A Novel

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize"Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique."—The GuardianIn an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes "interesting," the last thing she ever wanted to be. Despite middle sister's attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers. Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.
Publisher: New York : Graywolf Press, 2018
ISBN: 9781644451007
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 31, 2019

Brilliant novel by a brilliant writer. She captured the times of "The Troubles" succinctly. Her novel approach in this work was so fun. I can't understand a single critical review declaring this a "difficult" read. It was simply fantastic.

Dec 03, 2019

I just could not do this. I'd like to have liked it. Although it is smart and innovative, my reading appetites are more traditional.

Aug 24, 2019

I loved this book. Granted it’s not a quick read, but well worth it, to luxuriate in the language and depth of thought. It’s a ‘stream of consciousness ‘ from the mind of our protagonist, a young woman in the midst of “the Troubles “ in 1970’s Belfast, so we don’t get tidy paragraphs and short chapters. If you can cope with that style, you will find yourself drawn in and rewarded. The violence, fear, loss of life is somehow mitigated by the fierce loyalties and elemental “justices” meted out in the tightly knit community, plus some very humorous expressions and encounters. I felt right inside her mind, and even seemed to hear her accent as she recounts her experiences. A worthy recipient of the Man Booker Prize.

Aug 23, 2019

Milkman is perhaps a more emotionally, than intellectually, difficult read, as the author deftly pulls the reader into the guarded, hyper-vigilant paranoia of 18 year old "middle sister" who
attempts to maintain a tenuous grasp on a "normal" life. Set in a large, un-named city in Northern Ireland during the violent "Troubles" during the 1970's; "middle sister's" thought
processes frames her coping with violent death and depression as she attempts to screen out
chronic surveillance by the occupying loyalists and resistance factions and the predatory stalking by an older, powerful member of a resistance faction, by reading while running. The community at large considers any attempts toward normalcy as being suspicious and "beyond
the pale".

As difficult as this book was to read; I found this to be a fascinating look at how a community's
culture, values and gender roles are impacted a by long term violence. It was a worthwhile read that will stay with me.

Aug 02, 2019

Interesting but started to give me a headache - did finish finally but at a cost

mhplleanne Aug 01, 2019

It was difficult to read, BUT I loved how it described The Troubles without really being blunt. The writing was compelling. I just had a hard time getting through it because there were so few paragraphs - if I was tired, I couldn't concentrate for more than a few pages. I really enjoyed the characters and the story.

Jul 08, 2019

Original writing but not easy reading. In talking to my sister who has been to Northern Ireland it captures beautifully the paranoia, fear and violence of The Troubles which have lasted until today.

May 24, 2019

namelessness makes sense in this difficult story of crazy-making times
I admit to getting lost but then again finding my way through the dangers, the exasperation, and the dark humour among the families and neighborhoods under siege.
the novel was both specific and universal

May 23, 2019

Unreadable. Gave up after 100 pages. Not interesting and unbelievably pretentious.

Tigard_SeanG May 06, 2019

With "Milkman," Anna Burns stands beside other great novelists of Ireland's Troubles such as J.G. Farrell and Thomas Flanagan.

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