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    Free Milkman by Anna Burns by Anna Burns Deserved Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019This year's Man Booker longlist contains plenty of surprises but I suspect that none will be welcome than this one I will try to keep this review fairly short so for a detailed one I recommend this one from Gumble's Yard setting is based on Belfas

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    Free Milkman by Anna Burns by Anna Burns No no no no noAs in hell no I didn’t finish it I made it through a third of the book but I just couldn’t take it any It was right up there with a root canal—maybe worse because it reuired intense concentration A fascinating book that sadly was unreadable for meI feel bad I’m bad mouthing this book First 60 pages I was on my knees worshiping this author for being such a freakin’ genius The sentences oh the sentences Uniue twisted r

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    Free download Milkman by Anna Burns Free Milkman by Anna Burns by Anna Burns Now shortlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award One year on from its win and this book’s sales and reputation go for strength to strength Anna Burns gave a moving speech at the recent Booker award dinner for 2019 which I was lucky enough to attend The 2019 longlist had many strong books but nothing to match the brilliance a

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    Free Milkman by Anna Burns by Anna Burns Free read å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï Anna Burns Anna Burns ï 5 Read This book is a current favorite for winning the Man Booker Prize in 2018 Its fame comes from the distinctive “Voice of Middle Sister” So it’s a “voice” book that makes me think of others the brogue of Swing Hammer Swing by Jeff Torrington or The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurga

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    Free Milkman by Anna Burns by Anna Burns This book represents the very best literary fiction has to offer as well as much of what puts people off Highly original with distinctively crafted sentence structure dense with meaning and plenty of things to say about both the political and the personal Lofty and lowly ideas Ach it's lovely Ach 'tisIt's also difficult Difficult to

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Anna Burns ï 5 Read Summary ↠ Milkman by Anna Burns è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. Well that wasunpleasant I usually can read a 352 page novel in two to three days this took me a tortuous ten as on several occasions I looked at the book and just had no interest in reading any of it I was sorely tempted to DNF it but as a Booker completest I rallied myself to get through I m going to disappoint some by not giving this one of my infamous parodic takedown reviews but I am going to have to pass since this book not only sapped my creative juices but at several points my will to liveOthers have bizarrely mentioned how funny this is but I can only assume they find cancer boils and diarrhea eually hilarious The non plot barely contains enough incidents to hang a very short story upon and Burns going on and on and on about virtually nothing and then repeating herself once again for page after page after page with no paragraph breaks made me think she must be getting paid by the word At page 180 I mentioned this was reminding me of Proust whose magnum opus I spent 8 miserable months reading in 1981 up until now probably my most distressing reading experience And on p 231 she indeed mentions dear Marcel so I am assuming she was attempting to outdo him in louacious nonsensical verbiage with no payoffs So 12 a star for my unmasking her nefarious scheme and another 12 star for the gorgeous cover it s going at the bottom of this year s Booker rankings at least Snap had characters with than a single dimension and a plotPSso of course as in 3 out of the past 5 years my 13th ranked out of 13 from the Booker longlist has taken the prize but at least in previous years I found SOMETHING to admire in those winners this year Zippo Nada Doo dah This may be one of the most boring depressing dispiriting books ever put to paperPPS I am still puzzledamused at the continued hoopla about this piece of shite by its myriad cult like followers who persist in clogging my feed day after day all trying to outdo one another in their effusive encomiums I have now coined a new term to describe such Literary Circle Jerk Drink the Kool Aid kiddosPPPS So apparently this is the unkillable novel having now also inexplicably won the National Book Critics Circle Award And newly longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award I STILL won t concede that there is ANYTHING worthy in this mess and would suggest that some mass hypnosis is sweeping the book awards

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Anna Burns ï 5 Read Summary ↠ Milkman by Anna Burns è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free O 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 conseuence. Many writers strive for a fresh vibrant distinctive voice few achieve it as well as Anna Burns does in this novel It was fitting that I read this while reading Toni Morrison s Beloved because both novels have a fresh and innovative female voice at the helm and both very cleverly and subtly bring heaps of searing intelligence to the essentially uneducated worlds they depict Milkman is an evocation of a world in which bigotry rules supreme And this bigotry is mocked relentlessly with often hilarious biting ingenious satire No one in the novel gets a name as if names in this world are meaningless Everyone is tagged like walls Milkman himself probably a candidate for most sinister villain of the decade isn t a milkman at all He s the sum total of fearful rumour a veritable stalking bogeyman Two things though are certain Firstly he possesses intimidating authority as an enforcer of the repressive status uo And secondly he drives a white van one of misogyny s most benign yet potent symbols When he begins driving alongside our narrator who likes to read while walking her autonomy identity and living space all suddenly shrink under his menacing interest Though there s no overt sexual harassment the narrator explains her predicament At the time age eighteen having been brought up in a hair trigger society where the ground rules were if no physically violent touch was being laid upon you and no outright verbal insults were being levelled at you and no taunting looks in the vicinity either then nothing was happening so how could you be under attack from something that wasn t there At eighteen I had no proper understanding of the ways that constituted encroachmentThe armed forces of that country over the water pose little tangible threat in Milkman What everyone most fears is the opinion of their neighbours Because this is an us and them world which permits no nuance of allegiance You re either with us or you re against us Everyday life is an obstacle course of not providing the local gossip mongers any reason to single you out To be singled out is to invite suspicions of belonging to them not us The narrator s maybe boyfriend gets into trouble when he wins part of a Bentley car in a raffle To his neighbours this small piece of engineering is a symbol of the country over the water This scene is one of the many brilliant withering mockeries of mob mentality ideological paranoia and the underhand blood lust innate in draconian repressive measures Another of my favourite scenes is when the narrator tries to convince her mother she s still attractive and resorts to the tactic of throwing high sounding numbers at her just as politicians often do on our TV screens So Milkman is about much than Belfast during the troubles It s about the hard and stifling lines that are drawn up for us and the often exhausting struggle to push them back And it s brilliant

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Anna Burns ï 5 Read Summary ↠ Milkman by Anna Burns è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 T. Now shortlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award One year on from its win and this book s sales and reputation go for strength to strength Anna Burns gave a moving speech at the recent Booker award dinner for 2019 which I was lucky enough to attend The 2019 longlist had many strong books but nothing to match the brilliance and distinctiveness of this one UPDATED THOUGHTSOne of my top books of 2018 and after a re read which I enjoyed even than first time around likely to be one of my top reads in 2019 This was also the Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize Purely in my view this was always the standout book on the longlist and the best winner for years however just as I predicted in my original review this is not a book for everyone as can be seen in some of the reviews of this book I do find something meta fictional about the fact that a book about a divided community with the two sides holding entrenched positions generating a similar reaction among my literary friends I have visions of the fans of the book manning barricades in its defence while its detractors chant No surrender to the Book r prize and Le ciel est blu And I have posted elsewhere it seems that say 23rd of people absolutely love this book and 1 3rd simply cannot tolerate it This is in line with scientific evidence Wikipedia estimates 35% of the global population are lactose intolerant OPENING UOTE The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died He had been shot by one of the state hit suads and I did not care about the shooting of this man Others did care though and some were those who in the parlance knew me to see but not to speak to and I was being talked about because there was a rumour started by them or likely by first brother in law that I had been having an affair with this milkman and that I was eighteen and he was forty one ANNA BURNS AND HER LITERARY DEVELOPMENTAnna Burns s debut novel her first No Bones was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2002 15 years after the author moved from Catholic Belfast to England as a 25 year old in 1987 This is only her third novel with one novella since then and the acknowledgements hint at a trying life story update this difficult back story has now been confirmed interviews since the author won the prize No Bones covered the story of a young girl growing up in the Troubles in Belfast Little Constructions her second novel an Irish criminal family My reviews here a New Statesman reading and interview at Foyles in the week of the Booker award an event I was fortunate enough to attend Anna Burns discussed her three books My recollections and understanding of what she said was that her saying that her first book No Bones was dealing with her issues as an individual her second Little Constructions with her issues with the family unit and that finally now in her third book Milkman she was able to consider her issues with the society in which she grew up I think it s because I ve resolved something about family issues that I can now do the bigger issue which actually for me is the lesser issue MILKMANThis book is set in Belfast in the early 1990s but a Belfast not named but described with a nomenclature which reminded me of the allegorical approach of a Magnus Mills novel At this time in this place when it came to the political problems which included bombs and guns and death and maiming ordinary people said their side did it or our side did it or their religion did it or our religion did it or they did it or we did it when what was really meant was defenders of the state did it or renouncers of the state did it or the state did it Now and then we might make an effort and say defender or renouncer that flag of the country from over the water which was also the same flag of the community from over the road The opening paragraph of the novel at the start of my review sets out both the style of the novel and its limited storylineThe book is narrated in a wonderful first person voice by an unnamed girl looking back on when she was eighteen years old The voice perhaps has something of Lisa McInerney and Eimear McBride perhaps even Mike Mc Cormack but with its own distinctive freshness and black humour Despite or perhaps because of her almost boyfriend the narrator has two unwanted admirers The milkman a older man and renouncer IRA intelligence office who uses his undercover skills to persistently engineer encounters with her while accumulating and casually revealing his knowledge of every aspect of her life Somebody Mc Somebody the only surviving son of a renouncer family which has been struck by serial tragedy and who has self delusions that he is a senior renouncer agentCHARACTERSThe novel features a wonderful cast of characters known not by their names but identified with a similar nomenclature to that in the above description of Belfast Examples of individual characters include maybe boyfriend her almost partner a motor mechanic who hoards car parts and who sets off a chain of events by bringing home the super charger from a Bentley a car firmly identified as being from over the water nuclear boy Somebody McSomebody s brother obsessed with the prospect of a Russia America nuclear war to the bemusement of those around him chef her boyfriends best friend a gay brickie and one time serial victim convinced he is a top cook third brother in law street fighter sanctifier of women obsessive runner tablets girl aka girl who was really a woman the unhinged district poisoner real milkmanaka the man who didn t love anybody a stern and ascetic deeder of the goodness who openly defies the excesses of the enforcers and is an object of lifelong desire for ma obsessed with marrying off the narrator her daughter to one of the nice wee boys from the area There was ma too continuing her barrage of how I wouldn t get married of how I was bringing shame by entering paramilitary groupiedom of how I was bringing down on myself dark and unruly forces bad exampling wee sisters bringing in God too as in light and dark and the satanic and the infernal Other characters are identified as collectives for example The wee ones the narrator s hyper uestioning precociously intelligent younger sisters The local paramilitary groupies who attempt to induct her into their ranks The issue women a group of feminists resented but also protected by the traditional women The ex pious women a group of ageing religious ladies who rival ma for the attentions of the real milkman The narrator in a touch I loved and with which I could hugely empathise is marked out as different and suspicious by the community due to her habit of walking while reading It s creepy perverse obstinately determined went on longest friend It s the way you do it reading books whole books taking notes checking footnotes underlining passages It s disturbing It s deviant It s optical illusional Not public spirited Not self preservation Calls attention to itself and why with enemies at the door with the community under siege with us all having to pull together would anyone want to call attention to themselves here The narrator challenges Are you saying it s okay for The Milkman to go around with Semtex but not okay for me to read Jane Eyre walking about in public to be told looked at it in its proper surroundings then Semtex taking precedence as something normal over reading while walking which nobody but you thinks is normal could certainly be construed as the comprehensible interpretation here So looked at in those terms terms of contextual environment then it is okay for him and it s not okay for you THEMESThe book brilliantly conveys the Troubles and the undercurrent of violence the tribal suspicions the oppressive conventions the inter community and community soldier hatreds and the oppressive gloom that it generates Take a statelet immersed conditioned through years of personal and communal suffering personal and communal history to be overladen with heaviness and grief and fear and anger well these people could not not at the drop of a hat be open to any bright shining button of a person stepping into their environment and shining upon them just like that As for the environment that too would object backing up the pessimism of its people which was what happened where I lived where the whole place always seemed to be in the dark It was as if the electric lights were turned off always turned off even though dusk was over so they should have been turned on yet nobody was turning them on and nobody noticed either they weren t on All this too seemed normality which meant then that part of normality here was this constant unacknowledged struggle to see The narrator is both a product of her environment she regrets that maybe boyfriend does not have the culturally appropriate level of male enthusiasm for football and starting to strain against its restrictions In her increasing sense of awareness of the wider world outside of the narrow confines she is expected to operate in she is aided by maybe boyfriend who takes her to see a sunset and a French evening class teacher who in a funny but also pivotal scene encourages her class to look at the colours of the sky and explore both language and nature despite their inherited ancestral scepticism After generation upon generation fathers upon forefathers mothers upon foremothers centuries and millennia of being one colour officially and three colours unofficially a colourful sky just like that could not be allowed to beTeacher started again This time it was the fugacious whatever that meant black appearance of street trees owing to the crepuscular whatever that meant uality of the sky behind them with the others still in their own struggle complaining that our town didn t have fugacity crepuscules or street trees black or any colour before being made to look again and conceding that okay maybe we did have street trees but they must have been put in half an hour earlier as nobody here had noticed them before But she is worn down by the unwanted attentions of the milkman his increasingly explicit threats that maybe boyfriend will be car bombed if she does not drop him by the neighbourhood gossip innuendo and uestioning which takes her non existent affair with him as a matter of established fact and starting point for further conjecture her increasingly strained relationship with maybe boyfriend who still lives under the shadow of the Bentley incident And all this spelled a serious turning bad for us for me and maybe boyfriend in the way that the rumour about me and the milkman in my area was affecting me and in the way that the rumour about him and the flag in his area was affecting him STYLEThis is not a book for all readers the plot is limited and even within its narrow confines the author wanders across time meaning the book has only a limited sense of linearity It is distinctly in my view at the GoldsmithRepublic of Consciousness end of the Booker spectrum albeit surprisingly not shortlisted for that prize with two less innovative Booker books making the list and therefore all the enjoyable for it The style too is not consistent this is a book which can be at times but only at times Visceral for example Rachel Cusk like massacre of our side s dogs by the over the water army Dark violence and death are an everyday occurrence Tender with an unexpected gay relationship and grey love affair Surrealabsurd almost Magnus Mills style as for example the security forces struggle with the infiltration of a hospital by sexually obsessed ex pious women Imaginative and inventive in its use of language in the style of Eimear McBrideBut it was a book that I loved CONCLUSIONOverall a bold and innovative choice for which the Booker Judges must be congratulated A distinct and darkly humorous novel which serves as a literary reminder of the Troubles a difficult time in British history and one which answers its own uestion You never know they said what might be considered the most sought after paraphernalia of these sadnesses in years to come

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  • 352
  • Milkman by Anna Burns
  • Anna Burns
  • English
  • 27 January 2020
  • 9780571338764