Pond

Pond

Book - 2016
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"In Claire-Louise Bennet's shimmering debut, an unnamed young woman--wry, somewhat misanthropic, keenly observant--chronicles her life on the outskirts of a coastal village. The charms of bananas and oatcakes in the morning and Spanish oranges after sex; the small pleasures and anxieties of throwing a party, exchanging salacious emails with a new lover, sitting in the bath as it storms outside. Broken oven knobs prompt a meditation on survival that's both haunting and playful; a sunset walk leads to an unsettling encounter with a herd of cows; the discovery of an old letter recalls an impossible affair."--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2016]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780399575891
0399575898
Branch Call Number: BENNETT C
Bennett, C
Characteristics: 195 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bennett, Claire-Louise

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Alena_T May 24, 2017

Ethereal, witty, and lyrical, every page reveals sentences to savour. One of my favourite poetic novels of all time.

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brangwinn
Apr 23, 2017

An interesting take on a journal this slim book has interconnecting stories as told by a woman living in a small town in Ireland. I’m one of the reviewers who found the stories flat. The concept was interesting but the stories failed to hold my attention.

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JaimieL95
Apr 04, 2017

JUST THE KIND OF BOOK I LIIIIKE. Feels 100 AS HELL.

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SGrahamMN
Jan 10, 2017

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okbookgirl
Dec 07, 2016

This is a strange and compelling read, which I loved. Told entirely in the first-person, this is the story of the inner life - thoughts and feelings - of a young woman living in a cottage in a rural area. We never learn her name and there are no big plot developments. But you feel you know this woman as well as you know your friends or sisters, as she comments on the small and large events in her life and in her immediate surroundings. Beautiful writing and quite hypnotic.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 23, 2016

Like a swift current, Pond effortlessly carried me from its first sentence to its last. Much of that had to do with the nontraditional narrative style- almost no dialogue, very stream-of-consciousness with lots of space for the reader to fill in the blanks. I loved the narrator's unusual perspective and enjoyed the book overall. With that being said, it did feel a bit incomplete to me.

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harrissusanc
Aug 01, 2016

More than vignettes and short stories, it reads like a series of letters, about to be a novel, about a girl living in a cottage, sort of alone, making sense of existence. She's beguiling - indulgent, plushy, spare and full of quiet rapture. Every summer I find a book I'm surprised I love, and this summer, it's Pond.

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Alena_T May 24, 2017

“I only wish you could spend just five minutes beneath my skin and feel what it’s like. Feel the savage swarming magic I feel.”
― Claire-Louise Bennett, Pond

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