- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate; 01 edition (6 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008204853
- ISBN-13: 978-0008204853
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.6 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Reservoir 13: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 Hardcover – 6 Apr 2017
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‘A wonderful book. He’s an extraordinary writer, unlike anyone else’ Paula Hawkins
‘Absolutely magnificent; one of the most beautiful, affecting novels I've read in years. The prose is alive and ringing. There is so much space and life in every sentence. I don't know how he's done it. It's beautiful‘ Eimear McBride
‘This is a book quite unlike anything I have read before. There's a hypnotic pull to the narrative, which has an irresistibly cumulative effect: in time I felt intimately immersed in a community traumatised by tragedy. Moreover McGregor writes with rare grace and integrity, and with such exquisite care the reader would be hard-pressed to find an infelicitous syllable, still less a word or phrase. If people were not already aware that here is one of our most accomplished living writers, they certainly will be now’ Sarah Perry
‘McGregor writes with such grace and precision, with love even, about who and where we are, that he leaves behind all other writers of his generation‘ Sarah Hall
'Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary – the way it’s structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which Jon McGregor lets the characters breathe and age’ Roddy Doyle
‘If you don't yet know you should read novels by Jon McGregor, then I can't help you' Evie Wyld
‘A work of intense, forensic noticing; an unobtrusively experimental, thickly atmospheric portrait of the life of a village which, for its mixture of truthfulness and potency, deserves to be set alongside works of such varied brilliance as Ronald Blythe’s Akenfield, Jim Crace’s Harvest and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood’ Sarah Crown, TLS
‘McGregor’s latest novel is a remarkable achievement… Fluid and fastidious, its sparing loveliness feels deeply true to its subject. There are moments, as in life, of miraculous grace, but no more than that…(a) humane and tender masterpiece’ Irish Times
About the Author
Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Prize, and Somerset Maugham Award, and has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. He was born in Bermuda in 1976, grew up in Norfolk, and now lives in Nottingham.
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Reservoir 13 opens a little deceptively with a big news event; the disappearance/abduction of a 13 year old girl, Rebecca Shaw, from a rural community in middle England. A decade or more passes and people vaguely reflect that something terrible once happened there, but they only half-remember the girl's name and get on with their lives. That's basically the rhythm that Reservoir 13 falls into and it's one that is a bit like most people's lives. It might seem like it fizzles out and nothing ever lives up to the 'main event', but the disappearance of Rebecca Shaw leaves behind repercussions that might seem unrelated, but are significant nonetheless for the people involved.
Anyone who isn't familiar with the author's distinctive style could find Reservoir 13 rather mundane and wonder why nothing actually happens. It's a very unconventional style of writing that isn’t so much interested in narrative as much as rhythm. It's this pattern, this overview, that impression that Jon McGregor's writing aims to capture and, for better or worse, he does it remarkably well. On the other hand you could see it as indeed nothing but narrative, with no great insight or psychological underpinning, merely a series of small moments of no great significance. It’s everything and it’s nothing.
If anything McGregor’s writing technique has become even more refined and simplified as he reaches his fourth novel. There are fewer points of revelation there for impact, fewer poetic observations and less emotional resonance that you might have found in If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things or So Many Ways to Begin. And if the misery of the lives of down-and-outs in Even the Dogs was almost unendurable, Reservoir 13 seems to strive for a more detached observation on life while still encompassing all of it and still striving for a deeper truth. It’s not going to win any new fans and it will test those who were attracted to his earlier writing, but in Reservoir 13 Jon McGregor seem to be determined to follow his own narrative voice on a path where he still has few equals.
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