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Whispers Through a Megaphone By RachelElliott,

  • Title: Whispers Through a Megaphone
  • Author: RachelElliott
  • ISBN: 9780670078844
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Miriam hasn t left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper But today she has had enough, and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world.Meanwhile, Ralph has made the mistake of opening a closet door, only to discover with a shock that his wife Sadie doesn t love him, and never has And so he decides to run away.Miriam and Ralph s chance meetMiriam hasn t left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper But today she has had enough, and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world.Meanwhile, Ralph has made the mistake of opening a closet door, only to discover with a shock that his wife Sadie doesn t love him, and never has And so he decides to run away.Miriam and Ralph s chance meeting in a wood during stormy weather marks the beginning of an amusing, restorative friendship, while Sadie takes a break from Twitter to embark on an intriguing adventure of her own As their collective story unfolds, each of them seeks to better understand the objects of their affection, and their own hearts, timidly refusing to stand still and accept the chaos life throws at them Filled with wit and sparkling prose, Whispers Through a Megaphone explores our attempts to meaningfully connect with ourselves and others, in an often deafening world when sometimes all we need is a bit of silence.
    Whispers Through a Megaphone Miriam hasn t left her house in three years and cannot raise her voice above a whisper But today she has had enough and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world Meanwhile Ralph has made the mis

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    1. This intriguing story centres on two dysfunctional families, Miriam who has had a difficult childhood with her mentally ill single mother and hasn t left the house in the three years since she died and Ralph, father of 16 year old twin boys and husband of Sadie, a woman he doesn t really know Sadie is too busy tweeting and blogging about her life to live it and realise that she and her husband really don t have much in common apart from their sons One day, at his own birthday party Ralph opens a [...]

    2. The main problem Other people They have always been the problem Other people seem to know things They know what a life should contain, all the simple and complicated things like shopping and Zumba and being physically intimate with another body They know the rules, the way it s supposed to go You have to be bionic, supersonic, virtually histrionic, in ten places at once and forever full of comment I am here, are you listening I am sharing the minutia of my everyday life Please reply with a comme [...]

    3. Miriam hasn t left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper But today she has had enough, and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world.There was an unbroken stranger inside Miriam Delaney the same age but louder, the same height but taller.That stranger is now a woman and she is still buried deep She is a doll inside a doll Pull a string on the outer doll and nothing happens Pull a string on the inner doll and she speaks Trouble is, no one can hear the inner doll [...]

    4. Well, well, I ll be damned this was a good novel I m not sure I can come up with a half decent way to articulate how good it was It s one of those slow burning, slowly unravelling novels, where the main characters are ordinary yet exceptional They re people you know yet they re like onions with layers that peel off slowly as the novel progresses Whispers through a Megaphone is charming, somewhat quirky but not in an obvious way I loved the tone I loved the writing I didn t mind the many flashbac [...]

    5. She sits on the bench and tries to gather herself She has heard this phrase a lot, gather yourself, but what does it mean Is the self a collection of visible parts that can be pulled together in preparation for something or reassembled after a breakage Miriam spends half an hour thinking about what it might be like to accidentally on purpose mix up the components of herself with those of another person a woman, perhaps, who is also in the middle of gathering herself, a woman who has left the pie [...]

    6. I don t really remember what prompted me to request this book via net galley It has an ordinary cover, an ordinary blurb, and I hadn t heard of the author All I know now is, I m certainly happy I did, because there is nothing ordinary about Whispers through a Megaphone.Miriam has decided it s high time she starts her life afresh, and goes out into the world There, she meets the hero of the book, Ralph Ralph whose surname is rather unfortunately Swoon has had a bit of a mental breakdown himself H [...]

    7. 2018 in ilk yorumu ile geldim G n l isterdi i a c bir yorumla geleyim ama yle olmad maalesef Kitab b y k bir hevesle alm t m Zira kurgusu ok ho uma gitmi ti Ama beklentilerimi kar lamad ne yaz k ki Yazar n kaleminden midir yoksa eviriden midir bilmem c mleler bir acayipti Bir ka c mleyi birden fazla kez okumam gerekti imdiki zaman ile anlat l yor kurgu Ve ben bu tarz anlat mlar okurken zorlan yorum Anlat m bozukluklar da vard Hal b yle olunca s rekli dikkatim da ld ve okuma hevesimi ka rd.Karakt [...]

    8. I don t even know where to begin in trying to review this incredible book Miriam Delaney She ll stay with me for a long time A character like her doesn t come about very often Reflecting so much humanity Feeling so real So full of sadness and tragedy, yet taking it all with such a humor and spirit She feels like a friend I want to introduce to everyone Such an incredible soul I see so much of myself, so much of everyone I know in her I cannot wait for this book to come out and to be able to sell [...]

    9. Quirky novel of two people A recluse who has not left her house for three years after the tyranny of her mother and an incident we discover over time A psychiatrist who is lost in his marriage and family and one day walks out This novel tells this two tales and then the tales of both the moment these two meet, those who are around them and what follows Interesting Made me laugh a lot, got a little overdramatic on occasion Very enjoyable though.

    10. Intriguing and quirky, sometimes charming novel of dysfunctional families Miriam, at 35, speaks only in whispers a product of an abusive mother She hasn t left her house in three years and has decided to go outside Ralph, who used to be a gardener and is now a psychotherapist, has decided his marriage is not what he wanted Ralph s wife Sadie is addicted to tweeting and tweets everything in her life Sadie has mixed emotions about her sexuality A very interesting and though provoking read Congratu [...]

    11. This had some good writing and memorable if unlikeable characters Some aspects felt a little too much or unnecessary, but overall, an ok read.

    12. as far as i can tell, and while the depths and degrees vary, everyone is broken in some way sometimes in many ways if we are lucky we have grit, a good sense of humour, and, maybe, support from others as we try and navigate our lives while mitigating the damages as best we can this all sounds very dark and heavy, i know but remember the humour and if you are tuned into these facts about those around you, there is a sensitivity and kindness about you so very much needed in this world that is what [...]

    13. Sharp Observant Witty Heartbreaking Whimsical, almost I could identify with every character So many lines I scribbled down madly to reread laterments to do with love, mainly A beautiful book, I can t even do it justicepoignant would be another apt description For a debut novel, it blows us all out of the water Can t wait to read her next novel Very trendy, on point with current times and issues hence the sharply observed reviews I feel both grateful for this sad, intoxicating world and slightly [...]

    14. Definitely a quirky little book with extra quirky characters I wasn t sure I would enjoy it at first, given the depth of some of the challenges faced by the characters, but Miriam and Ralph grew on me after a while It s also very British but still very accessible to others I like that the ending was a little unpredictable yet still very heartwarming.I received a free advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    15. Cela fait trois ans que Miriam n a plus franchi le seuil de sa maison mais la mort de sa m re vient enfin de la d livrer d un poids Elle ressent le besoin de sortir et court alors droit devant elle, jusque dans les bois, o elle croise Ralph, lui aussi en pleine crise existentielle Son mariage est au bord de l implosion, sa femme Sadie est une ternelle insatisfaite, qui regrette de n avoir pas c d son attirance pour sa meilleure copine de fac Leur rencontre est le d clic force de discuter, ils re [...]

    16. I received an ARC of this book from Pushkin Press.The two main characters in this book have allowed other people to influence their lives to the point of misery When their stories finally intersect, they serve as a comfort for each other and form a kind of unconditional friendship that both of them have desperately needed Miriam hasn t left her house in three years because of a traumatic incident for which she wrongly blames herself As we get to know Miriam we learn that her mental health issues [...]

    17. Rachel Elliott s charming d but explores love, relationships and the difficulty of truly connecting with one another in our digitally overloaded worldRachel Elliott is a psychotherapist as well as a writer, and it shows Whispers Through a Megaphone, her first novel, is a very kind book Each character has their flaws, but is ultimately a good person Their motivations may sometimes be impulsive, or destructive, but they are all ultimately following the right path towards understanding themselves, [...]

    18. Hmm Trying to make sense of the jumble of thoughts I have about this novel The story of Miriam, Ralph and what happened when they chanced upon each other The formative chapters clever, whimsical and somewhat bleak albeit a bleakness tinged with a subtle and yet dark humour The latter chapters and the ending in particular perplexing and ultimately unsatisfying A book I have thought lots about since reading it It s just a shame that it hasn t clarified my thoughts on just how to rate it, hence wha [...]

    19. The curious thing is that two of my friends on two separate occasions looked at this cover and thought it was chick lit, but I again learned that one can t judge a book by its cover Whispers through a Megaphone explores existential issues through fractured families Meet Miriam and Ralph, Elliot s intriguing protagonists Miriam, who only whispers, has not left her house in three years Ralph, a psychotherapist, walks out of his house and straight into the woods after finding his wife in the closet [...]

    20. I found this book review in a newspaper What made me want to read this is the fact that I was wondering how someone becomes not connected in the outside world by not going out doing things that other people do Thirty five year old Miriam Delney has been in hibernation in her house for three years, she has only been out far as her back garden Miriam s mother suffered from mental health, forgetfulness Her Mother would be sweeping the school corridor wearing nothing but a pair of trainer socks Miri [...]

    21. This was a lovely, lovely book, very dark in some places and in other places flooded with light It s awkward and gradual and careful and nothing is perfect in anyone s life, and the writing is just glorious, threading through you as it guides all the different characters into place like beads on a string There s hope, there both the kind left in the bottom of Pandora s box that s like a curse than anything, and the good kind that you can cling to like a life ring A thoughtful, carefully crafted [...]

    22. Quiet and thoughtful in tone, it is nonetheless infused with a vitality and humanity that gives each character a loud and unforgettable presence A well crafted, beautiful debut novel that I look forward to sharing with others.

    23. Thank you to Steerforth Press for providing me with an advance copy of Rachel Elliott s novel, Whispers Through a Megaphone, in exchange for an honest reviewOT Miriam was raised by a mentally ill and abusive mother, who told Miriam that her father was dead Using intimidation, Miriam s mother drilled into her the need to be quiet and as a result Miriam does not speak above a whisper Now in her mid thirties, Miriam s mother has died and Miriam has not left her home in three years Miriam does not h [...]

    24. Miriam did something three years ago that has made her frightened to leave the house On top of this, she is still dealing with the memories of her abusive and mentally ill mother Ralph is depressed He wants to be a gardener but is stuck as a psychotherapist His wife Sadie is struggling with her relationship with her husband and her own sexuality Then Ralph runs away from home and his own birthday party Miriam decides that she is finally going to leave the house The two have a chance meeting in t [...]

    25. These are wonderful damaged and challenging characters who work better together than on their own Elliott has captured the essence of the way we can sometimes see both ourselves and the world and it s not always the way others see it I loved Miriam, who has had so much to deal with that she can hardly speak At the start, Sadie can t talk unless it s on social media And poor Ralph Any one of these characters might have made for their own novel but here they are beautifully blended so that we can [...]

    26. 2.5 stars this book was really difficult for me to get into it s written in short choppy dialogues, which made reading it for me very choppy feeling as well Slowly I began to connect with aspects of the characters and their lives, but never felt fully indulged in the story I know that it s hard for an author to communicate with the readers that a character is supposed to be whispering the whole time and I felt the attempts by Elliott to continue to convey that, but almost wish they would have al [...]

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