Goblin

Goblin Ever Dundas
  • Title: Goblin
  • Author: Ever Dundas
  • ISBN: 9781911332299
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • Goblin Ever Dundas Goblin Ian McEwan s Atonement meets Guillermo del Toro s Pan s Labyrinth in this extraordinary debut A novel set between the past and present with magical realist elements Goblin is an outcast girl growing u
    Ian McEwan s Atonement meets Guillermo del Toro s Pan s Labyrinth in this extraordinary debut.A novel set between the past and present with magical realist elements Goblin is an outcast girl growing up in London during World War 2 After witnessing a shocking event she increasingly takes refuge in a self constructed but magical imaginary world Having been rejected by herIan McEwan s Atonement meets Guillermo del Toro s Pan s Labyrinth in this extraordinary debut.A novel set between the past and present with magical realist elements Goblin is an outcast girl growing up in London during World War 2 After witnessing a shocking event she increasingly takes refuge in a self constructed but magical imaginary world Having been rejected by her mother, she leads a feral life amidst the craters of London s Blitz, and takes comfort in her family of animals, abandoned pets she s rescued from London s streets.In 2011, a chance meeting and an unwanted phone call compels an elderly Goblin to return to London amidst the riots and face the ghosts of her past Will she discover the truth buried deep in her fractured memory or retreat to the safety of near madness In Goblin, debut novelist Dundas has constructed an utterly beguiling historical tale with an unforgettable female protagonist at its centre.
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    About Ever Dundas


    1. Ever Dundas is a writer specialising in the weird and macabre She writes literary fiction, horror and sci fi Her first novel, Goblin is about an outcast girl growing up in London during World War II She is currently working on her second novel, HellSans, a sci fi thriller.


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    1. Ms G Bradfield aka Old Lady is a reader in residence at a library in Edinburgh Her homeless friend Ben, a frequent library patron, could be found chewing books and sucking the ink off the pages, of course, in alphabetical order, chew, spit Ben presents the Old Lady with photos he has found in the library that record events occurring in World War ll London Photos of bones, doll parts, a shrew head, evidence of animal carnage, and a camera have been unearthed The photos suggest that the photograph [...]

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    2. The best thing about GR is since joining most of the fabulous little known to me anyway books I ve read I ve found through the eloquent and enthusiastic reviews of friends here Chasing the King of Hearts Roger and Angela , Moon Tiger Julie , All But My Life A Memoir Julie and Marialyce , The Way Back to Florence Elyse , So Long, See You Tomorrow Teresa and Carol , In the Land of Armadillos Stories Elyse The latest is this one Fran Though I didn t love it quite as much as the books I mentioned ab [...]

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    3. A unique life, uniquely toldGoblin is an old lady now, working as a Reader in an Edinburgh library But when the newspapers report that a strange pile of objects have been unearthed bones, bits of a doll, a shrew head and a camera she is thrust back into memories of her early life as a street urchin in wartime London The camera still works and when the police develop the pictures they determine they could only have been taken by a child, and now they want Goblin to come in for an interview.Althou [...]

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    4. Goblin might very well be my favourite protagonist since Don Quixote I cared for her, I laughed and cried with her, I saw myself in her I ve just finished reading her adventures and I want to start all over again Bones, doll parts, a shrew head, a camera.

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    5. Goblin is the only name by which we know narrator, a reader in residence at Edinburgh Central Library whose best friend is a homeless Scot whose life goal is to eat yes, eat literature In alphabetical order, of course But news of a grisly discovery in London which dates back to the early days of the Second World War and Goblin s own difficult East End childhood The news hits Goblin hard and she falls ill, with only Ben and his dog Sam to care for her When her strength returns it is only to disco [...]

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    6. An outstanding work This is the best book I ve read this year It s beautifully written and plotted and manages to raise important issues without ever losing Goblin s voice and the wonderful story This is everything a truly great novel should be, all at once heartbreaking and joyous and spellbinding and funny and sad and hopeful I love it and I love Goblin, I don t want to let her go Prepare to laugh and cry and fall in love.

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    7. My favourite book of the year so far, this was spellbinding I loved her adventures, her world and imagination I cried, twice The end came too soon, and I found myself back at the beginning and all so beautifully done Truly a really special debut.

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    8. Goblin is a sprawling coming of age story with a unique protagonist and a highly unpleasant atmosphere.The novel starts in London, in 2011 and on the brink of WWII, as our spunky protagonist, the titular Goblin, runs wild with her two friends and Devil the dog, making up insane stories, constantly trying to hang out with her older brother David, and going deeper and deeper into her fantasies And, in the times closer to the present, working in a library, hanging out with a homeless kid, and drink [...]

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    9. See of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsGoblin is a macabre novel of abandonment and loss, unreliable memory and the fragility of the human mind It jumps netween its two time periods, confusingly at first, as the elderly incarnation of Goblin attempts to unravel and understand the events in her childhood that drove her to the edge of insanity She is a compelling character, all the so as I began to understand her past tragedies, and her inventiveness meant I could never quite believe e [...]

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    10. This book has some of my favorite ingredients a strong, unique, female protagonist a hint of magical realism and a list of oddball supporting characters We meet Goblin as an old woman or old lady, as she is affectionately called by her friend and realize right away that there is something peculiar about her Over a series of flashbacks, we learn about where Goblin came from, what made her so peculiar, and what the hell the Lizard King is There is a circus, an exploration of bisexuality in war tim [...]

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    11. Stunning book, and such a great debut Dundas flits between times and settings with ease, painting a vivid, startling and occasionally harrowing picture of the life of Goblin, the titular hero It s magical realism, but not, and brings to life people on the fringes an unwanted child, a conscientious objector, circus performers, an elderly women, and a homeless man in a beautiful, moving way This big old humanist and vegetarian me particularly loved the examinations of animal rights and emotions, g [...]

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    12. A magical book, filled with eccentric and engaging characters I ve read nothing like this before The author weaves an enchanting story, moving between Goblin as she is now and as she was during her many adventures, from being a child during the blitz in London, to being accepted by the circus There is tragedy but there is also compassion and humour Throughout it all is a deep reverence and love for the animals we share the world with You will never forget Goblin or the world she shows us.

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    13. A beautiful and brilliant debut There are some very deliberate choices in the prose which I didn t quite gel with at times and I m not in love with the frame narrative in the novel as a whole, but Goblin s story is just so distinctive and moving that none of that mattered in the end An overall wonderful read.

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    14. 4.5Full review up at strange ordinary 2017 08 A rarity for me, a contemporary novel that has become an instant favourite I gobbled this book up and fell in love with the titular Goblin, a young girl growing up in WWII London who delves deeper and deeper into an imaginary world after she witnesses a traumatic event which she buries deep in her memory If you are a fan of Angela Carter s Nights at the Circus, Neil Gaiman s The Graveyard Book, and the Guillermo del Toro film Pan s Labyrinth, then th [...]

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    15. A colourful adventure of a life lived through war and tumult and the circus and the beautiful haunted city of Venice these sections my favourite of the book One for fans of the macabre and the marginal, animals and freaks and self making stories.

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    16. When I started reading articles and previews about Goblin, I was smacked in the face with colossal premise envy Oh, wow Just you read the blurb, or a summary, and there s no possible way you re avoiding reading this book Hook, line, sinker.The novel intertwines two weaving time threads, each telling the story of an elderly woman called Goblin In the past, Goblin survived the Blitz, and was a witness to the Pet Massacre, a little known but utterly devastating snippet of WW2 history In the modern [...]

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    17. I think calling this novel a blend between fantasy and reality might be a bit of a stretch And the reason that I say this is because it misled me a great deal From the premise, I thought that I would be reading about a girl who flits back and forth between different realms and it is up to the reader to discover which is the truth The novel is better depicted as flitting between past and present, and there is always this feeling that something is being hidden from the reader and from the protagon [...]

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    18. Full disclosure the author is a friend of a couple of old friends That s how I found out about the book Read a description they shared when it came out, and it sounded interesting that, plus the spectacularly gorgeous cover It s not really the sort of thing I regularly read, although it touches on some aspects the historical dimension, and the element of mystery it s probably a bit literary than my usual genres.But what a great read I found the writing and the characters really engaging and int [...]

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    19. Goblin is an outcast girl growing up in London during World War Two She witnesses a brutal and shocking event that pushes her into creating and living in her own imaginary world She gathers a menagerie around her, made up of real animals including Groo the cat who grooms all the other animals and the very characterful Corporal Pig and invented creatures including Monsta, created from bits and pieces and brought to life with Goblin s blood.Goblin wanders London, using the fact that she looks like [...]

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    20. A delightful read A rare book The novel follows the life of the extraordinary Goblin, from her childhood in war torn WWII London to old age Along the way the reader gets to know a cast of colorful and endearing characters human and animal and witnesses a series of both fascinating and heartrending scenarios At the heart of the story, though, is Goblin s missing brother and a painful secret she s been hiding for decades The book is a fast read, it bursts with emotion and life which buoys the read [...]

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    21. ebook given through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Omg There is just no enough words for me to explain to you how much I loved this book It was so heartbreaking,and moving,and powerfull It kinda reminded me to the Book thief because of the WWII aspect and it s just that kind of story that leaves you breathless,the only difference is that this book have a little magic inside which book doesn t A well written story combined with magical realism is a perfect combination for a book that [...]

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    22. Goblin is an oddball and an outcast But she s also a dreamer, a bewitching raconteur, a tomboy adventurer whose spirit can never be crushed Running feral in World War II London, Goblin witnesses the carnage of the Blitz and sees things that can never be unseenbut can be suppressed She finds comfort in her beloved animal companions and lives on her wits with friends real and imagined, exploring her own fantastical world of Lizard Kings and Martians and joining the circus In 2011, London is burnin [...]

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    23. I wavered a bit about whether I should be rating this book a bit higher, because the prose is quite good and I generally found myself interested in the story as it unfolded But the plot also meanders quite a bit as it tries to include all the details of the main character s long and extraordinary life, and I also didn t find the central mystery as compelling as I might have hoped Still, I think this debut novel shows potential, and I wouldn t be at all averse to seeing what this author does next [...]

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    24. Great story telling, switching between Goblin s early life as a child in WWII and a slightly down at heel elderly woman in 2011, rediscovered due to a sinister find in Kensal Green cemetery Stuffed full of memorable characters, circus performers, evacuees, and a host of waifs and strays, a thoroughly enjoyable picaresque.

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    25. A fantastical strange tale that is both tragic, sad and heartbreaking An abused, ignored child, Goblin lives through the blitz in London surviving on guile and smarts, tragic events eventually lead her to the circus and her adult life hiding a terrible secret A well written story with magically realism elements will surely make you feel for Goblin

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    26. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Unique and plot driven, Ms Dundas has written this coming of age story in this peculiar novel Dark, horrific, and magical, all at once Goblin s descent into fantasy is one of the better written novels I have read this year.

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    27. A very strange book, but really great Goblin s life takes her from pre war London, to Edinburgh in 2011 via evacuation, busking, the circus, Venice and besides Loved it

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    28. A literary Diane Arbus.

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    29. Goblin is an amazing book Spoiler alert there are no goblins in it.

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