Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

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Read Solar Bones Online Free - the Angelus bell
ringing out over its villages and townlands,
over the fields and hills and bogs in between,

six chimes of three across a minute and a half,

a summons struck

on the lip of the void

Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer, turns up one afternoon at his kitchen table and considers the events that took him away and then brought him home again.

Funny and strange, McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This is profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day.

Title : Solar Bones
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ISBN : 0992817099
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 223 pages


Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

September 13, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Maxwell rated it ★★★★☆

August 24, 2017

After you get used to the writing style of this novel—it's technically all one sentence, no full stops—it's quite a beautiful read. It's told from the perspective of one man on a single afternoon as he reflects on his life, his marriage & children, his work, politics, and a lot of other big t...

Hugh rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2017

I had already bought a copy of this book before the Booker longlist was announced, because it won the Goldsmiths Prize and was well received by reviewers whose opinions I trust. The whole book is a single sentence monologue, which tells quite a conventional story of a mid-life crisis but is rathe...

Doug rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 30, 2017

this this book this book just won the prestigious Goldsmiths Prize, given for innovation in the novel form, which is what impelled me to read it in the first place, and I sort of wish I had finished it prior to its winning, because now it will look like I am just being contrary that I really di...

Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

Wonderfully and intricately structured in a way that demanded my full attention this is a portrait of a man's life told in a single contemplative hour. Mike McCormack tells his story in a single sentence without proper punctuations and in places bending the rules of grammar to the limit - and it...

Emer rated it ★★★★☆

July 30, 2017

July 2017 What a difference a year makes!!!! Since this was picked up by a UK based publishing company it became eligible for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently has made the long list for 2017. THIS IS A FANTASTIC BOOK!!!! It is a book that stays with you and haunts your soul. I'm firmly rootin...

Jaidee rated it ★★★☆☆

November 11, 2017

3 "much to admire but only kinda liked" stars !! First of all a big thanks to Lee M. who recommended this book to me. I know he carefully considers which books to recommend to me and I am glad he did this one (remember three stars is a good book to me !) This book has won and been nominated for a n...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

November 06, 2016

How appropriate that the narrator of Solar Bones is an engineer. This novel is quite the feat of engineering itself, written in a stream of consciousness with no full-stops and only the odd comma to punctuate the flow of thoughts. This might sound like a showy literary gimmick but it works brilli...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★☆☆

September 11, 2017

I wanted to read this book when I read its description; I don't think I would have pushed through to the end if it hadn't been on the Man Booker Prize Long List. To me, it suffers from what many experimental novels do - too much experiment with no clear purpose. I have read many stream of consciou...

Viv rated it ★★★★☆

August 18, 2017

This book certainly takes stream-of-consciousness to a whole new level, with not a full stop in sight! I was initially a bit wary, thinking I would find the lack of punctuation and meandering style irritating but I didn't at all and, in fact, I found it rather lovely to read. The family felt so r...

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