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  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Dr. Sue Tait on 12-09-2018

Thought provoking & timely

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Reviewed: 24-10-2018

Very quirky, unusual style which creates a compelling story and unique perspective of The Troubles in late 1970’s Northern Ireland. It underscores aspects of toxic violence, particularly male violence which share common threads with all conflict zones, from Ireland to Afghanistan, Iraq and the burgeoning far-right gangs such as the Proud Boys in contemporary US culture. Really interesting, particularly as it’s written in the voice of a young woman wishing to simply avoid the violence and go about her teenaged life freely without threat and harassment.

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