In Review: Milkman by Anna Burns
"Milkman" is a novel written by Anna Burns. It won the Protected content Booker Prize for Fiction, the first time a Northern Irish writer has been awarded the prize.
None of the characters in “Milkman” is named. The story takes place in an unnamed town in an unnamed country. Even England is referred to only as “the country ‘over the water.’ ” All of which renders the story intense but dreamlike, full of familiar shapes that remain hauntingly indeterminate.
If you’re looking for a book to slake your thirst for something strange and complex — “Milkman” is for you.
It’s also for now.
Despite taking place 40 years ago, “Milkman” vibrates with the anxieties of our own era, from terrorism to sexual harassment to the blinding divisions that make reconciliation feel impossible. This is a #MeToo testimony in the context of a civil war, a world in which every element of daily life — newspapers, movies, bars, cars, even butter — is tagged as us or them with potentially deadly consequences.
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Great coffee and stimulating conversations.
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