Oct 27, 2017

Book Beginning: Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, September 12, 2017, galley courtesy of Soho Press. This book is a Man Booker Prize 2017 nominee. 
On All Souls Day, the late Marcus Conway returns home. Solar Bones captures in a single relentless sentence the life and death of this rural Irish engineer, and his place in the globally interconnected 21st century. (publisher)

Book beginning:

the bell
  the bell as
  hearing the bell as
        hearing the bell as standing here
        the bell being heard standing here
        hearing it ring through the grey light of this
        morning, noon or night
        god knows
        this gray day standing here and 
        listening to this bell in the middle of the day, the middle of
the day bell, the Angelus bell in the middle of the day, ringing out
through the gray light
         to here 
          standing in the kitchen 
          hearing this bell 

It will be very interesting reading this. I think I'd read it as a poem, one long sentence, a new experience. Other book awards for Solar Bones:

Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize
Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year
An Irish Times Book Club Choice

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Kathy Martin said...

OMG! No! I am a firm believer in punctuation. This would not work for me. I have a science fiction book this week - The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. Happy reading!

Harvee said...

You could try reading it as poetry. Maybe that would work...

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What fabulous opening lines! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “UNRAVELING OLIVER”

Suko said...

An interesting approach to story-telling!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Happy reading and happy weekend!

Lauren @ Always Me

Harvee said...

Yes, indeed!

Harvee said...

A verse novel!

Harvee said...

Thanks. Wish I had more time to just sit and read!

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