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The Colony
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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He handed the easel to the boatman, reaching down the pier wall towards the sea. Mr Lloyd has decided to travel to the island by boat without engine - the authentic experience. Unbeknownst to him, Mr Masson will also soon be arriving for the summer. Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place - one in his paintings, the other by capturing its speech, the language he hopes to preserve. But the people who live on this rock - three miles long and half-a-mile wide - have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken and what is given in return. Soft summer days pass, and the islanders are forced to question what they value and what they desire. As the autumn beckons, and the visitors head home, there will be a reckoning.
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IndoorDame
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This was a quiet and slightly brutal story. I can‘t say I really liked any of the characters, but they were all drawn in a way that was very saturated and appealingly lifelike.

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Twocougs
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Someone said that this is a quiet book and I love that description. Just add the sound of the sea. Beautifully written, I‘m so disappointed it didn‘t make the Booker short list, it deserved to be on it. I rushed home each night to have a chance to read this stunning novel.

Nebklvr That is the best recommendation 3w
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Jas16
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I am not sure what I could possibly add to all that has already been said about this book… an English painter heads to an Irish island and is annoyed to learn he isn‘t the only visitor when a French linguist arrives. Art, identity, and colonialism and a book I wish had made the Booker shortlist but I am glad you all convinced me to try.

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AnneCecilie
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This is a quiet book that crawled under my skin without me realising it before well into the novel.

Two strangers arrive at the island; the Englishman (painter) and the Frenchman (linguist). The strangers do their things and the islanders do their best to make it as comfortable as possible for the strangers.

A book about colonialism, conquer and conquered, how it‘s easier to save someone/thing far away, who defines who you are

AnneCecilie and the outside world will also catch up with you. This was on this year‘s Booker Longlist but didn‘t make it to the shortlist. I loved this one and am now curious to find out how good the shortlist is. 4w
Cinfhen This was my favorite from the longlist!! I‘m pretty disappointed with the shortlist 😟 4w
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen This was the first book I completed from the longlist so I try to keep positive regarding the shortlist. But in the past, some of my favourite books have been books on the longlist not making it to the shortlist 4w
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jlhammar This will definitely be among my favorite reads of the year. So glad you enjoyed it. I liked her previous novel too (though not quite as much as The Colony). 4w
AnneCecilie @jlhammar I want to read more by her after this book. I will keep my eyes out for her debut. 4w
BarbaraBB Great review. Well said how it slowly and unnoticed crawled under your skin. @jlhammar thanks for pointing out her debut. #stacked! 4w
sarahbarnes Great review. I really loved this one - so sad it didn‘t make the shortlist. 4w
squirrelbrain Like others, I can‘t believe that this didn‘t make the shortlist. Lovely review! 4w
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Suet624
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But, but…The Colony 😩 Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies 😩

#BookerPrize2022

BookwormM I know I am gutted too 4w
AnneCecilie I‘m reading The Colony now and really enjoying it, but I haven‘t read anything from the longlist to have an opinion except that I DNFed Maps. 4w
Suet624 @annececilie You might want to check out The Trees. Another fave of mine. 4w
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AnneCecilie @Suet624 I heard it was out of print, I haven‘t seen it anywhere yet. But it‘s one I definitely want to read. I‘m also waiting on several of the others from the library. 4w
Suet624 @AnneCecilie are you in the US? 4w
AnneCecilie @Suet624 No, I‘m in Europe 4w
sarahbarnes I really cannot believe The Colony is not on the shortlist. 😞 4w
BarbaraBB I am so disappointed too about these two not making the shortlist. 4w
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie Amazon sells it for 10 euros! 4w
Suet624 @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB @annececile thankfully the longlist was quite good this year. Still have a few of the shortlist to read. 4w
Bookwomble I've only read Treacle Walker from the long list, and I'll be very happy if Garner wins 😊 I understand he's not everyone's cup of tea, but I truly loved that book. 3w
Suet624 @Bookwomble I‘ll have to try to find that one. 3w
Bookwomble @Suet624 The Award night happens to be on Alan Garner's 88th birthday: I don't know if the judges are at all sentimental, but if that swings it his way, I'd be happy. He's shockingly underappreciated. 3w
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BookwormM
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My final post got the evening you will be glad to know 🤣🤣

Booker predictions this year I am not going to try to double guess the judges I am predicting my favourites so bound to wrong…

The Colony
Maps of our Spectacular Bodies
Oh William
Seven Moons
The Trees
Case Study

BarbaraBB We just have one different and that‘s the one I haven‘t read yet! 1mo
BookwormM @BarbaraBB I think you would like it 1mo
BarbaraBB I think so too, especially now that you say so. I hope it‘ll make the shortlist! 1mo
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charl08 Impossible to guess - and fun to have favourites. I just finished Everett's one - what an amazing book. 1mo
BookwormM @charl08 Maps is my personal favourite 1mo
Suet624 I‘m so bummed The Colony didn‘t make the shortlist. 1mo
BookwormM @Suet624 you are not alone 1mo
BookwormM @Suet624 you are not alone 1mo
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BookwormM
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#BookerLonglist2022 Book 13

If this one doesn‘t make the shortlist it will be a travesty.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4954925532

jlhammar Agreed! 1mo
BarbaraBB Me too. My favorite this year! 1mo
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Simona
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Although, I haven't been able to read the entire longlist this time, I can't to miss #BookerPrize2022 prediction party. I finished 8 books, After Sappho and Nightcrawling have the current status ‘in the progress‘, Case Study and Booth are on the waiting list, while for Glory - I‘m not sure if I'm going to read it at all. So here's my shortlist …

squirrelbrain Great choices! Looking forward to seeing the *actual* list! 1mo
BarbaraBB Glad you‘re sharing your favorites. Mine are quite similar though I haven‘t read Trust yet. I have high expectations though! And I‘m not interested in Glory either 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Simona I‘m quite excited for actual list too @squirrelbrain I absolutely loved Trust @BarbaraBB especially very interesting structure of the book. I‘m looking at my shortlist, and today I‘d switch Case Study with the Seven Moons … 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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During the first few pages in “The Colony” the boatman has told Mr Lloyd so many times that “you‘ll be grand” that I‘ve lost count.

This phrase reminds me of the movie “The Leap Year” where Declan (Matthew Goode) basically tells Anna (Amy Adams) the same throughout the movie. The movie is also set in Ireland.

Is this a common Irish phrase or is it just a coincidence?

Ruthiella This is a common phrase in Ireland, right @Cathythoughts ? 1mo
ravenlee My mother quotes this at me all the time - and every time I have to remind her that it‘s my sister she watches it with, and I‘ve never seen it. And every time she tells me I should. (This happens at least once a week, mind, not rarely) 1mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella It‘s a very common expression.. everyone uses ‘ grand ‘ all the time. 👍🏻😁 (edited) 1mo
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BookwormM
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Sorry I have been MIA for the last week I have been entirely caught up in work and reading #BookerLonglist2022. This was my last book to read and boy was it a good way to end the list.

I think the list this year was very strong there are a couple of books that didn‘t work for me and one of those is bound to win 🤣🤣

I have next week of work and the weather forecast is ☔️ everyday so I intend to get caught up with reviews 🤞

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charl08
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Some of the books I read in August, tagged book my favourite. Or possibly After Sappho. And Squire was lovely too. I could go on.

TrishB Some good ones there 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB Such a good month! 1mo
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TrishB
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#bookmail
Qa.80 each - used apparently! The Colony doesn‘t even look read. Saving for my reading weekend.

Lindy The Colony is my pick for the Booker prize. 👍 1mo
squirrelbrain It looks brand new! 1mo
LeahBergen Nice! 👍 (edited) 1mo
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TrishB @Lindy 👍🏻 has many good reviews! 1mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain it doesn‘t look like it‘s been read! 1mo
TrishB @LeahBergen bargain 😁 1mo
sarahbarnes I really loved The Colony! 1mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! Great finds!!!! 4w
TrishB @Cinfhen I know- bargain! 4w
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 34/22

The fish was okay for me but the other two I adored. I am really digging the #Bookerprize2022 longlist. The tagged one is my favorite so far - I think.

Safe travels Cindy!

TrishB Good week 👍🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain Glad you loved the 2 Booker books! 1mo
IndoorDame Cool! The tagged book is on my list for next month! 1mo
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Suet624 Are you going to try reading 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes I think so @Suet624 I‘ve heard good things! What‘s your favorite so far? 1mo
BarbaraBB @IndoorDame I hope you‘ll enjoy it too! 1mo
Suet624 I was so-so with Trust but I know you‘re trying to read the long list. There have been so many good ones on the list this year - I guess my standouts would be The Colony, Maps, and the Trees. Working on Booth now. Haven‘t read them all but I‘ve enjoyed these. 1mo
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charl08
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#Booker22 #Longlist
This was such a compelling read for me.

Set in the late 1970s, an English artist moves to an isolated Irish island to paint for the summer: but it's not quite as isolated as he hoped. The Island is not cut off from the news of death after death as the Troubles roll on.

BarbaraBB My favorite so far! 1mo
Ruthiella I think this one is the most popular among Littens so far from the longlist! I put it on hold at the library, but the wait time is months, not weeks! 1mo
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Cinfhen Great review and gorgeous photo - I think this is my favorite too!! @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 1mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think for me it's a really tough call - I'd be pleased if this won, it's a wonderful book - but I'm leaning towards Keegan's book as my "most favourite". (But I might still change my mind!) 1mo
Cinfhen I enjoyed that one too but it was a bit too slim. Although I wouldn‘t be disappointed if it took the prize. It‘s an exciting longlist 1mo
squirrelbrain This is in my top 3, and could be my favourite but I just can‘t decide between the 3…. (This one, The Trees and Maps) 1mo
JamieArc @charl08 While I loved this one, I adored Small Things Like These and think that tops my list so far too. 1mo
jlhammar Keegan, Everett and this one are my top 3 so far. Really hoping they all make the shortlist! 1mo
charl08 @Cinfhen so exciting! And I still have plenty to read. 1mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain ooh interesting. I still have the Trees to read. 1mo
charl08 @JamieArc I have my fingers crossed for it to do well. 1mo
charl08 @jlhammar I'm going into The Trees with high expectations. 1mo
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She sighed, pulled on her scarf, and talked to the men and their sons at the tills who pressed even more books into my hands, pamphlets too, some in French, most in Arabic, read these, son, they will explain everything to you, and I read them, as best I could, children's books on the history of Algeria, on the relationship with France...

charl08 ...but none of them explained anything at all, none of them explained what it was like to be the son of a Frenchman, of an Algerian mother, what it was like to be half French, half Algerian, half something, half nothing, a boy in no-man's land. 1mo
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Ruthiella
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1. Tagged!

2. Lot of favorites! Wahala, The Light Years, You Sexy Thing, The Change…it‘s been a good reading month!

3. Düsseldorf ??, Bern ??, Ohio ??

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Good for you # 2👏🏻👏🏻 I like your destinations too🗺 1mo
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charl08
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Trying out Libby.

"I had none of this looking over the shoulder to see what was coming in from beyond, wondering what life was like over there, because my view was limited. I knew nothing else and I had no yearning for something I knew nothing of, though later on others were desperate to go. My own children, all they could do was talk about America, morning and evening, frantic for it..."

charl08 ... though I didn't bother with it, JP. For as long as there is food and a place to rest I see no point in searching the earth for a place to do the same thing... 1mo
squirrelbrain It‘s a slippery slope…! 1mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain I think I'll be sticking to borrowbox (they let me borrow more!) 1mo
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CarolynM
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1. Stacked after reading @BarbaraBB ‘s review
2. I‘ve read several very enjoyable books this month it‘s hard to pick a favourite, but I think I‘ll go for Husband Material because it had all the #romantsy warm & fuzzies & it was a lot of fun to boot.
3. Easy to pick my no1 favourite - London - so hard to decide after that! I‘ll go with Broome in the early 80‘s before the developers arrived & Antwerp.

Thanks for the tag @Eggs

#WondrousWednesday

BarbaraBB I‘m flattered! But the book is worth your stack! 1mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 📚🗺✈️ 1mo
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BarbaraBB
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With the arrival of painter Lloyd and linguist JP on a small island off the Irish coast, everything changes for the few inhabitants. While we learn by short press notices of the ongoing Troubles on the mainland, life-changing choices and conflicts become the center of their lives. Magee‘s writing is subtle, the tone poetic, the result devastating.

My favorite of the #BookerPrize2022 longlist so far.

(Pic: Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Ruthiella Great review (and photo as always!). So far this one and The Trees seems to be the favorites. 1mo
julesG Beautiful weather! 1mo
BarbaraBB @julesG Still summer! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I loved The Trees too! Have you read this one yet? 1mo
julesG Hopefully not in the 30C range though. 1mo
CarolynM Great review! Stacked🙂 I loved my week in Copenhagen - enjoy💕 1mo
Ruthiella Not yet! I‘m waiting to see what makes the shortlist. I‘ve been reading so many contemporary novels this year (thanks to #CampLitsy), I need to balance it out with a few backlist titles. 😃 1mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo and fabulous review!! This & Trust are my 2 favorites right now. 1mo
ju.ca.no Great review! Stacked! Also love the photo💙 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review! This is one of my favourites too. Also, as everyone else has said, gorgeous photo! 1mo
charl08 I want to be beside the sea too - it looks beautiful 😍 Juat found out my work has added this book on their libby ebook /audio system, so now I have a choice: eye read paper, ebook or listen. 1mo
TrishB Great review, I know I shall probably read this one! 1mo
jlhammar So glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. What a perfect background for this book photo! I could just stare at that water and blue sky all day. Really hoping we see this one on the shortlist. 1mo
JamieArc One of my favorites as well. I‘d be surprised if it didn‘t make the shortlist. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen O really? I am having Trust still lined up! 1mo
BarbaraBB @JamieArc @jlhammar @squirrelbrain I‘d be so disappointed if it didn‘t make the shortlist. It was so good and original. 1mo
BarbaraBB @charl08 I read it in print and that really worked wel. To be able to longer over some sentences for example. I hope you‘ll enjoy the book too. 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB @ju.ca.no @CarolynM It is really excellent. I hope you‘ll read it! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @julesG 24 degrees. Perfect! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I know what you mean! I‘ve read more contemporary fiction this year than ever. I‘d be extremely disappointed if this book wouldn‘t make the shortlist though. 1mo
Deblovestoread Beautiful pic and I loved this book, too. 1mo
kspenmoll Love your review. So now I want to read! 1mo
BarbaraBB @kspenmoll You must! It‘s good! 1mo
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JamieArc
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I finished this a while ago, but loved it as much as many of you. A book about identity: who gets to define it, consume it, appropriate it, define it. While it is interspersed with vignettes of the Northern Ireland conflict violence, and full of tension caused by the outsiders Lloyd and Masson, somehow the writing was lovely with humor and charm. I adored this book. #Booker2022 #Booked2022 Written by a journalist

TheKidUpstairs I just read this one last week. I loved it. One of the best of the year so far for me! 1mo
JamieArc @TheKidUpstairs I‘m sure it will be on my top of the year list too! 1mo
jlhammar Same here! One of my favorite reads so far this year. Great review! I will be kind of shocked if this one doesn't make the shortlist. 1mo
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BarbaraBB A favorite of mine too 🤍 1mo
JamieArc @jlhammar I will be shocked too. 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I‘ve only started this one and I‘m loving it. 1mo
JamieArc @Cathythoughts I‘m glad you are loving it ❤️ 1mo
Suet624 This too was a favorite. I am pretty happy with the Booker long list this year. 1mo
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Lindy
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Wow! I was blown away by this thoughtful, bitter look at the effects of colonialism on a small group of Irish speakers living on an island off the west coast of Ireland. It‘s set in 1979 and chapters are interleaved with factual reports of deaths that were the result of ethno-nationalist violence during the Troubles. Definitely a story that will haunt me.

kspenmoll Was the audio good? 1mo
Lindy @kspenmoll Yes, the audiobook is expertly narrated by Stephen Hogan, who also did the audiobook edition of 1mo
kspenmoll @Lindy Thank you! 1mo
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Lindy
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… sitting up there by the fire with her pipe, her tea, and her knitting, defiant. Making socks that nobody wants to wear anymore.

Leftcoastzen Pretty! 2mo
JamieArc I loved this book, so I love seeing your posts with words and images ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Reading this one right now! 2mo
Lindy @JamieArc @Leftcoastzen I took this photo at my sister‘s farm in July. Her husband wears handknit socks. They get put on sock stretcher holders as they come out of the washing machine, until Tom needs a pair for his feet. 1mo
Lindy @BarbaraBB 😊👍 1mo
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Lindy
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Be thankful to God for what you‘ve got, I say, and stop all the time chasing after the next new shiny thing. Sure, that makes us no better than a magpie.

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In other places, places with trees and shelter, the baseness of life is easier to disguise, to dress up as something more elaborate than it really is.

Lindy
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jlhammar
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Another brilliant read from the #Booker2022 longlist! I‘ve read four so far (Keegan, Everett and Strout being the other three) and loved them all. The Colony has a fable-like feel that I easily fell into. Also reminded me of a play in some ways, had that element of intimacy that theatre often has for me. Magee explores so much here—language, art, identity, representation, isolation, the Troubles, power, colonialism. Definitely recommend.

Cinfhen Fantastic review!! I just finished the audio today and I loved it too! 2mo
Hazel2019 Love the review! Such a great book! 2mo
JamieArc @jlhammar @Cinfhen I‘m in good company - I finished this today as well. Really liked it. Will post my review later tonight. 2mo
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charl08 Tempting! Just waiting for this from the library. 2mo
squirrelbrain Fab review! This is in my top 3 of the longlist. 2mo
BarbaraBB Oooh! Another raving review. Excited to read it too! 2mo
Ruthiella Echoing @BarbaraBB ! The positive reviews here on Litsy keep piling up! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve just started and loving it 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Slow paced but really interesting read that tackles themes of identity and culture. Every year our panel reviews the long list. Our panelists‘ reviews can be found on the blog. This book is leading so far. #bookerlonglist2022

https://thereadersroom.org/2022/08/02/booker-longlist-the-colony-by-audrey-magee...

Cinfhen Hi!!! So happy to see you back & posting!! I just finished the audio today, which was outstanding. I‘d be shocked if this one doesn‘t make the shortlist!! Very clever 2mo
JenP @Cinfhen I‘ve been lurking but not finding much time to read. Finally got back to it with our Booker panel. I agree, this must make the list (edited) 2mo
Graywacke Love your blog! 2mo
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JenP @Graywacke thank you, that‘s very kind of you 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB 👋🏽 Hi! So good to see you. Hope all is well! 2mo
JenP @BarbaraBB hey! Nice to see you and other familIar faces! Hope all is well 2mo
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Cinfhen
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I really lack the skills to adequately review this #Booker2022LongList novel - audio narration is outstanding 🙌🏻It‘s coy and clever, claustrophobic and encompassing. Moments of humor peppered with the horrors of The Troubles happening off Island but still affecting those on the Island. It‘s a short novel but large in its delivery. I‘d be shocked if this doesn‘t make the long list.

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squirrelbrain Great review! This is in my top 3 at the moment. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I just bought this one. I‘m looking forward to it. 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds good. Looking forward to it 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Cinfhen I think you‘re all going to like this one @MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts it‘s currently in my top 3 too @squirrelbrain - audio really enhanced my experience 2mo
BarbaraBB That is such good news! 2mo
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Cinfhen
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My iPad just died on me 😢boo! Luckily I have the Audible app on my phone 😜I‘m loving this audiobook and BONUS…it works for #ReadingAfrica22 #Algeria 🙌🏻 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle #Booker2022LongList

BarbaraBB That is definitely a bonus! 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome! 2mo
CarolynM Oh no! Hope it‘s fixable 😬 2mo
Cinfhen Yes @CarolynM just low battery 😅 Phew 2mo
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Cinfhen
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Ohhhh, I‘m really enjoying this one from the #Booker2022LongList - audio narration is spot on!!! This one might be a contender for favorite off the list 🙌🏻🎧♥️

Hazel2019 It is my favorite thus far! 2mo
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BarbaraBB I just received my copy. You‘re post and @Suet624 review make me really curious! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hazel2019 That‘s quite a recommendation! Taking note! I hope to get to it soon! 2mo
Ruthiella Good to know! 2mo
squirrelbrain This is in my top three, which is allreally close anyway! 2mo
Cinfhen I can understand why @squirrelbrain @Hazel2019 I definitely think you‘re gonna like this one @BarbaraBB and you as well @Ruthiella 2mo
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Suet624
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(A vacation photo.) A very small group of folks live on a small island in Ireland. A self-absorbed artist & a linguist who has been coming for years, hoping to document the Irish language spoken on the island, arrive at the same time. I read it several weeks ago & the impact of each visitor, the wry humor of the inhabitants, the interweaving of the stories of the murders taking place in Ireland, the lifestyle of the islanders, remains. Terrific.

jlhammar Beautiful photo! I‘m reading this now. Great so far. 2mo
Graywacke I‘ll get here. Nice photo! 2mo
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Suet624 @Graywacke where exactly are you going to get? To the book? To the ocean? To a vacation? Inquiring minds want to know. 2mo
Graywacke @Suet624 😁😊 2mo
Graywacke @Suet624 the book. ☺️ 2mo
Suet624 @Graywacke oh good. I think you‘ll like it. 2mo
BarbaraBB I just bought my copy! Excited to read it. 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB oh good. I hope you like it too. 💕 2mo
charl08 I'm looking forward to reading this one! 1mo
Suet624 @charl08 I hope you like it. I still think about it. 1mo
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4.5 🌟 loved this audio book. The ending (like Lloyd's painting) was a bit on the nose for me. But there was beautiful writing and the story kept me engaged. So glad I read this Booker nominated novel.

#booker2022 #bookerPrize2022 @BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @batsy @vivastory @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @JamieArc @jlhammar @Ruthiella @sarabarnes @Brimful

vivastory I'm def. intrigued by this one! 2mo
JamieArc The lyrical nature of the writing would be great on audio, I imagine. 2mo
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rmaclean4 @JamieArc the voice actor is outstanding! 2mo
squirrelbrain As @jamiearc said, I can imagine this would be great on audio. Great review! 2mo
BarbaraBB I am so looking forward to this one! Thanks for the tag 🤍 2mo
Hazel2019 I might need to check out the audio version! And totally agree about the ending! 2mo
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Hazel2019
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This is truly a work of art. It takes you on a journey and breaks your heart along the way, over and over…

A story of a small island and it‘s Irish speaking inhabitants. And the heartless world around them, busy doing what it has always done.

Only the 3rd book I‘ve read from the #Booker2022 #BookerPrize2022 but my favorite thus far.

Cathythoughts Lovely review. I‘m waiting on it in the post. 👍🏻♥️ Thankyou for the tag. (edited) 2mo
JamieArc I just started, and I‘m a bit entranced by the writing. Right now I‘m just with Lloyd, so curious how things will change when the linguist comes along… 2mo
batsy Lovely review! 2mo
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vivastory Wonderful review! This wasn't on my TBR, but it is now 📚 2mo
rmaclean4 Thank you for the tag. I am just over half way through and loving it! 2mo
charl08 Sounds very tempting, I'm hoping my copy from the library comes soon! 2mo
Ruthiella I might have to prepare myself mentally before I read it. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I loved this one too…. 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘m waiting for my copy to arrive in the post. Thanks for the tag 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Suet624 Fantastic review. Spot on. 2mo
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Hazel2019
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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Anyone else attempting to get through as many of the Booker 2022 Longlist titles as possible before the shortlist is announced? Seems like a fun challenge to me 😁 #Booker2022

Ruthiella @squirrelbrain is a champion at reading book prize longlists! 💪 I usually wait for the shortlist and then pick and choose based on interest and availability. (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain Thanks for tagging me @ruthiella ! I do have a bit of a reputation don‘t I?! 🤣 Hazel - I‘d already read 5 when the list was announced. I just posted a review for Maps, which was wonderful. There is a little group of us reading some or all of the long list as you‘ll see on my post… I‘ll make sure to tag you next time . 2mo
JamieArc I am! I‘m only just starting now, reading The Colony. But with the positive reviews, I find this year‘s list promising. 2mo
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Hazel2019 @Ruthiella I usually wait for the short list too but this time I‘m going to try to read through the Longlist 😁 2mo
Hazel2019 @squirrelbrain I‘ve only read 2 so far. Quite a bit left and I‘m not a super fast reader. 2mo
Hazel2019 @JamieArc I‘ve read the Trees and Small things and starting The Colony today. Hoping to get through all! 2mo
JamieArc @Hazel2019 The Trees just arrived today and is one I‘m really looking forward to. I‘ll probably read it after The Colony. 2mo
squirrelbrain Both The Trees and Small Things were great, weren‘t they? 2mo
Hazel2019 @squirrelbrain yes! Both The Trees and Small Things were great books and I‘m really enjoying The Colony as well. 2mo
Suet624 The trees. ❤️ 2mo
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HeatherBookNerd
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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In 1979, an English painter and a French linguist spend one summer on a small Irish island, living among the islanders. The book explores the insidious nature of colonization and the ways one's identity is shaped -- from within and through the eyes of others. Very very good.

jlhammar Planning to start this soon. Can't wait! 2mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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The Colony is an absolute banger; the kind of book that really gets me going. Magee has crafted and exquisitely lyrical novel about the languages of colonisers and colonisation. It‘s cleverly constructed as a novel that is literally about the impact of colonisation on language, but the Magee‘s exploration runs much deeper than just this one facet. It‘s at once a very small, personal narrative, and simultaneously a far-reaching political critique.

TrishB Great review👍🏻 3mo
jlhammar So excited for this one! I wonder if it will make the Booker longlist. I‘ve been reading such great reviews. 3mo
ClairesReads @TrishB thank you 2mo
ClairesReads @jlhammar I hope it does make the long list. Hope you enjoy it too 2mo
Suet624 Great review. I finished it today and was so moved by it. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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This seems to be on *every* prediction list for the Booker and I can see why. My bad - I didn‘t read the blurb so thought it was dystopian. (Must have read a lot of island-based dystopia recently) It is based on a remote Irish island, but in the late 1970s.

Englishman Lloyd arrives to paint in solitude and is dismayed to find there is another visitor, a Frenchman trying to protect the Irish language.

It‘s quite a slow book, but that only ⬇️

squirrelbrain …reflects island life and adds to the claustrophobic feeling. I loved the style of this book, with some short almost poetic lines, interspersed with long stream of consciousness paragraphs. The juxtaposition of island life with sectarian violence in Ireland was also very effective. I would put it on the Booker Longlist. 3mo
Cinfhen When is the list being announced??? 3mo
jlhammar Looking forward to this one. I enjoyed her previous novel, The Undertaking, quite a bit. 3mo
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squirrelbrain It‘s the 26th July @cinfhen, so just over 2 weeks‘ time….. 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
squirrelbrain I hadn‘t read her previous book @jlhammar - definitely want to do now. 3mo
BookwormM Great review I have been trying to get hold of this one 3mo
Suet624 Putting a hold on this one. Sounds so good. 3mo
Cathythoughts Such a great review! I must get this one too 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
Megabooks Claustrophobic books are usually so interesting. Great review! 3mo
Centique Great review - sounds so good ☺️ 3mo
BarbaraBB I can‘t wait for the Booker longlist! I still haven‘t read the predictions. I guess I have a lot to read when it‘s published! 3mo
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Brimful
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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A sad and bleak book which looks at the damage of colonisation through the story of a summer on an island just off the coast of Ireland in a year of murder and mayhem on the mainland. Colonial appropriation of language culture and identity are represented as well as the empty promises of the powerful. Worth reading

Brimful Very glad to see this long listed for the Booker 2mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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This didn‘t work for me. I liked the quiet mood & subtle humour. But the main characters were so obnoxious that I didn‘t care what happened & didn‘t want to spend time with them. The islanders seemed caricatures of homely country folk, with a teen artist contrived & unbelievable. The message that colonisation is bad felt heavy-handed, the art descriptions repetitive & the whole story was bleak.

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Onioons
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this turned out to be a remarkable look at the complicated outcomes of colonisation. A small island off the coast of Ireland, with a rapidly diminishing population, is the destination for both an English artist and a French linguist, each with their own ambitions. Looking at how the locals fare with these visitors, their own ghosts, the civil war raging close by. A very well-crafted read.

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