Moopy Book Club (the return) - November 2018: 'Milkman' by Anna Burns

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  1. Suedey

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    Our chosen book of the month is this year's Man Booker Prize winning novel.

    We will aim to discuss the book within the next 3 weeks or so.

    For now please make note of the book choice and feel free to join us in reading this - we shall post a separate discussion thread (or update this one) nearer the time.


    From Amazon:

    '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.
     
  2. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    Count me in. Just ordered a copy :disco:
     
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    Count me in too! Mine arrives tomorrow. :beer:
     
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  4. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    IN! Will go and get a copy.
     
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  5. Mats

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    reserved
     
  6. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    My current reading list is at about 5 books.

    But any excuse to buy a new book :disco:
     
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  7. Kalabaliken

    Kalabaliken Pop Precision Since 1978

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    I’ve requested this at the library so should have it soon! :disco:

    (I am an avid supporter of public libraries as I think they are very important and sadly underused and we need to keep them going!)
     
  8. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    LAVLEY bit of VIRTUE-SIGNALLING THURR :disco:
     
  9. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I have my copy!!!!
     
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    My copy was apparently delivered to my work but never got to me, I think sometime has actually stolen it :evil:
     
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    This wouldn't have happened if I'd gone to the LIBRARY
     
  12. SDF

    SDF The Wait is Over

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    I am so rubbish at reading but please count me in as I really, really want to get better at it. I have no plans this weekend so will try my best to pick this up and start reading.

    P.s. If you never hear from me again you know it's because I fell asleep 10 pages in :(
     
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  13. Beverley

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    I'll hold your EYELIDS OPEN BEBS
     
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  14. Mats

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    I find myself really liking the voice/style of this
     
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  15. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    I'm innn. I've tried one of her books (No Bones?) before but never finished.
     
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    My book has been found on the top shelf of a cupboard in reception. Both me and the receptionists were too small to see it up there.

    BACK IN
     
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    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    Mine STILL hasn’t arrived. :evil:

    I bet they’ve used SECOND CLASS.
     
  18. Suedey

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    Halfway through :disco:
     
  19. Iguana

    Iguana One two CHA CHA CHA

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    VERY CLOSE to finishing another book and then can start on this. I hope I have enough time :(
     
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    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    You will! I'm only about 50 pages in because I can't seem to find the reading time lately.
     
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    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    I spent last evening finally starting this! :disco:
     
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  22. Kalabaliken

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    My library book is ‘in transit’ so hopefully I will have it soon!!
     
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    Sounds like other than swotty @Suedey we're all a bit behind then :D
     
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  24. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    Bought it on Sunday. Current (wonderful) book 50 pages from finished so should start tomorrow.

    This is also the book club read for Waterstones next Thursday.
     
  25. Mats

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    great, BOOK CLUB ALREADY DEAD! :side-eye:
     
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    I'm about halfway through and I like it much more than I thought I would
     
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    first movers :weed:
     
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  29. Suedey

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    Finished it last night.
     
  30. Kalabaliken

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    So got this yesterday from the library. I haven’t started reading it yet but on first glance it seems rather different to most other novels. It’s like a wall of text, if that makes any sense. Hoping to start it this weekend!
     
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  31. Chlammy

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    Started this yesterday morn.

    I've ran around the waterworks park many a time.
     
  32. Mats

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    the scarce dialogue is woven into the text to underline that train of thoughts and recalling that it is. it might look dense at a glance but I find it flows very well
     
  33. Mats

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    it must feel weird to be sorta situated within the novel like that!
     
  34. SDF

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    As predicted I’m one chapter in

    Can I have an extension?
     
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    I think I've read so many books about Belfast that I'm used to it. It's interested trying to locate things given that all names have been removed.

    The section In C2 about names and symbolism in the Catholic community is funny and accurate in that you still see the remnants today, albeit obviously not to that extent.

    I'd regularly pick up on whether someone pronounces H aitch or haitch and assign them a category instinctively.
     
  36. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    How's everyone's progress?
     
  37. Iguana

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    I'm on chapter TWO! Sorry :( I'm focussed on it now though
     
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    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I'm just about half way through now and I'm enjoying it. It's the kind of work that requires no distractions and I've been quite distracted lately. I want to finish it this week (I hope).
     
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    I am about halfway through also!

    I totally get the no distractions thing, the narrative does not take its fucking foot off your neck for a SECOND :disco:
     
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  40. Mats

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    it really doesn't! it sometimes feels like you're sitting across from this McSomebody and she's holding your hands and telling it straight to your face. just one blink and you're out!
     
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