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The Colony
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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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Gleefulreader
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A quiet but challenging book. Two foreigners - a French linguist and an English painter - arrive on a very small Irish-speaking Irish island in the 1970s, each with their own agenda. The story of the island is interspersed with matter of fact paragraphs of incidents from the Troubles. Asks questions about the impact and demands of foreigners on a small community, and how those butt up against the community‘s own needs and desires.

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JillR
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An English artist comes to an Irish island in the midst of the Troubles. A Frenchman arrives to study the Irish language. You‘re drawn into their work and also the lives of the islanders on whom they are reliant, and whose lives they are wilfully upturning. Each chapter is interspersed with brief details of the violence on the mainland which slowly infiltrates the lives of the islanders. Lovely, sobering, witty and heartbreaking in equal measure👇

JillR (Litsy, I really needed a bigger character allowance for this review! 😆) carrying on! This was refreshingly unusual writing - very readable, then drifting into a stream of consciousness which amazingly didn‘t put me off. I fell hard for sweet islander James; fifteen and desperate for a life elsewhere. 7mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one! 7mo
TrishB Great review 😁 I loved this one too. 7mo
JillR @trishb @squirrelbrain I went in not sure if it would be for me, loved it! 7mo
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Anna40
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Set in the 1970s on an isolated island in Ireland an English artist, Mr Lloyd, and a French linguist, JP, spend a summer living within the small island community. Both are exploiting the islanders in different ways. Told mainly through dialogues, inner thoughts of the characters and brief news summaries of killings in Northern Ireland, the novel explores colonialism, language, art and the Troubles.

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anushareflects
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A very well written tale bringing forth themes of neocolonialism, indigenous cultures, and the loss/ negotiations of language and culture. The story is slow but beautifully, sensitively written. Characters are well fleshed out. Narration was great on Audible.

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Megabooks
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A strange collage to celebrate a wonderful gift! Thank you @BarbaraBB !! The lovely wrapping matched Molly‘s new Spring harness. 😁🌈 (She wasn‘t sold on it yet because I got a different size this time. No lady likes to hear she‘s gone up a size. 😉) I am super excited for both these books!! The Colony has sat in my Amazon cart for months waiting for a price drop. 💕💕💕

BarbaraBB The colors really match!! I am glad the books reached you. I hope you haven‘t read The Burgess Boys yet. If not, I‘m pretty sure you‘ll love both 🤍 13mo
TrishB Loved The Colony. 13mo
Cinfhen Loved both these books! And that‘s a crazy color match between Miss Molly & the gift wrap 🌈 13mo
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Suet624 You've hit the jackpot with those two reads. 13mo
Chelsea.Poole Loved The Colony thanks to @TheKidUpstairs 13mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I have not read the Strout yet, and I love this edition because the font is larger than her US edition paperbacks, so I am VERY excited about that! 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I am in love with this harness! The straps in the back and the matching leash are also striped. Just so cute and springy! 13mo
Megabooks @Suet624 I have for sure! 13mo
Megabooks @TrishB @Chelsea.Poole I‘m going to try to get to it this month! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 13mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I am glad you haven‘t read the Strout yet. It is not Lucy but I really really loved this one. 13mo
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TrishB
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That was my Sunday sorted then. What a fabulous read. So many interlinking themes and the political interjection through out. Some amazing characters and some thoroughly despicable ones.
A fantastic read ❤️

squirrelbrain Glad you loved it! ❤️ 1y
Tamra 💕 1y
jlhammar Agreed - such a great book! 1y
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BarbaraBB Such a great book. Happy you thought so too! 1y
Lindy This was one of my top reads of 2022. ❤️ 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Tamra @jlhammar @BarbaraBB @Lindy this one will definitely stay with me! 1y
sarahbarnes Glad you loved it. 1y
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Freespirit I really enjoyed this one too Trish 14mo
TrishB @sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts @Freespirit a clever, thoughtful read. 14mo
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TrishB
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Quiet Sunday morning read.

Cathythoughts Must get to this one. Enjoy your quiet Sunday morning read , nothing like it 💫 1y
rockpools I‘ve heard such great things about this one! 1y
squirrelbrain It‘s a good one for a quiet Sunday morning read! ❤️ 1y
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TrishB @Cathythoughts @rockpools @squirrelbrain I‘ve managed to get 150 pages in before anyone got up! They disturbing me now of course 😁 it‘s great so far. 1y
Tamra I loved this one! Quiet is the perfect backdrop for it. 😌 1y
Tamra @rockpools it is so good! 1y
Suet624 I really liked this one. 1y
TrishB @Tamra @Suet624 just finished and I loved it ♥️ 1y
Tamra @TrishB 👏🏾👏🏾 1y
Suet624 Yes!!! 1y
Chelsea.Poole Love this one! 1y
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mjtwo
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4 Jan-10 Feb 22
#Bookerlonglist 8
A favourite from the longlist.
Two outsiders - a French linguist and English painter - bicker and joist on an isolated Irish fishing island which they both use for their own ends. Neither has any regard for its inhabitants. An indictment of the legacy of post-colonialism, it also raises questions of cultural appropriation, art and plagiarism.
I wanted a better outcome for James and Mairead but was never hopeful.

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Chelsea.Poole
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This is an absolute gem of a novel. I‘ve seen it described as “quiet” which it is, but also makes its point with a slam dunk! I think many readers will find something to love in this novel, it‘s political, a character study, and features exquisite nature writing. The way Magee inserted the facts of the attacks committed by and on the IRA was jarring, intentionally so, I imagine. A phenomenal read. And spoiler, I suppose but I despise Lloyd.

Chelsea.Poole This review doesn‘t do the book justice…I just read that back and it‘s rambling but that‘s usually how I review books I love 😆 anyway- thanks to @TheKidUpstairs for including this on your #auldlangspine list, I can‘t wait to read the others! 1y
TheKidUpstairs I can not remember the last time I was as angry at a fictional character as I was at Lloyd's decisions with regards to James. He went from being a somewhat bumbling fool, to a horribly insecure ass. I was so heartbroken for James. 1y
TheKidUpstairs I'm so glad you loved it, too! It was one I borrowed, but I think I have to get a copy for my own shelves. 1y
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BarbaraBB Great review! Very true. 1y
jlhammar Couldn‘t agree more - such a good book! Wonderful review. 1y
Chelsea.Poole @thekidupstairs ugh yes!! I think I was taken off guard that Lloyd is the villain because the story starts with him/centers around him which is exactly what colonizers do!! Expertly crafted for the best impact. I‘ll be thinking on this for some time. 1y
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB @jlhammar thank you both! I‘m just so grateful for the opportunity to read it, as it‘s one that got lost in the sea of books floating around in my brain. Thanks to @monalyisha for the magic of #alspine and @TheKidUpstairs for the wonderful taste in books! ☺️ 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Chelsea.Poole yes! The layers to her craft were so impressive. A totally engaging story, but the more you think about the story, the style, the way she circumvented narrative tropes, the interjections of historical facts about The Troubles, it just goes deeper and deeper. I also expected Lloyd to have a redemption arc, because the MC has to be redeemed, right? Showing just how much colonizer thought goes into the idea that history is about who 👇 1y
TheKidUpstairs ... gets to tell the story. (Sorry, that got totally rambling) 1y
Chelsea.Poole @TheKidUpstairs exactly! I was likely, unconsciously, waiting for him to be redeemed. But no he‘s just take, take, take! 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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LOVING The Colony from your list @TheKidUpstairs
So so thankful this was on your #auldlangspine list and the push to read it!
Dinner is always better with a side of book. 🥑

Lindy This is one of my favourites of 2022 👍 1y
TheKidUpstairs Your dinner looks delicious! 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Lindy it was so good. I was disappointed when it did not make the Booker shortlist. 1y
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Lindy @TheKidUpstairs me too 😕 1y
RebelReader I‘m looking forward to this one. 1y
BarbaraBB Such a fantastic book! 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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@TheKidUpstairs — FINALLY getting to my first #auldlangspine book from your list, and loving it already! I love the writing style, and I‘d love to spend the rest of the day reading it! But…life 😑

Cinfhen This was such a great book 🎉 1y
TheKidUpstairs You picked such a great book to start with! Glad you're enjoying it. 1y
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AnneCecilie
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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#12Booksof2022 - day 9

Two men visits a island outside Ireland for different reasons. Their visit causes conflicts among them and the islanders.

Andrew65 A popular choice. 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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#12Booksof2022 On the eighth day of Christmas my reading gave to me...a month with THREE best of the year reads!

I picked the tagged as tops, because I think it's stuck with me the most, but August was probably the best reading month of the year for me. Three awesome titles from this month:
The Colony by Audrey Magee
The Trees by Percival Everett
Prayer for the Crown Shy by Becky Chambers

@Andrew65

BarbaraBB My favorite for this month too! 1y
Andrew65 Possibly need to do a top 10 of all the recommendations after the end of #12Daysof2022 1y
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BarbaraBB
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#12BooksOf2022

My August five ⭐️ read. Happy new year!

TrishB Must get to….. 1y
AnneCecilie I loved this one too. Happy New Year 🎆 1y
Andrew65 This looks good. Stacked. 1y
Suet624 Loved this too. 1y
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jlhammar
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#Top22of22 Part 2

jlhammar See my #12Booksof2022 posts for my favorite audiobooks of the year. 1y
BarbaraBB We share a lot of favorites! 1y
squirrelbrain We have a fair few the same (or in the ‘nearly there‘ list)! 1y
Cinfhen Must get to this one..it‘s popped up a few times now 1y
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SaraBeagle
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Favorite fiction part II. Read a handful from the Booker shortlist and enjoyed them all, particularly The Colony.

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Graywacke
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Something about islands and stories. Earlier this year I loved An Island by Karen Jennings, and here I was again, smitten by isolation and the focus on quirky inexpressive characters against stark elements on an small isolated Island (here Irish). The inexpressive simplicity and implied complexity is compelling in itself somehow. And Magee kept me a state throughout. This is my 7th from the #Booker2022 longlist, and currently my favorite.

squirrelbrain This was one of my favourites from the Booker Longlist too. 1y
Tamra Agreed, she captures the complexity of being human in way which is deceptively simple. 1y
jlhammar So good! One of my top reads of the year for sure. Still can‘t believe it didn‘t make the shortlist. 1y
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sarahbarnes Yes! I was hoping this one would win. 1y
BarbaraBB It was my favorite too! 1y
batsy Islands are pretty great in fiction, aren't they? Another one that you might like, but which is quite different from those you've reviewed, is this 1y
Chelsea.Poole I am hoping to start off 2023 with this one thanks to @TheKidUpstairs 1y
Graywacke @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I‘m on board with you both. I might have said the same for last year‘s list too (and I definitely enjoyed it more than anything on the 2020 list.) (edited) 1y
Graywacke @Tamra i do love that aspect in general, the “deceptively simple”. I was thinking (before the end came and I had to change my perspective) how somehow I actually liked every character even the bad ones. 1y
Graywacke @jlhammar @sarahbarnes i never like the actual winners. 🙂 I have some theories. I think the longlist gives a mixed but generally worth-reading selection of contemporary fiction, with a few quirky leanings of the judges. I find them rewarding. I suspect the winners are more dependent the quirkiness of the judges and their state of mind - and the stress they are under to choose well. I think stress decision tend to be iffy… (edited) 1y
Graywacke @batsy new Donoghue? I haven‘t read her. Interesting recommendation. Noting! (My experience with islands is limited. Does The Tempest count?) 1y
Graywacke @Chelsea.Poole - i think @TheKidUpstairs has done you well. 🙂 (edited) 1y
Tamra @Graywacke agreed! 1y
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Freespirit
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This years top 12 for me. All wonderful books❤️ Limberlost by Robbie Arnott took my top spot..but I loved the wonderful Irish writing of John Boyne, Audrey Magee and Claire Keegan. Also some wonderful Australian authors of crime and Steven Carroll‘s Eliot Quartet !
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and you get a book or two under the tree! 🎄🎅❤️
#top12books #favourites

Rissreads Great list! 1y
batsy An interesting list! I loved the Shirley Jackson, too 🖤 1y
Laughterhp Oo I can‘t wait to read the Jane Harper and Hayley Scrivenor books! (edited) 1y
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Graywacke I just finished The Colony. It‘s terrific. Still thinking about it. 1y
Freespirit Thanks @Rissreads @batsy hope you get some reading time over the holidays xxx 1y
Freespirit Such great rural crime @laughterhp 1y
Freespirit Lots to think about- wonderful book Dan @Graywacke 1y
BarbaraBB Fantastic list. I loved many of them too. The others I‘ll check out for sure! 1y
Freespirit Thanks @BarbaraBB we have similar taste 👍🏼 1y
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AnneCecilie
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#AdventRecommends December 17th

Two men visits an island in the ocean outside Ireland. I quite novel that packs a punch.

Cinfhen This was one of my favorite reads this year! 1y
BarbaraBB Mine too. 1y
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ll be very surprised if this doesn‘t make it to many peoples/ Littens best of list this year 1y
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Graywacke
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Rembrandt van Rijn Drawings : A SEATED FEMALE NUDE AS SUSANNA c. 1647

So, I‘m not quite halfway, but really enjoying this novel on a small isolated Irish island. ( #booker2022 )

BarbaraBB It‘s one of this yea/ favorites for me. Also I love the drawing. 1y
Graywacke @BarbaraBB I find this drawing striking, and to think, 1647. This woman must be nearly 400 yrs old. The actual drawing referenced in the book, A Woman Sleeping (c1655) can be found here: http://www.rembrandtpainting.net/rmbrndt_selected_drawings/saskia_sleeping.htm 1y
BarbaraBB No one beats Rembrandt. It took centuries for painters to be able to do what he did with light l, shadows etc 1y
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Graywacke
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Started this morning. ( #booker2022 )

sarahbarnes I loved this one! I had hoped it would win the Booker. 1y
Tamra Good one! 1y
squirrelbrain I agree with @sarahbarnes , on both counts! 1y
Graywacke @sarahbarnes @Tamra @squirrelbrain great to hear! I really enjoyed the 1st 40 pages. 1y
BarbaraBB Oooh. One of this year‘s favorites! 1y
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Cazxxx
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Next up 🎧

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Suet624
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If you‘ve read this book you‘ll love this video of rowboats off the Aran Islands moving cattle. https://www.instagram.com/tv/Ck-a4k7ghvk/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

jlhammar Loved this book! So cool to see that video. Thanks for sharing! 1y
Suet624 @jlhammar you‘re welcome! 1y
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rachaich
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Gosh, intense in both writing and content.
Truly gripped from the start as she portrays the remote island community, the artist and the writer. James becomes a voice of different characters almost as we learn about the language and history.
Then the inserts about killings.
Very well written and researched. I won't forget this book.

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rachaich
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Just started last night.
Interesting use of words and format.

BarbaraBB It gets better and better! 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#OminousOctober Day 23: The #Evil(s) of colonialism, I believe, are portrayed in both novels. Recent book haul. 💕

Aimeesue The audiobook for Glory was brilliant. So well done. 2y
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Tamra
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is an exploration of identity, including the political, personal, cultural, linguistic, and artistic, whether it be claimed, foisted, or lost.

What a novel and what fantastic narration!

Definitely speaks to the senseless nature of political violence. 😠

Jas16 Great review! 2y
Tamra @Jas16 thanks! The weird thing is her first novel is not at all appealing to me. 🤔 2y
charl08 Such a great book. I was surprised it wasn't shortlisted for the #Booker 2y
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jlhammar Agreed! Great review. I enjoyed her first novel, but not nearly as much as this one. I loved this and was so disappointed that it didn't make the Booker Prize shortlist. 2y
BarbaraBB Happy you loved it! 2y
Cathythoughts Great review! I have started this on audio ages ago… must get back to it. 👍🏻♥️ 2y
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Addison_Reads
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Beautifully written novel that seems reserved and quiet and yet it is full of themes that will leave you pondering everything you just read.

The way the paintings and the thoughts of the painter were described left such vivid images in my mind while I listened to this audiobook.

Truly great read and the slow pace just draws you into the story more.

#LittenListen @aperfectmjk #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

BarbaraBB Great review. A gorgeous book indeed. 2y
Clwojick Great job! 2y
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Tamra
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I am loving the narrator for this one! Single narrator, but he makes a subtle distinction between characters which isn‘t jarring or hokey. Fabulous.

Slow moving story so far, but wonderful in description and intriguing character development. There seems to be something under the surface Magee is building. 🤞🏾

Addison_Reads I'm starting this audiobook today. 2y
Tamra @Addison_Reads I hope you enjoy it too! 2y
Ruthiella This is definitely one of the Booker longlisters I‘m most interested in! 2y
squirrelbrain I loved this one! 2y
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^^p 158 self portrait: as beauty and beast

Magee does a beautiful job capturing the thought patterns of Lloyd the painter, seeing everything in captured compositions, chopping up experience into canvas-ready bits, labeling life as series. Reader feels the compulsion & training & beauty & limitations of his way of seeing. Skillful use of style to enhance character. His pride & self-pity. Difficult to describe visual arts in prose, she succeeds.

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Pinta
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Small isle off Ireland, 1979. Smart construction: rivalries & nationalist tensions in microcosm (personal squabbles of English painter, French linguist & Irish hosts) juxtaposed w/ journalistic accounts of mainland violence (the Troubles). Art & appropriation. Colonial power. Loss. Tradition. Language. Telegraphic dialogue & flowing interior monologues. Anxiety builds to quiet final conflict. Gorgeous landscapes. Dashed promises & melancholy. 2022

TrishB Great review! 2y
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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 2y
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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. 2y
Cinfhen This was my favorite from the longlist!! I‘m pretty disappointed with the shortlist 😟 2y
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 2y
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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). 2y
AnneCecilie @jlhammar I want to read more by her after this book. I will keep my eyes out for her debut. 2y
BarbaraBB Great review. Well said how it slowly and unnoticed crawled under your skin. @jlhammar thanks for pointing out her debut. #stacked! 2y
sarahbarnes Great review. I really loved this one - so sad it didn‘t make the shortlist. 2y
squirrelbrain Like others, I can‘t believe that this didn‘t make the shortlist. Lovely review! 2y
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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 2y
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. 2y
Suet624 @annececilie You might want to check out The Trees. Another fave of mine. 2y
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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. 2y
Suet624 @AnneCecilie are you in the US? 2y
AnneCecilie @Suet624 No, I‘m in Europe 2y
sarahbarnes I really cannot believe The Colony is not on the shortlist. 😞 2y
BarbaraBB I am so disappointed too about these two not making the shortlist. 2y
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie Amazon sells it for 10 euros! 2y
Suet624 @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB @annececile thankfully the longlist was quite good this year. Still have a few of the shortlist to read. 2y
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. 2y
Suet624 @Bookwomble I‘ll have to try to find that one. 2y
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. 2y
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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! 2y
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 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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 … 2y
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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 ? 2y
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) 2y
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella It‘s a very common expression.. everyone uses ‘ grand ‘ all the time. 👍🏻😁 (edited) 2y
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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 👍🏻 2y
BarbaraBB Such a good month! 2y
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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. 👍 2y
squirrelbrain It looks brand new! 2y
LeahBergen Nice! 👍 (edited) 2y
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TrishB @Lindy 👍🏻 has many good reviews! 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain it doesn‘t look like it‘s been read! 2y
TrishB @LeahBergen bargain 😁 2y
sarahbarnes I really loved The Colony! 2y
Cinfhen Wow!!! Great finds!!!! 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen I know- bargain! 2y
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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 👍🏻 2y
squirrelbrain Glad you loved the 2 Booker books! 2y
IndoorDame Cool! The tagged book is on my list for next month! 2y
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Suet624 Are you going to try reading 2y
BarbaraBB Yes I think so @Suet624 I‘ve heard good things! What‘s your favorite so far? 2y
BarbaraBB @IndoorDame I hope you‘ll enjoy it too! 2y
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. 2y
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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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! 2y
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! 2y
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Cinfhen Great review and gorgeous photo - I think this is my favorite too!! @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 2y
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!) 2y
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 2y
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) 2y
JamieArc @charl08 While I loved this one, I adored Small Things Like These and think that tops my list so far too. 2y
jlhammar Keegan, Everett and this one are my top 3 so far. Really hoping they all make the shortlist! 2y
charl08 @Cinfhen so exciting! And I still have plenty to read. 2y
charl08 @squirrelbrain ooh interesting. I still have the Trees to read. 2y
charl08 @JamieArc I have my fingers crossed for it to do well. 2y
charl08 @jlhammar I'm going into The Trees with high expectations. 2y
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The Colony | Audrey Magee

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. 2y
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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🗺 2y
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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... 2y
squirrelbrain It‘s a slippery slope…! 2y
charl08 @squirrelbrain I think I'll be sticking to borrowbox (they let me borrow more!) 2y
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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! 2y
Eggs Thanks for joining in 📚🗺✈️ 2y
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