Visitors are reminded that they are about to enter the Wunderkammer, a floating chamber where normal spacetime conventions no longer apply…A bomb blast in the London Underground rips through space and time, unearthing four stories that whirl, collide and pass each other by.Sometime around now, Georgia Madden (who used to be Georgie) flees her Dublin home, embarking on a roVisitors are reminded that they are about to enter the Wunderkammer, a floating chamber where normal spacetime conventions no longer apply…A bomb blast in the London Underground rips through space and time, unearthing four stories that whirl, collide and pass each other by.Sometime around now, Georgia Madden (who used to be Georgie) flees her Dublin home, embarking on a road trip spiked with the hidden dangers of her past and her present. In the 1970s, as the Madden family begins to disintegrate, a disruptive stranger arrived who will bind them, briefly. While the underground bomb ticks down, an elderly German woman, Anna Bauer, recounts her own war story to a film crew. And all along, fizzing and popping in a parallel reality, we, the ‘visitors’, are led through an unsettling and volatile Museum of Curiosities.The past crosses and weaves with the present; generations are bound together and cleaved apart; future selves remember and forget who they once were. Forgiveness is sought, offered and withheld – and as they unspool, the fragmented lives of four people become a haunting whole, where time is unknowable....
|Title||:||Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland|
|Number of Pages||:||483 Pages|
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Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland Reviews
I raved about Mia Gallagher's other book, Hellfire, when I read it six years ago, to the extent that I even wrote a blog post about it. So I rushed out and bought this one as soon as it was published. My expectations were high and in some respects, they were met. Mia Gallagher's trademark audacity, inventiveness with language and brilliant characterisation were all there. The story had many strands to it, all strong stories in their own right, but unfortunately, beautiful though they were, they failed to come together to make a whole.
Mia Gallagher‘s huge, tough, remarkable, moving, bizarre, and ultimately tragic Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland is a book not easily forgotten. It’s one of the most adventurous Irish novels in years, taking in issues of terrorism, identity, refugees, transgenderism, and the look and feel of Dublin in the grimy 1970s. A complex, sometimes difficult read. Utterly mesmerising.
This book is a slow, slow burn, and while describing it to others I said it starts with a bomb and the rest of what you read is shrapnel suspended in space (or frozen in time). The more I read it the more I felt I was being torn up inside- the shrapnel was moving, making millions of little cuts, but in infinitesimal amounts.This book requires a reader worthy of it. Pay close attention. Take note of the tiniest detail, the links between its different consciences, of everything it infers between the lines. I've never read something so featherlight but heavy as lead at the same time. Not very much happens and yet so much happens within the characters' minds, all of them tortured and running from something.As an aside my opinion is biased because I personally know the author (however, I haven't spoke to her about this work or was involved with her process). Her debut, HellFire, is one of the most incredible first-person narratives I've read. Ever. This one is incredibly complex and painful, and in some ways begs to be performed as well as read. If you're looking for a challenging puzzle to tease out, then look no further.
This book is incredible. I was impressed most by the parallel drawn between the arbitrariness of nationhood assignment and the arbitrariness of gender assignment, and the gravely serious (potentially deadly) consequences of each. Flipping between the writing styles for each character/mode of narrative felt effortless. I picked up this book because I heard the author's interview on Jessa Crispin's podcast, and she discussed the challenge of researching the ethnic cleansing of Germans from Czechoslovakia after WWII, information that comes through in the novel in an interview with Anna Bauer, a Sudeten German woman who fled to England. My family is also ethnically German (Donauschwaben) and was expelled from Yugoslavia (now Serbia) under a similar nationalist program during the same time period. I've never read a novel that addresses the experiences of this population, and it was gratifying to read about the larger significance of this huge piece of my family's story in such a compassionate, intellectual, ambitious novel.
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This book is an interesting story within the present and the past. It can be somewhat difficult to follow at times. I loved the characters.
This hefty book of almost 500 pages of small print is fat with fascinating stories and beautiful prose, but it does require some effort from the reader if she is to partake of all that’s on offer and especially if she is to grasp the full force of the links between them all.Full review http://annegoodwin.weebly.com/1/post/...