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This is a special book which I think may have been a bit hampered by the "gimmick" of being a single sentence. It didn't need the gimmick, it stands on its own. The structure suited the book perfectly, I think the "press" about it just blew it out of proportion. (Though I listened, I also went through some parts in the print version.)
It's a beautiful story of a man reflecting on his simple, complex life. Aside from the structure of the novel, there was nothing particularly original about the story - it was just so deftly told.
Reading stream of consciousness writing is not my thing at all so I decided to listen to this one on audio. Part of me wishes I'd read it, but I'm not sure I would have made it through. Aside from that, this was a STELLAR audio. It's one of those books that was made for audio and the narrator was absolutely perfect.
I finished 36 hours ago and it's still kicking around in my head. As I think about it in relation to the other Booker short listed books (as much as I loved all of them) I do still feel a bit surprised this didn't make the shortlist.
A worthy book I never would have read had it not been for the Man Booker.
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Would you listen to Solar Bones again? Why?
The writing and performance combine for a unique effect.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This is a book to listen to in one sitting. If you have a one day outdoor project to do, like Fall or Spring cleanup with your earbuds buried under ear protection gear and a backpack blower and you are all alone ... you won't forget this book. Tim Reynolds brings Mike McCormack's book to life.
Any additional comments?
Perhaps, listen inside while you are drinking Writers Tears.