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text 2018-12-14 17:06
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Milkman - Anna Burns

I now understand what people mean when they say this is a difficult read, although I wouldn't call it difficult myself, more strange. The sentence structure is getting quite bothersome. I both like and dislike it. If I wasn't so interested in it due to the aforementioned reasons (in my previous post), I think I'd give up on it. Considering that I'm finding it slightly frustrating, I think I'll take it slow. Well, slower than normal.

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review 2018-12-13 12:59
The Story Keeper - Anna Mazzola

Audrey Hart has left behind a troubling incident in London and travelled to the island of Skye. There she is to be employed by Miss Buchanan, charged with collecting the folk and fairy tales of the inhabitants of the island. She also hopes to find out more about the death of her mother, who had died years ago on Skye. But when Audrey discovers the body of a young girl and another disappears she wonders if there is some truth behind the fairy tales.

 

The setting of the novel is very atmospheric. I could imagine the solitude, the workers houses and the waves crashing on the shore. The impression given was one of darkness, or an island toiling under rain clouds, no doubt aided by mirrored weather in the real world.

 

Audrey is an interesting character. Tenacious, strong-willed and kind, she is rebelling against society in her own way. She finds strength she didn’t know she had without even realising it. Moving to Skye was a big thing for her, a step into the unknown. In a time when women were little more than property, Audrey is hardly aware that she is a trailblazer of sorts. Skye, despite the troubles it brings to her life, is also the key to her personal freedom. The other characters all have their secrets to reveal. Each one, from Audrey’s employer to children playing with a frog, add layers to the story, allowing a fully formed image of the island to emerge.

 

The fairy tales and folk tales aspect of the story were very interesting. They added layers to the story, giving it hints of the magical, the closing ranks of the locals and their belief in the mysterious making the story seem more claustrophobic and menacing. They also allowed those in power to reject complaints or crimes against the poor, disappearances put down to ignorance rather than real, concrete, human interference.

As with The Unseeing, The Story Keeper is as a much a social commentary as a mystery novel. The treatment of the lower classes and women frustrate and anger, much as they should. They show how far society has come but also how far is still to go.

I was soon drawn into the story of the missing girls and Audrey’s search for the truth.

 

An entertaining, atmospheric read, I look forward to reading more from Anna Mazzola in the future.

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text 2018-12-13 12:28
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Milkman - Anna Burns

Now that I've finished the Repeal the 8th anthology I'm going to concentrate on this. I'm not finding it hard to read, as many have commented, but the structure is strange: long sentences, no-one called by actual names etc. Because I come from and live in Belfast, where it's set (even though this isn't actually stated) I have a big interest in it which'll keep me reading.

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review 2018-12-11 13:18
I Trusted Him (The True Story Of Anna Lynn Hurd) by Jennifer Smith and Cherry Tigris
I Trusted Him: The True Story of Anna Lynn Hurd - Jennifer Smith,Cherry Tigris

Women trusted their boyfriends or partners with all their life because they felt secured only to find out that they’re trapped in a situation they couldn’t get out.

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review 2018-12-11 00:29
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quinlan
Still Life with Bread Crumbs - Anna Quindlen

   is the story about  Rebecca a 60-year-old previously famous photographer, She rents her New York apartment due to financial difficulties, and rents an inexpensive cottage in a small town. It's a story of new beginnings. The highlight of the book is her budding romance with her roofer. A wonderful love story. A nice theme about her being able to reinvent herself at the age of 60

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