#Dublin Award shortlist 2019 Jon McGregor
- Author: Jon McGregor
- Title: Reservoir 13
- Published: 2017
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
Shortlist: 3/10 ( not wasting my time on 6 selected books, sorry)
MY SHORTLIST …books I think should have been shortlisted 0/6
- Reservoir 13 – J. McGregor – READ – (…review Lisa)
- Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie – (immigrants…review Brona)
- Exit West – M. Hamid – NOT reading (…review Lisa, Brona) (..enough of Middle-East city)
- Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders – READ (review Brona)
- Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty– READ (review Brona)
- Compass – M. Énard – NOT reading – Prix Goncourt 2015 (review Reese)
- Idaho by Emily Ruskovich – SHORTLIST (family epic, rugged Idaho)
- American author Emily Ruskovich has won the prestigious 2019 International Dublin Literary Award for her debut novel Idaho.
- The €100,000 prize is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English and Emily is the fourth American author to win the prize in 24 years.
- A Boy in Winter – Rachel Seiffert – NOT reading (WWII, review Lisa)
- History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund – NOT reading – SHORTLIST (review Lisa)
- Conversations With Friends – S. Rooney NOT reading – (…had enough of Rooney)
MY SHORTLIST …books I think should have been shortlisted
- Pachinko – Jin Min Lee – (500 pg saga, review Sue and Brona)
- Brother – David Chariandy – (Powerful, bold and timely, Canadian)
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – G. Honeyman – (review Reese)
- The Hate U Give – A. Thomas – (..must read this, NYT Bestseller YA novel))
- Tin Man – Sarah Winman – (review Lisa)
- Taboo – Kim Scott (Indigenous Australian) – (review Lisa and Brona)
- Timeline: 10 years.
- Ch 1 : A young girl goes missing on a walk.
- The parents and villagers are in shock.
- Now in just about every chapter McGregor tells us
- what the foxes, sheep
- …swallows, badgers, pheasants, magpies
- woodpigeons, a whippet and Mr. Wilson’s dog are doing!
- We listen to village gossip,
- …spy on teenagers kissing in the fields.
- We celebrate with the characters just about
- every holiday imaginable:
- Harvest festivals, Xmas pageants, May Day
- …Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day
- and New Years Eve when the fireworks go off.
- In the background we are told the
- …reservoirs are silver-metallic grey
- …rising higher, flooding, the water resides lower,
- …rise again and are whipped into whitecaps.
- This goes on and on for another 12 chapters.
- …but still not real investigation about the missing girl.
- This story is a circle going round and round
- …what’s the point?
- First chapter was the hook.
- Short sentences keeping the pace and plot moving.
- I ended up in a 12 chapter nature walk
- …through a quintessential English village!
- Where is the suspense of a missing teenage girl in the quarries?
- Winner of the Costa Novel Award
- A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
- Named a Best Book of the Year by
- Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kirkus, and Los Angeles Review.
- Life’s too short to read long winding books like these.
- Clearly winning prizes does not guarantee a good book.
- Initially I thought I found a
- …strong point in the first few chapters.
- McGregor’s writing style reminded me of episodes
- of BBC Broadchurch detective series!
- Not a narrative filled with junk science CSI
- but the human side of a story based on
- the tragedy of a missing girl and
- …how it bleeds into the lives of the villagers.
- But the hemorrhaging….just kept on going
- …until there was no more life in the story!
- Needless to say after 7 chapters of this senseless talk
- I skimmed the rest of the book.
- How could Reservoir 13 be
- …shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Prize?
- Where’s the literature in this book?
- I’ve seen recipes for boiled eggs that were more exciting!
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