Milkman

Milkman

Book - 2018
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WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

'Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time.' - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

Publisher: London : Faber & Faber Limited, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780571338757
0571338755
Branch Call Number: BURNS A
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 23 cm

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Memog1
Jan 12, 2019

Read 90 pages and decided my time would be well spent reading something else.

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lauralaura
Jan 10, 2019

Unreadable.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 04, 2019

The novel Milkman was a book I was looking forward to reading in the new year but was unfortunately heavily let down. Anna Burns is clearly a talented writer, but the narrative of consciousness style in this book failed to hold my attention and I eventually gave up on this book after reading about 100 pages. The book attempts to address an important subject but does so in a manner that is less artful and literary than too clever for its own good. This book has such good potential and grace to become a book that many would read but I think it was portrayed in a slightly jaded way. The Narrator or the main character sounded like she wasn’t as invested in her world as the author tried to make her be. It was a really good subject to be addressed but I think was done in a mediocre way. Rating: 3 out of 5
@PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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blcwrites
Dec 29, 2018

Unlike the others above, I didn't even make it to 100 pages. I'm sure in some circles (Man Booker for example) it's deemed innovative and wonderful. In my circle - there are too many other books to read and not worth the struggle and assumed benefits since it won a big prize. Suggest The Friend by Sigrid Nunez as a replacement. That book is prize worthy to me.

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mic2bliss
Dec 27, 2018

This book was terrible. I made it through about 90 pages and I just could not bear it anymore. I'm dumbfounded that this was a Man Booker prize winner.

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Dave_Kanner
Dec 24, 2018

Anna Burns is clearly a talented writer, but the stream of consciousness style of this narrative failed to hold my attention and I eventually gave up on this book after reading about 100 pages. The book attempts to address an important subject, but does so in a manner that is less artful and literary than too clever for its own good.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 24, 2018

Sadly, another book I chose not to finish once I completed the 100 mandatory pages. The narrator may appeal to you, but she annoyed me no end. What critics called fresh and appealing, I found irritating. She sounds like a slightly drunk 25-year-old trying to sound sophisticated, jaded, and bored. I imagine her thinking: "Here is my horror story, but I wasn't traumatized at all because, you know, I'm all cool and above it all."

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leigholson
Dec 01, 2018

Although this book has important social commentary that isn't just relevant to "The Troubles", I found the style of writing very distracting and repetitive. I would best describe it as being able to listen to someone's mind -- a stream of consciousness. The author doesn't use names and I found the references to the main character's boyfriend particularly annoying. I had been looking forward to this book and even though it won the Booker for 2018, I was disappointed.

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lt1640a
Nov 21, 2018

Any chance we could get this book in audio format?

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ssjhung
Nov 15, 2018

On Nov 13, I donated to Cupertino library a paperback of this book, which I bought in Ireland the morning after Man Booker prize announcement. Since it was not published in US, is it available for other readers to borrow ?

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