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Milkman by Anna Burns
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it was amazing
bookshelves: audio-book

All I can really say is, if you haven't read this yet you are in for a treat. I felt completely transported to 1970s Northern Ireland, during what I was always taught to call The Troubles, but what the narrator calls The Sorrows. Yes, this is the NI point of view, but not about politics or policy or war, even though the book is full of politics and policy and war. It's about those things as they show up in a young woman's attempt to just be herself, a young woman in NI in the 1970s which is a time ravaged by politics and policy and war. That's my poor attempt at commentary. There's really nothing more to say than Read This! I was hesitant at first about the lack of names, whether people being identified as "maybe boyfriend" and "second sister" and "somebody mcsomebody" and "third brother-in-law" would be just confusing. But no, it's part of the beauty of Anna Burns's world-building. A phenomenon accomplishment. I listened to this at audible and the reader was brilliant, enhancing the experience. Highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

February 13, 2019 – Started Reading
February 13, 2019 – Shelved
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: audio-book
February 22, 2019 – Finished Reading

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