A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume

Into the Wild

Read A Line Made by Walking Online Free - The author of the award-winning Spill Simmer Falter Wither returns with a stunning new novel about a young artist's search for meaning and healing in rural Ireland.

Struggling to cope with urban life-and life in general-Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill," vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by countryside and wild creatures, that she can finally grapple with the chain of events that led her here-her shaky mental health, her difficult time in art school-and maybe, just maybe, regain her footing in art and life. As Frankie picks up photography once more, closely examining the natural world around her, she reconsiders seminal works of art and their relevance.

With "prose that makes sure we look and listen," Sara Baume has written an elegant novel that is as much an exploration of wildness, the art world, mental illness, and community as it is a profoundly beautiful and powerful meditation on life.

Title : A Line Made by Walking
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ISBN : 0544716957
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Elyse rated it ★★★★★

October 05, 2017

Update ... great deal: This is a Kindle special today for $2.99 Charles Bukowski once said..... "Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right." In "A Line Made by Walking", 25 year old Frankie, an artist, spends a lot of time being alone. Seeking relief from inner p...

Hugh rated it ★★★★★

October 25, 2017

Intensely personal and hauntingly memorable, this is a strong contender for the Goldsmiths Prize and one of the best books I have read so far this year. This is not a plot-driven novel - it is more of an extended meditation and an exploration of the fragile psyche of Frankie, a lonely former art s...

Cheri rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

”The world is wrong. It took me twenty-five years to realize and now I don’t think I can bear it any more. Frankie recites the works of artists, a compulsion that seems to calm her, checking to make sure she remembers an artist, a work that correspond to her thoughts at that moment. Cleaning her b...

Emer rated it ★★★★★

March 12, 2017

When I read Sara Baume's first novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, last year I was mesmerised by it. Completely taken in by the beauty of the story and it became one of my favourite books of the year. This spring has brought the release of her second novel, 'A Line Made by Walking'. And I am yet a...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

March 06, 2017

This is a story for anyone who is lost. It's for anybody whose dreams of brilliance have been dashed, about coming to terms with being average. It's not a self-help manual and it offers no easy answers, but it might help someone in a similar situation feel less alone. Things are not going well for...

Simon rated it ★★★★★

October 03, 2017

Just finished Sara Baume’s incredible A Line Made By Walking. A novel that tells of a woman’s delayed reaction/resistance to adulthood and the time when everything changes after the death of her grandmother, with art, death and nature guiding her way sometimes obviously sometimes subconsciously....

Jill rated it ★★★★★

April 04, 2017

It can’t be easy to write a 300+ page book that almost totally eschews plot in favor of a contemplative and despairing narrator who lives a near solitary life, obsessed with just about every part of it. In fact, it would seem like a recipe for disaster. And yet. And yet. Sara Baume pulls it off, c...

Canadian rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2017

"The world is wrong. It took me twenty-five years to realize and now I don't think I can bear it anymore. The world is wrong, and I am too small to fix it, too self-absorbed." In her second novel, Baume explores the plight of twenty-five-year-old Frankie, an art-school graduate, who retreats to he...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

My parents did not want me to come here to stay. They are, like everybody, fearful of being completely alone and suspicious of people who choose to be. They hesitate, like everybody, to understand how it could heal me, as I believe it can. I believe: I am less fearful of being alone than I am of...

Roger rated it ★★★★☆

July 25, 2017

Art Therapy Works about Birds, again, I test myself: Wheatfield with Crows, 1890. Popularly believed to be the last painting Vincent van Gogh completed. An angry, churning sky, tall yellow stalks, a grass-green and mud-brown path cutting through the stalks, tapering into the distance; a line made...

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