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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  19,418 ratings  ·  2,665 reviews
There’s a village sixty miles outside London. It’s no different from many other villages in England: one pub, one church, red-brick cottages, council cottages and a few bigger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might do anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs.

This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by Faber & Faber (first published March 5th 2019)
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Lauren Yes, it’s mad Pete. He even addresses him as such.
Karissa This book would be considered a literary novel with elements of horror and suspense. I would not categorize it in the horror genre.

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Amalia Gkavea
‘’It would have been the head of a dolphin and the wings of a peregrine, and it would be a storm-watching beast, watching the weather while we sleep.’’

Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers has been on my list for quite some time but for one reason or another, I never seem to find the chance to read it. Lanny was recommended by my personal idol, Jen Campbell, in one of her outstanding videos. I wanted something dark, British and preferably short read to accompany me on my trip to the
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

I loved this book but I really don't know how to review it. It really shouldn't work - a magic realist fantasy set in an English village that brings a fresh eye to contemporary problems, history and the environment. It is poetic, and its most fantastic character Dead Papa Toothwort, the village bogeyman - a mixture of green man myth with collective memory and shapeshifting, talks in a wild tangle of overheard phrases that refuse normal typographical rules and
Elyse  Walters
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Odd .. unique... but I’m
indifferent to it.
Mostly - it hurt my brain.

I see the brilliance- respect it - I just don’t have what it takes to read a book like this and honestly - passionately love it.
Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer
Now re-read following its longlisting for the 2019 Booker; on a first read I predicted that this will be my favourite book of 2019 - alongside "Spring"; a second read only confirms my views.

Will it win the Booker (or The Goldsmith), will it convinces those who seem to prefer books which celebrate cynicism and unpleasantness. Do I care, not really, as Pete says

“Really though, a pox on every test and standard and criteria of normality that Lanny will flummox in his long and glorious lifetime”
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Max Porter is a genius.

There is absolutely no way I can think as to how to review or even describe this book. It's pure emotion. Each word has meaning. I cried at the way simple words were put together to form these sentences that just tore their way into my heart. It's contemporary, it's fable, it's dark, it's painful, it's hopeful, it's true. It's unlike anything else. It's simply breathtaking.

"Which do you think is more patient, an idea or a hope?"

Four and a half stars rounded up to five.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Just flipping amazing.
Eric Anderson
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s difficult to describe the experience of reading Max Porter’s new novel “Lanny”, but it feels somewhere between “Reservoir 13” by Jon McGregor and an Ali Smith novel. In some ways it’s a simple story of family life in a small English village where a child goes missing. But it’s also about ancient elemental forces which periodically cause widespread chaos and test all the moral fibres which we believe hold our society together. Parents Robert and Jolie want their young son Lanny to develop hi ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Update: So as this mess was inexplicably left off the Booker shortlist, my prediction of it winning, is now obsolete... so let's pledge our allegiance to my #12th ranked of all 13 read ... and all hail Girl, Woman, Other!

Spoilers ahead - do not read unless you've already read the book, or don't care about such.

It won't surprise people who know how much I detested Porter's first dull book (and also the execrable and boring Reservoir 13, to which it bears more than a passing resemblance), that thi
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
"Is this one of your endings?"

Enchanting, creepy, magical, and in one word: different! This book, which reminded me of an adult version of "A monster calls", is a modern cautionary fairytale, a denounce of society's shameful thoughts, an analysts of humanity's affections and weaknesses, all wrapped up in a format which finds a sweet spot between poetry and prose, theater and myth.

The story of young Lanny, a fairy child in the wilderness of a small English town, misunderstood and unloved; weird
Jenny (Reading Envy)
The audiobook version of Lanny by Max Porter is quite the experience, and feels like a combination of other books that I like and that others like. Mix part Reservoir 13 and The Reservoir Tapes by Jon McGregor (sleepy village, child goes missing, multiple perspectives) with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (small child interacting with the supernatural, in this case Dead Papa Toothwort,) family and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (community members with conflicting narratives.) .
And I l
Emily B
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was definitely unusual and unconventional.

There were things I liked about it and things I disliked. For example Lanny was a really interesting character but I wasn’t so interested in the dead papa toothwort character.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

I have yet to read Max Porter’s debut novel, but if it is anything like this, his second, then it won’t be long before I get stuck into it.

The title of the book is the name of the young precocious boy who loves to spend his time wandering off into the woods, losing himself within his own world, at one, with the trees and creatures. There is something very special, almost magical about Lanny, and as always seems to be the case, he is, while not ostracised, at
My personal favourite from the 2019 Booker Prize list.

You know the experience — you read a book so immersive, so all-consuming, that you fail to take note of plot devices and character development — instead, you simply “disappear” into the novel. By the time you’ve reached the end, you’re not even sure how to review it. You just know you experienced something singular and divine.

At its heart a deceptively simple story — almost a fable, really — "Lanny" centres on a young boy in a small English v
Peter Boyle
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-reads-2019
Lanny is an unusual little boy. He sings to himself in a made-up language, writes strange letters and hides them in bushes, and builds a shrine full of the treasures he finds on his rambles. His parents don't quite know what to make of him. Not long ago, they all moved to a picturesque town on the outskirts of London - Dad still commutes to his job in the City while Mum works on her debut crime novel. They encourage Lanny to develop his creative side, bringing him to local artist Mad Pete for le ...more
Renee Godding
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"She laughed, and said she understood, and then off she drifted in that nice way she was. Resposive to the light, I would call it. The type of person who is that little bit more akin to the weather than most people, more obviously made of the same atoms as the earth than most people these days seem to be. Which explains Lanny."

Just as unique as Grief is the Thing with Feathers, and possibly even more masterfully written. What an incredible book this was...

I feel like Lanny is the kind of novel
Paul Fulcher
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booker-2019, 2019
The boy understands. He builds his magical camp in the woods as a gift to them all. They should worship him! He is in tune with the permanent, can feel a community’s tensile frame. Do you see? His intuition?
Lanny Greentree, your miracle ribs remind me of me.

Now Longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize - I suspect and certainly hope, the first prize nomination of many.

Max Porter's debut novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers was the most strikingly different of the books on the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
While I didn’t love it, I could appreciate the experimental nature of the writing and the strong voices of the characters and the community. For a story that had such strong supernatural elements throughout, though, it had a somewhat pedestrian ending. 3.5⭐️
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-booker, uk, 2019-read
Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019
Porter's sophomore novel is an experimental, metaphysical tale about childhood: Lanny is a kid with a wild imagination, a fearless urge to explore and a strong connection to the natural world. While his mother, a former actress, uses her creativity to write gruesome thrillers, and his father pursues money and power in the big city, Lanny loves to roam the village and to spend time with Pete, an elderly artist who is perceived as "mad" by some because of his pr
Canadian Reader
Lanny is a Wordsworthian child. Trailing clouds of glory, the school boy rises above the schoolyard fray: he is oblivious to bullying and petty classroom politics. Intuitive, even mystical, he is, according to his teacher, a joy to teach. Some in the village think of him in a less favourable light: he’s eccentric—freakish. He wanders about singing and spouting weird rhymes and gibberish, and—it is opined—he’s not being properly raised. His parents are negligent: they don’t even know where he is ...more
Julie Ehlers
What's this now? A poetic, insanely beautiful and innovative novel that's so creepy and suspenseful Stephen King would be proud to have written it? The story of Lanny was not as unique as Porter's earlier book, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, but it's so beautifully rendered and so much fun to read that for me it ultimately surpasses that book by a nose, specifically a piece of junkyard detritus attached to the face of a terrifying tree monster at approximately where the nose should be. Recomm ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booker-19
It‘s all a little creepy and fever-dreamy, possibly genius and yet a tiny bit "meh" in the end.

He splits and wobbles, divides and reassembles, coughs up a plastic pot and a petrified condom, briefly pauses as a smashed fibreglass bath, stumbles and rips off the mask, feels his face and finds it made of long-buried tannic acid bottles. Victorian rubbish.

I loved all this introductory stuff from Dead Papa Toothwort but I thought it lost something as time went on, or maybe it just lost me. I will
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this story and I’m already missing Lanny. He’s one of a kind. Maybe you are familiar with the illustrations of Arthur Rackham. His drawings of forest creatures and faces in the ancient oak trees are a wonderful invitation to this story. Max Porter hypnotized me with his words. He’s created a distinct mood for each of the parts of this book. All my senses were engaged as the story moved along. The focus is mainly on Dead Papa Toothwort, the misunderstood and maligned mythical crea ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: this-is-england
2.5 stars rounded up
Not quite sure why I’m reading this because I struggled with Porter’s first novel, Grief is a Thing with Feathers”. Like the previous novel this has several interspersed narrators. It is set in an English village about sixty miles from London. Like many English villages it is a cruciform shape revolving around a pub and a church; and like many English villages it has been there for centuries. The prime voices are Richard Lloyd and his wife Jolie (although her name isn’t divul
Richard Derus
I sincerely believe I'm being generous with a three-star rating. Go see it on my blog because I just do not want to hear the snarking twidgees' mouths. Not in the mood, not in this lifetime.

And the news is *excellent*: This book wasn't on the shortlist!
This pretty much did nothing for me, but I am inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt as I recognize that I'm in the minority here.  I think I may not quite 'get' Max Porter, because I felt similarly about Grief is the Thing with Feathers: I appreciated it from a technical standpoint, but I found it utterly devoid of emotionality, which seems a silly thing to say about a pair of books that are about such heavy topics, and which have touched so many other readers, but I just find his writing ...more
Judith E
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The fabled Dead Papa Toothwort has found his equal in the boy, Lanny Greentree. Lanny understands the hum of life and nature and this makes him mysterious and misunderstood, sometimes even by his parents. Lanny explores art with his pal, famous artist Mad Pete, and creates with charcoal, paint and print.

There is a melding of timelessness with modern to make this untraditional structure of a book both mystical and unique. And then, there’s typesetting that kicks everything up a notch.

Multiple n
Katie Long
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me feel the way that I did reading The Secret Garden when I was nine years old. That was the first time I understood that reading was magical and essential. I can give a book no higher praise.
lucky little cat
I hope Max Porter wins every prize out there for this one, an absolutely lovely tale about an odd-duck child, his bemused parents,

Get thee to a garden, or better yet, go create something

and his lovable old reprobate of an art tutor.

Don't let the opening chapter discourage you. The chapter is brief and deliberately rambling (George Saunders-style) because its narrator is a Green Man-esque nature spirit. This being 2019, this is a garbage-coated nature spirit who revels in eavesdropping, echolal
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, man-booker-nod, 2019
I sit at work in the city and the thought of him existing a sixty-minute train ride from me, going about his day in the village, carrying his strange brain around, seems completely impossible. It seems unlikely, when I'm at work, that we have a child and it is Lanny. If my parents were here, they'd surely say, No Robert, you've dreamt him. Children aren't like that. Go back to sleep. Go back to work.

Lanny is exactly suited to my tastes: Lyrical language that rolls out smooth and not pretenti
Robert Sheard
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't want to read this one, and if it weren't part of the BookTube Prize field, I almost certainly wouldn't have because I disliked Porter's previous book so much.

But this is pure narrative magic. I read the paper text in combination with the audiobook (highly recommended) and to date in 2020, nothing comes close to this book for me.

I won't talk about the story/plot because to do so gives too much away. But do read the cover flap synopsis. It's as good a description as I could ever w
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Max Porter’s first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. It has been sold in twenty-nine territories. Complicité and Wayward’s production of Grief Is the ...more

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