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Couldn’t finish

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-2020

This book started off with promise but went downhill fast. I had heard good reviews of it but it didn’t hold me.

New Style: not description but presence

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-2020

Eimear McBride writes the heart’s pumping blood of corporeality. Her ‘style’ is less ‘stream of consciousness’ than stream of corporeality. As the protagonist feels, her words burst forth with an in the moment presence. It is not easy to describe what Eimear does but description is not what she does. For this reader, the effect of Eimear’s writing is an experience that is best explained by a being with the protagonist, feeling as she feels. Eimear’s language of sex and love is unlike any other I have read. More poetry than narrative. If you are ready my review & have read this book, tell me - have you ever read anything like it? I think not. Eimear McBride is my favourite author & I hope she continues to write more & more & more

History of characters & Korea

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-2020

Fascinating narrative and the story is of a part of history that I knew little about. The characters of this family are shown from generation to generation. I will certainly be resting more by Min Jin Lee

Magic realism cop out!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2020

I hated the way magic realism was used to tie up the narrative ending! Really annoying

Sublimely Ordinary

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2019

What a gorgeous book! I loved the sound of the Irish narrator (I do have a thang for the Irish lilt) and perfect for this story. An unusual way with phrases perhaps particular to this author, I’m not sure. I’m certainly going to read more of Niall Williams. I believe there is a prequel to this book. I have time in abundance to listen & read books so I search out the 14 & 16 hour narratives. Often they are not ‘page turners’, and this book is not in that category. It meanders among the life of the people of Faha following love & death & all that makes a life. I totally recommend this book.

A Treasure I didn’t want to end

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2019

I adored listening to this book and the perfect narration. The narrative leaves so many questions unanswered but that is ok. The world is apocalyptic-the rising sea engulfs the land & the salt seeps into fertile land leaving it desolate. The humans too are apocalyptic- evil, corrupt, mean, stingy, murderous. And yet Wolfe Island is also a gentle story of love and survival; art & the beauty of nature; family & doing what one has to save that precious family. One question for the Australian author: why not place this story in Australia? Why America? Surely the same would happen here but do we not wish to think so?

Read it, the narration is an issue

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-2019

I understand why this book won the Booker prize (albeit shared with the Testament, which I don’t think should have won the Booker!). It is a compilation of short stories, eclectic voices of women of colour from different times, places, gender choices, sexual desires, backgrounds & every other diversity you can think of. I think the narrator was the problem for me. Her voice was a little monotone & preachy at times. Or was the book didactic? Also the pace was too quick & there weren’t pauses between the chapters. But I certainly recommend this book & think I need to read it rather than listen to it.

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Tastes great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-2019

Thanks for the free taste of The Sisters Audible. Can’t wait to read The Ruin & The Scholar

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Sublime

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2019

Simply sublime Thank you Ocean Vuong for this gift of beauty Perfectly read of course by the writer himself

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Emotionally disturbing & brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-2019

Sally Rooney’s writing & the narration of this book depict the damage that abuse, both physical & emotional, creates in a life. The absent (dead) father is at the root of all this abuse, but it is the mother & son who continue to torture Marianne. She has little chance of growing up ‘normal’, except for her best friend & off/on lover, Connell. Their relationship is heart breaking on many levels. One of my new faves for 2019.