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Whale Fall
Whale Fall | ELIZABETH. O'CONNOR
6 posts | 5 read | 8 to read
A haunting, atmospheric novel about desire, duty and broken promises among an island community caught in the wave of history as Europe falls into war.
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Whale Fall | ELIZABETH. O'CONNOR
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As the drumbeats of an impending WWII are sounding, a way of life is gradually dying on a tiny Welsh island. A dead whale washes up there, a metaphor for island life, while English anthropologist types arrive to write about the people, only twisted in a way they find interesting. I liked but didn‘t love this.

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LiteraryHoarderPenny
Whale Fall | ELIZABETH. O'CONNOR
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3.5 🌟

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LiteraryHoarderPenny
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I find myself reading two books with whale in the title and their story of washing up on shore happening in the background. Whale Fall has a very different writing style - spare, straightforward and clipped sentences. Where The Whalebone Theatre is very lyrical and descriptive. Whale Fall just arrived from@the library today. While its writing style is a big change from what I was reading I am interested in its story so far!

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squirrelbrain
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I liked this but, like @TrishB , I didn‘t love it as much as I thought I would.

Even before I started it, I felt like the premise was very similar to Audrey Magee‘s The Colony. Although some of the writing was beautiful, the story fell far short of Magee‘s book. For me, there was little tension in comparison and there were a few points where there was a disconnect in the story - even the whale itself didn‘t quite draw everything together.

TrishB I also got Pity vibes. The working class v academia theme. Had potential but fell short. 2mo
BarbaraBB The Colony was so good!! 2mo
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TrishB
Whale Fall | ELIZABETH. O'CONNOR
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Beautifully written, with a haunting MC and nasty posh, educated side characters.
Though there some very sad themes in the book I just didn‘t feel I connected emotionally with it and I wanted to love it.
I will try the authors future books though!

squirrelbrain Great review! I still need to post mine…. 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘ll be interested in yours! 2mo
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TrishB
Whale Fall | ELIZABETH. O'CONNOR
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#quicklunchtimeread
First for a long time!

squirrelbrain Enjoy! I just read this too…. 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I may actually finish a book in a day. Something I haven‘t done for a while. 2mo
Cathythoughts I love your lunch time reads. 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts 😘 I wish there were more of them! 2mo
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