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Milkman
Milkman | Anna Burns
Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time. - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
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The characters, how they talk, and the small moments they pay attention to seem so subtle yet entirely unique that it‘s hard not to think that this was a memoir rather than a work of fiction. Ann Burns builds an entire personal world. She writes “to convey something about closed societies and how they work and to depict the very restrictive conditions that go on within them and how the inhabitants adopt these conditions as if they were normal.”

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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

The first half of this was a slog - I considering bailing several times but I struggled through. While I eventually settled into the style of the writing, I‘m not quite sure what all the hype was about.

Ruthiella I loved this one! It gave me a visceral feel for feeling trapped in Northern Ireland in the ‘70s as a woman. 12h
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Reviewsbylola
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A small corner of my stacks. 😍

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janeycanuck
Milkman | Anna Burns
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One tier! I‘ve finally dented this stack enough to have my #JulyTBR down to one tier! I have just 13 of the 40ish books I gathered up from around the house at the beginning of Jan, vowing to read them before pulling more from the shelves. I‘ve mostly stuck to that (there was no way I wasn‘t joining #14books14weeks2021) but library holds have slowed my progress fairly frequently. But I feel like I‘ll have cleared that pile soon!

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 7mo
MsMelissa I love your TBR cart. ❤️ 7mo
CaroPi Where did you found those amazing stickers? 7mo
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janeycanuck @CaroPi the social interaction one is from Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/mysecretcopy), the Jane one is a magnet that I got forever ago and can‘t remember it‘s origin, and the one in on the right is from the Reading Glasses podcast. 7mo
CaroPi @janeycanuck thanks for the info. I will check on litsy and hopefully delivery to Poland will not be crazy expensive 😜 7mo
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Caroline2
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/10/anna-burns-milkman-difficult-novel...

An interesting article about literary “difficult” novels. I‘m still in the ‘literary novels needs to realise they‘re just another genre and get over themselves‘ camp but this has made me think....! 🤔

GingerAntics I totally agree with you. It‘s a genre. They‘re not special. I think if a book is difficult, but it serves the story or is in some other way necessary, great, but don‘t go for that just because you‘re literary fiction. If that‘s the only reason you‘re making your readers‘ lives difficult, then get over yourself. 11mo
Caroline2 @GingerAntics Exactly!!! 😆 11mo
SamAnne I agree that readers who act snobbish about literary fiction over other genres should get a life. But I do appreciate difficult books. I struggled to get into Milkman. Took me a year to finish. In between I read Say Nothing about the Irish Troubles. And I started to audio the book instead. And then I got it and was floored. So glad to have read it. And I tackled The Sound and the Fury last year too. Enjoyed with a Goodreads group. (edited) 11mo
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paulfrankspencer I enjoy difficult books. I don't really read for the plot, which I understand is atypical for a Litten, and I like when an author does something truly unique and creative with language. Now, that can go overboard. Ulysses is not an enjoyable read (at least I thought on my first read, maybe I'll change my mind if I ever read it again). That said, after I read dense literary fiction or philosophy. I generally have to mix in something much easier. 11mo
paulfrankspencer Put another way, my primary motivation for reading is not to be entertained, so if a book has little value beyond entertainment, I'm probably not going to be interested. 11mo
TiminCalifornia I like literary books as one of the genres of books I like. I get involved with the book in a different way. It‘s like I am more than just a passive consumer. Active participation from the audience is needed. Like every genre, it‘s a mood thing. 11mo
Ruthiella I like to read a couple of books that are “work” a year. I think ultimately, I get a lot from them, even if they take a lot of effort. Last year, it was 11mo
CarolynM Interesting article. Thanks for sharing. 11mo
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Ididsoidid
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With Spring on the way, Milkman seems a good choice for the last of my winter reading. I could really identify with the emotions of this novel, it gives a background to the legacy I grew up with in the North and felt very sincere. A lot of darkness, suspicion, paranoia, escapism but just enough humour and force of personality to pull you along. Brilliant writing and so enjoyable for me to read something in a familiar voice. 9/10

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emilyhaldi
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I‘m going to go ahead and give this #bookspinbingo a try for March and see if it inspires more reading! Excited to see how many books I can cross off this list 🤓

merelybookish If you only read The Milkman off this list, it will be a good reading month! 11mo
vivastory I think you should go for all 20 11mo
MeganAnn You have lovely handwriting! Looks like a great list 😍 11mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Glad to have you along!! 11mo
LeahBergen A Persephone? 👏🏻 11mo
emilyhaldi It felt like a necessary addition @LeahBergen 11mo
emilyhaldi That‘s what I hear!! I‘m looking forward to it 🤩 @merelybookish 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m ready to see your bingo card!! 11mo
nathandrake1997 MILKMAN ❤️ 11mo
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veritysalter
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I‘ve finally finished. Although I‘ve called this one a pick, I cannot deny that I found it incredibly difficult to read, I think stream of consciousness novels are not for me. An 18 year old woman, living in 1970s Belfast becomes of interest to a man known only as Milkman. Milkman is to be feared, a renouncer of the State, a terrorist. As rumours spread throughout the community, the protagonist loses control of her life and idea of self.

TheNerdyProfessor This one is sitting on my shelf. I've felt intimidated to pick it up but so many people rave about it! 11mo
veritysalter @TheNerdyProfessor It is a wonderful, if somber, story; but the writing style demands your full concentration to keep the threads of plot, through tangents, repetitions and the colloquial turns of phrase. I am glad I read it and it is a story that needs telling, but it was a dense text that was difficult to break away from for me. 11mo
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Reviewsbylola
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I have a serious book buying problem (don‘t we all?!) and I had to place an order for some Waterstones exclusives and the Faber Liberty of London books. Don‘t mind me, just sitting here stroking my new books. 🤪 #bookhaul

Cathythoughts Hamnet ❤️ 12mo
Mitch That‘s a very beautiful stack ♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous haul 😍 12mo
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Librariana That is a gorgeous cover for "The Bell Jar"! 12mo
Librariana Also... I see you, "Utopia Avenue" spine! ? 12mo
TheKidUpstairs I love that Bell Jar edition!!! Serious cover envy over here! 😍😍😍 12mo
LeahBergen I have this edition of Milkman. 😍 12mo
TheBookHippie So pretty😍 12mo
Tamra Coveting Hamnet 😍 12mo
Kalalalatja Such a pretty stack 😍 12mo
Ruthiella I feel a little Gollum like too from time to time with my “precious” books! 😀 12mo
batsy @Ruthiella Same 😂 12mo
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Karmapen
Milkman | Anna Burns
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This book was relentlessly bleak and anxiety driven. The entire time you felt like the narrator couldn‘t let herself take a deep breath because to do so might set of a literal, not metaphorical, bomb. It‘s hard to imagine someone living in such an absence of joy— there is humor but no delight. The narrator and her community shun happiness, lest it be stolen from them. Hollowing.

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Rehesina
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I am posting one book a day from my extensive to be read collection. No description and no reason why I got these books. Some are really old and some are new; there are quite a few. Join the fun!

This is day 17.

#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain #Bookstagram

TheEllieMo I read this one two years ago, didn‘t feel like I enjoyed it much at the time but it‘s still in my head now, where books I‘ve read since have drifted away. 12mo
Rehesina @TheEllieMo That‘s actually great incentive for me to start reading it! Books that kinda float back are truly the best! 12mo
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IuliaC
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Remarkable and revelatory approach to a contemporary political and social context I knew very little about. The turmoil of a young woman trying to lead a normal life in a patriarchal society during a period governed by fear, death and conformism, where day-to-day life is haunted by absurd rules, interdictions and threats, is outlined in a natural diary-like tone, with humour and a slight trace of sarcasm

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IuliaC
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Although I'm not a huge fan of the stream-of-consciousness genre, I find this one coherent and captivating, and along with the descriptive labels replacing the names of the characters, particularly relevant for the tormenting ethno-nationalist conflict behind the story, when certain issues were best left unwritten or unspoken of, and certain names not used or mentioned out loud.

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nathandrake1997
Milkman | Anna Burns
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A masterclass in stream-of-consciousness writing and one of the greatest Booker Prize winners ever! No amount of words are enough to justify the sheer brilliance of this masterpiece!

Cathythoughts Agreed !! It‘s a good one 👍🏻 13mo
nathandrake1997 @Cathythoughts This was one of those rare novels that I wished was a bit more longer primarily for the reason that I could have savoured Anna Burns' gorgeous prose for a few more pages! 13mo
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nathandrake1997
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Almost at the end of a book so brilliant that I'm actually dreading reading through its final pages because I don't know how long will it take for my tbr to give me a book as brilliant as this!

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Jas16
Milkman | Anna Burns
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This book was work for me to get through. I nearly bailed more than once and was so happy to reach the end. But then I gave myself a couple of days to think about it and went back to read reviews and found myself nodding along and thinking,”Oh I loved that part too,” and “Yes, Burns does such a great job with that.” The longer I sit with it the more I appreciate it and somehow a so-so read has turned into a pick and one I want to revisit on audio.

SamAnne Agree. Took me a year. So glad I stuck with it. And right after read nonfiction Say Nothing about the Irish Troubles and is a fantastic read. 14mo
Jas16 @SamAnne I read Say Nothing and agree that it is a fantastic book. It was one of my my favorite books last year. Glad I am not the one who had a difficult time with this one! 14mo
CarolynM This book definitely requires effort and thought, but I think it repays in spades. 14mo
Suet624 @SamAnne I read Say nothing after this one too. Both were so good. 13mo
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Singout
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I really enjoyed this, as someone who did peace work in Northern Ireland in the early 90s. I learned more about the impact of the Troubles on Catholic communities, along with a vivid portrayal of how “polite“ girls can be manipulated by male stalkers. There's also a rich portrayal of mother-daughter relationships in tension. Some might not like the author's device of only using descriptive labels instead of proper names, but it worked for me.

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Tripex
Milkman | Anna Burns

And
I finished it.
15 weeks 5days.
110 days.
2 days shy of 4 months.

I should be given an award.

Sace 🏆 1y
Tripex 💪🏿 1y
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Tripex
Milkman | Anna Burns
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#TBT?
It's exactly 14 weeks ago I started this. I'm almost at the end! Victory would soon be mine! 😊😊

The book that stayed all through this rollercoaster period of a year/ of my life.

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Lcsmcat
Milkman | Anna Burns
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September stats. My favorites new reads were Milkman, Lucy Gayheart, and Over By the River
Pride & Prejudice was an umpteenth reread.
Least favorite was Lock Every Door, which I only finished because it was for book club.

Crazeedi Great job! 1y
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Tripex
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Yes I've been reading this since the 9th of July
Yes 77days it is
Yes I should be whipped 😊😊

Bookbroad You join a long line of people (myself included) who did the brave thing and decided to sack if off 😂. Happy reading (of something much more enjoyable)!! 1y
Tripex @Bookbroad I actually like it though, it's just that I've been struggling with anxiety for the past couple of months and it's kind of affecting everything including reading. It's a pretty decent book in my opinion. 1y
Bookbroad @Tripex that must be hard. Hope you are feeling better and back on the books soon. 1y
Tripex Thanks @Bookbroad I'm trying to get my feet little by little. I've been reading a little more pages than usual quite recently too. 1y
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Lcsmcat
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Cuddles over, she went to play and I got to finish the last 10 pages. This was an amazing read. Very different style, perfectly suited to the story. I found it best read in large chunks, but once you‘re into it, it flies along. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Suet624 A book definitely worth the time to sit down and spend time with. 1y
CarolynM Such a good book! 1y
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Lcsmcat @Suet624 @CarolynM I loved the cadence of it. My kids‘ piano teacher was Irish and I could hear her voice in the character‘s speech. 1y
Graywacke Oh, glad you enjoyed and were in that voice. Cuddles looks adorable...and like kitten?? 1y
Lcsmcat @Graywacke She‘s one of 2 kittens we got this week. Her name is Amélie (her sister is Cordélia) and she demanded that I stop reading and cuddle her 10 pages from the end! 1y
Graywacke @Lcsmcat well, she has her priorities. Beautiful kitty. 1y
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Thanks! 1y
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Lcsmcat
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Only 10 pages to go, but Amélie doesn‘t want me to read. #littenkitten #catsoflitsy

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Lcsmcat
Milkman | Anna Burns
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“The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.” #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Graywacke This line made no sense to me and it I wondered about for the longest time until the actual scene came up. 1y
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Lcsmcat
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Kind of a low bar there. 🙂 I‘m loving the language and unusual style of this book!

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thebluestocking
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#3books with one-word titles

I loved all three of these very different books: (clockwise from the top) coming of age while writing fanfic; political intrigue in a zombie-infested world; being stalked by a milkman during The Troubles.

Megabooks I still need to read Milkman! But Fangirl is a fav. 1y
thebluestocking @Megabooks Milkman is a difficult but rewarding read. And Fangirl, sigh, is the best. It‘s one I reread often. 💙💙 1y
OriginalCyn620 Loved Fangirl! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💞📚👍🏻 1y
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Tripex
Milkman | Anna Burns

Still reading this. It's been two months now, 2 months of thinking I have COVID so my anxiety has been off the roof. I only manage to read a few pages maybe once in 2 or 3 days and I hardly visit Litsy. I never got tested, I feel okay now but who knows how I would feel in the morning.
Let me not bore you guys, maybe I should go read a few pages before I go back to sleep.(BTW it's a nice novel, only wish I were Ok enough to really enjoy it)

CarolynM Sorry to hear you've been ill. Hope you go on feeling better 💐 Milkman was a slow read for me too, but a really good one. 1y
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Lcsmcat
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Both my #book spin and #double spin books have a pink tinge this month.

CarolynM I look forward to your thoughts on Milkman. It's a challenging but (I think) worthwhile read. 1y
Lcsmcat @CarolynM I‘m intrigued by it. And I‘m ready too for something I can sink my teeth into. 1y
Tanisha_A Echoing what @CarolynM said. Worth it. 1y
Cathythoughts I thought Milkman was excellent 👍🏻 1y
Lcsmcat @CarolynM @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts I‘m only one chapter in, but I‘m loving it so far. Such unique writing! 1y
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MinnieTimperley
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Powerful, distinct writing. Anna Burns ensures the reader experiences the paranoia, claustrophobia and fear of Northern Ireland during the troubles. These feelings are compounded with the pressure of being a woman. This makes the novel relatable in a broader feminist exploration of the fear and pressure women face and battle against in patriarchal societies. It also explores the devasting effects on men.

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MinnieTimperley
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Anyone else a 'reading-while-walking' person?

Ruthiella No. I am clumsy enough as is! But I know others who do this! 😀 1y
swynn Yes, and have been since I was about 6. I am puzzled that people find it unusual -- especially now that almost everybody stares at devices while walking. It's not that different. 1y
wanderinglynn @swynn I get the same confusion from people—I get asked how I can read and walk. 😂 I just say decades of practice. 1y
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KVanRead Definitely 😂 And it always makes me smile when I encounter another. (edited) 1y
Reggie Lolol this book. I loved it. 1y
eeclayton When I meet with my husband somewhere in the city, this is how he spots me from a distance: he looks for the one reading while walking 😀 1y
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MinnieTimperley
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MinnieTimperley
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#popsugarreadingchallenge2020 A book with a pink cover. Been meaning to read this since 2018.

SamAnne Highly recommend reading Say Nothing about The Irish Troubles at the same time.....took me some time to get into one but glad I stuck with it. 1y
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Tripex
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Day 19
Still not read up to a quarter of it
Crown me the King of the Slows

CarolynM Taking it slow is the way to go with this one, I think. I read it at less than half my usual pace - I had to really think about it while I was reading. Definitely worth the effort, though🙂 1y
Tripex @CarolynM I would have gone farther though if not for some anxiety related issues. Cool book it is. 1y
SamAnne Took me forever but glad I stuck with it. I got both the audio and print from the library and switching back and forth got me finally hooked into the story. 1y
Tripex @SamAnne only got the soft copy. Even though I'm going slow, I'm enjoying it too. 1y
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Reggie
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Hey @Tanisha_A we were just talking about Milkman the other day. The part where the mothers gather around to protect the Feminists from the paramilitary and the government by taking their kids and pets outside during the time they had said they were going to shoot up the Feminists. You go, Moms! In Milkman and in real life.

megnews The dads are there with leaf blowers to blow tear gas back at police too!! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/portland-dads-leaf-blowers-join-wa... 1y
Reggie @megnews that‘s awesome, I didn‘t know that. 1y
AmyG @megnews That‘s great. I didn‘t know that either. Go Moms and Dads 💪🏻💪🏾 (edited) 1y
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megnews @Reggie @AmyG I just saw it today. I think they went because they didn‘t like the treatment the moms got. I think that leaf blower idea is brilliant! 1y
CarolynM Loved this story when I read it last night. 1y
Tanisha_A Oh wow! Didn't know this piece of news. Will read the whole story. And so right out of Milkman. Gosh! That book is a piece of art, mysterious, hilarious, sense of dread, politicisation of everything 1y
Reggie @CarolynM it‘s nice to know we all won‘t just take it lying down. 1y
Suet624 Have you read about the dads coming with their leaf blowers? Blowing the tear gas back at the “military”? 1y
Suet624 Oops. Just saw the first comment. 1y
Nute All should beware when COURAGE arrives on the scene. Both scenarios and probably many others are brilliant! 1y
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cariashley
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Reading this made me realize I haven‘t been challenging my brain too much with my recent selections, and it‘s a good thing to do so sometimes. It was a fascinating and wholly different experience that took a bit of work, but was somehow fairly readable at the same time. It really does defy description, or at least a short review. Essential reading for anyone interested in the Troubles or utterly unique narrative voices.

SamAnne Have you read the riveting nonfiction book about the Troubles called Say Nothing? It really helped me understand this novel more. 2y
LeahBergen Lovely hydrangeas! 2y
cariashley @SamAnne YES. Am so glad I read it before this one. So incredibly helpful. And what a tremendous book. 2y
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cariashley @LeahBergen thank you!! I have 3 bushes that have lovely flowers and about 10 that have none and need to figure about why!! 🙃 2y
Reggie The we sisters were so cute and funny in here. There was so much to like. 2y
Tanisha_A I really found this book unique in that way. And what @Reggie said,omg the wee sisters 😂 2y
Reggie @Tanisha_A I still laugh thinking about the books that I would never read but they want read to them at bedtime. Lol That there‘s actually two Milkmen. The whole poisoner storyline. The blind sister reconciliation with the older brother. The walk back from class through the sketchy part of the city. The mothers who took their kids out to protect the feminists. The sudden realization that people think you‘re the hitman‘s gf when they let you 👇🏼 2y
Reggie cut in line. This book was so crazy! 2y
cariashley @Tanisha_A @Reggie ohhh the wee sisters were so vivid, I could picture their scenes so clearly! Just a delight. And all the moments you mention, @Reggie!! 2y
Tanisha_A Now I feel like re-reading it you guys. Such a crazy read, for sure @Reggie @cariashley 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#BeautifulWords Day 16: I was especially moved by this quote as it also pertains to a peripheral female character in the story – referred to as one of them shiny people – even as she is perceived as strange, tolerated only slightly, but always set apart as not one of us. The fear of the shiny, bright, #effervescent beings can be seen so poignantly in this quote. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kRa

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Deep quote 📚💗 2y
OriginalCyn620 💜💜💜 2y
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Tripex
Milkman | Anna Burns

Finished The Handmaid's Tale some days ago, thought I would plunge into the tagged book soon after but I've not been able to as I'm dealing with some anxiety issues presently. So right now I'm 'bookless' ( I think this coinage should make it into the Oxford Dictionary, lol 😊). Hopefully things will get better and I'll delve into the tagged book soon.✌✌

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Tripex
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Next up. DNFed it around the early part of the year. I guess I'm ready to finish it now. I guess.

SamAnne I never say this, but I found the audio easier, and switching between print and audio. It took me a year to finish between the time I picked it up. And what really got me to the end was reading the history of the Irish Troubles called Say Nothing. It is a gripping page turner . I think it has helped me better understand a few Irish authors. And yeah, the stream of consciousness and repetition is hard! 2y
Tripex @SamAnne hmm...cool. I only have the e-book but I'm quite positive I'll finish it this time as I seem to be more 'settled' than I was when I first started reading it. Wish me luck 😊. 2y
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Eggs
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In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes “interesting,” the last thing she ever wanted to be.
#sunset #magicalmay

LouiseWalters It all made a lot more sense when I found out it was set in Northern Ireland. There wouldn‘t be too many places have that intertwined tension if religion and other masters 2y
LouiseWalters I used to read while walking home from school - nearly walked into a Stobie pole many times 🤣🤣 2y
CarolynM @LouiseWalters 😂 Glad you missed them - walking in to one would hurt! 2y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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I began reading this last year but only got a few chapters in before having to return it.
I've now borrowed it on audiobook & started again, about a third of the way in atm.
Creepy for sure, I love the narrator & her accent.
Discovering each character one by one I'm still trying to get a grasp of things. Interesting town she lives in. It's taking me some time and I may have to go back yet again but I think I'm further enough in now to commit.

merelybookish Adored this book! And it's great on audio. 2y
Suet624 I really liked this one. 2y
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viirastus
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It is a unique take on the paranoid atmosphere that accompanies political conflict. We follow a young nameless girl who's stalked by an older man and who's accused of being his mistress by the community (she's not). The prose is lyrical and emotionally rich, even if at times claustrophobic and challenging. The author pays a lot of attention to detail and shows how harmless habits like reading while walking can make one a social outcast.

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viirastus
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😂 😂

Curiouser_and_curiouser Which page is this? I'm just about to begin this on audio after reading a few chapters last year from a borrowed paperback. I've heard mixed reactions. How far are you in and are you enjoying it? 2y
viirastus @Curiouser_and_curiouser Page 243 in the hardback edition (in the beginning of chapter 6). I just finished the book and I think that if you liked the writing style in the first few chapters, then you're gonna enjoy the rest of the book as well. It was quite a challenging read, but I found it thought-provoking and really unique. 🙃 Oh, and the audiobook is great! I listened to some parts and read others. (edited) 2y
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Bookbroad
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I spent more time berating myself for not reading this book than actually reading it! Anyone relate? But today I reminded myself that now, more than ever, I need to read for pleasure and escapism. so I‘m hang up my hat and moving onto something that will bring me joy. I‘ve nothing bad to say about the book, it just wasn‘t for me and I found it really hard to stay focused with the stream of consciousness. And so onto something a little more me!

SamAnne Yes. Life is too short. It took me over a year to read this. I ended up doing the audio and enjoying it esp. reading the nonfiction Say Nothing at the same time. But heavy stuff. 2y
Bookbroad I have seen comments that the audio book is more approachable. Maybe I‘ll give it another go in that format once I‘m feeling brave again x 2y
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Jas16
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Thank you so much Jee for this fantastic gift! I am so looking forward to reading it! I was so surprised to come home to find this waiting for me and really appreciate your kindness.

Tanisha_A Favourite cover! 2y
Jee_HookedOnBookz You're so welcome, my dear friend. Looking forward to reading your review as I plan to read this too :) 2y
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Cathy_J
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The writing style of this book requires some concentration but for me it was worth the effort. Set in Ireland during 'The Troubles' you get immersed in the community and there is so much to ponder! The environment at that time, social rules, relationship dynamics, perceptions vs reality. I really enjoyed this ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reggie It has much more humor than you think. Nice review!! 2y
rachaich Yeah., I agree about the writing. It stayed with me for some time after 2y
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SamAnne
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Wow! I highly recommend reading these two together! I had to pick up Milkman 3 times before finishing. The audio did it for me—and I began the acclaimed Say Nothing non-fiction halfway through Milkman. A stellar combo—a fiction and non-fiction account of the same “Irish Troubles.” Day Nothing is also an excellent audiobook but I‘ve also put a hold on the print version at our library.

Well-ReadNeck I had the exact same experience with Milkman. The audiobook is where it‘s at! 2y
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SamAnne
Milkman | Anna Burns
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It took me quite awhile to get into this novel but it grabbed me when I found the time to settle down with it. I‘m especially enjoying reading Say Nothing at the same time, a history and crime story that takes place during the Irish Troubles.

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TheEllieMo
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I don‘t like this book when I read it, but, more than a year on, it‘s still fresh in my mind. It definitely made some kind of impression on me, so it is definitely #Memorable.

#AuldLangReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 2y
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AnneCecilie
Milkman | Anna Burns
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The Norwegian translation of this book is just out, and I love this cover

Eggs Cover Love Extraordinary 2y
Buechersuechtling Yepp. Seconded‼️🙋🏽‍♀️ 2y
Emilymdxn What a gorgeous book! 2y
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Cuilin
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Sunday morning reading.

Cathythoughts Milkman ❤️👍🏻 2y
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