Bonkers Book Review
Updated: Apr 15
Milkman by Anna Burns
My daughter Emily has come up with a novel idea.
Both of us love reading and writing and when I asked if she'd help me with a Book Review Blog she suggested making it a bit different from the usual reviews.
Bonkers Book Reviews is fun to write so hopefully it will be fun to read!
Emily is studying for a Masters in English at UCL and writes brilliant short stories (judge for yourself!). If you would like to read one you can sign up here (and subscribe to my Blog at the same time 😊) The lovely people who have already signed up for my Blog will receive the story later this week.
Our first Bonkers Book Review is
Milkman by Anna Burns
If 'Milkman' was a...
Beverage – it would be Irish coffee. It’s set in Northern Ireland during 'the troubles' so you need something warm and comforting because it’s pretty bleak.
Car – definitely a Blue Lexus hybrid. It’s a hybrid of the past and present. The story is about the troubles in Ireland, but because no towns or cities are named the whole tale becomes universal. The characters throughout the book are impersonalised and have names such as ‘middle sister' or 'Somebody McSomebody’.
Holiday you would read it on – a week in a B&B in a UK coastal town.
Mood do you need to be in to read it – hardened and braced.
Your mood by the end – traumatized with easy-peeler sized remnants of optimism.
Title rating – 3/10. (depends on your relationship with milk. We think milk on its own is pretty disgusting and favour oat or soya).
Digestibility – Greasy fish and chips. You enjoy it while you’re reading it, but feel a bit sick by the end.
Page turnability – 8/10
PS Anna Burns shares my birthday!
I hope you enjoyed the review.
Did I mention it's been nominated for the 2021 Selfies Book Award?
I got so totally engrossed in this book that my poor dog nearly didn't get walked! I found it very difficult to put down. What a gripping story which is written in two parallel stories that merge into one at the end but leaves you wondering what happens next. Can't wait for the sequel to come out now."
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