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I Can Be a Teacher (Barbie) lOf this man Others did care though and some were those who in the parlance knew me to see but not to speak to and I was being talked about because there was a rumour started by them orikely by first brother in Eggs Benedict Arnold law that I had been having an affair with this milkman and that I was eighteen and he was forty one ANNA BURNS AND HER LITERARY DEVELOPMENTAnna Burns s debut novel her first No Bones was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2002 15 years after the author moved from Catholic Belfast to England as a 25 year old in 1987 This is only her third novel with one novella since then and the acknowledgements hint at a tryingife story update this difficult back story has now been confirmed interviews since the author won the prize No Bones covered the story of a young girl growing up in the Troubles in Belfast Little Constructions her second novel an Irish criminal family My reviews here a New Statesman reading and interview at Foyles in the week of the Booker award an event I was fortunate enough to attend Anna Burns discussed her three books My recollections and understanding of what she said was that her saying that her first book No Bones was dealing with her issues as an individual her second Little Constructions with her issues with the family unit and that finally now in her third book Milkman she was able to consider her issues with the society in which she grew up I think it s because I ve resolved something about family issues that I can now do the bigger issue which actually for me is the esser issue MILKMANThis book is set in Belfast in the early 1990s but a Belfast not named but described with a nomenclature which reminded me of the allegorical approach of a Magnus Mills novel At this time in this place when it came to the political problems which included bombs and guns and death and maiming ordinary people said their side did it or our side did it or their religion did it or our religion did it or they did it or we did it when what was really meant was defenders of the state did it or renouncers of the state did it or the state did it Now and then we might make an effort and say defender or renouncer that flag of the country from over the water which was also the same flag of the community from over the road The opening paragraph of the novel at the start of my review sets out both the style of the novel and its imited storylineThe book is narrated in a wonderful first person voice by an unnamed girl ooking back on when she was eighteen years old The voice perhaps has something of Lisa McInerney and Eimear McBride perhaps even Mike Mc Cormack but with its own distinctive freshness and black humour Despite or perhaps because of her almost boyfriend the narrator has two unwanted admirers The milkman a older man and renouncer IRA intelligence office who uses his undercover skills to persistently engineer encounters with her while accumulating and casually revealing his knowledge of every aspect of her ife Somebody Mc Somebody the only surviving son of a renouncer family which has been struck by serial tragedy and who has self delusions that he is a senior renouncer agentCHARACTERSThe novel features a wonderful cast of characters known not by their names but identified with a similar nomenclature to that in the above description of Belfast Examples of individual characters include maybe boyfriend her almost partner a motor mechanic who hoards car parts and who sets off a chain of events by bringing home the super charger from a Bentley a car firmly identified as being from over the water nuclear boy Somebody McSomebody s brother obsessed with the prospect of a Russia America nuclear war to the bemusement of those around him chef her boyfriends best friend a gay brickie and one time serial victim convinced he is a top cook third brother in aw street fighter sanctifier of women obsessive runner tablets girl aka girl who was really a woman the unhinged district poisoner real milkmanaka the man who didn t ove anybody a stern and ascetic deeder of the goodness who openly defies the excesses of the enforcers and is an object of ifelong desire for ma obsessed with marrying off the narrator her daughter to one of the nice wee boys from the area There was ma too continuing her barrage of how I wouldn t get married of how I was bringing shame by entering paramilitary groupiedom of #how I was bringing down on myself dark and unruly forces bad exampling wee sisters bringing in God too #I was bringing down on myself dark and unruly forces bad exampling wee sisters bringing in God too in ight and dark and the satanic and the infernal Other characters are identified as collectives for example The wee ones the narrator s hyper uestioning precociously intelligent younger sisters The ocal paramilitary groupies who attempt to induct her into their ranks The issue women a group of feminists resented but also protected by the traditional women The ex pious women a group of ageing religious adies who rival ma for the attentions of the real milkman The narrator in a touch I oved and with which I could hugely empathise is marked out as different and suspicious by the community due to her habit of walking while reading It s creepy perverse obstinately determined went on ongest friend It s the way you do it reading books whole books taking notes checking footnotes underlining passages It s disturbing It s deviant It s optical illusional Not public spirited Not self preservation Calls attention to itself and why with enemies at the door with the community under siege with us all having to pull together would anyone want to call attention to themselves here The narrator challenges Are you saying it s okay for The Milkman to go around with Semtex but not okay for me to read Jane Eyre walking about in public to be told ooked at it in its proper surroundings then Semtex taking precedence as something normal over reading while walking which nobody but you thinks is normal could certainly be construed as the comprehensible interpretation here So ooked at in those terms terms of contextual environment then it is okay for him and it s not okay for you THEMESThe book brilliantly conveys the Troubles and the undercurrent of violence the tribal suspicions the oppressive conventions the inter community and community soldier hatreds and the oppressive gloom that it generates Take a statelet immersed conditioned through years of personal and communal suffering personal and communal history to be overladen with heaviness and grief and fear and anger well these people could not not at the drop of a hat be open to any bright shining button of a person stepping into their environment and shining upon them just ike that As for the environment that too would object backing up the pessimism of its people which was what happened where I ived where the whole place always seemed to be in the dark It was as if the electric ights were turned off always turned off even though dusk was over so they should have been turned on yet nobody was turning them on and nobody noticed either they weren t on All this too seemed normality which meant then that part of normality t on All this too seemed normality which meant then that part of normality was this constant unacknowledged struggle to see The narrator is both a product of her environment she regrets that maybe boyfriend does not have the culturally appropriate evel of male enthusiasm for football and starting to strain against its restrictions In her increasing sense of awareness of the wider world outside of the narrow confines she is expected to operate in she is aided by maybe boyfriend who takes her to see a sunset and a French evening class teacher who in a funny but also pivotal scene encourages her class to Natural Blonde look at the colours of the sky and explore bothanguage and nature despite their inherited ancestral scepticism After generation upon generation fathers upon forefathers mothers upon foremothers centuries and millennia of being one colour officially and three colours unofficially a colourful sky just ike that could not be allowed to beTeacher started again This time it was the fugacious whatever that meant black appearance of street trees owing to the crepuscular whatever that meant uality of the sky behind them with the others still in their own struggle complaining that our town didn t have fugacity crepuscules or street trees black or any colour before being made to ook again and conceding that okay maybe we did have street trees but they must have been put in half an hour earlier as nobody here had noticed them before But she is worn down by the unwanted attentions of the milkman his increasingly explicit threats that maybe boyfriend will be car bombed if she does not drop him by the neighbourhood gossip innuendo and uestioning which takes her non existent affair with him as a matter of established fact and starting point for further conjecture her increasingly strained fact and starting point for further conjecture her increasingly strained with maybe boyfriend who still ives under the shadow of the Bentley incident And all this spelled a serious turning bad for us for me and maybe boyfriend in the way that the rumour about me and the milkman in my area was affecting me and in the way that the rumour about him and the flag in his area was affecting him STYLEThis is not a book for all readers the plot is imited and even within its narrow confines the author wanders across time meaning the book has only a Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda limited sense ofinearity It is distinctly in my view at the GoldsmithRepublic of Consciousness end of the Booker spectrum albeit surprisingly not shortlisted for that prize with two ess innovative Booker books making the ist and therefore all the enjoyable for it The style too is not consistent this is a book which can be at times but only at times Visceral for example Rachel Cusk ike massacre of our side s dogs by the over the water army Dark violence and death are an everyday occurrence Tender with an unexpected gay relationship and grey ove affair Surrealabsurd almost Magnus Mills style as for example the security forces struggle with the infiltration of a hospital by sexually obsessed ex pious women Imaginative and inventive in its use of If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song language in the style of Eimear McBrideBut it was a book that Ioved CONCLUSIONOverall a bold and innovative choice for which the Booker Judges must be congratulated A distinct and darkly humorous novel which serves as a Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford literary reminder of the Troubles a difficult time in British history and one which answers its own uestion You never know they said what might be considered the most sought after paraphernalia of these sadnesses in years to come No no no no noAs in hell no I didn t finish it I made it through a third of the book but I just couldn t take it any It was right up there with a root canal maybe worse because it reuired intense concentration A fascinating book that sadly was unreadable for meI feel bad I m bad mouthing this book First 60 pages I was on my knees worshiping this author for being such a freakin genius The sentences oh the sentences Uniue twisted revealing stunning The writing was very stylized and Ioved the style Intricate personal clever unusual spot on it s very hard to describe the power of the writing The first sentence of the book is killer good And there was psychology oh how I Ready for Summer love psychology I got yanked inside the author s head a hostage to her off kilter way of thinking Hot diggity I was forced toet go of my way of Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech looking at the world and I bought into hers I did have to concentrate hard but I didn t care because I was enjoying myself so much I can t stress how much all of this was working I held tight to her visionuntil all the sudden the rubber band burst and the magic was gone Kaput The sentences that had seduced me now confused me and annoyed me No connection any zilchSo what the hell happened Too much politics too much philosophy which always makes my head spin My theory is that the author indulged herself and wrote every single word that came into her head She analyzed everything to death Thised to A coerência textual long paragraphs about ideas sacrificing dialogue and plot with many abstract thoughts and compound words all in a row without room for a breath plus a zillion commas Sort ofike I m doing here oh god no As I went from complaining to being pissed off I realized that I would have Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller loved this if it were a short story I could have sustained About her encounter with Milkman But when first brother inaw sniffs out her struggle and rumours start to swell middle sister becomes 'interesting' The ast thing she ever wanted to be

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018 sighThis isn t a bad book but I didn t enjoy reading it at all which confronts me with the challenge to do the novel justice while also explaining why it didn t appeal to me Challenge acceptedMilkman tells the story of an 18 year old woman in Belfast during the Troubles While she is trying to stay out of the turmoil around her even going as far as reading while she is walking the city this attempt is obviously doomed In times of a crisis of this magnitude everything becomes political and everyone is drawn into the conflict in his or her own way Burns main aim is to show how the charged situation disrupts communities not only between the two opposing sides but also within the narrator s party Who might be a traitor Who is not properly supporting the cause Who doesn t conform to the group s standards Who might be a spy Fear and fanatism drive the people into a frenzy a kind of communal neurosis fueled by the constant state of emergency they ive in What I First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There liked about the book is that Burns manages to write about a specific historic situation but to transcend her story way beyond that She does a great job detailing the psychological effects of fear and trauma and these effects of the Troubles can be transferred to many conflicts and politically charged situations as I am German many passages reminded me of stories I heard and books I read about the GDR where people alsoived in constant fear of being spied upon of being ostracized and ruined because they were declared to be traitors to the socialist cause no matter what they really did or did not believeOur narrator is in a comparable situation as she is accused of having an affair with the married Milkman which is not the case still people in the community create a reality by perpetuating the story Large parts in fact very arge parts of the book are comprised of the protagonist s ruminations and while many of her thoughts are interesting per se she goes on and on and on and accesses certain aspects from all angles possible again and again From a poetic standpoint this makes sense There is not much real action but much talk that goes around in circles and thus becomes the reality of the book and of the protagonist s ife But I found it tedious to read and in parts I got seriously annoyed because I felt April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers like I hadong gotten the point but Burns was still hammering it home for the sake of going all the way through with her poetic concept very conseuential but for my taste also very garrulous in partsTalking about ideas that are repeated ad infintum Another important topic in the book are names and abels because as I explained above the expressions that are attached to a person tend to become and utterly define the person or the other way around in the context of the conflict Thus there is Milkman a senior paramilitary figure who stalks and threatens our protagonist the real Milkman surprise He really is a milkman maybe boyfriend the ongest friend from primary school the Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome land over the water and theand over the border and so on and so forth after the 3000th mention of maybe boyfriend I thought the idea to constantly repeat these abels became maybe pretentious It s not that I don t see what Burns is doing here but repeating an idea over 400 pages turns clever into annoying IMHOIt needs to be said that while this is a serious book about serious stuff it is also in parts very funny as Burns underlines the absurdity of the whole situation and as the story progresses it becomes and bizarre which I didn t mind I also found the way Burns explores the role of women and marriage way interesting as in et s say its fellow Booker nominee The Water CureStill to finish this was a chore I saw the intellectual and iterary merit of the book but I can t say that I had fun reading it Many writers strive for a fresh vibrant distinctive voice few achieve it as well as Anna Burns does in this novel It was fitting that I read this while reading Toni Morrison s Beloved because both novels have a fresh and innovative female voice at the helm and both very cleverly and subtly bring heaps of searing intelligence to the essentially uneducated worlds they depict Milkman is an evocation of a world in which bigotry rules supreme And this bigotry This book represents the very best iterary fiction has to offer as well as much of what puts people off Highly original with distinctively crafted sentence structure dense with meaning and plenty of things to say about both the political and the personal Lofty and Space Kid lowly ideas Ach it sovely Ach tisIt s also difficult Difficult to read which is why I m SO glad I Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town listened to this on audio because of those sentences Iauded earlier Those ong elliptical musical sentences that ive in eually Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water long paragraphs Difficult perhaps because of the analytical form which starts at generalities and then zeroes in and zeroes in and zeroes in again until we are at a speck of dust on a shelf There was a part about halfway through so analytical and philosophical she alllllllmostost me not uite though she Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus lost a star Ach it s doing my head in Ach fuckitSo I understand why this book has polarised reactions As for me I am still marvelling at the sparkling genius of it all Set in Ireland during the times of the troubles the story belongs to an 18 year old female narrator who is stalked by the milkman a notoriously dangerous renouncer of the state Burns does a remarkable job of telling the menacing experience of this stalking as well as the paranoid fear ridden society atarge in which it is dangerous to be an individual And by individual I mean different and by different I mean think for yourself and by think for yourself I mean reading a book while walking or acknowledging than one colour that the sky could possibly be or going to the hospital when sick It s a time of great paranoia and suffocating fear This fear is certainly due to the political climate and it Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse leaks out in ways that are not political The fear of being alone the fear of being shamed the fear of death People are unhappy mismatched in their relationships misunderstood and improperlyabeled There is also a great deal of violence to people as well as animals Burns performs a skillful balancing act Despite the fear to name the sunset s colours that sunset is still there in all its glory Despite the darkness there is humour Despite all the blunders there is hope in the face of wee sisters in teenage infatuation born anew in a fifty year old woman in the Troubled Waters life force that keeps a runner runningShe makes you work for it but Anna Burns delivers something worth working for hope Man Booker 2018 WINNER So well deserved congrats Anna Burns Ioved Milkman but it s so painfully niche I can t think of anyone I d personally recommend it to Set in an unnamed city that s probably Belfast in the 1970s Milkman follows an unnamed narrator who s believed b This book is a current favorite for winning the Man Booker Prize in 2018 Its fame comes from the distinctive Voice of Middle Sister So it s a voice book that makes me think of others the brogue of Swing Hammer Swing by Jeff Torrington or The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus At the time I write early 2019 the book already has 13000 rating on GR and than 2200 reviews So I l go easy on the summary You l probably ike it or you won t as there is a dichotomy in the reviews with mostly 4 s and 5 s but many 1 s and 2 s with a ot of DNFsThe Voice this isn t a uote but a ist of vocabulary to give an example Ach aye yeah middle sister wee sisters my maybe boyfriend his maybe girlfriend renouncers the opposite religion over the water over the border this side of the road that side of the road it s not wee buns ach aye no Here s an example of the voice from a passage where her mother talks to her about her deceased father She meant depressions for da had had them big massive scudding whooping black cloud infectious crow raven jackdaw coffin upon coffin catacomb upon catacomb skeletons upon skulls upon bones crawling along the ground to the grave type of depressions There is very ittle back and forth dialog but passages of conversation are included in the one paragraph per page structure The story is all centered on the euphemistically called Troubles in Northern Ireland especially from the ate 60 s through 1988 The author was born in 1962 so she ived in the Belfast during all this time and was ten at the time of peak violence 1972 More than 3500 people were killed in the violence from shootings and bombings or shot by British soldiers or by paramilitary groups on each "side Catholic and Protestant her opposite religions This is a huge amount of deaths for a city the "Catholic and Protestant her opposite religions This is a huge amount of deaths for a city the of say Toledo Ohio or Plymouth UKEvery family in the story is touched by the violence in some way and in those days Catholics had Owls: Birds of the Night large families In the main character s family she has had a brother shot and a brother inaw killed by a car bomb Another brother is on the run because he is wanted for violence by the police an older sister can never return because she married someone of the opposite religion and went to Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, live in England Dailyife is shaped by the conflict Her maybe boyfriend is in trouble for holding on to a British made car part There are our shops and their shops the right kind of butter the TV shows you can and can t watch James Bond movies are out the right and wrong kind of tea and first names for boys no Clive Wilfred Norman Keith Edgar Clifford or #A Dozen Others Paramilitary #dozen others Paramilitary on each side hold kangaroo courts to keep their people in Bon Bon Voyage line You don t call the police or an ambulance that gets you notice from the authorities and it sikely they won t come anyway for fear of an ambush There are constant camera clicks as authorities take pictures from behind trees and in parked cars Middle Sister is odd and stands out a mistake in that environment She jogs and she reads while she walks She attracts the attention of a paramilitary guy know as the Milkman who stalks her She s18 and her mother has been after her since she turned 16 to do the proper thing and get married and start after her since she turned 16 to do the proper thing and get married and start kids There s good writing No one has ever come across a cat apologizing and if a cat did it would be patently obvious it was not being sincere I opened my mouth not sure to say something or maybe just to have it hang open I iked I gave it a 4 rather than a 5 It was uite good but it did seem to drag out a bit a 45 really Top photoIRA men going to plant a bomb 1987 from belfasttelegraphcoukA bomb as ate as 1998 killed 29 people From irishtimescomPhoto of the author from economistcom Now shortlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award One year on from its win and this book s sales and reputation go for strength to strength Anna Burns gave a moving speech at the recent Booker award dinner for 2019 which I was ucky enough to attend The 2019 onglist had many strong books but nothing to match the brilliance and distinctiveness of this one UPDATED THOUGHTSOne of my top books of 2018 and after a re read which I enjoyed even than first time around ikely to be one of my top reads in 2019 This was also the Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize Purely in my view this was always the standout book on the onglist and the best winner for years however just as I predicted in my original review this is not a book for everyone as can be seen in some of the reviews of this book I do find something meta fictional about the fact that a book about a divided community with the two sides holding entrenched positions generating a similar reaction among my A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency literary friends I have visions of the fans of the book manning barricades in its defence while its detractors chant No surrender to the Book r prize and Le ciel est blu And I have posted elsewhere it seems that say 23rd of people absolutelyove this book and 1 3rd simply cannot tolerate it This is in ine with scientific evidence Wikipedia estimates 35% of the global population are actose intolerant OPENING UOTE The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died He had been shot by one of the state hit suads and I did not care about the shooting. 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. Milkman By Anna BurnsHat concentration for a shorter amount of time To have to endure 300 plus pages of this thick pea soup which became unpalatable to this pea brain no wayIt was just too friggin dense and there were too many tangents I had to reread and reread sentences until I had severe brain pain This writer she could take a spec on a wall and write a whole complicated treatise on it uestions that kids think of Ravishing Ruby like why is the sky blue actuallyaunches the author into analyzing just that in painful detail If I were a kid I would run away to play in my sandbox Granted it s not a simple uestion but you don t have to make it a PhD thesis either At first I was having a ball such a cool subject but as she droned on about it I changed my tuneI started realizing that I was dreading picking up this book and I thought Root canal This is ike a root canal But a root canal would be over sooner Hey I told myself I can end this root canal this minute and simply stop reading I can make it shorter than a root canal damn straight I can Wouldn t it be fun to walk out in the middle of a root canal and suffer no conseuences And thus I did what I seldom do and especially with a book I was absolutely oving at first I ditched it This gave me both relief and distress Was I just too stupid to understand it all Were the sentences readable to my smart friends but too dense for my esser brain I decided it didn t matter I read for pleasure and this had swerved into the torture category Oh you probably want to know what this book is about It s told in first person by an 18 year old girl in Belfast in the 1970s during the time of war No one has names only nicknames For example she refers to her boyfriend as her almost boyfriend There s a stalker who she calls the milkman and there s another stalker named Somebody McSomebody and a few other players who she refers to in funny ways I thought the name thing was clever The main character is the subject of gossip and she is criticized because she walks and reads You really get the sense of war and the accompanying fear Unfortunately the author s self indulgent tangents take us away from the characters and the plot Oh and a warning There s a dead animal scene that I could have done without I don t know why the author went there Gross and upsettingThis book won an award it did indeed I think the judges considered it great art but didn t think about how it fared as iterature whether it was accessible whether the plot and characters popped out Old Yeller like they should Because I think it failedThe final thought before I gave up This thing will take me two months to read andife is too short So many books out there that will make me shiver Get me the hell out of the dentist s chair Deserved Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018Shortlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2019This year s Man Booker Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer longlist contains plenty of surprises but I suspect that none will be welcome than this one I will try to keep this review fairly short so for a detailed one I recommend this one from Gumble s Yard setting is based on Belfast at the height of the Troubles in theate 70s but this is never explicitly stated in fact very few proper names appear in this book It is written in Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography long dense paragraphs and veryong chapters which makes finding break points uite challenging and it is a book that demands concentration The narrator recounts her experiences as an 18 year old trying to steer a path through the minefield of gossip and political intrigues in Catholic Belfast the author is old enough to remember these times and was brought up thereThe On Being Human: Reflections on Life and Living language and style is extraordinary and innovative Rather than using names characters are referenced using their place in the story The Milkman of the title is an older and married renouncer of the state ie a republican terrorist who seems to be stalking the narratoreading the community to believe that they are having an affair This is not her only problem she is also seen as a non conformist just because she Frommers Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World likes reading while walking Like many Catholics the narrator comes from aarge family so brothers sisters and brothers in aw are given ordinals other characters include the real milkman aka the man who doesn t ove anybody tablets girl tablets girl s sister and almost a year maybe boyfriend The mother is a powerful presence and believes community rumours than her own daughter while brooding over her own poor choice of husband Places and communities are also referred to indirectly for example the ten minute area a derelict buffer zone the interface roads and the parks reservoirsThe anguage of control is another theme She s fine out and about was the communal prognosis upon her also the communal euphemism for mended though broken itself another euphemism for in urgent need of medical care and attention all of which the person in need of medical care and attention all of which the person in need was not going to attend hospital to getIt is interesting that Burns chose to write about this period now given the current climate of social media surveillance and hate driven politics and the threats to Irish stability created by Brexit NB After writing this review I discovered that the book was mostly written than 4 years before it was published so well before the Brexit referendum which makes it all the prescientThis may sound dark and claustrophobic but the book also contains some very funny momentsTo finish I can t resist a ink to a song that covers some the same ground the brilliant Religious Persuasion by Andy White Well that wasunpleasant I usually can read a 352 page novel in two to three days this took me a tortuous ten as on several occasions I ooked at the book and just had no interest in reading any of it I was sorely tempted to DNF it but as a Booker completest I rallied myself to get through I m #going to disappoint some by not giving this one of my infamous parodic takedown reviews #to disappoint some by not giving this one of my infamous parodic takedown reviews I am going to have to pass since this book not only sapped my creative juices but at several points my will to iveOthers have bizarrely mentioned how funny this is but I can only assume they find cancer boils and diarrhea eually hilarious The non plot barely contains enough incidents to hang a very short story upon and Burns going on and on and on about virtually nothing and then repeating herself once again for page after page after page with no paragraph breaks made me think she must be getting paid by the word At page 180 I mentioned this was reminding me of Proust whose magnum opus I spent 8 miserable months reading in 1981 up until now probably my most distressing reading experience And on p 231 she indeed mentions dear Marcel so I am assuming she was attempting to outdo him in Jurisdiction louacious nonsensical verbiage with no payoffs So 12 a star for my unmasking her nefarious scheme and another 12 star for the gorgeous cover it s going at the bottom of this year s Booker rankings ateast Snap had characters with than a single dimension and a plotPSso of course as in 3 out of the past 5 years my 13th ranked out of 13 from the Booker Hip Pocket Sleaze: The Lurid World of Vintage Adult Paperbacks longlist has taken the prize but ateast in previous years I found SOMETHING to admire in those winners this year Zippo Nada Doo dah This may be one of the most boring depressing dispiriting books ever put to paperPPS I am still puzzledamused at the continued hoopla about this piece of shite by its myriad cult Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets like followers who persist in clogging my feed day after day all trying to outdo one another in their effusive encomiums I have now coined a new term to describe such Literary Circle Jerk Drink the Kool Aid kiddosPPPS So apparently this is the unkillable novel having now also inexplicably won the National Book Critics Circle Award And newlyonglisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award I STILL won t concede that there is ANYTHING worthy in this mess and would suggest that some mass hypnosis is sweeping the book awards October 21st 2018Somebody gave me their copy of the Man Booker winner today because I m down with flu A nice surprise And a surprise to find the colour pink dominating the cover What had I thought That it would be green Or white Or maybe orange No Ignore the orange That must be the fever talking The pink covered book ooks unread and I worry about creasing the spine of said pink book but I crease it anyway and uickly I ve wanted to read Pinkbook ever since I d first heard about it though I ve not wanted to read it for all that time too so Somebody sending it over was ike my mind being made up for me by Somebody Else Not that I Clawback like my mind being made up for me as a rule though I don tike rules much either Ok I need to sleep nowOctober 22ndI ve discovered why Pinkbook is pink It s because of the amazing ability of the sun to set gloriously even upon inglorious circumstancesAnd I m clearer about why I had that not wanting to read it feeling It came from the suspicion that Pinkbook s narrator and I must be of a similar vintage We are One from over the border the other from under the border compassly speaking One iving in a no go area over the road from another no go area the other iving in a come and go as you please area alongside other come and go as you please areas One Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America learning to tiptoe around unmentionables so that tomorrow might come the other tramping on taboosike there was no tomorrow So there was guilt in that not wanting to read it feeling Guilt that there were no no go areas where eighteen year old me Cooking for Company lived no taboo subjects I couldn t examine if I chose no tribal groups making tribal rules no white van men making up my mind for me no names I dared not name And no father mother sisters brothers missing or dead None of any of that though Iived no great distance away from Pinkbook s narrator in world terms In world terms we were just across the road from each other October 23rdI m in a doctor s waiting room primary viral infection becoming secondary bacterial infection and as I take Pink half read book out of my bag essential reading while waiting therapy I smile because a familiar song issues from the speaker system It s a song Pinkbook s narrator might have hummed as she walked the dark end of her street but she d have had her street But she d have had hum it silently because the Van man who wrote that song was from over the road and the white van godfathers on the dark end of her street might not have approved But me when that song came out I got to sing along wherever I chose belting it out happily with friends at parties never dwelling Empire of Sin long on the dark end of the street always crossing confidently towards the bright side of the roadWhen the song ends I flatten Pinkbook out heedless of creases position my fingers to hold it at the best angle and pick up this troubled fractured painful but funny story where iteft off Soon I come to the bit about narrator s jamais vu moments It seems that along with the odd in her community habit of reading while walking she had the habit of wiping certain happenings from her memory completely Although it must be said that her subconscious made unexpected choices about what to jamais vu Why dotdotdot and not dash dash dash I wonder as my name is calledI walk out of the surgery twenty minutes Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China later with a prescription and with two of my fingers in a splint It seems I ve damaged the extensor tendon of the fourth finger of myeft hand I have no memory of how or when it happened Jamais vu Jamais d j vu D j jamais vuI walk home not reading while walking I need no further reading injuries October 24thI m galloping through Pinkbook Pinkbook is fast becoming Nearly read book until narrator puts a halt to my gallop On the innocent turn of a relatively innocent seeming page I stumble upon a purply red passage Roasted beetroot and Roma tomatoes Celebration red cabbage in port and red wine Platter of edible red with further red and splashes of red with extra startling red splatters to follow There s a butcher s knife in this passage Where is jamais vu when you need it LaterOk Nearly read book I say stubbornly this is it I ve fortified myself with strong coffee so that I can finish you off in one go I will do this I flatten Pinkbook out for the final time position some of my fingers to hold it at the best angle and give this troubled fractured painful but contumaciously hilarious story all I ve got It s worth it. O 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 conseuence.


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