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Our Endless Numbered Days In The Tradition Of Winter S Bone And The Outlander, Our Endless Numbered Days Is A Powerful And Mysterious Debut About A Father And His Eight Year Old Daughter Who Abandon Their Family To Live Alone In The Forest For Nine Years In Peggy Hillcoat Is Eight She Spends Her Summer Camping With Her Father, Playing Her Beloved Record Of The Railway Children, And Listening To Her Mother S Grand Piano But Her Life Is About To Change Her Survivalist Father, Who Has Been Stockpiling Provisions To Prepare For The End Of The World, Takes Her From London To A Cabin In A Remote European Forest There He Tells Peggy The Rest Of The World Has Disappeared She Is Not Seen Again For Another Nine Years In , Peggy Has Returned To The Family Home But What Happened To Her In The Forest And Why And How Has She Come Back Now Our Endless Numbered Days Is The Most Unputdownable And Extraordinary Novel You Will Read This Year


10 thoughts on “Our Endless Numbered Days

  1. says:

    Blech I regret that I can t unread this disgusting garbage.What most irritates me, what I find so off putting beyond all of the mind numbing lack of a plot is that the story is only finally going somewhere when it ends If you want to know the actual what the heck this book is about, read about the last five pages and you ll spare yourself hours and hours of boredom, unless you like books about a crazed father stealing his young daughter to live in a shack in the mountains, almost starving view Blech I regret that I can t unread this disgusting garbage.What most irritates me, what I find so off putting beyond all of the mind numbing lack of a plot is that the story is only finally going somewhere when it ends If you want to know the actual what the heck this book is about, read about the last five pages and you ll spare yourself hours and hours of boredom, unless you like books about a crazed father stealing his young daughter to live in a shack in the mountains, almost starving view spoiler and if you want to know the rest, I ll tell you view spoiler What bothered me most and why I reviewed this as I did is that I would NEVER pick up a book about a man who kidnaps his child, spend years grooming her and rapes her Or maybe he was raping her all along since he forced her to sleep in the same bed as himself I would NEVER knowingly choose to read that and I felt insulted by the author that she sprang that on readers in the final pages of her book so, personally, I was outraged that this was the story she was telling instead of what the flyleaf said Things like this are on the news and survivors write books about it and with deepest sympathy for what they ve endured, I don t want to read it Had their been the smallest hint that this was the story, I would have avoided it hide spoiler hide spoiler And really, endless, is a perfect title because it is endless with nothing happening until those final few pages Read them and skip the rest You ll get the whole idea of the story, what s it really about and I don t know how all these reviews call it beautiful and luminous because it is anything but that, in my opinion In a word, it is sordid.There are descriptions of the sky and the trees and the ground over and over and yet, there is no character development There is no real story until Peggy returns home and even then it just goes nowhere until the final page.Peggy does not ever unwittingly begin to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods I don t even know why that is the description of this book as that does not happen so what is on the fly leaf is completely misleading The author also notes something important in her after notes that she chooses to not include in the book, but it is one of the underpinning facts of the story so I feel that it is something of a gotcha, for no reason other than to sucker punch readers at the end of the book Not well done.Hated it and will never read this author again


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    On the far side of the forest, toward the gill, I built a secret place I bent thin saplings into an arch, weaving and tying them together I interlaced these with reeds and sticks, and laid fresh ferns over the top so that my father could walk past and not noticed my green bower Inside it, curved over the top of my head when I sat upright, but most of the time I lay onferns covered with moss that I had prised from the rocks I stretched out on my back, with my head sticking out of the o On the far side of the forest, toward the gill, I built a secret place I bent thin saplings into an arch, weaving and tying them together I interlaced these with reeds and sticks, and laid fresh ferns over the top so that my father could walk past and not noticed my green bower Inside it, curved over the top of my head when I sat upright, but most of the time I lay onferns covered with moss that I had prised from the rocks I stretched out on my back, with my head sticking out of the opening, watching and upside down world of branches and leaves and blue sky I was a weaver bird and it was my nest Peggy, eight years old, when her father, James takes her from her home in London to a remote hut in the woods Peggy my father shouted onceMy name isn t Peggy, I called out It s Rapunzel Peggy had to make up games, and namesfrom the beginning of this adventure She wanted to go home Peggy was crying and saying how much she missed her friend Becky at school and her mom, Ute, who was in Germany at Piano Performance Peggy s mother was a concert pianist Her dad said, we ll go home when fucking fish begin to fly We can t go home, Rapunzel , She s dead Peggy s father becomes Peggy s entire world out in those woods She becomes devoted to him Peggy s mother wasn t dead but for another 9 years Peggy grows up in those woodsuntil one day she finds a pair of boots begins to look for their owner unravels a series of events that brought her to the woods and in doing so discovers the strength she needs to get back home She connects with the mother she thought she lost Her mother begins to learn the truth about their escape of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods and a secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since Having been completely blown away by Claire Fuller s other book Swimming Lessons I was inspired to read our endless numbered days.Claire s debut.It s gorgeously written.highly imagined with poetic descriptions Mystery and wondera haunting tragic story.with raindrops of beauty


  3. says:

    This I am so full of feels that I can hardly breathe This is the best book I ve read in months Oh my God I have to gather myself.


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    This is one of the best books I have read in a long while It is beautifully written with a main character, Peggy, who I absolutely adored.Her story starts in the long hot summer of 1976 when her survivalist father takes her away from everything she knows on a trek to somewhere in Europe They spend the next nine years living in Die Hutte a wooden cabin in a densely wooded forest, miles from civilisation They survive by living off the land and with Peggy under the illusion from her father tha This is one of the best books I have read in a long while It is beautifully written with a main character, Peggy, who I absolutely adored.Her story starts in the long hot summer of 1976 when her survivalist father takes her away from everything she knows on a trek to somewhere in Europe They spend the next nine years living in Die Hutte a wooden cabin in a densely wooded forest, miles from civilisation They survive by living off the land and with Peggy under the illusion from her father that the rest of the world is dead, and that they are the only two people left alive.Having said that her story starts in 1976, we first meet her in 1985 when she finally returns to London and gradually we learn the events that led to their leaving London in the first place, how they scrabbled to survive for so long in the forest and how she ultimately came to leave We also see her first baby steps in living life back in civilisation with her mother Ute, a world famous concert pianist She thought she had lost everything and she now has to come to terms with the fact that her father lied to her, and that her mother and indeed the whole world, far from being dead, are all alive and very much kicking.It is a story that will really grab you and not let you go until the final page, the read just flowing along until before you know it you are on the last page I love the subtle way the author dropped hints about why Peggy s father did what he did and also about the state of his mind She didn t hammer the information into you, just cleverly popped it in there, one hint at a time so that as the reader you are aware of a lotthan Peggy, who may be getting older in the forest but in some respects is still the eight year old little girl who first arrived there.I have to say as well that I do not do nature Pages and pages of descriptions of trees, hills and flowers are a complete turn off for me and I end up skipping pages, but in this case I just wanted to savour every sentence as Claire Fuller described her world to me I could visual it so easily, almost as if I had been there myself.The ending is stunning, it really caught me by surprise and is one I will be thinking about for a long time to come


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    A survivalist father abducts his eight year old daughter and settles in an abandoned cabin deep in the woods He convinces the daughter they are the only two remaining humans left on the planet When you read this story 1 Do not read ahead 2 Read each word and phrase carefully The incredible ending is one that you will not see coming I was tempted to go back and re read portions of the book because how could I have possibly missed the foreshadowing


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    Originally started for one of my sampling blog posts, Our Endless Numbered Days was so compelling, so early on that I had to continue My first impression was that this was a book I could happily binge read in one sitting , and in the end I did just that well, almost it actually took me a couple of days to work my way through it.The premise is this in 1976, eight year old Peggy is taken by her survivalist father to live in a cabin, which he calls die H tte , in the depths of an unspecific Originally started for one of my sampling blog posts, Our Endless Numbered Days was so compelling, so early on that I had to continue My first impression was that this was a book I could happily binge read in one sitting , and in the end I did just that well, almost it actually took me a couple of days to work my way through it.The premise is this in 1976, eight year old Peggy is taken by her survivalist father to live in a cabin, which he calls die H tte , in the depths of an unspecific European forest He tells her that her mother, concert pianist Ute, has died in an accident a little later he tells her that the whole rest of the world has been wiped out, perhaps by an atomic bomb We know from the very first chapter, however, that Peggy has returned to the family home aged seventeen, and that Ute is alive So what exactly happened in between This is the kind of book you feel you simply must keep reading Fuller is great at making the reader feel that something catastrophic is just around the corner, even though the beginning and the end are known from the outset What s left is a set of questions that only becomeurgent and fascinating as the twin narratives, 1976 and 1985, progress What happened to Peggy s father What was all the stuff with Oliver about Who, or what, is, or was, Reuben I hated having to put the book down, but at the same time I couldn t help but feel that wanting to tear through it so quickly meant I wasn t really bothered about the story and the language and description as anythingthan a receptacle for the plot that it lacked something, some sort of lasting nutritional value Then again, there was nothing significant I really disliked The twist view spoiler didn t impress surprise me Reuben seemed so obviously invented from his first appearance, I felt slightly insulted by the book s insistence that I should play along with the idea that he might be real But because I was expecting it, the reveal didn t make me angry, either One small thing that did trip me up I thought it was James who was having the affair with Oliver, and or was in unrequited love with him I d never suspected anything between him and Ute hide spoiler It s intriguing to me that most of the high rated reviews here are from people who adored the book, but the few who hated it seem to have truly loathed it I didn t feel either of those extremes I was gripped, but not moved.Those who enjoyed this might also want to check out Rebecca Wait s The Followers, Paula Lichtarowicz s The First Book of Calamity Leek, and Maggie Mitchell s Pretty Is.


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    Why, oh why do so many people love this story It was beyond disturbing, horrifying and just plain wrong Yes, the author writes beautifully, but that doesn t make the subject of a child experiencing trauma enjoyable to read view spoiler A father abducts his daughter, taking her to a far off location in the middle of nowhere He tells her that the entire world has been destroyed except for the two of them She is only 8 She almost drowns, she almost starves, and she is physically and emotio Why, oh why do so many people love this story It was beyond disturbing, horrifying and just plain wrong Yes, the author writes beautifully, but that doesn t make the subject of a child experiencing trauma enjoyable to read view spoiler A father abducts his daughter, taking her to a far off location in the middle of nowhere He tells her that the entire world has been destroyed except for the two of them She is only 8 She almost drowns, she almost starves, and she is physically and emotionally abused by this mentally ill father But wait, it gets worse When she is probably around 15 or 16, he begins to think that his daughter is his wife and has sex with her The daughter probably having an emotional breakdown herself imagines this pretend mountain man who befriends her Shows her all these beautiful places in the forest, and has sex with her But wait, he s pretend, so the all those sex scenes where she was totally enjoying it, was her father Oh ick Then she kills her father with an ax goes home to her mother and brother who was born while she was off living in never never horrifying land By the way, she is pregnant with her father s child hide spoiler There, I ve told you the entire repulsive story


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    I believe that this book was a rather nice breath of fresh air, or at least it remained so until the end, when it kinda turned my stomach.If any of you remember the neat stuff of The Wasp Factory or Life of Pi, you ll get a taste of all that here, but definitely not as crazy in either sense All of the action and twist is muchhomely and down to earth, sticking to the forest, so to speak.It s definitely a cross between survivalist fiction and a coming of age novel, but all that doesn t quit I believe that this book was a rather nice breath of fresh air, or at least it remained so until the end, when it kinda turned my stomach.If any of you remember the neat stuff of The Wasp Factory or Life of Pi, you ll get a taste of all that here, but definitely not as crazy in either sense All of the action and twist is muchhomely and down to earth, sticking to the forest, so to speak.It s definitely a cross between survivalist fiction and a coming of age novel, but all that doesn t quite surprise you will at least give you very nice taste of reading Peggy s voice is very strong and the pacing is excellent, sometimes moving back and forward to the aftermath, never giving anything away until the right time.It was a pleasant read, but I won t quite go so far as to say I was blown away by anything in particular The surprises are merely horrifying, not mind blowing.YA, or not I suppose it is No one ought to lie that things like this revelation happens, but it only makes it a good novel because we re treated to the survivalist bits as well All the characters are and will remain quite memorable There s much worse praise out there.Hell, it s a sight better than a number of therecent SF classics I ve read lately, and heads and shoulders above some other classic traditional fiction tomes I ve had the pleasure or not of reading.Still, the novel is only bold to a point There s no magical realism which I probably would have gushed about or severe twists of plot which I would have applauded No gimmicks, either Just a solid tale told solidly, with beauty and strength


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    3.5 5 stars I m not sure how to rate this yet This book had some serious WTF moments I don t know how else to put it D I ll have to give this somethought before I give my final rating.


  10. says:

    This was a wonderful book I picked it up after reading and loving Claire s second novel, Swimming Lessons It is one of my favourite books of the year I enjoyed Our Endless Numbered days And had I read it first, before Swimming Lessons, I would have rated it much higher Claire Fuller has matured as an author in her second novel So I would advise you to read this first and then Swimming Lessons if you are keen on both highly atmospheric eerily frightening good character sketches excellent b This was a wonderful book I picked it up after reading and loving Claire s second novel, Swimming Lessons It is one of my favourite books of the year I enjoyed Our Endless Numbered days And had I read it first, before Swimming Lessons, I would have rated it much higher Claire Fuller has matured as an author in her second novel So I would advise you to read this first and then Swimming Lessons if you are keen on both highly atmospheric eerily frightening good character sketches excellent build up about how to survive alone in the wild themes of how easily kids can be fooled how easily they forget symbolisms of how we are caged in our own beliefsWhat is similar to Swimming lessons attachment between daughters and fathers alternating structure between the past and present similar relationship between daughter and mother mother leaves, mother is absent etc I loved the read But towards the end it seemed a bit repetitive with the atmosphere The build up was brilliant and the reader s heart goes out for Peggy As you read you realise this is a story that can happen in real life The ending wrenched my heart Highly recommended.Rating 3.5 5