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"In Claire-Louise Bennet's shimmering debut, an unnamed young woman--wry, somewhat misanthropic, keenly observant--chronicles her life on the outskirts of a coastal village. The charms of bananas and oatcakes in the morning and Spanish oranges after sex; the small pleasures and anxieties of throwing a party, exchanging salacious emails with a new lover, sitting in the bath as it storms outside. Broken oven knobs prompt a meditation on survival that's both haunting and playful; a sunset walk leads to an unsettling encounter with a herd of cows; the discovery of an old letter recalls an impossible affair."--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2016]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780399575891
Branch Call Number: BENNETT C
Bennett, C
Characteristics: 195 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bennett, Claire-Louise


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Nov 01, 2017

This book should actually be called "BOG" since the language of "POND" was rather a congealed goo. I found the book pretentious and obfuscating. I'm not sure why this book is rated a novel since it presents itself more as a non-fiction book of tedious and inconsequential musings. The letters I wrote to my wife when I was sitting on firebases in Vietnam in 1970 have more philosophical musings in them than this effort. If you want to have a good read vis-a-vis this genre, try the reliable classic "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek".

Oct 25, 2017

Strange, beautiful, odd, poetic are all words that come to mind when trying to describe this novel. There is no plot, just the musings and observations of the narrator who lives alone in a cottage in Ireland. Give this one a try and you might add this book to your "read more than once" pile.

Alena_T May 24, 2017

Ethereal, witty, and lyrical, every page reveals sentences to savour. One of my favourite poetic novels of all time.

Apr 23, 2017

An interesting take on a journal this slim book has interconnecting stories as told by a woman living in a small town in Ireland. I’m one of the reviewers who found the stories flat. The concept was interesting but the stories failed to hold my attention.

Apr 04, 2017


Dec 07, 2016

This is a strange and compelling read, which I loved. Told entirely in the first-person, this is the story of the inner life - thoughts and feelings - of a young woman living in a cottage in a rural area. We never learn her name and there are no big plot developments. But you feel you know this woman as well as you know your friends or sisters, as she comments on the small and large events in her life and in her immediate surroundings. Beautiful writing and quite hypnotic.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 23, 2016

Like a swift current, Pond effortlessly carried me from its first sentence to its last. Much of that had to do with the nontraditional narrative style- almost no dialogue, very stream-of-consciousness with lots of space for the reader to fill in the blanks. I loved the narrator's unusual perspective and enjoyed the book overall. With that being said, it did feel a bit incomplete to me.

Aug 01, 2016

More than vignettes and short stories, it reads like a series of letters, about to be a novel, about a girl living in a cottage, sort of alone, making sense of existence. She's beguiling - indulgent, plushy, spare and full of quiet rapture. Every summer I find a book I'm surprised I love, and this summer, it's Pond.


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Alena_T May 24, 2017

“I only wish you could spend just five minutes beneath my skin and feel what it’s like. Feel the savage swarming magic I feel.”
― Claire-Louise Bennett, Pond


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