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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The Long Take Reviews
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2018
Shortlisted for the Man Booker 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. At its ...more
Robin Robertson’s The Long Take demanded a new type of reading for me. I started reading it as poetry or as Psalms, reading short passages slowly and then immediately rereading them. But at that leisurely pace, I soon realized that The Long Take would dominate my fiction reading for weeks or even months, leading me to spend the entire Booker season on this one novel alone. So while I started slowly, I finished it more rapidly, as a contemplative yet compelling read.
The Long Take is multi-layered ...more
4.5 stars, rounded up.
I don't read a lot of poetry and the last verse novel I read was Vikram Seth's Golden Gate, which came out many years ago. But I was intrigued by the reviews and when it made the Booker longlist I moved it up the TBR. Robertson is a highly acclaimed poet, one of two people who has won the Forward Prize for poetry in three different categories.
This is a true verse novel, in my opinion. It is written primarily in poetic form (with short prose sections) but it has the struct ...more
“ 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
4.5* rounded up. Thoughts to follow once I get my head around it and after I see the author in person next week (it was pretty bleak but great).
Updated 30/8: After seeing an interview, hearing Robin Robertson read in his dramatic Scottish accent and speaking to him about this book and other’s I give all the stars. 5**
I really feel I need to read this again with his voice in my head and appreciate all the little nuances and themes he discussed.
These were his thoughts that struck me the most:
- Thi ...more
This book speaks to my heart. Achingly beautiful.
And on to Alameda and Chinatown
till he found the path that climbed to there Stone Quarry hills
up through fields and houses of the new pueblo to the high ravines,
Chavez, Sulphur, and Cemetery, Solano and Reservoir,
to Mount Lookout in between.
And he stood there, far over City Hall--
over the lights of Los Angeles--
as if the whole sky and all the stars had fallen:
displayed, spread out below
in a flickering maze,
this bed of moving embers.
Robertson’s pro ...more
I keep bumping this one up. Now a full 5 stars.