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The Long Take

Walker, a young Canadian recently demobilised after war and his active service in the Normandy landings and subsequent European operations. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and unable to face a return to his family home in rural Nova Scotia, he goes in search of freedom, change, anonymity and repair. We follow Walker through a sequence of poems as he moves through post-war American cities of New York, Los Angles and San Francisco....

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ISBN : 9781509846887
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 237 pages
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The Long Take Reviews

  • Claire

    There is so much going on in this book, and all of it is good. The Long Take is so deserving of its place on the 2018 Man Booker Shortlist. I was hesitant about reading this- I’m always wary of extended narratives written in verse. I often find it gimmicky; that either the form or narrative suffers. This is not the case with The Long Take.

    This book is about many things: post-war America, the veteran experience, isolation, poverty, and most interestingly to me, the life of cities. As an unapologe

  • Eric Anderson

    Robin Robertson is a Scottish writer who has published several successful collections of poetry. His book “The Long Take” is described on the inside flap of the dust jacket as “a noir narrative written with the intensity and power of poetry.” I'm all for cross-genre novels and blended forms of writing. I don't think categorization of books makes an impact on the actual reading experience. But I do get slightly anxious when self-proclaimed poets write books which are classified as novels as I des ...more

  • Maddie C.

    “ I’m interested in films and jazz. Cities.’


    ‘Yes. American cities.’

    ‘What about American cities?’

    ‘How they fail.’ ”

    The Long Take is an incredibly raw look at the post-war experience, illustrating the particular trials and tribulations felt after the second world war ended, specifically as the veterans of the war returned to their home countries and tried to rebuild their lives. Written in verse, an epic of mini proportions, Robin Robertson lyrical writing conjures beautiful images ...more

  • Oni

    The Long Take by Robin Robertson: a beautiful wound that aches when it rains, a gulp of whisky lingering in one’s stomach like a burning seed. It’s devastatingly good – highly accomplished formally but also immensely vivid, capable of shifting tectonic plates even inside those who may fear that poetry is not for them.

    In form, it is a hybrid: an epic poem written in free verse characterized by an unusual inclination towards 11, 13, and 15 syllable lines, interspersed with cinematic prose – fragme

    "a beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring. Here we have a poet at the peak of his symphonic powers taking a great risk, and succeeding gloriously."

  • Katie Long

    Oh, another gem from this year's Man Booker longlist. In this novel length poem, a Canadian WWII veteran is trying to rebuild his life while haunted by the fear that he has lost part of himself forever. From New York, to L.A., to San Francisco, he finds a country that seems to believe it has moved on from the war that he can't forget, but there is clearly fear at the root of all of the consumerism and commercialization. A beautiful, brooding book that I would recommend to anyone. Even if you thi ...more

  • Hugh

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

    Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2018

    This is my second book from the Booker longlist. I was already aware of Robertson as a poet having heard him on the radio and through a CD called Hirta Songs, a collaboration with the Scottish folksinger Alasdair Roberts that mixed songs and spoken poetry, telling the story of the last inhabitants of St Kilda.

    This book is a bold experiment - it has the narrative arc of a novel but it is largely told in free verse.

  • Neil

    UPDATE: Now re-read after its inclusion on the Goldsmiths shortlist and confirmed as a 5 star read. This time I found it even more poetic and devastatingly heartbreaking in its depiction of a man struggling with PTSD and in its depiction of racism in post-war America. Maybe more to come when I get back from holiday and am not typing on my phone.


    It is hard to comprehend the horror of war if you have not experienced it. I know it is beyond me. In WWII, millions of people died, others survived.

  • Britta Böhler

    Absolutely brilliant!