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I thought the ending had echoes of Perry's dying under "mysterious circumstances" - in the first chapter it says Juliet is hit by a car, but she had given evidence against Merton; just feels like maybe her death wasn't an accident (ok to me it's pretty clear she passed away, but that's just me). (less) (hide spoiler)]
It’s funny how some books can immediately grab hold of you and cast you under their spell. This is that sort of book. The book immediately transports you back to London in the 1940s and 50s. The language is just spot on perfect.
The story revolves around a young woman who is drafted to transcribe conversations among a group of fascists that have been infiltrated by MI5. Juliet is only 18 and before she knows it, has been drafted for some spying in addition to her transcription duties.
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The author tells us afterward what her intentions were: we have questions—that’s inevitable—and instead of farming out possible answers to various reviewers, she’s just blunt with us w ...more
I wasn't a fan of Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and was hesitant to try this, but after seeing the praises I couldn't resist the temptation of asking the publisher for a copy.
This is a book that will take you to 40's and 50's, it's quintessentially British in all levels. I haven't read a more satirical, sharp, enjoyable book that takes place in WW2 so far. This piece of history is clearly something Atkinson excels in, she takes us through the war-ridden London ...more
I do like Atkinson's novels so when this one popped up, I was anxious to begin turning pages. Unfortunately the anticipation for this novel went south as I become bogged down in a uneven plot, and the flipping of time elements. This is a book I should have loved. It had everything, World War 2, a strong intelligent woman, espionage, London, all the things that make for a poignant novel. So, what went wrong?
For me, I just could not connect with any of the characters. T ...more
In Transcription she takes us to 1940 World War 2 London, where we meet Juliet, an eighteen year old girl who has just been recruited by MI5. There is a lot more to this Juliet than meets the eye and she continued to surprise me right through to the end of the book.
Atkinson writes splendid characters, especially the ...more
I am having a really bad historical fiction year (looking at you Washington Black). So I was absolutely convinced that dropping all my reading commitments to immediately pick up Kate Atkinson's new WWII spy novel would help raise my spirits. Her previous books Life after Life and A God in Ruins are favourites of mine. I trust her to a deliver a distinct kind of uber- British novel, complete with her rather sardonic humour and droll observations.
All of these Atkinson-isms are here, at leas ...more
Kate Atkinson's new novel, Transcription, follows Juliet Armstrong as she works in an obscure MI-5 department during World War 2 that monitors and records the activities of a pro-German group. While the work is initially boring and monotonous, an event occurs that drastically alters the department's work and Juliet's job. Fast forward a decade later, and Juliet is now working for a BBC radio station believing that her past is long behind her. However, as Juliet soon learns, actions almo ...more
In 1941, Juliet Stephenson is 18 years old, naive and unsophisticated. Everything changes when she is recruited by MI5. Her new job consists of listening to the recorded conversations of Nazi symp ...more
The novel opens in 1981, “the year of a royal wedding,” with 60-year-old Juliet Armstrong falling down on a London street. Preoccupied with thoughts of her 26-year-old son and having lived abroad for many ye ...more
The writing is genuinely superb, beautifully done and I adored Juliet, her manner, her acerbic inner dialogue and her highly intriguing yet strangely genteel existence.
The setting and the time brought to utterly vivid life, we follow Juliet as she becomes part of the war effort, gets entangled in intrigue and faces unknowable c ...more
But there were some incidents about which Juliet doesn’t ...more
A low key, at times almost boring spy novel. I seem to be incapable of not liking a Kate Atkinson book though. I love her books for their immersive historical background, humor and vividness of characters.
Juliet Armstrong, a young woman with no family, finds herself recruited into M15, the UK’s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency. Beginning in the boring atmosphere of filing and secretarial work, she is soon moved to an apartment building where her job is to listen to recorded tapes and transcribe the dialog into reports.
Eventually Juliet is sent out into the f ...more
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Hitler was collecting countries like stamps. How long before he had the full set?
This is a snapshot of history inspired by a series of transcripts the author discovered.
In fact there is one line in the book uttered by Juliet which sums up this novel for me : “History should always have a plot .... How else could you make sense of it?"
For Juliet is recruited into the world of spies and intrigue with MI5 and her job is to transcribe meetings between an agent workin ...more
But then what constituted real? Wasn't everything, even this life itself, just a game of deception?
3.5 stars. Kate Atkinson's previous two novels, Life after Life and A God in Ruins are two of my all time favorite books. In these her writing was fantastic and the plot lines were innovative and thought provoking.
Because of this, I think my expectations were too high, as I was expecting more of the same in Transcription, but this is more of a traditional spy story. The writing is still superb and ...more
The story flashes between 1940 and her activities and 1950 where she has become the producer of dull ...more
I was swept into Transcription, enthralled with Kate Atkinson's atmospheric and witty writing, the recreation of England during the rise of Hitler, and the espionage ring with its vivid characters and uncertain alliances.
The novel opens in 1950 with twenty-eight-year-old Juliet working in post-war London for the BBC.
"There was a better life somewhere, Juliet supposed, if only she could ...more
🔹a resourceful, witty Shakespeare-quoting heroine whom other people underestimate
🔹World War II homefront
🔹one sister, aunt, mother, or friend who's hell on wheels
🔹flashbacks to more than one era
🔹ironic wordplay, clever tropes, and quotes that are repeated at key points.
🔹dead-on accurate verbal snapshots of vanished fashion, architecture, technology, and man ...more
She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, ...more