The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
What’s it about?
This is an eerie and atmospheric novel that centers around two brothers. It takes place in England during the 1970's. The narrator has always been his mute older brother's protector. He looks back at a pilgrimage from their childhood that would change their lives and their faith. The Catholic Church and all it's rituals play an important role in the story.
What did it make me think about?
It reminded me of all good gothic novels- it was full of unease and doom. This story centered on the characters faith, or lack of faith, and certainly left you wondering.
Should I read it?
This book won the "2015 Costa First Novel Award" and was the "British Book Awards Best Book of 2016" so I was expecting a lot. This book was good and the author did a great job of creating atmosphere and tension. My biggest criticism is that it seemed to take a good portion of the novel to set up the plot. In the end I was impressed with the book, but am not sure everyone would like it.
"He gave me a wry smile. Even as he asked the question I think he knew that I didn't and hadn't for some time. Priests are like doctors. They know that people lie about the things they think will disappoint them."
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My dad made it through 200 pages and threw in the towel. I think he liked it even less than I did. Maybe this a masterpiece to some, but I can not recommend it. In my humble opinion- the writing is exemplary. The plot and pacing is not.
So I am 400 pages in to this novel and am ready to leave on vacation. This book weighs a thousand pounds and is not making it into my luggage- for more than one reason.... It is written beautifully, but I am just not loving it enough to haul it around. So far is a lot of pages in to want to leave it behind... What the heck??? Too many characters, too little plot, and I have run out of time to see if this "masterpiece" is ever going to turn around for me. Yes- it is being hailed a masterpiece.
So what to do.... Appeal to my dad to read this big old book and let us all know what he thinks. No one loves history more (and this is an impeccably detailed historical account of the logging industry in Canada) so he is my perfect reviewer. Thanks Dad!
I will add his review below when he sends it to me. I am anxiously awaiting his opinion...
To be continued.....
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!