Feathers, and this one looked a little weird with its curving sentences and ++++++. But I‘ve been told it‘s good, by people whose judgement I trust, and it was Booker long-listed, so I‘m going for it. Opted for both audio and visual, and have to say that this book was made for audio - or perhaps audio was made for this book. The audio treatment so far is amazing!

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scowler1
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Pickpick

Incredible, beautiful and poetic, I wish it was all real. I've never read anything like it.

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Becker
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I love when a book forces me to slow down and slowly absorb the story. This unusual little book is odd but I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of figuring it out as I go.

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Dolly
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What a weird little book! A couple of magical creatures, opinionated townspeople, and a strange child are the main focus. I‘m glad I read it and it will stay with me because it‘s different from any book I‘ve ever opened. Best on audio to hear the quick clips of townspeople‘s voices and earbuds are needed for the entertaining stereo aspect which was very cool.

Cathythoughts Loved this one ♥️ 2mo
Dolly Yes, I‘m glad you liked it. I was happy also to see it on some awards lists. 1mo
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Dolly
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I have both audio and text version of Lanny and I can‘t wait to hear this page!
How do you guess this is handled in the audio?

Hooked_on_books Excellent question! How bizarre. 2mo
Karkar Plus plus plus plus plus plus plus plus plus 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2mo
julesG Bells jingling? 2mo
Dolly @jules @Karkar @Hooked_on_books If any of you are interested, the audio skipped over this page with no real pause (but it is the beginning of part 2) or mention. I have still no idea what it means. Review is on the way. 👍 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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With a narrative that moves between different characters‘ thoughts, including a mythical figure of the local folklore, it‘s surprisingly not confusing. This strange and poetic book tells more than just an eccentric boy as the voices of the villagers after the incident reveal prejudices, suspicions, bitterness. A magical and moving read, with a bit of humour, sadness and darkness. Didn‘t like the dreamlike theatre part but overall a Pick.

erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for including this book in my #summersantagoespostal package @mklong 👍 2mo
youneverarrived That‘s the bit I didn‘t like either. Great review! 2mo
Cathythoughts I really loved it ♥️ 2mo
mklong I'm so glad you liked it! 2mo
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JennyM
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Magical, whimsical...I really liked this. Part 2 was my fave - I thought it very cleverly captured the small village way of life. The ending was a bit abrupt but, overall, it‘s a pick from me.

Booksnchill Loved this as well! 2mo
Kalalalatja Glad you liked it, too! 2mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja @Booksnchill it was good. Quirky but worked for me 👍 2mo
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Tanisha_A 👌 review! Looking forward to it. 2mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A I reckon you‘ll enjoy it, T. Hope you have a lovely weekend planned xx 2mo
Tanisha_A Thanks lover! I have to move to a new house at the end of this month, and traveling for work next week, so this weekend is about packing some of the stuff. Ugh! Hope you are having a good one! 💜 2mo
Freespirit Loved this too! 1mo
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Rambo_Reads
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Summer is on its way! Looking forward to hours of reading outside - might even make my way through my stupidly tall TBR stack...

Trashcanman That's an awesome photo 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a great photo! Love it! 2mo
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youneverarrived
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Thank you @kathedron for this one 💙

I‘m impressed by the originality & I liked the collective voices, the small village feel, the writing and the strangeness of it. I appreciate what the author did although the story itself felt a bit lacking for me. I can see why it seems to be a loved book though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bookgiftedtoyou #booked2019

Cinfhen I started the audio yesterday but it was hard to follow the threads of the story. I‘m not sure this book is going to be to my liking. I may try it in print @Lola 2mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen it‘s probs easier to follow in print just because some of the writing is ‘jumbled‘ on the page. I think I‘d struggle with audio too. 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @youneverarrived I‘m starting this in a sec....the words are literally all over the page! I don‘t think I‘d fair well with this on audio. (edited) 2mo
youneverarrived @JennyM yeah, I‘m wondering how they went about narrating all the tiny snippets of conversation on audio. Hope you like the book 👍 2mo
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fireth
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Found a copy of the ARC at Portobello‘s Oxfam back in May. Finally got around to reading it this weekend and I‘m kicking myself why I didn‘t read it sooner. It‘s hard to put this down once read the first twenty pages.

4.5 stars

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Lola
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THIS is why I read. Unflipping believable. All the stars 🌟 ⭐️ ✨ all the ❤️ 💕 💗 Notes: I think this would fab on audio...lyrical, poetic..BUT...there‘s a visual aspect to this book, much like Lincoln In The Bardo. So if you do this on audio (and I might as a reread) take a look at the physical presentation. This reminded me a lot of The Bone Clocks and Slade House. Sad that this didn‘t make the Man Booker shortlist.

Cinfhen Oh, I‘ve been on the fence about reading ...thanks for posting xx 2mo
Lola @Cinfhen This just got me in every which way. Did you read his first? Also ❤️❤️❤️ for me (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t really “get” Grief... the writing was lyrical but I “missed” the nuances ~ so I can‘t say I really enjoyed it, which is why I‘m skeptical about Lanny. I fear his books are too gimmicky for me 2mo
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Lola @Cinfhen I get that thought. Maybe I was just in the right place at the right time for each, but they both worked for me. Lanny, like Grief, is short. I‘d give it a go. You can always DNF if it‘s not working for you. 2mo
Lola @Cinfhen Side note: we more often than not seem to share the same taste in books but sometimes, we differ. I‘d love to hear your thoughts on this one ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen I totally agree!!! I was able to get the audio from Hoopla so nothing ventured nothing gained 🤞🏽🤞🏽I‘ll keep you posted 😁 2mo
Tamra Can‘t wait to read! 2mo
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Rambo_Reads
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After a few false starts I finally sat down and read this properly from the beginning. I didn't want to put it down. Pure poetry - it made me laugh and gasp, felt like living in an English town and was sometimes disturbing. If you like Green Man mythology try this! Also the layout of the text is crazy at times but its not just a gimmick, it works brilliantly. Magical ❤

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Kazzie
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Wow! This was awesome. Devoured it! Complicated but simple. Very sad, but with a happy ending. Great!!

keepingupwiththepenguins So surprised it didn't make the shortlist for the Booker Prize - I thought it was a shoo-in! 2mo
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dxmy
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I also bought these two beauties today. I've been trying to buy less books to limit myself to only owning book that really mean something to me, so I read these on my e-reader and fell in love with both, so I got them 😬

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bernadette
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I appreciated this one but didn't love it. I liked how the author brought the chorus of voices from the community with poetic words and presents us with a visual jumble of words but I felt the end was a little of a let down. It built to this cacophony of voices and high emotions but the theater scene fell flat for me.

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Tashreads
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bookreview #lanny

I adored this book. Poetic, thrilling, heartwarming and strange. My heart was quickening, my eyes were brimming. Lanny is an absolute joy and my favourite of the Booker list so far. Just spectacular. ⁣

#bookerprizelonglist

JennyM I‘m so looking forward to reading this! 3mo
Tashreads @JennyM hope you love it too ❤️. It is very unusual, and best to go in blind so you are surprised. Enjoy 😊 3mo
youneverarrived I‘ve just started reading it today! 3mo
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dxmy
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5/5⭐

My oh my, this was so eerie and beautiful. Consisting of three parts and very amazing formatting, something I've never seen before. Definitely worthy of the Booker longlist, claiming a very well deserved spot in my opinion. I hope it even makes the shortlist, my goodness it was so amazing. I'm not saying much more about it, because you have to experience it for yourself, I think it's best to go in without knowing too much. So dive in!

Tashreads Just finished it, and totally agree. It is wonderful 3mo
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bernadette
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I've heard so many rave reviews and this one made the Booker long list. I find it poetic and jarring but I'm not sure if the jarring part was deliberate or a mismatch for me. Not very far in yet though.

bernadette Made it a little farther in. Oh dear. Poor hedgehog. 3mo
BarbaraBB Oh, that hedgehog indeed 😱 3mo
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dxmy
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Another one of the Man Booker Longlist to dive into. I love being on holiday and having to do nothing except reading!

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Redheadrambles
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nearly a one-sitting read but one I believe would be enhanced by a second go through. It‘s a little creepy and fever-dreamy. Some elements are not entirely in my reading comfort zone but the author is having such fun with language you can‘t help but admire the originality. I enjoyed this rather a lot but I did not fall entirely in love with it.

Redheadrambles #Bookerprize2019 ( 7 / 13 ) At the halfway point ! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review and picture. Halfway! Well done. I just started my fifth one! 3mo
Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB I think I have all the big books still to go but I am enjoying myself and just started “Night Boat to Tangier” which I sense I am going to love 3mo
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BarbaraBB I just started that one as well! 3mo
BookwormM Loved Night Boat I am on my final 2 as Testaments is not released yet. Ducks on Kindle and Girl Woman Other hardback 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review ... love ‘ fever dreamy‘ great description 👍🏻♥️ I loved this one (edited) 3mo
Tamra I‘m intrigued! 3mo
Redheadrambles @Cathythoughts thanks - I like it more with distance and certainly it would make my own shortlist alongside FrankissStein, Lost Children Archive and most likely The Night Boat to Tangier that I have just started. 3mo
ClairesReads Glad you liked this one Trudie- I still need to read it! 3mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I think you might really like it and it is a fast read ! 3mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I feel like I keep saying soon but I do mean it! 3mo
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Tashreads
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So far I‘m entranced with Dead Papa Toothwort and the inhabitants of the village. #bookerprize2019 #bookerprizelonglist

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karmenseeta
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I gaze down at London from the twenty-third floor of this heated glass box. It‘s as if a gigantic child has vandalised a city-sized circuit board, chucked some bricks in, sprayed it with dirt, started painting it but given up.

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karmenseeta
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Pickpick

An absolutely mind-blowing book. Beautiful story & language, creative format, satisfying ending. A pure pleasure to read.

Cathythoughts Lovely review! I agree 3mo
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Lana1
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I loved this, although I'm not sure why. Beautiful in places and so very odd in others.

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Lola
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I loved Grief is the Thing With Feathers so I have high hopes for this one, long-listed for the Man Booker this year. Many tiny books made it home with me from the library today. I should be able to read them all three weeks. Puzzle and ornament shown here for @RaimeyGallant ❤️

RaimeyGallant It's so beautiful! Ah, the torture! ;) 3mo
RaimeyGallant Just so everybody knows, she's taunting me with this ornament over on instagram, too! ;) 3mo
Lola @RaimeyGallant It‘s all in bookish love and fun-and you ASKED for it on Insta 😂😂 I think you want to torture yourself for not picking it up when you were in NYC 🙃 I‘m tempted to send you mine 😘 (edited) 3mo
RaimeyGallant @Lola Oh I absolutely know that it's in love and fun. :) I'll post a pic of the pin I bought instead in the next week. It's gorgeous, too, so I'm not hurting for book swag. ;) Well, not a lot. :) 3mo
Lola @RaimeyGallant It‘s just so hard to resist!! And it‘s how I justify bookstore purchases when I can‘t really justify adding another book to the stack 🙃 Can‘t wait to see the pin! 3mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a tricky one. Precious Lanny. He‘s an extraordinary child. And Dead Papa Toothwort is a dazzling creation, however, the playful typography became annoying quickly. I kept getting distracted, wondering if it cost more to print a book with that nonsense. 🤔 As with Saunders and Lincoln in the Bardo, to me, Porter was trying way too hard to be weird. I appreciate the creativity, but at the same time, it didn‘t quite work for me.

CallMeIshmael Wasn‘t a big fan of Lincoln in the Bardo 3mo
DrexEdit I don't know what the typography was like, but it doesn't cost any more to *print * a book with odd type. The ink just goes where you tell it to go. It does cost more to design and proofread though. 3mo
britt_brooke @DrexEdit Thanks! That makes sense. 3mo
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Allietaylor16
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Saturday reading with Charlie bird and Hank! I‘m excited to start this one!

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mreads
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Mehso-so

Small English village, Dead Papa Toothwort aka creepy greenman, shifting POVs, multiple voices and a missing boy. Toothwort POV was interesting at first but quickly became annoying and the small village meanness was worse than the "villain".
Longlisted for the Booker

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britt_brooke
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Grabbing a few post-spin class pages. 🚴🏻‍♀️📖☕️ Got in 14 miles this morning. I don‘t usually spin on Wednesdays, but I missed my regular Monday AM class. Enjoying this #bookerlonglist read so far. So different. Picked this up because @Booksnchill gave it 5 stars ... and she is star stingy! 😆

#BFCR3 #TeamLetsDoThis

jb72 Great job! 3mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
imabusybee Awesome!! Love finding new books 👏🏻 3mo
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CocoReads Fabulous! 3mo
Megabooks You‘re doing great!! 3mo
julesG 14 miles 😱 that's amazing! Big hat tip to you! 3mo
Booksnchill Star Stingy- I like it!!! 3mo
britt_brooke @imabusybee Me, too - and I come across SO many great recs here! 3mo
Booksnchill If that is from NPL it is the copy I read! 3mo
britt_brooke @Booksnchill Surprisingly, my Hendersonville library had it! 3mo
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theshrinkette
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This is a strange magical realism book that's about this kid, told from the perspective of the primary adults in his life as well as a fantastical bogeyman. I honestly don't have a very good description and can't quite explain to you why it works but it does. Excellent contender for the Booker.

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theshrinkette
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This is a strange magical realism book that's about this kid, told from the perspective of the primary adults in his life as well as a fantastical bogeyman. I honestly don't have a very good description and can't quite explain to you why it works but it does. Excellent contender for the Booker.

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Rambo_Reads
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Reading on the beach today - hard to know whether to focus on that beautiful view or the craziness going on with the words on the page.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Is that a printing error, or is it supposed to be like that? 3mo
BookwormM I loved the crazy page layout works so well with the story 3mo
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BookishTrish
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I love Max Porter‘s writing. He does an excellent job evoking childhood and mixing it up with the archetypal. It was a bit too banana pants for me toward the end and I‘d still highly recommend it.

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Rambo_Reads
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Disappeared at lunchtime to go to the library and then for a coffee. Picked up Max Porter's Lanny today 😊

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BookishTrish
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Lounging in bad with Lanny #BCDay

LiteraryinLititz I borrowed this from the library last week but for some reason haven‘t started it. I think I‘m worried it‘ll be hard to get into, so I‘ve read more traditional narrative styles instead. 3mo
BookishTrish @LiteraryinLititz My husband found it like that - he bailed about 30 pages in. I scooped it up last night and will finish it by lunchtime. The writing is incredibly strong. 3mo
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BookwormM
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#BookerPrize2019

Very mixed feelings about this loved some parts hated others. Change in narrative style threw me out of the magical place I was visiting.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2922705967

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TheReadingCompanion
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To anyone who is wondering what to pick from the #Booker long-list. This is a gem of an audiobook! The physical copy is another matter, but if you want to smile your way through a forested path while listening to a beautiful lyrical play, give this one a go!

Emilymdxn I loved the audio of this too! 3mo
Cathythoughts Loved this too 3mo
TheReadingCompanion @Emilymdxn it‘s magnificent isn‘t? The cast was incredible and the timing and rhythm is something that is very difficult to get from the page. 3mo
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TheReadingCompanion @Cathythoughts read or listened to it? I can‘t compare them, my experience was infinitely better with the audiobook. But maybe I just enjoy listening to poetry. 3mo
Cathythoughts I listened , brilliant listen. , I‘d like to read it now too though .... but time & so many books is a factor. 3mo
JamieArc I recently finished the print version of this book and really liked it. But I may have to listen as well. I‘m so curious how the Dead Papa Toothwort sections are read! 3mo
TheReadingCompanion @JamieArc He sounds like a creature out of a Tolkien novel. 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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Lanny is a little boy, busy talking to trees and doing other interesting things in the rural village he recently moved to with his parents - who both still live partly in London, at least mentally.
His mother arranges for Lanny to have art lessons with Pete, a local (once famous and controversial) resident. This provides the catalyst for the plot.
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(Pic: Niagara Falls)

BarbaraBB This book contains so much: current themes of our society go alongside the spiritual presence of Dead Papa Toothwort, an ancient spirit who has seen all life in this place.
Although the climax felt a bit too constructed to me, I really enjoyed this book and think it‘s a worthy candidate for the #bookerprize.
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Emilymdxn Im so glad you enjoyed this, I loved it so much 3mo
Kalalalatja Agree with everything you said! 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole Lovely photo! 3mo
emilyhaldi I am looking forward to this one the most out of all man booker nominees 🤗 3mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi It‘s an unusual read with gorgeous sentences. 3mo
Cinfhen Great review and excellent photo!!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
ephemeralwaltz Love love love! So surprised it wasn't shortlisted.. but this year's shortlist choices seem a bit sketchy.. 2mo
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Kalalalatja
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I liked this. I liked it quite a bit. All through the book, Porter writes beautifully and poetically about Lanny and the people around him. The first part felt slow and get-to-know-me-ish, while the second part was filled with urgency, big emotions and fear. I felt like I got this more than I did Porter‘s first book, and the audio narration was great!

#BookerPrize2019

Emilymdxn I couldn‘t get through grief is the thing with feathers at all but I loved this one! 3mo
AnneCecilie So glad you enjoyed this 3mo
ephemeralwaltz I need to get to his first book. So happy you enjoyed this! 3mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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I just did a library return and picked up these 3 from the New Books shelf. I‘m so excited! Which should I read first, Littens?

KaraWines I've only ever read one of them. It was pretty good - so I would start with that one! 3mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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This is exactly the kind of read that I needed. A flawless, original, daring narrative from multiple perspectives that explores too much for me to sum it all up here. I'm currently listening to a 2 hour interview with the author (from the podcast Between the Covers) and it is all the more rewarding to get a closer, intimate look into the intricacies of this read!
Outstanding ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kalalalatja Great review! 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja it doesn't tell you much, but thanks!! Enjoy! 3mo
Tanisha_A Ahhh! Great review. Going to buy this soon. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A excited for you!! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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WOW! What a book. It has left me speechless and I don‘t know what to say about without spoiling anything. I think this is book it‘s best to start reading without knowing much about as I did.

This is the first book I‘ve read from the Booker Longlist and I really hope to see it on the shortlist. I would be happy if this won.

Kalalalatja I just started this on audio today, and so far, so good 👍 3mo
Cinfhen Good to know about the audio @Kalalalatja maybe I‘ll try that route 3mo
emilyhaldi This is SO not a book I would normally be interested in, but I bought it last week based on the hype. Looking forward to it! 3mo
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Kalalalatja @Cinfhen it is short, only 4 hours, so even if you don‘t like it, it‘ll be over quickly 😄 3mo
Cinfhen I was able to download the book from Hoopla @Kalalalatja and was glad to see it was under 4 1/2 hours. I didn‘t really “get” his previous book which was also very short 3mo
Kalalalatja I know what you mean @Cinfhen Grief went a bit over my head as well. I have this feeling I should love Porter‘s books, but when I read them, they feel too “clever”, if that makes sense 3mo
JamieArc I‘m halfway through this one and it‘s also the first I‘m reading of the long list. In Booker fashion, this one is different from most books I read, but I‘m won over by all the sweet, simple, funny human moments. 3mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja I don‘t “get” his first book either. But this is a completely different book. 3mo
AnneCecilie @emilyhaldi I hope you like it 3mo
AnneCecilie @JamieArc yes, this book has it moments. In the past, I‘ve found some of my favorite books from this longlist. 3mo
Cinfhen Oh good @AnneCecilie 🙌🏻there‘s hope for us @Kalalalatja 😁 3mo
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Simona
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Mehso-so

I decided for the audiobook, because I don‘t like typographical elements as a narration style, and I believe that because of this my reading experience wasn‘t as rich, comprehensive as it could have been. The strongest point in the story was for me characterization of the boy - we get to know Lanny through the eyes of mother, father, artist Pete and Dead Papa Toothwort, and each of them sees Lanny from another perspective. I liked the story ... 👇

Simona ... enough that I listened with the interest, but for me was just so-so. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPrize2019 3mo
Cathythoughts I really loved this one 3mo
Redwritinghood I wasn‘t enamored of this one either. 3mo
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Simona @Cathythoughts I know, I saw your review ... but we are on the same page with crime novels😘 3mo
Simona @Redwritinghood If the book wasn‘t on the longlist, I wouldn‘t read it ... I wasn‘t even interested in the previous one ... 3mo
Cathythoughts @👍🏻😘 3mo
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Redwritinghood
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Pickpick

While I didn‘t love it, I could appreciate the experimental nature of the writing and the strong voices of the characters and the community. For a story that had such strong supernatural elements throughout, though, it had a somewhat pedestrian ending. 3.5⭐️ #booker2019

Cathythoughts I loved it , I have to say & I loved that mix of supernatural & on the ground voices 3mo
Redwritinghood @Cathythoughts I was surprised that I didn‘t. I‘d seen so many rave reviews from people who have similar taste to mine, but I just wasn‘t swept away by it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Cathythoughts I really didn‘t see all those reviews... I‘d only heard one or two ... I wasn‘t sure what I would think of it. But it was very special for me .. 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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AnneCecilie
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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I shan‘t lie, I developed a powerful dislike of Charlotte
in the time it took for her to go and phone Lanny‘s
mum, and then bring Lanny to the door,
[...] not because of her
security measures but because of the framed Renoir
reproduction she had in the hallway.

I can usually see a way to understand terrible things;
[...]
but Renoir‘s portrait of Madame de Bonnieres? No.
It cannot be understood or forgiven.