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Treacle Walker
Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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Treacle Walker is a stunning fusion of myth and folklore and an exploration of the fluidity of time, vivid storytelling that brilliantly illuminates an introspective young mind trying to make sense of everything around him.
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AnneCecilie
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One day Joe meets Treacle Walker, a trader of rags, and not long after that Joe meets Thin Amren, the big-man. And from this point Joe has some problems with reality and what is there and what isn‘t.

I found this novel playful and I loved the way it was written.
I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would

3rd book from the Booker shortlist

3rd book read for #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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TheEllieMo
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Actually hovering between a So-So and a Pick on this one. I was drawn by the cover - anything relating to the Uffington White Horse draws me in - but the link in the book is weak. I confess I didn‘t understand much of this, but it‘s dreamlike quality and beautiful writing were nevertheless captivating. There‘s some argument about whether or not it‘s a children‘s book - having read it, I still haven‘t got a clue!

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nathandrake1997
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Joe. A precocious kid who lives alone. In a distant land, free from the trappings of a certain phenomenon known as "adulthood"....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 .....Treacle Walker. A merchant of both enchanting and dubious wares. Arrives one day on Joe's doorstep. Trades a few wares signifying Joe's childhood innocence for a rag and a bone, two tools probably being the first glimpse to Joe of a certain phenomenon known as "adulthood"?.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....Joe and Treacle Walker then start trading stories of distant places, distant times, fantastical places, fantastical times, mythological places, mythological times and an unconventional friendship is almost formed....yes....almost..... 3mo
nathandrake1997 .....Joe wants to be friends with Treacle Walker, but is a bit wary of him as well. Probably wary because he radiates a certain stench, the stench of the "adult" world. A world he is happily distant from.... 3mo
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nathandrake1997 ....Adulthood, a smorgasbord of false promises. As a child it appears enchanting, the alleged "freedom" being one of its most deceptive kind of scent.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....But once we enter that certain existential door, the force of the door slamming shut makes us fall face down on the unpaved ground and the resulting bruises are the first signs of initiation into the phenomenon known as "adulthood".... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....Joe stumbles upon a bog. One of the dead in the bog strikes up a conversation with Joe and when the name "Treacle Walker" is mentioned, the dead cautions Joe of the dubious charm of Treacle Walker by denouncing him with a barb stating "I'd not trust that one's arse with a fart!".... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....Joe seems puzzled about what to do. While his "almost" friendship with Treacle Walker is gaining depth, the murky depths of the bog warn otherwise!... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ...Adulthood is a phenomenon that one looked up to almost "mythically" when one is a kid. That's where the formal decision of Garner to lace Treacle Walker's utterances to Joe with a decadently deep dollop of mythology and folklore hits home the most.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....The various references that Treacle Walker uses might be lost at first glance for an international reader. Now, this is where the reader has two options: either take the "adult" route and go down the internet rabbit hole.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....or instead take the "child" route and hear what Treacle Walker has to say and either be struck with wonder at the prospect of something potentially alluring or let that shiver run down your spine at the prospect of something terrifying, keeping the ambiguity intact and leaving the talisman of "meaning" wrapped around Treacle Walker's neck instead.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....Alan Garner, in a mere span of 152 pages, manages the rare feat of writing both the most innocent yet the most deceptive novella about childhood. Innocent because of Joe, deceptive because of Treacle Walker.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....There is a lot to Garner's literary form than meets the eye. His prose appears innocent and simple at first, almost deceptively simple. But then Treacle Walker arrives and with him does his bag of references and layers as well. 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....That's where the almost "blanching a spinach" kind of formal shock is inflicted upon the reader by the prose. This is the "make it or break it" deal the reader has to broker with the novella.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....We have heard tomes being crowned as an author's magnum opus, but we seldom hear such claims for a novella. Maybe we can change that by crowning TREACLE WALKER as the magnum opus of Garner's illustrious career. 3mo
batsy Gonna come back to this review once I've read it! 3mo
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StellaB
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A magical tale about learning to ‘see‘ and much besides. I didn‘t understand everything, but that just added to the wonderful sense of mystery. Beautifully read in different voices and accents by Robert Powell.

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BookwormM
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#BookerLonglist2022 Book 8

I hate to say it but I must be missing something I honestly can‘t see why this has made the longlist. There are things I did enjoy like the playful use of words and phrases but…it went nowhere and I didn‘t connect with the characters.

I get the impression that if you are not familiar with at least some of the folklore or pop culture mentioned then you would be totally lost.

Bookwomble I loved this book, but I do have the cultural context to connect with it, as I grew up in a small North England community which reflected most of Garner's setting, and I've been reading English folk tales since primary school. I get why it's a divisive book, but to me it is just magical and poignant l 🙂 4mo
BarbaraBB You are more positive than I was. 4mo
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jlhammar
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Loved this. Another exceptional read from a strong and varied #Booker2022 longlist. Short, but not one to race through. There are hidden depths to this mysterious tale that touches on our ties to the ancient and natural world, folklore, bog bodies, the seen and the unseen and the nature of time. And the way he uses language! I was charmed and captivated.

Highly recommend the special Backlisted podcast episode linked in comments below.

Ruthiella Thanks for the link to the podcast episode. I‘ll definitely check that out even if I don‘t read the book. 4mo
jlhammar My first Alan Garner, but definitely not my last. Might try The Owl Service next? I think if you enjoyed Paul Kingsnorth's The Wake, Max Porter's Lanny, Susanna Clarke's Piranesi &/or any Neil Gaiman, Treacle Walker might be for you. 4mo
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Bookwomble @jlhammar I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. I was beginning to think I was the only one! 😊 4mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!! Great review🧡I wasn‘t looking forward to this one but your review makes me somewhat more intrigued- 4mo
rmaclean4 @jlhammar Lanny and Piranesi are 2 of my favorites! Excited to try this one. 4mo
squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! I‘m not sure I understood all of it…. 4mo
Bookwomble @jlhammar Owl Service is great, too, usually considered a YA fantasy, though Garner has always said he doesn't consider his books as specifically for children. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen & The Moon of Gomrath were similarly marketed as children's books, but Boneland, the third & much later book in that sequence treads similar ground to Treacle Walker, and really turns the other two books on their heads! Garner is a delightfully complex writer! 4mo
JamieArc I really enjoyed Lanny. I think that I didn‘t have the brain space to slow down and try to get on board with Treacle. But my respect grows for this book because I kind of like it when some love it and others really dislike it. It makes a book interesting to me. 4mo
charl08 Fascinating to read your comments, I'm really enjoying hearing more about others perspectives on the longlist. 4mo
BookwormM Looking forward to this one 4mo
BarbaraBB Wow, I am glad you picked up all the depth of the book that I obviously didn‘t 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
batsy I love The Owl Service so much ❤️ So glad you liked it and appreciate your thoughtful review. I'm excited waiting for my copy to arrive! I love Backlisted; missed the fact that they did a special ep on Treacle Walker. 4mo
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JamieArc
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Not sure what‘s going on in this photo? That‘s how I felt about this book 😂. At first I was intrigued by the Roald Dahl-ish language, but then I just got lost and couldn‘t find my way back. I had no Treacle Walker to help me find my way through this story. I can see how others may love it. I‘m guessing I was missing a whole lot of context. Onto the next #Booker2022 read!

Ruthiella Oh dear! Another thumbs down! It‘s tough when a reader needs a lot of context/outside knowledge to grasp a text… (edited) 4mo
JamieArc @Ruthiella I think it makes a book interesting when there are people who really love it and those who really don‘t, so in that, I admire this book. 4mo
BarbaraBB I‘m glad I‘m not alone! I didn‘t get it either. 4mo
jlhammar That photo! 😂 😂 😂 I‘m eager to see how I get on with this one. 4mo
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MinnieTimperley
Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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This is a short novella but I found it a bit of a slog. Garner has apparently used lots of influences from folklore and this permeates the language which can be challenging. I don't particularly want to sit and Google words and phrases (I didn't) but learnt that I should perhaps have done with words I had assumed were the author's invention.

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BarbaraBB
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First I hoped this book would turn out to be some kind of Of Mice and Men but then it went totally off the road - or I did. Anyhow I have no clue what this was all about and do not really care either. It probably won‘t make the shortlist for the #BookerPrize2022

LeahBergen Too bad! But what a lovely photo. 😊 4mo
Ruthiella Oh dear. At least it was short! @LeahBergen Isn‘t it amazing how Barbara manages to take a perfect and coordinated photo no matter where she is in the world? 😍 (edited) 4mo
squirrelbrain Yeah, I was a bit confused as well! Lovely photo though! 😁 4mo
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charl08 Ah what a shame. I guess it makes your ranking easier though? 4mo
batsy Oh no, that's too bad you didn't like it. I have high expectations but maybe I ought to temper it a little now... 4mo
Bookwomble I loved this book, but totally get why others may not, and that's why we have more than one book in the world 😊 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘ll probably skip this one then. 4mo
Cinfhen LOVE the photo!!! I had zero interest in reading this now im convinced I would hate it. 4mo
Hazel2019 I have this one coming in the mail in a few days. I‘ll still give it a read but I have seen the reviews all over the place. Some love it some hate it. 4mo
jlhammar Interesting. Can't wait to see what I make of it! 4mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen Thanks! It‘s my sister‘s home. I water het plants while she‘s on vacation 😀 4mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @Hazel2019 @jlhammar I hope you‘ll like the book. It may be just me, @Bookwomble loved it! 4mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I know!! 4mo
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB @batsy @hazel2019 @jlhammer I did love it, and I think it's a book of heartbreaking genius, but I also wear socks with sandals so my judgement is not to be trusted 🧦🩴😏 4mo
batsy @Bookwomble All the cool kids wear socks with sandals now 😁 4mo
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB @batsy Ha! All I had to do was live long enough to be in fashion 😎🤓 4mo
Megabooks S‘s home is lovely! I think I‘ll skip this after multiple bad reviews! 4mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I wouldn‘t buy it in any case if I were you! 4mo
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jlhammar
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The last of my #Booker2022 longlist order has arrived! Very curious about this one. I‘ve not read Alan Garner before. Can‘t wait! #bookmail

BarbaraBB I‘m about to start this one. 4mo
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB @jlhammar Probably my favourite book of last year. I'm curious to learn what you both think 😊 4mo
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble Just wrote my review. I didn‘t like it at all. It went all over my head I‘m afraid 😳 4mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 32/22

I am having Chandelier in progress. This week I want to read another book for both the #BookerPrize2022 and #ReadingAfrica2022. A Single Rose is a recommendation by @Addison_Reads and I can use it for #FoodAndLit 🇯🇵

TrishB Good plan 👍🏻 4mo
Addison_Reads I hope you like it. 😀 4mo
Cinfhen I love the cover for your #ReadAfrica22 book 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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#booker2022, book 8/13

This is so short, hardly even a novella, it took no time to listen to on audio. I‘d call it a fable; it‘s weird and fantastical and whilst I loved the narrator on the audio, the Northern dialect and the familiar slang words I‘m not sure I understood what was going on a lot of the time.

On reading reviews after I‘d finished it seems as though the author references a lot of his earlier works, of which I haven‘t read any.

rmaclean4 Where did you find the audio book? This is one I am having trouble finding. 4mo
vivastory Garner has been on my TBR for a long time, but I haven't read him yet. I've had the following for awhile 4mo
vivastory I'm really interested in Treacle Walker. I know that Backlisted has an episode on it, which is very rare for them to devote an episode for a new book. It's also rare for them to do repeat episodes on an author. 4mo
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Cinfhen This is one I‘m in no rush to read - your review confirms my initial thought (edited) 4mo
squirrelbrain @rmaclean4 it was on Scribd. I‘m in the UK (not sure where you are?) and I know they have different books in different countries. It did just come into my library too as an ebook, which is on BorrowBox so I guess they‘re playing catch-up after the long list announcement. 4mo
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain Thanks. It is not on Scribd in the US. 4mo
charl08 I think I tried to read him as a teenager and got nowhere. But ai might be confusing him with someone else! 4mo
charl08 Or even *I* 4mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I think he must appeal quite a specific audience @charl08, and then you need to have read more of his books to appreciate / understand this one @vivastory 4mo
Hazel2019 I think I‘ll stick to the physical book version. I tend to lose interest when accents are heavy and I lose meaning. But I do like fables! 4mo
Ruthiella I‘m with @Cinfhen . Not rushing. Fables aren‘t my cup of tea. We‘ll see if it makes the shortlist. 4mo
batsy I love Garner so much because of Owl Service. I also read The Stone Book Quartet in uni and liked it a lot, but need to revisit. He's a very specific type of writer that I love—very dense & steeped in English myths & sense of place. I don't always get it because I'm not English but his writing feels like a portal to unseen worlds, & I love that. Looking forward to this! 4mo
squirrelbrain The accents didn‘t seem strong to me @Hazel2019, but then it‘s based in Northern England, where I‘m from! 4mo
squirrelbrain @batsy - it sounds like you‘ll *love* this one then! 4mo
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Tonton
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jlhammar I just ordered this one! I haven't read Alan Garner before. I agree, a pretty great list. I've loved the ones I've read so far (Keegan, Everett and Strout) and hope to get a few more in before the shortlist is out. Plan to start The Colony next. 4mo
Tonton @jlhammar Try Garner‘s The Owl Service, one of my favorites! 4mo
jlhammar @Tonton Good to know. Thanks for the rec! 4mo
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ClairesReads
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Absolute, indecipherable nonsense. I can only presume that there‘s some kind deeply niche knowledge required to make any sense of this which I evidently don‘t have. Strong no from me.

Bookwomble This was my 2021 favourite read. I think you're right in alluding to its being embedded in a specific time (early/mid 20th C) and place (Northern England), & that Garner doesn't feel the need to contextualise that for readers who aren't familiar with it. There are wider & deeper things going on, I think, without claiming for myself any kind of esoteric wisdom 😊 I was born just after mid-century in Northern England, so perhaps I had a head start! 4mo
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Bookwomble
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I don't really follow book awards, but I was thrilled to hear that Alan Garner's fantastic book, Treacle Walker, has been nominated on the Booker Prize long list. If nothing else, it should introduce more people to this brilliant short novel. He really is an underappreciated national treasure.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jul/26/the-booker-longlist-is-thoughtfull...

jlhammar Now I'm even more excited to read this one! No US pub date as of yet though. I might have to resort to Book Depository. 4mo
Bookwomble @jlhammar I hope you can get your hands on it soon! 😊 4mo
AshleyHoss820 Oh, I enjoy Alan Garner! I‘ve only read Thursbitch, but it so thoroughly put me under its spell. I‘ll have to add this to the stack! ☺️ 4mo
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Bookwomble @AshleyHoss820 Oh, I managed to miss Thursbitch when it was published - Stacked! 😊 4mo
batsy I really want to read this! 4mo
Bookwomble @batsy Then you must! 😉 4mo
batsy @Bookwomble *climbing out from under my TBR piles* Yes, indeed! 😂 4mo
Bookwomble @batsy 🤣🤣 4mo
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vandersp2103
Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER

Great great book. Read it 3 times.

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Bookwomble
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Although not alike, Garner's "Treacle Walker" & Clarke's "Piranesi" are nonetheless similar enough that if you like the one, you'll probably like the other. I loved them both, & whizzed through this short book in one sitting. It's steeped in British folklore without being bound by it; it's its own thing, if that thing be a cross between Worsel Gummidge and the TV show, Sapphire and Steel, without resembling either. All the stars ⭐ Just read it!

batsy Great review! I loved Piranesi, as well The Owl Service and the Stone Book Quartet by Garner, so I'm looking forward to this. 11mo
Bookwomble @batsy I didn't want to say to much about the story itself, as it's so short and its unfolding was very much a part of the enjoyment for me. 11mo
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Bookwomble
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Part of my Christmas book haul: Alan Garner's "Treacle Walker". To be described in his 88th year by The Times as 'Better than anyone else writing in English today' is quite an accolade. I haven't read everyone else who is writing in English today, but I'm not inclined to disagree. I hope and think I will enjoy this.

batsy It's a beautiful little book. 11mo
Bookwomble @batsy It is. The White Horse of Uffington is a striking cover design image. 11mo
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merelybookish
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1. Capricious
2. Hmmm. Not really? But I'm intrigued by the new book by Alan Garner that just came out in the UK.
Thanks for the tag @TheLudicReader I'll tag my #shakespearereadalong pals @GingerAntics @Graywacke