*LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 *
* SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2020 *
‘Masterly . . . A signal achievement . . . Remarkable.’ Guardian
‘A 1984 for our times.’ Daily Express
Kavanagh begins his time patrolling the Wall.
If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has to do two years of this. 729 more nights.
The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and will never have to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.
But what if something did happen – if the Others came, if he had to fight for his life?
Thrilling and heartbreaking, The Wall is about a troubled world you will recognise as your own – and about what might be found when all is lost.
The suffering in this story never ends and it’s conveyed throughout the whole book in the way it’s written.
As the reader, I felt both the dangers and the claustrophobia of the wall. The monotonous job of protecting the icy borders as a form of national service was like a test of endurance for the poor characters, including main character, Kavanagh. Along with him, I lived the long days and the boredom on the wall but the wall wasn’t the end. The wall was the big fat instigator of thoughts that will come as you read this book.
The wall is a protector, a divider, a barrier from entry, a big depressing presence and a reminder of a past that one can never go back to. There’s no return once the planet is ruined and people will fight to the bitter end for every resource. It’s about greedily monopolising and not helping our fellow humans. So many themes run parallel to society today.
Climate change is something we’re all aware of, something a lot of people choose to ignore. I guess to a certain degree we’re all hypocrites if we think our existence has no impact as merely being a human being isn’t good for the environment. This novel brilliantly expresses what we genuinely have to lose and by the very nature of being human; we’re humans walking down a path of which soon, there will be no return.
It’s depressing but definitely a conversation starter. Great book club read as the discussion could go on for ages. It conveys the fear of what may come should we not change our ways and the depressing legacy we leave for our children. It asks the very question, should we even bother procreating? What does the future hold for our offspring and what future can this lovely life sustaining planet give to future generations of humans, especially as we’re built to take?
That’s the nature of dystopia. It throws you into a world that feels surreal but could very well become real. The Wall does exactly that. It’s not too late to act. I never want there to be a wall!
Thanks for reading!
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