The Norwegian translation of this book is just out, and I love this cover
This book left me with #MixedEmotions; I didn‘t feel like I enjoyed it but it‘s one of the books that‘s stayed with me most this year. I noticed this hardback version for the first time yesterday.
Hi Katie! 👋🏻
This is what I have from your top of the year. And what was already on my radar. What do you recommend from your nonfiction? I wasn‘t familiar with them except Not That Bad, which I bailed on due to triggers.
Do you have any questions about mine? I‘m going to put my email in the comments. Woo hoo! I‘m so excited about this!!
Finally finished this sucker.
Not my cup of tea.
I only trudged on because there were several great quotes that kept me hoping my interest would be piqued. Alas, it wasn't to be.
Anyone willing to wager whether or not I'm ever going to finish this book??
It's not that it's a bad story, I just need page breaks and shorter chapters.
I feel like I've been reading this for months.
Here it goes, my fiction #Top10oftheDecade (well, really twelve)! I just couldn‘t narrow down to 10, and 12 fits the grid better anyway. I hope my next decade is just as great.
"...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.