Communion Town

Know Your Booker!: Sam Thompson’s Communion Town

Communion_TownSo you think you know everything there is to know about Sam Thompson’s Booker nominated novel Communion Town? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

Communion Town is described by the book’s publisher Fourth Estate as follows:

Two travellers arrive in an unknown city: Ulya and Nicolas are asylum seekers, hoping for safety and a better life, but instead they find a haunted metropolis whose people live in fear of the monsters in the shadows. When her brother disappears, Ulya learns how easily anyone can fall into the city’s underworld.

Communion Town maps this imaginary city, and explores the ways in which it invents itself by creating outcasts and scapegoats. As the novel unfolds in different parts of the city, we encounter a lovelorn folk-singer, an introverted child, a repressed detective, a slaughterhouse worker, a lost tourist, a ghost and a gigolo. From their lonely voices we gather the many-faceted story of the city: a place imagined differently by each citizen as he or she searches for connection, transformation or escape.

Mixing the everyday with the gothic and the fantastic, Communion Town is a novel that deals in the uncanny: in doubles and repetitions; in things half-glimpsed; in desires half-acknowledged. It is a virtuosic piece of writing from a young writer of true talent.

Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Sam Thompson’s Communion Town (Review #2)

Rating: 3
Communion Town
Sam Thompson
2012 / 304 Pages

With respect to the reviewers who are offering Communion Town 4 stars on Goodreads, the logic behind including this title in the long list for the 2012 Man Booker Prize completely escapes me.

Please don’t misunderstand; this book does offer an interesting format, with its 10 chapters doubling as short stories.  The common thread between these is the fact that each takes place in the same city.  Some chapters run wild with nameless characters, and some attempt to delve deeper, offering glimpses of everything from friendship to murder.


The Man Booker Award 2012 Longlist

ManBookerMan Booker fever is upon us!  Today the 12 novels that made the longlist were finally revealed and we’ve compiled each of their full descriptions for you below on one easy to read page.  The 6 titles that make the shortlist cut will be announced on September 11th and the ultimate winner of the prize will be announced on October 16th.

Look for this page to be updated with links to reviews as we continue to make our way through the longlist and keep checking BookerMarks for even more up to the minute Man Booker coverage.