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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2002 – a stunning debut novel about a little girl growing up in the Ardoyne area of Belfast.Every single night and every single day Amelia goes upstairs to look at her treasure: a miniature plastic sheep, a Black Queen chess piece, a penny prayer for serenity, a tube of glitter – and thirty-seven black rubber bullets she’s colleSHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2002 – a stunning debut novel about a little girl growing up in the Ardoyne area of Belfast.Every single night and every single day Amelia goes upstairs to look at her treasure: a miniature plastic sheep, a Black Queen chess piece, a penny prayer for serenity, a tube of glitter – and thirty-seven black rubber bullets she’s collected ever since the British Army started firing them…...

Title : No Bones
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ISBN : 9780006552383
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 321 Pages
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No Bones Reviews

  • Hannah
    2019-04-16 02:18

    This book covers the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland from the 1960s to the 1990s. It is told primarily from the perspective of one young girl who grew up in the midst of Belfast in those years. I don't usually mind reading about difficult things. The perspective of this book is really interesting, and eventually turns into an analysis of mental health as much as a tale of Ireland. It's all of the despicable characters who eventually made me not love the book. I'm glad I read it, but wouldn't recommend it to friends. There are just so many examples of people doing awful things to each other with little or no direct provocation (plenty of past examples to follow and indirect provocation, but sometimes nothing direct at all). I understand that life can be like that sometimes, but it was difficult to read page after page. Overall, I would suggest reading this only if you understand that it is a catalog of how people constantly damage one another, sometimes beyond repair.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-04-21 23:19

    This book tries way too hard to be messed up just for shock value, but it has no substance behind it. Aside from being pervy and twisted, it's just another book about a sullen girl with a dysfunctional family. Running with Scissors, I think we've found you a girlfriend! :)

  • Tom Byrne
    2019-04-17 04:23

    Burns uses her experience growing up in Belfast to present an unsentimental, realistic, and troubled perspective that is bound to make readers squirm.Northern Ireland is an enigma for many readers, with a past, present, and future understood only through sound bites and partisan scholarship. WIthout apology, Burns allows readers to come to their own conclusions.

  • J.Elle
    2019-04-01 04:19

    This started out well.."Amelia remembered when the Troubles began." The way troubles is capitalized, I felt excited to learn what they were. At first, there were typical Troubles like her brother stealing her chest of "treasures" when she was six or the new puppies having to be drowned because no one wanted them or could care for them, then the Troubles escalated to things like one girl hitting another girl in the face with a typewriter, a Dad hanging himself for losing someone else's money and his son finding him and various random killings always involving a fire poker out in the street that no one did anything about, finally (about halfway through the book and where I put it down for good), the Troubles became things like a girl realizing she was pregnant, then pulling the baby out of her womb with her own hand in the middle of the street (at that point in her pregnancy, it was only the size of her thumb) and realizing by it's apparently recognizable face who the father was (as she couldn't even remember having sex) and then, deciding to stuff it back in herself so it could keep growing. These are Troubles I am not interested in.

  • Marguerite Kaye
    2019-04-06 02:18

    I didn't know what to think of this book. I've given it three stars because it was compelling and at times hilarious and really well written, but it also made me very, very uncomfortable and occassionally confused and I was left completly - I just don't know. I really admired the writing and the author for writing it, and to treat such sensitive subject matter in such a way was bold, really bold. Overall, this book was an experience, I just can't say what kind.

  • Rima Rashid
    2019-04-11 01:35

    Meet Amelia Boyd Lovett. Every single night and every single day Amelia goes upstairs to look at her treasure in a big battered suitcase: a miniature plastic sheep, a Black Queen chess piece...and thirty-seven black rubber bullets she's collected ever since the British Army started firing them...~One Goodreads review said that No Bones tries too hard to be messed up by being pervy and twisted. I thought it was an ironic and dysfunctional way to show how violence in Ireland affects children.

  • Monet
    2019-04-24 00:18

    I don't really know where to begin or what to say about this book. It was hot mess from the start. The story begins with a young girl, and her life growing up in troubled times in Ireland. If the story kept with that theme it really could have been a good story. But every chapter was a completely different story (none of which had anything to do with the next or previous), at times different people, and all of it was so over the top, raunchy or just stupid. Most of the chapters did nothing for the "story" if you can even call it a story. There were so many times I would get to the end of the chapter and think, "What the fuck just happened?!?!" There were times I had to walk away and read something else, but when I would return to try to finish this book I was lost all over again. All of the characters are forgettable. The author tries so hard to get that shock value, that she has ruined any integrity the "story" had. There are plenty of ways to talk about shocking events like rape, miscarriage, abusive families, murder and suicide without being so ridiculous or stupid. I don't need to know about the random girl in the neighborhood whose baby died... what does this have to do with this terrible "story"?! This isn't a book I would pass on to friends to read, or recommend.

  • Claire
    2019-04-12 07:21

    I hate this book.I'm almost done and can't even finish it.In fact. Not only can I not finish it, but I can't even bring myself to start another book. That's how much I hate it.It started out fine. I liked it in the beginning. But then it just fell apart. It turned into utter chaos. I'm sure I'm supposed to like it. I'm supposed to think that the deteriorating clarity in the novel reflects the deteriorating mental and physical situation of the characters, but to me it just seems like a mess. It falls apart into a big crazy mess at the end just like a lot of Stephen King's recent works. Like instead of tying everything up into a nice story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, the author just decide to take the lazy way out and just freaking car bomb the whole thing.

  • Joann Carol
    2019-04-02 00:36

    Fiction but reads like memoir. Makes one wonder how autobiographical it is. The chaos of living inside a war-zone as a child/teen/young adult is well-portrayed. Very engrossing writing.

  • Caelan
    2019-04-01 01:35

    Fragmented, disjointed but with a heartbreaking resounding truth. Through a mess of stories and thoughts Anna Burns takes us into the Amelia's world without trying attempting sentiment...watching the effect of the troubles on the children who grew up "unable to write about peace" we watch Amelia innocently digress from boys, to starvation to alcoholism...we watch those around her fall apart and yet refreshingly there is no point when we are meant to pity any of these characters. We understand more about politics not through individual feelings but through stories and thus Burns, through her plain, often -as one review suggested - bipolar - descriptions of the world around Amelia exposes us to a situation that is; most disbursing not in its nature; but in its acceptance ..and in its subsequent effects of the children it produced.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-16 00:28

    I loved this. I see from other reviews that this is a book which people either love or hate. I certainly fall into the first category. The writing style is hard - there is no doubt Anna Burns makes you work as a reader but that is no bad thing. Parts of the book are funny, sad, dark, and most of all painfully truthful. Having grown up at the same time as Anna' main character in the west of Scotland during the Troubles this just brought to life the terrible price paid by people just a short distance away in Northern Ireland.Not one for you if you want a comfortable story but then some things are so terrible they deserve to be told no matter how uncomfortable they make us all feel.

  • Jayne
    2019-04-18 07:13

    Set in Northern Ireland shortly before "the Troubles" descend. Reads more like a set of short stories with one person being the thread the binds them together. A bit weird and unsettling. i really struggled to finish this book but if you persevere you'll understand why it;s written this way. Not a feel good book.

  • Malinda
    2019-04-21 00:28

    For some reason, the cover of this book inspired me to pick it up. When I was about two chapters into it, I realized that I'd already started this book once and gave up. This time I stuck through the entire thing, but I just didn't care for the way that the way that time flows in this book. It was choppy and I just couldn't keep the characters straight.

  • Jeanne
    2019-04-15 01:42

    I have a hard time rating disturbing books because often I don't like them in the end, but this book kept me interested and going back for more.Amelia Lovett grows up during the turmoil in Ireland fomr the late 60s to the 80s and the story proceeds from horror to horror. It's hard to remember that that happened and how many peoples lives were destroyed.

  • Clara Givens
    2019-04-21 04:18

    This book wasn’t for me... I really didn’t enjoy reading it at all; the only thing that got me through to the end was my stubbornness to finish it! (all the time hoping that it would soon get interesting/good)

  • Anna Kozakova
    2019-04-10 00:18

    Very compelling and hilarious story. I've borrowed this book randomly from a library just because I liked the cover and wanted to read something in English. Then I've read it over and over again each year.

  • Cyanne
    2019-04-08 01:13

    I leave for Belfast in 3 days and am currently reading everything involving Northern Ireland that has ever been written... with mixed reviews.

  • Sara
    2019-04-19 02:41

    02 short list-orange prize

  • Helen
    2019-04-22 07:16

    How do the individuals that make up this community survive the daily thump of violence. The answer is they don't. We know this from the beginning, but still it breaks our heart.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-20 23:20

    Atmospheric and sad.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-18 03:24

    What better setting for a f***ed up childhood than war torn Belfast? This book does not pull any punches. Reader beware.

  • Aprille O'Neill
    2019-04-01 23:40

    Ugh, I struggled to finish this one. It just wasn't that interesting, and I found it a bit hard to follow as well.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-05 05:37

    I did not like it at all and couldn't even make it through half.

  • Casey
    2019-04-23 05:33

    Meh, I probably won't return to this. But who knows.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-20 00:21

    This is a book about a girl growing up in Belfast during the Troubles. It is an interesting book, sometimes humorous, often sad.

  • Dimitris
    2019-04-01 23:27

    I couldn't finish it... even get through 1/3 of it. The topic was so interesting but the writing is horrible.

  • Rochelle
    2019-04-17 03:42

    This book was far too difficult to read (emotionally) -- I didn't finish. The Troubles. What an inadequate name for a horrific time.

  • Nadine
    2019-04-03 02:14

    Quite a disturbing story but very well written