Ducks, Newburyport

Ducks, Newburyport

Book - 2019
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"Peeling apples for tartes tatin, an Ohio mother wonders how to exist in a world of distraction and fake facts, besieged by a tweet-happy president and trigger-happy neighbors, all of them oblivious to what Dupont has dumped into the rivers and what's happening at the factory farm down the interstate--not to mention what was done to the land's first inhabitants. A torrent of consciousness, narrated in a single sentence by a woman whose wandering thoughts are as comfortably familiar as they are heartrendingly honest, Ducks, Newburyport is a fearless indictment of our contemporary moment."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, c2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781771963077
Characteristics: 1020 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 09, 2020

Worst "novel" I have encountered. Almost 900 pages of a continually running fragment with the repetitive beginning "the fact is."
Really?? And the back cover avers that this is the book of the century. I don't think so.
Disappointing considering all the hype the book received.

Feb 21, 2020

Heard about it on Eleanor Wachtel's "CBC - Writers and Company" - sounds challenging but prize winning. Is one sentence over 1000 pages long. Description is on Wikipedia.

Nov 24, 2019


okay, I am going to be honest with everyone, I only borrowed this book because I felt as though I needed to broaden my reading horizons and actually read a literary novel that was nominated for a Booker.

The premise of the book interested me but I had to DNF it, unfortunately. I think the issue was for me that I'm not the target demographic AND the way in which the stream of consciousness was written was slightly ridiculous. But again, I don't really get literary fiction so...take that what you will.

I enjoy stream of consciousness..I adore Virginia Woolf and Mrs Dalloway was written in the same way as a stream of consciousness but this book was written with NEXT TO NOTHING FULL STOPS. Like run on sentences much? I don't know about you, but my stream of consciousness still abides by the rules of english grammar - is using a full stop that hard? It also starts the stream of thought repeating the same phrase which at the moment, I have completely forgotten about. This repeating phrase actually stopped the flow of reading, I found.

I think I will eventually try and read this book, but I'm going to grow up a little first and then read it because maybe I'll be able to connect with the character/s more.

Sep 19, 2019

booker 2019 longlist

debwalker Sep 04, 2019

Long. Booker nominee. Stream of consciousness. And yet. Getting strong reviews as both readable and relatable. NYT: "A mother of four living in Ohio, has a cutting power of observation and a depressive charm."


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