Top positive review
Difficult, but delightful!
14 October 2018
"This would be a 19th-century book because I did not like the 20th century."
I have no idea how to describe this book – it is so strange and dystopian and hypnotising and scary and funny with heart full of black humour.
As usual, I did not read any reviews or synopsis before starting the book – and it took me until page 96 to realise... this is [Northern] Ireland! With all this talk about religion, a dozen of kids per household and occasional mention of bombings. And then there is our protagonist, 18-year old maybe-girlfriend of her maybe-boyfriend, sister to wee sisters and older sisters, daughter of Ma, student of French and an avid reader, also a love interest of some military guerrilla, aka Milkman.
"Milkman" is not an easy read, but it is good. It is quirky, strange and surprisingly delightful. Did I mention the sarcasm and black humour? In abundance!
I could not put it better than the Guardian: despite the surreality, everything about this novel rings true.
Reminded me of? At some point I thought of "1984".