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Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
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bookshelves: modern-lit, read-2017

An intriguing and poetic collection, that sits somewhere between short stories and stream of consciousness.

There is a loose narrative thread, in that all of the stories describe the thoughts of a woman living alone in a rented cottage on the west coast of Ireland. The pieces vary in length from a few lines to 20 pages.

Bennett has a talent for making poetic observations about some very quotidian subject matter, and creating a slightly unsettling atmosphere. I am struggling to describe why this works, but I would certainly recommend it. Thanks to Paul Fulcher for recommending it.
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Reading Progress

December 12, 2016 – Shelved
July 26, 2017 – Started Reading
July 26, 2017 –
page 53
July 27, 2017 –
page 117
July 29, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Dolors (last edited Jul 29, 2017 10:21AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dolors I've got this one to read, thanks for pushing me one step closer to pick it up, Hugh.

Hugh Thanks Dolors - it is definitely worth reading, but not the kind of book I can do justice to as a reviewer...

Paul Fulcher Glad you liked it!

Jenny (Reading Envy) I loved this one!

Cheri It's been a while since I read this, Hugh, but your thoughts are very close to my thoughts. "I am struggling to describe why this works" - I can definitely relate to that feeling, and yet... it does work. Wonderful review!

Hugh Thanks Cheri

Paul Fulcher Very worthwhile article by the author in Irish Times which explains what she was trying to do and perhaps, therefore, why it works so well

One quote - Human beings and the stunts they pull were a minor constituent of my world view. There were hundreds of thousands of phenomena far more fascinating - made an immediate link in my mind to my book of 2017 (this was my book of 2016) - Reservoir 13

Hugh Thanks Paul

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