Ducks, Newburyport

Ducks, Newburyport

Book - 2019
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Baking a multitude of tartes tatins for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. Also, America's ignoble past, and her own regrets. She is surrounded by dead lakes, fake facts, Open Carry maniacs, and oodles of online advice about survivalism, veil toss duties, and how to be more like Jane Fonda. But what do you do when you keep stepping on your son's toy tractors, your life depends on stolen land and broken treaties, and nobody helps you when you get a flat tire on the interstate, not even the Abominable Snowman? When are you allowed to start swearing?
Publisher: Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, 2019.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781771963077
Branch Call Number: FIC Ellma
Characteristics: 1020 p. ; 22 cm.


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kerriecresswell Oct 11, 2020

I couldn't read. Paragraphs weren't on special so were a luxury item.
There was a good line in first few pages " dreamt I went to India for a teaspoon or cinnamon but on return realised I needed almond slivers" or something like that. Not enough to keep me going.
The copy I had barely looked like it had been read previously.

Oct 03, 2020

Very melodic writing. Both easy to read - stream of consciousness and topical, and hard to read over a long sitting as it's a few very, very, very long sentences. Since borrowing the book, have only gotten through 100 pages or so. I’m also finding the paperback so big and heavy and awkward (pages don’t stay open easily) that it is hard to hold for any length of time. Will probably finish, bit by bit, on the ebook if there is one. (BTW, I think this would make a great audiobook. And kill the narrator! 😁)

Tim Bray’s review captures my experience of the book perfectly:

Mar 09, 2020

Worst "novel" I have encountered. Almost 900 pages of a continually running fragment with the repetitive beginning "the fact is."
Really?? And the back cover avers that this is the book of the century. I don't think so.
Disappointing considering all the hype the book received.

Feb 21, 2020

Heard about it on Eleanor Wachtel's "CBC - Writers and Company" - sounds challenging but prize winning. Is one sentence over 1000 pages long. Description is on Wikipedia.

Dec 21, 2019

I usually give every book 50 pages before I determine it does not please me for any number of reasons. This got 25. If you want to read long, funny and clever sentences, pick up an old copy of Thomas Bernhard's Woodcutters. It's a much more readable rant.

allieereads Nov 24, 2019


okay, I am going to be honest with everyone, I only borrowed this book because I felt as though I needed to broaden my reading horizons and actually read a literary novel that was nominated for a Booker.

The premise of the book interested me but I had to DNF it, unfortunately. I think the issue was for me that I'm not the target demographic AND the way in which the stream of consciousness was written was slightly ridiculous. But again, I don't really get literary fiction so...take that what you will.

I enjoy stream of consciousness..I adore Virginia Woolf and Mrs Dalloway was written in the same way as a stream of consciousness but this book was written with NEXT TO NOTHING FULL STOPS. Like run on sentences much? I don't know about you, but my stream of consciousness still abides by the rules of english grammar - is using a full stop that hard? It also starts the stream of thought repeating the same phrase which at the moment, I have completely forgotten about. This repeating phrase actually stopped the flow of reading, I found.

I think I will eventually try and read this book, but I'm going to grow up a little first and then read it because maybe I'll be able to connect with the character/s more.

Sep 19, 2019

booker 2019 longlist

debwalker Sep 04, 2019

Long. Booker nominee. Stream of consciousness. And yet. Getting strong reviews as both readable and relatable. NYT: "A mother of four living in Ohio, has a cutting power of observation and a depressive charm."

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