by Anakana Schofield
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Malarky 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
JaneFrank More than 1 year ago
The central character of Malarky is Phil, Philomena, Mam, our woman and, of course, the first person narrator the elusive I ...all are indeed one woman. I would say even every-woman, but given that this romp of a novel is set in Ireland, I am going to venture out on a limb, and say our woman despite her empty chatter is more than even the sum of all her roles. She seems omnipresent in every scene as she guides us through her landscape. Could 'our woman' be a latter day version of the one the Irish revere 'our lady.' For sure, she.explores virgin territory - goes were no woman has gone before and not only lives to tell the tale but loves to tell the tale What a malarky... as our heroine leads us through folk, farming and fornicating tales with compassion, caring and a cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anakana Schofield's Malarky is a moving, funny story about an ordinary woman determined to overcome challenges and make the most out of life. Written from a lower working class perspective Schofield's protagonist explores the cards she is dealt, mainly grieving, to understand her lot, grow and accept. Particularly moving, and in some ways universally applicable, are the way this working class wife deals with her husband's affair, this working class mother deals with her son's sexuality, and the compelling exploration of how this working class every woman lives with grief.
AoifeMairead More than 1 year ago
This is an extraordinary book. Very unusual which is why I loved it. Some of the reviewers who have written on here presumbably like straightforward novels that do not challenge or offer anything new. Seriously like, it's not popular fiction and it's a challenging book. We read it in our book club and we loved it because it was such a great engagement and we had a really good discussion and agreed/disagreed. If you like serious, thoughtful, ambitious literature you will love this book. I don't understand the naysayers below. All I can imagine is they are not ambitious and need to be more open minded. Are they prejudice maybe because of the gay character in the book? Don't listen to them. Our bookclub read this book, we have been meeting for years and honestly this is one of BEST books we have ever read. This writer is like a female James Joyce but funnier. This book is totally original. I have never read anything like it!!! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Malarky is an amazing book. Schofield manages to create colorful characters full of compassion, curiosity, repression, anger and joy. This novel demonstrates the psychological, emotional and sexual complexity of human beings and how certain people manage to live through tragedy, pain and suffering with dignity. I highly recommend it for its quirky sense of humor, interesting narration and poignant story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The voice of Our Woman, the main character, is the best part about this novel for me. She's tender, funny, compassionate. The way she talks about birth and about her husband's table manners is hysterical and spot-on all at once. I also think that the way she handles her son's homosexuality is very moving, I'd recommend it to any mother who has a gay son--for that matter to any wife with a philandering husband too. Five stars all the way!
riverwalker More than 1 year ago
As one of the reviewers below says, "what is funny about an aging woman going mad", I can only say, having spent the last five years in very close contact with my father, who had dementia, there were many funny moments. And, I don't mean that he was doing something foolish. My dad had a dry wit and a way with words when he was younger and his sense of humour was exactly the same until not long before he died. This author has managed to capture Our woman's sense of humour, which quite honestly is the only thing that helps us through the heartbreaking moments we all face. Schofield's journey through the life and mind of someone as humble and self-effacing as Our woman shows us what goes on under the grey hair of the old country girl is not always what we might think. An amazing first book of what we can only hope will be many
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haven't read yet I am still waiting on my pre-orders for nook
jakejake More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written, almost bitter-sweet story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crazy Normal People! Some books can't be easily pigeonholed, defy neat descriptions - that's Malarky. I could tell you what it's about, but that's not the point of it really. The point is just to get to know the people, the characters and perhaps recognise them, or even just notice them, and their experiences. If you know Ireland, you'll know Malarky. But equally, if you know aging, pain, loss, unattractiveness, friendship, motherhood, madness and general hilarity, then fear not - it's for you too!! And as a bonus, it will transform your view of the Emerald Isle! You'd need a hard heart not to feel Malarky and if it doesn't make you laugh I'm afraid you're a lost soul. Malarky is for that bit of crazy in all of us and it's for the secret stories and rich lives of the people you pass by every day in the store, on the bus and never give a second glance or thought to. Aren't those the best books? It's for all of us who hold intense conversations in our heads, with ourselves, about next to nothing half the time! A friend bought it for me, perhaps she knows!
AKepsel More than 1 year ago
I found myself confused with this book. From other reviews I was expecting some resemblance to 'Housekeeping' by Marilynne Robinson. An account of life through a normal womans eyes. A life that ventured into hidden desires and accounts of the hidden knowledge mothers are keen to. Instead it was a book about a very confused woman going mad as she aged, with babbling narratives that left you feeling more or less helpless to the car crash you are about to witness. It was written without a sense of purpose leaving me with the opinion that there was no purpose in reading this book. It was a waste of my time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm very confused by the other reviews on this book. We all have our opinions but how is a woman who is slowly losing her mind funny? What is funny about seeing your son perform sexual acts on another boy? How is losing both your son and husband humurous? This book was dark, depressing and confusing. I would not finish it if I had not been the one who selected it for our first book club book. I'm afraid the club may disband after this horrible first book.