The Colony: Audrey Magee

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The Colony: Audrey Magee

The Colony: Audrey Magee

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At first this seems like an odd mix, then over time changes into a thematic counterpoint (as my comments imply) but by the end the two storylines gradually but impactfully bleeding into each other – with first the characters discussing what they hear on the radio of the atrocities but eventually them considering how the events impact on their own plans. Well-written novels that engage with Hot-Button Social Issues always win prizes, and The Colony is sure to be no exception. The only flaw is the novel's oblique and muffled conclusion, when the narrative tension mysteriously dissipates, but I was thoroughly transfixed by this novel until the very end. Audrey Magee worked for twelve years as a journalist and has written for, among others, The Times, The Irish Times, the Observer and the Guardian. Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place - one in his paintings, the other by capturing its speech, the language he hopes to preserve.

A middle-aged English artist arrives on an island off the west coast of Ireland in the summer of 1979. It’s not Man of Aran cod Irishness but the unescapable march of progress that condemns the picturesque to colourised photos of a black and white past nobody wants to live in. Opposing any religious intolerance which leads to killing your brother, the newspaper-style chapters on brutal murders of Catholics and Protestants left me saddened and helpless. This novel is beautiful; suffused with sorrow, and underpinned with a real sense of need that drives the action from the first page with all the inevitability of a tragedy.Literary and highly readable, with vivid characters and a sophisticated exploration of its subject matter, The colony engaged us on all levels.

I put off reading this novel for a long time, and I was yet again rewarded after deciding to read it or rather listen to it.

Language, art, violence, cultural differences and (naturally) colonisation – the way Magee weaves them together feels so masterful. Her first novel, The Undertaking, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, for France's Festival du Premier Roman and for the Irish Book Awards. in my 2022 Booker Prize longlist rankings - my Bookstagram rating, ranking, summary review and Book themed Golden Retriever photo is here:: https://www. Overall highly recommended – and a book which lingers in the mind and in which my review covers only a fraction of the ideas and involved (for example the extensive discussion of art) or the novels strengths (for example the brilliantly wry dialogue of the islanders to and about Lloyd and later JP). The artist who arrives at the island expects to exploit it for his own ends and leaves after achieving them and destroying hopes of some of the inhabitants.

I've always believed that good fiction can go to the beating heart of human reality in ways more likely to resonate with a reader than any textbook.A novel set on a remote Irish island in 1979, and it couldn't be more timely: An English painter and a French linguist visit the island, both following their own agendas while also claiming that they are helping the poor, isolated community. In this book, that 'someone' is Mairéad's bully of a brother-in-law, who, unlike the Milkman in Anna Burns' book (set in the same year), controls all the perspectives in the end. At the very least, he will please the “half-wife” he has left behind in London who doubles as his dealer and has recently taken to telling him that his paintings are derivative and dull. The underlying theme is the collision between an ancient way of life on a small Irish island and two "incomers," who have their own less than altruistic reasons for visiting the island over one summer in the 1970s.

You might think that there's not much more to be said about post-colonial relationships, rural isolation and the legacy of Catholic Church autocracy in Ireland - and even less interesting to say about it! These two visitors, aided by Micheál who is determined to make as much money as possible, stay close by in cottages near Mairead, her son James, her mother and grandmother. As well as the English artist already mentioned, a French linguist happens to arrive on the island that same summer. It's the summer of 1979 and the way of life on the island is under threat, whilst the troubles rage in the north.

He wishes to attach himself to the people; but instead he only catches hold of their outer garments.

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