Milkman

Milkman
Author – Anna burns
Publisher – Faber & Faber
Pages – 368
Genre – Fiction
Rating – 4/5

( Winner of 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the first time a Northern Irish writer has been awarded the prize, also won the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction)

Blurb – A coming-of-age romance, a bildungsroman with the Irish Troubles of the 1970s as a backdrop. The novel is more a psychological and sociological study of a nameless 18-year-old girl rather than an overview of a significant historical period.

My views – The overriding, distinctive quality of the novel is its style,the thing I struggled with the most

368 pages divided into 7 long chapters & overlong, extended paragraphs sometimes unbroken for pages.

I loved it because it was so distinct, all the incidences are narrated in a very ‘rabbit-hole’ way, one incident reminds one another, Author has used no names, all the characters and places are named according to their relationship with the protagonist, and that makes the reader engage with ideas, emotions and a world that aren’t straightforward or coherent.

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