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Transcription: A Novel de Kate Atkinson
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Transcription: A Novel (original: 2018; edição: 2019)

de Kate Atkinson (Autor)

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In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.… (mais)
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Título:Transcription: A Novel
Autores:Kate Atkinson (Autor)
Informação:Back Bay Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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I am posting here to say thank you to goodreads for the freebie. However I could not read it. The conversational tone of the book turned me off and Julie really got on my nerves. This book is slow and painful-so sorry goodreads and Little Brown(publisher-you dropped the ball on this one!)
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
I found this novel confusing and I was never completely sure what was going on. Maybe it was just me. There were parts that were very good but overall I was disappointed in this novel. ( )
  Smits | Aug 29, 2021 |
This is the third of Kate Atkinson’s books that I’ve read. While not as brilliantly inventive as Life after Life, it’s enjoyable. For it, Atkinson returns to war-time London, yet sets it a little earlier, during the “phony” war of 1940 before the fall of France.
It is the story of an unlikely girl, an orphan, recruited to do clerical work by MI5. Her task is to transcribe recordings of Nazi sympathizers who blithely believe they are reporting to a German agent.
The plot is based on an actual operation that effectively neutralized the fifth column within Britain. The girl, Juliet Armstrong, gets into many other scrapes and adventures. Along the way, she learns that nothing is as it appears on the surface, and finally concluding that, in the end, nothing matters.
I enjoyed this insight into a little-known aspect of the war, told from the point-of-view of someone at the bottom of a multi-level and labyrinthine hierarchy. There is a gender-aspect to the genesis of the book. While poring over transcripts newly released to the National Archive, it occurred to Atkinson that someone, probably a young girl, had had to type them.
This review began by comparing this book to another of Atkinson’s. Unfairly, no doubt. Taken on its own merits, this was an enjoyable page-turner. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
"But then, what constituted real? Wasn't everything, even this life itself, just a game of deception?" This line from TRANSCRIPTION is a very good overview of much of Kate Atkinson's writing. She plays around with time and reality to explore the human condition and so far she has me completely hooked. In TRANSCRIPTION she also manages to work in a spy thriller with twists, turns, and betrayals that would make LeCarre proud. Her writing is always fluid and descriptive but it is alive and vibrant. I also think she gets at a lie that is so often employed in the world of literature and criticism, she writes books that could be labeled as "genre fiction," in this case a spy thriller or with the Jackson Brodie books mysteries, or with books like LIFE AFTER LIFE science fiction, but in the end they are all just great books. I think that we often use labels as a wall to either include or exclude as fits our personal desires. I think almost everyone considers Atkinson to be a literate writer and I would extend that definition to many others such as Stephen King. I will read anything Ms. Atkinson writes in the future. As for this book specifically, it felt very timely despite mostly taking place in the 1940s and 1950s. As she writes, "It must be awfully handy to have a scapegoat for the world's ills. (Women and the Jews tend to be first in line, unfortunately.)" Paging Mr. Soros. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Though one of my favorite authors, this is not my favorite of her books by far. Took a long tome (oops) time to get going, and there was a lot of rambling on. It picked up in the second half. ( )
  MuggleBorn930 | Jul 11, 2021 |
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This idea of consequences, and of every choice exacting a price later, runs like a watermark through Transcription, as it did through its two predecessors. At times, the novel is guilty of making its historical parallels a little too emphatic:... Transcription stands alongside its immediate predecessors as a fine example of Atkinson’s mature work; an unapologetic novel of ideas, which is also wise, funny and paced like a spy thriller. While it may lack the emotional sucker punch of A God in Ruins, Transcription exerts a gentler pull on the emotions, offering at the end a glimmer of hope, even as it asks us to consider again our recent history and the price of our individual and collective choices. It could hardly be more timely.
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In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

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