Our Endless Numbered Days

Our Endless Numbered Days

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her father takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest, after nine years she is coming back home, but what happened to her during that time?
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, ©2015.
Edition: First US edition.
ISBN: 9781941040010
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,20 cm


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Jan 14, 2020

One commenter called this a “coming-of-age” story. I think of it as a coming-apart story; a tale of personality disintegration. This is an interesting novel, full of clues almost from the beginning. Despite all the hints, I was not prepared for the final chapter. This is yet another in our reading project and we felt driven to finish it, so my voice is raspy now. This copy of the book had several “Book Club questions” after the acknowledgements, among which was an allusion to Korsakoff’s Syndrome. For my money, there is a better explanation.

Feb 07, 2019

Our Endless Number Of Days by far is one of the best books I have read this year so far, 'Our Endless Numbered Days' is a haunting story of loss and survival as young Peggy is taken by her father to an isolated Bavarian cabin and told they have crossed The Great Divide and are the only people left on earth, Until she returns home nine years later and nobody knows how or why she has returned. The author's tone brings you along the whole storyline, you feel the tedium of each day, the brutality of nature, the growth of the narrator through the years. A strategically Beautifully written story with undertones of mystery and an unexpected ending it’s so unruly! A really great book to read when you get the chance! 5/5 Stars. @PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 03, 2018

This is, bar none, the best book I've read in ages. The author's tone brings you along; you feel the tedium of each day, the brutality of nature, the growth of the narrator through the years. Having finished reading it last night, I woke up today wanting only to talk about this book, to dissect it. Settle in and see for yourself: this is one satisfying story.

Jul 31, 2017

A beautifully written story with veiled mystery and unexpected ending. You can't put it done. Some of the "facts" are highly unlikely but it still is a great read.

Jul 09, 2017

'Our Endless Numbered Days' is a haunting story of loss and survival as young Peggy is taken by her father to an isolated Bavarian cabin and told they have crossed The Great Divide and are the only people left on earth. Music, notably Franz Liszt's etude known as ‘La Campenella’, plays a big part in the story.

One included book club question asks if Peggy is an unreliable narrator as the story is told from her point of view. I couldn’t decide and this author seems fine leaving lose ends at her book’s conclusion. Although very imaginative, found unsettling.

Jun 18, 2017

Although there are a few missteps, this is an enjoyable and page-turning read. Perhaps the message is that madness is the result when one lives without other people and community,

May 30, 2017

I think this book deserves 5 stars because although it can be engrossing and disturbing at times, it shows a realistic point of view from a young girl all the way into her adulthood.

stewaroby Sep 04, 2015

Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Described by Louise Doughty, one of the judges, as "both shocking and subtle, brilliant and beautiful, a poised and elegant work thatt recalls the early work of Ian McEwan int the delicacy of its prose and the way that this is combined with some very dark undertones."

Aug 09, 2015

4.5 stars. An engrossing and disturbing read. Couldn't put it down and it's lingered in my mind since I finished.

Aug 03, 2015

Claire Fuller is certainly a brilliant writer and the subject matter research that had to have gone into this book is impressive. She never falters in speaking to us in the young girl's voice, even succeeding in subtly adjusting her persona from that of a seemingly normal eight-year-old to a severely relationship-challenged teenager. The story is tightly controlled, on the one hand horrific and at the same time lyrical in its depiction of the pristine natural world inhabited by the delusional father and captive daughter. As an exploration of obsession descending into madness, it is brilliantly done, calling to mind "Crime and Punishment" or Wedekind's "Lulu" -- high class company indeed!
So why do I assign it only two stars? Simply because despite all its merit, I personally found the book downright unpleasant to read; I realize this is a personal prejudice that many others may not share. The subject matter is deeply disturbing, illustrating as it does the unspeakably selfish, cruel things that parents so often do to their children. It's a distressing fact that even in our supposedly enlightened western societies, until the parents' behavior or the child's desperate injury (or even death) becomes glaringly obvious and the damage is so severe that the child never fully recovers, there are no means available to hold parents accountable for their actions and no court, no government authority, no social structure, no law enforcement body is empowered to take the sides of abused children . It's bad enough that James, besides being a useless layabout seems to have no regrets at destroying his innocent daughter's life just to pursue his cockeyed survivalist project-- we might cut him some slack on account of his outright looniness; but the mother, Ute has nearly as much to answer for and no such defence of insanity. Knowing that her husband is a wingnut surrounded by a circle of fellow-loonies, she trots off abroad to pursue her career, leaving the girl in charge of that lot. When her children wish to learn to play the piano, she forbids them to touch her precious Bosendorfer but refuses to get them into music lessons. And (no spoiler here) there's a great deal more to lay at her doorstep, as becomes clear later.
So, for those who have the stomach for it, this can be a compelling read. For others including myself, it might be just as well to give it a pass.

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