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Night Boat to Tangier
Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
From the acclaimed author of the international sensations City of Bohane and Beatlebone, a striking and gorgeous new novel of two aging criminals at the butt ends of their damage-filled careers. A superbly melancholic melody of a novel full of beautiful phrases and terrible men. In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen -- Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs -- sit at night, none too patiently. It is October 23, 2018, and they are expecting Maurice's estranged daughter (or is she?), Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there. This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles, rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today.
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SammyJoFernandez
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Mehso-so

What a wordsmith Kevin Barry is. He has an amazing style of writing but the story itself, though very well crafted, didn‘t really appeal to me.

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Kristy_K
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Mehso-so

I struggled with this character driven, loose plot novel. I seem to be in the minority here, but I didn't find it engrossing, rather I found it at times to sound a little pretentious. The prose tended to be melodramatic, but I did like how atmospheric they were as well. I would caution anyone else who reads few literary fiction books, but recommend it to those that enjoy it .

⭐️⭐️

#netgalley #arc #literaryfiction

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sophierayton
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Pickpick

Incredibly impressive. I am very excited to discover Kevin Barry. I'm disappointed it didn't make the Booker short list, but I'm sure it will still do very well.

Crazeedi This sounds very intriguing 1mo
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KarenUK
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Another lunch break at work, another #bookhaul 😂🤦‍♀️!!
I move around, and unpack so many books every Tuesday, that I always end up with a little personal haul..... I‘ve had my eye on the tagged Man Booker long lister for a while, and couldn‘t resist a book about Friends...

Cinfhen #JobPerk 🥳 2mo
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Onioons
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After a year of study, my time is my own again. So Operation ReadAllTheBooks is underway. I‘ve been looking forward to this gem for ages.

Suet624 Yay!!! 2mo
charl08 Such a great feeling! Enjoy! 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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Algeciras 2018, two old gangsters, Charlie and Maurice, are sitting on a bench at the boat terminal, waiting on the boat from Tangier. They‘re waiting on Maurice‘s daughter, Dilly, to show up. Dilly‘s been missing for 3 yrs, and they‘ve heard rumors that she‘ll show up on this terminal. As Charlie and Maurice are waiting, they start thinking about the past and how they made it to this moment.

My 5th book from the Booker Longlist.

AnneCecilie This is my 1st read for #ABookAWeek @TheReadingMermaid 2mo
charl08 Another fan of this one: beautifully written. 2mo
BarbaraBB It didn‘t work for me. None of my current reads seem to work for me ☺️ 2mo
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AnneCecilie @charl08 I know. There was just something about the writing that drew me into this story about two very unlikely characters. 2mo
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB Maybe you are just in the mood for something other than reading? Before joining Litsy, I didn‘t know that there was a thing called reading slumps, but I have always had periods where I read less, and watch more TV, do puzzles or something else. Sometime soon you‘ll find a book that work again. 2mo
BarbaraBB Thanks! I do think I will find that book soon. For now I‘ve decided to skip reading the Booker shortlist. Somehow it doesn‘t work for me this year. I‘ll follow your thoughts though! 💕 2mo
Onioons I'm excited for this one! 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up.

A book from the Booker Longlist that didn‘t make it to the shortlist.

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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kevin Barry is a new author for me and I am keen to try his other novels. For some reason I went into this thinking “action novel” but it is a lyrical character study of two aging criminals and their reminiscences. The chapter entitled “The Judas Iscariot All Night Drinking Club” is a masterpiece of mood and slow building tension. There might be an argument to be made that this is more style over substance but I admired it tremendously.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻. Looking forward to this one 3mo
charl08 I agree, I'd not read anything by him and hadn't recognised his name. 3mo
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charl08 And I'm still amazed at calling a club that! 3mo
Redheadrambles @Cathythoughts I hope you enjoy it 3mo
Redheadrambles @charl08 it‘s a fun and also appropriate name I think ;) 3mo
Redwritinghood Yay! This may be an #indiebuddyreads favorite. Glad you enjoyed it. 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

I seem to be the first to not like this book but I really didn‘t. Although the storyline set in the present (two men waiting in a Spanish harbour for the girl Dilly to arrive) had some potential, the storyline set in the past (about the two men doing drugs and things - a subject I mostly find annoying) didn‘t work for me. This author has been compared to Beckett. That may be a compliment but I‘m no fan of Beckett either. Not at all. #bookerprize

TrishB Great review though 👍🏻 3mo
Ruthiella I‘m no fan of Beckett either! I might read this if it wins the Booker however just out of curiosity.😀 3mo
Redwritinghood I‘m not a Beckett fan, either, but I loved this book. I enjoyed the language and the simple, melancholy story. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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AnneCecilie I have no opinion regarding Beckett so I will still give this a chance 3mo
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood I know what you mean. I was just too annoyed to enjoy the language even though I noticed that it was beautiful at times. 3mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie Do! Everyone loves this book, don‘t let my opinion ruin it for you 💕 3mo
vivastory I haven't read this one, but I liked his book 3mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Okay when you say so, I‘ll give Barry another chance! 3mo
vivastory I like your new profile pic btw 3mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory thanks! It‘s me and my son! 3mo
jhod I agree! Reading this at the mo and just finding it dull! 2mo
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KarenUK
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After reading this list of upcoming reads, I added these 4 to my ever growing #TBR ....
Which Fall releases are you excited about?
https://theweek.com/articles/858943/25-books-read-second-half-2019?utm_source=Sa...

irre The Dutch House was amazing!! 3mo
megzlynn I look forward to Ninth House and Serpent and Dove. 3mo
Hooked_on_books Ha! I came over here to read about this book after looking at the very same list! (It‘s only #2, so we‘ll see how many I end up adding. 🙄😆 3mo
Emilymdxn Im so excited for find me! Preordered it the first day I could 3mo
youneverarrived I‘m looking forward to Find Me. 3mo
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Simona
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While waiting for the missing daughter at a Spanish port, two aging friends - drug dealers contemplating about fortune/misfortune in life, and through passages from the past, reveling their common history. This is a slow, atmospheric, ‘plotless‘ story, written in a captivating, strong prose, and I think that the prose is the strongest point in this quite cruel, but still very emotional novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPrize2019

Cathythoughts Great review! You are moving through the long list 👍🏻. This one sounds good. My son read it , I must ask him about it too. 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thank you 😊. Since three books aren‘t published yet, I‘m done with the longlist till the end of August .... 3mo
BarbaraBB It‘s almost the end of August! And you‘re going real fast indeed! This will be my next one, great review! 3mo
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charl08 Oh, I liked this one more than 3 stars, but tha k you for the review: and that's such a powerful quote. 3mo
rmaclean4 What do you predict will make the short list?? 3mo
Crazeedi Very interesting review 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Thank you 😊 It depends on how you look at things, for me - we are in the middle of month😘😘😘 3mo
Simona @charl08 I‘m very stingy with the ⭐️ 😘 3mo
Simona @rmaclean4 Three books are still unpublished, so it‘s a little bit harder to predict, but my guess for now is: Ducks, Newburyport; Girl, Woman, Other; An Orchestra of Minorities; Night Boat to Tangier; Quichotte and The Testaments. 3mo
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charl08
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Loved this. Favourite #booker longlist (until the next one?!)

BarbaraBB How many have you read so far? 3mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB just 4 including this one. 3mo
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charl08
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They are in their low fifties. The years are rolling out like tide now. There is old weather on their faces...

Cathythoughts Great quote 👍🏻... 3mo
charl08 @Cathythoughts the writing is just wonderful. 3mo
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BookwormM
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#BookerPrize2019

I loved this book it was darkly funny and touchingly poignant. I loved the main characters and their relationship and also the way time especially the past is shown to be an unstable construct.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2935997877

charl08 Me too! Hope it gets shortlisted. 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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I had my 1st day back at work after a 3 week vacation. It was hard getting up and when I had to figure out alternative ways of getting to work because of maintenance, it treated myself to a visit to the bookstore.

I‘m going to 2 events with Rankine next week so I figured I should at least read some of her poetry before the talks.

After reading @Emilymdxn raving review of “Ducks, Newburyport”, I decided to give this one a try

BarbaraBB Are you going to read all Booker nominees? 3mo
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB I don‘t think so. At least not until the shortlist is announced. I‘ve read two, have another two out from the library and bought 3 more today. But I change my mind all the time, so you never know 😉 how about you? 3mo
BarbaraBB The same. I have read 4, have 3 more at home but am not really feeling up to them. I might wait for the shortlist too. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB I‘ll read the books I‘ve now, and then I‘ll see what makes it to the shortlist. 3mo
Emilymdxn I hope you like it! I totally adored it and I think it would suit anyone who‘s in the mood for something really long to get your teeth into! Excited to see what you think 3mo
AnneCecilie @Emilymdxn I love chuncksters, so hope this lives up to my expectations 3mo
charl08 Loved the Rankine. She is amazing: wish I was going to hear her, what a opportunity. 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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A pick in general but a soso in the context of the #bookerprize2019 longlist. I definitely didn‘t dislike it but I was noticeably less wowed by it then most other things in the list and I don‘t think it should be on the shortlist. I liked the Godot vibes and there was some lovely writing, the relationship between the two main characters was really nice, but not every book on the list can be a favourite. 6/13

Megabooks You‘re blowing through that list! 3mo
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Redwritinghood
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This was a great, quick read. Shades of “Waiting for Godot”, two aging drug dealers wait at a Spanish port for a boat from Tangier. It may be transporting a daughter of one of the men. She has been wandering since the death of her mother. In beautiful, evocative prose, Barry relates how the lives of the two men lead them to this place. After a life of crime and violence, can they be redeemed by the one thing that ties them together? #booker2019

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good! 3mo
Redheadrambles Just started this and I love it ! 3mo
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