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Solar Bones Paperback – 28 June 2017
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Pure enchantment from an otherworldly talent. I admired the hell out of this book -- ELEANOR CATTON, Man Booker Prize-winning author of THE LUMINARIES
Wonderfully original, distinctly contemporary . . . delivered in lucid, lyrical prose . . . A pleasure to read ― * New York Times *
McCormack has always been among the most adventurous and ambitious Irish writers. Solar Bones, written in one single sonorous sentence, tells the story of a family in contemporary Ireland -- COLM TÓIBÍN
The writing catches fire as we draw near to the void, pass over into death itself, and therein confront the truth that even in a fallen universe, when all distractions tumble away, the only adequate response to our being is astonishment ― * Irish Times *
Exhilarating -- LISA McINERNEY
Hauntingly sad, but also frequently very funny - Proust reconfigured by Flann O'Brien -- Literary Review
Beautiful . . . Compulsive ― * The Times *
This is prose that reads as if it is being thought . . . reduced me to tears ― * New Statesman *
A masterpiece -- Blake Morrison
With stylistic gusto, and in rare, spare, precise and poetic prose, Mike McCormack gets to the music of what is happening all around us. One of the best novels of the year -- COLUM McCANN
On every page, a celebration of the everyday, the odd, the incidental -- SARA BAUME
McCormack is one of our bravest and most innovative writers - he shoots for the stars with this one and does not fall short -- KEVIN BARRY
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- ASIN : 1786891298
- Publisher : Canongate PBS; Main edition (28 June 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781786891297
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786891297
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 216,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While I admired the structure of one unravelling, long sentence (life itself), my attention waned.
However! I loved the descriptive drama suffered by Marcus Conway when he is confronted by daughter Agnes's art exhibition. I also liked the visceral politics when the engineer tussles with the developer and the politician about cement.
PS Ayers Rock is Uluru.
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This isn't a flashy novel, shouting its inventiveness out. It covers ordinary, every day things but does it so brilliantly I'm not sure how McCormack made it so engrossing. I only feel this level of emotional engagement in a few books, and am now sorry I've finished it.
I will certainly be reading more of McCormack's work.