I actually think this has a good shot at winning! 😀
I actually think this has a good shot at winning! 😀
I adored Ducks, Newburyport. Clearly not for everyone: over a thousand pages of continuous run on sentence, separated only by "...the fact that..." can be a little challenging. I come to this work as a musician, a musicologist (a long time ago) and what strikes me about this work is its profound musicality.
Obviously, it would be impossible to sum up all 1000+ pages in a short review, so I won‘t try. I will say that it was more than a book to me, it was an experience, an immersive one that took over my thoughts during the months that I spent savoring it. I kind of can‘t believe it‘s over. #BookerPize Longlist 10/13, Shortlist 5/6
Packing for a campervan holiday on the wild and woolly North Yorkshire coast. Got to get my priorities right - books, hot water bottles and Marks and Spencer‘s Creme Brûlée liqueur ? ? ? ?
Zing! I‘m intimidated but intrigued by Ducks, Newburyport, and finding this on the Instagram feed from Text Publishing in Melbourne, Australia, I now think I might owe it to Lucy Ellmann to read her book.
I am convinced that this is a work of genius. Yes, this is a stylistically demanding read; part info-dump, part stream of consciousness narrative. This is overwhelming most of the time, but in my reading that really is the point. Ellmann‘s novel asks big questions of its readers, most significantly how we go on in the face of personal traumas, and national and global crises. All I can really say, is wow. #indiebuddyreads
I have finally finished this 1000 pages of absolute drivel. The photo shows you a typical page if you like the rhythm? Which most people seem to you will love this. If like me you just see a page of random 💩 punctuated by a repetitive phrase then don‘t bother reading as this is what you get for 1000! Pages.
Full rant here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2914062168
Picked up this one from the library at lunchtime today.... it‘s going to totally ruin my book count for October, maybe I should switch to page count instead!
I read 200 pages of this and skimmed to the end, it was just waay too long and repetitive. There are some good nuggets in here but I just got way too pissed off about some things like: why does a grown ass woman w kids of her own keep mentioning Mommy and Daddy, why “crazee”, and why tf does the author think she can waste my time like this?? Gratuitous pic of my kids at the library, they found interesting books about mummies 😆
These are some of the books I hope to read in October. In addition are the books that I have borrowed from the library.
I‘m not sure if any of these really qualifies as scary unless starting a 1030 p one sentence book is scary and reading books about the potential consequences of the climate change (Lunde).
#OctoberTBR #FallIsBooked #SpookyTBR #ScreamathonPhoto
It‘s time big old book.
It‘s our Booker Shortlist double-header on Books On The Go! 📚🙌🏼🎧
I‘ve read ‘Ducks, Newburyport‘ by Lucy Ellmann - aka the 1,000 page fat cat. 😜 it‘s my new tip to win. 👌🏼
Amanda read ‘An Orchestra of Minorities‘ by Chigozie Obioma. Set in Nigeria and Cyprus, it features myth, spirits and a chicken farmer on an Odyssey-style quest. 🤔
Who is your favourite to win the Booker?
Yikes! Look at this thing! It's huge! I thought I wanted to read it. Not so sure now...
Anyone read it? Is it worth the effort?
Look who‘s feeling brave!!!! I‘m ready to tackle the #PageCountPhobia 💪🏽It‘s only 1030 pages 😉
Sorta making dinner, sorta reading- and not making much headway on this *really* long book. I like it tho, it‘s a really long info dump/ list thing but has not achieved critical mass for me yet...
An exhilarating joy. The prose sings, it made me think (& laugh, often) & works on so many levels. It‘s an immersive portrait of an Ohio housewife / pie entrepreneur riddled with anxiety but full of wit, a re-telling of American history & a state of America today. Using old movies, Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Ohio River & many other references, Ellmann depicts a human life & a whole country. Climate change, gun control & how to caramelise apples.
Started reading this 1 month ago and chipped away at it slowly. I certainly don‘t regret the experience but on the other hand it is decidedly not in my reading comfort zone. Long stretches of movie, music and other references that I couldn‘t relate to plus a mind-numbing amount of repetition - despite this it is does have its moments of fun. Maybe it‘s a book I will appreciate fully once we are out of these dark ages ?
This years Booker Winner? I hope so 💙💙💙💙💙
This is quite an achievement which took years in the making and covers so much, the mind boggles. I am so glad to have taken the plunge and read it. A unique and hopeful story of how vulnerable we are in what has become a f*cking bizarre world to live in. 5 stars
Another wild Saturday night! I think I got cork in my wine , I can use the fiber .🍷
This 1000-page-long novel, that is only eight sentences total and has no paragraphs, is a freaking delight. It‘s narrated by an Ohio housewife, and it is compulsively readable, and way more fun than you would believe. I have not read all of Ducks, Newburyport yet. Instead, I have been slowly making my way through it. It‘s available now - challenge yourself!🦆
I‘m thrilled to take this home today! I was a good girl at the dentist and it‘s been YEARS since I bought myself a new book with my own money.
I was amazed that this wasn‘t on the front table today at B & N. There were only 2 copies, no staff had heard of the book, and it was back in the regular fiction shelves. 😟
Starting this one! 🦆🤓
Omg I was so busy recently I didn‘t even notice the shortlist came out! How did I miss this??
Overall I‘m happy tho I haven‘t read Rushdie or Atwood yet - started Quichotte this morning and have Testaments on preorder. Ducks Newburyport is my clear absolute fave, tho I also love the other three so there aren‘t any I dislike here. What do you guys think?
Ok I am diving in- my current audiobook and my new Booker Shortlisted read! The US copy is 988 pages so maybe I‘ll have it read by November? Anyone else taking the Ducks plunge?
My shortlist for #BookerPrize2019 🤓
L.Ellmann - Ducks, Newburyport; B.Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other; D.Levy - The Man Who Saw Everything; S.Rushdie - Quichotte; K.Barry - Night Boat to Tangier; V.Luiselli - Lost Children Archive
I never buy full priced books but this one has me enchanted.
Have you even gone without something to buy a book?
New book mail. This one will require some stamina. Also doubles as a weapon #BigBook