I loved this book. Granted it’s not a quick read, but well worth it, to luxuriate in the language and depth of thought. It’s a ‘stream of consciousness ‘ from the mind of our protagonist, a young woman in the midst of “the Troubles “ in 1970’s Belfast, so we don’t get tidy paragraphs and short chapters. If you can cope with that style, you will find yourself drawn in and rewarded. The violence, fear, loss of life is somehow mitigated by the fierce loyalties and elemental “justices” meted out in the tightly knit community, plus some very humorous expressions and encounters. I felt right inside her mind, and even seemed to hear her accent as she recounts her experiences. A worthy recipient of the Man Booker Prize.

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