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Reservoir 13 (2017)

– tekijä: Jon McGregor

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WINNER OF THE 2017 COSTA NOVEL AWARD A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AN FT BOOK OF THE YEAR A TLS BOOK OF THE YEAR A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss. Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must. An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a stranger's tragedy refuse to subside. WINNER OF THE 2017 COSTA NOVEL AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 'A rare and dazzling feat of art' George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo'McGregor writes with such grace and precision, with love even, about who and where we are, that he leaves behind all other writers of his generation' Sarah Hall, author of The Wolf Border'Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary - the way it's structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which Jon McGregor lets the characters breathe and age' Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 40) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I almost dnf around page 50, but I’m glad that I pushed through and finished this. I won’t say I loved it, but it is very well crafted and something unexpected. While the “missing girl” element is important, the story is not really about that and it’s certainly not a mystery.

This is more like Akenfield plus the Up documentaries plus A Dance to the Music of Time, maybe? At first I didn’t really connect to the characters because there were so many of them and I couldn’t keep them straight. But over time, it swelled and built, and by the end I felt downright emotional about how beautifully the author built these simple lives into something so true-feeling. I know this village; I have lived there. But in the end I too would just be a few sentences in the long life of the place. ( )
1 ääni sansmerci | Mar 6, 2021 |
Very much the Peak District although not pinned down where the village is. For the first few chapters I was expecting (and looking forward to) a sudden change of tone but then I steadied and really began to to enjoy the immersion in village life. It's not poetry but the content has rhythm in itself. Thoroughly recommend it. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
I found this book beautifully written but frustrating in its conclusion.

Edit: I just looked at my previous Goodreads review for another book by this author and apparently had the same feelings about that one! ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Almost like a collection of short stories about the people in a small town, except instead of consecutive tales, they are woven together by year starting with the disappearance of a young tourist. The interspersed nature vignettes and the ethereal narration (all-knowing yet remote and unemotional) creates quite an atmosphere to the novel. It is so captivating even though you never get to know any one character really well. The sparse but significant details of the various stories are amazingly crafted. What a work of art! ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
"The girl's name was Rebecca, or Becky, or Bex. She had been looked for, everywhere."

Jon McGregor's Reservoir 13 is about 13-year old girl Rebecca Shaw who goes missing while on holiday in a small British town. A search starts immediately, but will she ever be found? At least that is what the book is about on the surface. However, the novel goes below that surface quite quickly and only uses the missing girl plot thread to relate the stories of the town's inhabitants. In thirteen chapters, each of which encompasses a whole year in the town, McGregor relates how life goes on in town after Rebecca Shaw goes missing, how relationships between characters start and end, how babies are born, how babies and teenagers grow up, how the annual cricket match against the neighboring town is generally lost and much more. It is the subleties of village life and intrapersonal interactions that Reservoir 13 deals in. And then there is nature. Foxes mate and have kits, birds build there nests and their eggs are stolen by badgers, a heron chases its prey.

I found it very hard to get into the novel at first as there is this big set of characters who are not introduced at all but who just enter the story mid-paragraph only to leave it again and return in the next chapter. The novel is structured in thirteen chapters, each of which is subdivided in twelve paragraphs, representing the months in each of the thirteen years the novel encompasses. And that is about it for structure. The paragraphs relate encounters of characters in the town or simply state what happened in passive voice, claiming that 'X was seen doing Y' or 'X was said to have done Y'. There is no authoritative voice, no narrator to consolidate the many chunks of information for the reader. There is no real dialogue in terms of direct speech. When there is dialogue, it is only reported. Once my mind was used to all this and I knew that I had to do all the work to connect the different characters to one another and remember what happened to them in their lives, it was easier to go on reading the novel. At one point I even wanted to start a character list and take notes but I discarded that idea because the novel is only little more 300 pages long. In the end, I actually think this might have been a good idea to keep track of everything and have a more thorough reading experience.

Despite my trouble to get into the novel, I liked the reading process. It was refreshingly different. I like the idea of starting with the case of a missing girl only to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the soul of the town in the years after the girl went missing. As for the execution, I would have wished for more structure, but then again the novel might not have worked in the way it does. I always felt like I was in that town, going to different places all the time without being seen and catching pieces of dialogue or seeing things happen.

Overall, I think this novel might not be for everyone and if you read it, I would recommend not to interrupt the reading that often, but rather to read large stretches of a book at a time as this makes it easier to remember all - let us be honest here, most - of the things that happen in town. 3.5 stars for a refreshingly different read. ( )
  OscarWilde87 | Jul 8, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 40) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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WINNER OF THE 2017 COSTA NOVEL AWARD A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AN FT BOOK OF THE YEAR A TLS BOOK OF THE YEAR A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss. Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must. An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a stranger's tragedy refuse to subside. WINNER OF THE 2017 COSTA NOVEL AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 'A rare and dazzling feat of art' George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo'McGregor writes with such grace and precision, with love even, about who and where we are, that he leaves behind all other writers of his generation' Sarah Hall, author of The Wolf Border'Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary - the way it's structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which Jon McGregor lets the characters breathe and age' Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

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