‘A vivid and memorable book about art, land and language, love and sev, youth and age. Big ideas tread lightly through Audrey Magee’s strong prose.’ Sarah Moss
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He handed the easel to the boatman, reaching down the pier wall towards the sea.
Mr Lloyd has decided to travel to the island by boat without engine – the authentic experience.
Unbeknownst to him, Mr Masson will also soon be arriving for the summer. Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place – one in his paintings, the other by capturing its speech, the language he hopes to preserve.
But the people who live on this rock – three miles long and half-a-mile wide – have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken and what is given in return. Soft summer days pass, and the islanders are forced to question what they value and what they desire. As the autumn beckons, and the visitors head home, there will be a reckoning.
‘‘Beautifully written.’ STELLA, The Telegraph
‘The Colony contains multitudes — on families, on men and women, on rural communities — with much of it just visible on the surface, like the flicker of a smile or a shark in the water.’ John Self, The Times
‘Austere and stark . . . a story about language and identity, about art, oppression, freedom and colonialism. The Colony is a novel about big, important things.’ Financial Times
‘The Colony is a beautiful, haunting and incredibly powerful book; a reading experience unlike any other, so vivid you can see it all unfold in front of your eyes. Audrey Magee has a true storytelling gift. Absolutely mesmerising.’ FÍONA SCARLETT
A careful interrogation, The Colony expertly explores the mutability of language and art, the triumphs and failures inherent to the process of creation and preservation.
The Colony is a brilliant and thoughtfully calibrated commentary about the nature and balance of power. There is violence here, but, most impressively, Audrey Magee captures that more insidious cruelty—the kind masked as protection, as manners.
The Colony is a vivid and memorable book about art, youth, love and sex, land and language. Big ideas tread lightly through Audrey Magee’s strong prose.
The Colony is brimming with ideas about identity and soul; a canny, challenging, and never less than engrossing read.
I utterly ADORED The Colony by Audrey. Such an INTERESTING novel about imperialism, colonisation, language and art, beautifully written and oh my God, the West of Ireland dialogue.
Audrey Magee has written a lyrical, rich, and emotionally powerful novel. The Colony comes alive like a brooding and beautiful canvas painted off the Irish coast.
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