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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep (edição: 2016)

de Joanna Cannon (Autor)

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door' RACHEL JOYCE 'A very special book' NATHAN FILER'An utter delight' SARAH WINMAN'A delight' PAULA HAWKINS'A treasure chest of a novel' JULIE COHEN'One of the standout novels of the year' HANNAH BECKERMAN'I didn't want the book to end' CARYS BRAY'An excellent debut' JAMES HANNAH'Grace and Tilly are my new heroes' KATE HAMER'A wonderful debut' JILL MANSELL'A modern classic in the making' SARAH HILARY'A stunning debut' KATIE FFORDE'Phenomenal' MIRANDA DICKINSON England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined...… (mais)
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Título:The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Autores:Joanna Cannon (Autor)
Informação:The Borough Press (2017), Edition: 01, 464 pages
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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon is a part coming-of-age, part mystery story. It is the record heat-breaking summer of 1976 and all seems quiet on the Avenue. Then Mrs. Creasy goes missing and the gossip and speculation start. Ten year old Gracie and her friend, Tilly are two young girls who live on the Avenue, they decide to spend their summer holidays in solving a couple of mysteries that have caught their interest. First they would like to find God and secondly, Mrs. Creasy.

Their method of investigating is mostly eaves-dropping on the adults of the street and apparently this quiet neighbourhood has more than a few secrets. The story alternates between Gracie’s point of view and that of various residents who are quite an unlikable bunch. There appears to have been a baby kidnapping and an unexplained fire 10 years ago and the neighbours all seem to look to the weirdo at the end of the street as being to blame for all their problems. Many are quite sure that he has played a part in the disappearance of Mrs. Creasy. But it also turns out that Mrs. Creasy was privy to many of their secrets so paranoia erupts.

I was looking forward to this book as I usually enjoy stories that are told from a child’s perspective but unfortunately this book didn’t totally grab me. Gracie and Tilly made the book fun although Gracie’s observations sometimes felt like a forty year old’s and the author tended to wander when she wrote about the other characters which meant there were a number of side plots that I didn’t feel were needed. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is this author’s debut novel and it did show a lot of promise. The writing was good and the author wisely inserted a great deal of humor to lighten the mood. I will definitely give this author another try in the future. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 19, 2021 |
This is probably closer to a 3.5 star, but parts were very good, so I rounded up.

Much of this book I really enjoyed. I found the main characters charming, and insightful. I loved looking at things through two very wise for their age 10 year olds. There's Grace, the ring leader and Tilly. Grace loves Tilly as her very best friend, but sometimes gets wrapped up in imminent teenhood, and is completely selfish and self absorbed. Tilly had been very sick, before Grace ever met her, and is a bit over protected...although her mother plays virtually no part of this story. Some would say Tilly is a sheep and a follower, and often she is, but also often, she is observing everything and making connections. What unfolds is Mrs. Creasy goes missing. Mrs. Creasy is one of these people who naturally takes interest in others, and makes everyone feel they are special, including the two girls. Having been to church recently, Grace takes it literally that God is everywhere, and knows everything, and so she and Tilly set out to find God and to figure out where Mrs. Creasy has gone because God would know. Now the neighborhood is close knit, but not. They seem to have a couple common bonds: One they all hate Walter, and two they all have a share secret that they don't want to come out. Mrs. Creasy spoke to everyone, including Walter, and now the town fears she knew too much and couldn't take it. Has she been done in? or is she going to expose them. Throughout the story, there are several moments that are great, as the two young girls try to unravel things. They expose the hypocrisy of the villagers and the injustice being served to Walter. Sadly, the book seems to lose steam near the end and goes from great to mediocre. ( )
  cjyap1 | Oct 4, 2021 |
Quite enjoyed this 1970s British suburban mystery/social commentary. Cannon did a good job of keeping a certain low level of tension, and I thought she wrote in the children's world very compellingly.

It was a bit hard sometimes to keep track of the characters between the two timelines, especially since Grace refers to the adults by last name but they refer to each other by first name in flashback-- had to keep a little character list of names & relationships handy.

But overall, I thought this was a strong debut and I found the ending very satisfying. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
So frightfully English. ( )
  doryfish | Aug 20, 2021 |
Definitely kept my interest, but it's a peculiar tale. Cannon writes well in that she puts together nice sentences and crafts vivid characters, but the way she wove the children's quest to find God into the story got a bit precious at times and a number of plot points were quite confusing. It seems to be a Christian allegory in the end, and it's delivered with a fairly heavy hand. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
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An insightful, honest book, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep is the first novel from Joanna Cannon, a doctor whose psychiatric specialities are put to good use here. Each character has fascinating quirks and foibles, and their battles with guilt, distrust and horrifying past traumas are manifested masterfully...Cannon represents the world through the eyes of a child sensitively and intelligently, and highlights the everyday absurdity of grown-ups. ..Cannon presents a whole street full of complicated and realistic people whose roles as pillars of the community are called into question.
 
This debut is one of the most complex, touching, and delightful novels I’ve read in a long time. ... Her prose shines with a genuine understanding of human nature – the beauty and the frailty – and a mastery of the written word. Cannon captures the nuances of so many aspects of society perfectly, but perhaps she most notably hits the mark in the way she conveys how it feels to be a child.
 
Grace’s voice, and Cannon’s prose, astonishes with frequent, shimmering loveliness...As Grace and Tilly get closer to the truth, their observations reveal both the beauty and the ugliness at the core of humanity. People, as an author such as Cannon knows better than most, are never exactly who or what they seem. This is not always a dangerous truth, but it is one that must be handled with care.
 
For some readers there may be too many ordinary misfortunes; too many enigmas in the one book...Having said that, this is a novel to be savoured rather than hurried through...the various characters’ histories come together to form a vibrant whole, reminding me both of Carys Bray’s brilliantly profound A Song for Issy Bradley, with its parallel narratives, and of Kate Atkinson’s wry and clever Jackson Brodie novels. Full of humour and careful depictions of everyday suffering, this is not so much a mystery novel as an investigation into the wealth of secrets and heartbreak that even the most commonplace street can hold.
 
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door' RACHEL JOYCE 'A very special book' NATHAN FILER'An utter delight' SARAH WINMAN'A delight' PAULA HAWKINS'A treasure chest of a novel' JULIE COHEN'One of the standout novels of the year' HANNAH BECKERMAN'I didn't want the book to end' CARYS BRAY'An excellent debut' JAMES HANNAH'Grace and Tilly are my new heroes' KATE HAMER'A wonderful debut' JILL MANSELL'A modern classic in the making' SARAH HILARY'A stunning debut' KATIE FFORDE'Phenomenal' MIRANDA DICKINSON England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined...

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