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Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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Is it a protest of sorts, in which fictionalising “transports to other places and other lives” (Amanda Saint). He was shortlisted with this debut, Metronome, for the Bridport Prize, and with another piece, ‘Magda’, at the Bristol Short Story Prize. Overall, I thought the story was very complex, interesting and really dived into what isolation can do to people. I can also see onto the island from a boat and so have the view of an outsider as well as having lived on the island for sometime. Wondering whether this is a hero story, how does one effectively define a hero – and can you be your own hero?

The book moved between past and present to fill in some of the details about the main characters but I was still left wanting to know more. They spent their time attending to the ground, attempting to grow food with regular exercise as well as an ancient jigsaw.The setup is that a couple, Aina and Whitney have been in exile on a supposed island for 12 years for the crime in their future dystopian society of conceiving a child without a permit.

I enjoyed puzzling what happened next and imagining the possible endings however, I can also see that this will frustrate some readers that want a black and white conclusion.You can imagine the type of devastation on The Limits, after which everything is off kilter; is this dystopia meeting reality? I would throw a few questions at her from Proust’s questionnaire; probably “what is your greatest regret”, “what is your motto” and “who are your heroes in real life”.

Sure enough it is a sheep counting system that is probably Celtic in original and used in the north of Britain in the main. You never really learn anything about the outside society so you have to just imagine a future population controlled civilization also subject to the poisonous effects of climate change. Ottessa Moshfegh deems that within good fiction, “you feel shaken, ‘woken up’, affected“ as a reader. Ever since I read Blurb Your Enthusiasm, I've been paying more attention to the jacket copy on books. As days pass, Aina begins to suspect that their prison is part of a peninsula, and that Whitney has been keeping secrets.This was an easy and reasonably intriguing read, but ultimately a bit vague and bleak for me, and not distinguished enough at the level of the prose (e. The author seems to want to say something without saying it but not even hinting at what it might be. Sure, there’s an undercurrent of mild thriller, a human study, a deeper issue of crime and punishment - no matter what the crime or misdemeanour, and whether the punishment fits it. I enjoyed the story and was really intrigued with it although I would have liked a little more world building to tell me about the world outside the island. Sent there as punishment for committing a crime not initially revealed to us, they are confined by their reliance upon pills which are dispensed from a mysterious box on the wall every eight hours.

There is a storm in Metronome during my reading of it at roughly the same time as Dudley, Eunice and Franklin take hold. Both of them yearn for their son from whom they were separated, and both are keeping secrets from each other.In brief, Aina and Whitney have been exiled to an unknown island from an unknown country, and are tethered to a machine which dispenses a pill every eight hours that ensures their survival.

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