Milkman 3

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018

by Anna Burns

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 17/05/2018

3/5 Rating 3 Reviews
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**Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018**

Set in an un-named city but with an astonishing, breath-shorteningly palpable sense of time and place Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness.

The story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished. Middle sister is our protagonist. She is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with milkman (which she herself for the life of her cannot work out how it came about). But when first brother-in-law, who of course had sniffed it out, told his wife, her first sister, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, middle sister becomes 'interesting'.

The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a searingly honest novel told in prose that is as precise and unsentimental as it is devastating and brutal. A novel that is at once unlocated and profoundly tethered to place is surely a novel for our times.

Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Faber & Faber
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Anna Burns

Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

She is the author of two novels, No Bones and Little Constructions, and of the novella, Mostly Hero.

No Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in East Sussex, England.

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  • Milkman . Booker prize winning novel

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    :: Spoiler Alert ::

    A lot of people will find this a difficult book to read and enjoy. There is a lot of rambling and boring pages . I speed read it and couldn’t wait to finish it .
    The story line almost gets lost but is very minimal .
    I can not recommend it and will give it away rather than share with my friends . Sorry I hated it . The writing style is very annoying . No real names are used for characters which is very dull .

  • Milkman

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    Thought this would be a great read however found it quite difficult to understand the long narrative of the characters, basically nameless unless you could place them in order of siblings, however read it to the end although sped read a number of pages. I may not have been the person to read this book.

  • A great read

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    I really enjoyed this book. An engrossing read, but not to be read in one sitting. At first I found the long descriptive sentences, with multiple internal phrases, quite hard work. It took a while to tune into the 'stream of consciousness Belfast vernacular. I read it in short bursts as there was so much detail to take in. A humorous look at domestic life and the troubles in Northern Ireland. I felt very satisfied with the ending. I highly recommend this book for its unique style.