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By Wyl Menmuir | Comments: ( 383 ) | Date: ( Jul 08, 2020 )

On the surface, his move to the isolated village on the coast makes perfect sense But the experience is an increasingly unsettling one for Timothy Bucchanan A dead man no one will discuss Wasted fish hauled from a contaminated sea The dream of faceless men Questions that lead to further questions What truth are the villagers withholding What fuels their interest andOn the surface, his move to the isolated village on the coast makes perfect sense But the experience is an increasingly unsettling one for Timothy Bucchanan A dead man no one will discuss Wasted fish hauled from a contaminated sea The dream of faceless men Questions that lead to further questions What truth are the villagers withholding What fuels their interest and animosity towards him And what pushes Timothy to dig deeper

  • Title: The Many
  • Author: Wyl Menmuir
  • ISBN: 9781784630485
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Wyl Menmuir

Wyl Menmuir was born in 1979 in Stockport He lives on the north coast of Cornwall with his wife and two children and works as a freelance editor and literacy consultant The Many is his first novel.

Comments The Many

  • Hugh

    This is a surprisingly effective novella (view spoiler)[ about loss and grief (hide spoiler)]. For most of the book we are caught up in a nightmarish and frankly implausible story of a polluted Cornish fishing village in conflict with an outsider (or emmet to use the local term) who has bought and moved into a dead young man's house. This part of the book is atmospheric, but I struggled to make sense of it until a key revelation that I can't say more about without spoiling, but for me the last p [...]

  • Blair

    Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.The Many takes place in a seaside town gone to seed, a half-derelict place in which bountiful catches have become the stuff of legend. Most fishermen have abandoned their boats; those who do still venture out either return empty-handed, or bring back meagre hauls of lean, deformed fish. Newcomer Timothy Buchannan has moved into the house previously occupied by Perran, who died in an accident at sea some years ago. The house has been in disrepair e [...]

  • Antonomasia

    [3.5] I agree with everything in Blair's review of The Many, though I found a few more faults with the book. The combination of folk horror, and the book's relevance to the EU referendum as mentioned in another review, had me intrigued - but at first I found myself in déjà vu: a Booker-listed British novel, a dystopian low-tech vision of the West Country, a lowering, claustrophobic silence about something from the past? Thankfully I found The Many more enjoyable and resonant than Howard Jacobs [...]

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This is more of a novella, a first novel and also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Within a list of struggle for my reading, this one surprised me. But not at first. I read the first 100 pages last night and finished it off this morning. It was only in discussion with others that I felt it click into place. I can't say much about it at all because the reading journey is so important, but I can say that all I could see were black, white, and grey (e because the author is English) as I was rea [...]

  • Roger Brunyate

    Who Was Perran?Before I say anything else about this eerie novella that has just appeared on the 2016 Man Booker longlist, let me confess: I have no idea what the title means, even after finishing the book. But I have not much idea what the rest of it means either. It started simply enough, when a young man, Timothy, comes to take an abandoned cottage in a run-down fishing village, hoping to fix it up before being joined by his girlfriend. There are strong hints of Gothic, in the inhospitable na [...]

  • Rebecca Foster

    (3.5) A short work of muted horror, all about atmosphere and the unexplained. Set in a Cornish fishing village, it sees newcomer Timothy Buchannan trying to figure out what happened to Perran, the man who occupied this rundown cottage until his death 10 years ago, and why everyone refuses to talk about him. Flashbacks in italics give glimpses into Timothy’s life with his wife, Lauren, who is meant to join him when he finishes the renovations; and into the fisherman Ethan’s past.I enjoyed the [...]

  • Viv JM

    Bleak, unsettling and full of unanswered mysteries. I'm not quite sure what to make of this.

  • Matthew Quann

    I’d just like to start off with a little epiphany I had while reading Wyl Menmuir’s The Many: I love short novels and novellas. Being able to sit down and devour a book in a sitting or two is immersive, and the novels rarely overstay their welcome. It is easy to commit to a reading of a novel that is 150 pages, while 700+ page epics are often daunting. Long novels require me to commit many hours to a story, while the short novel offers me accessibility and a quick return on my time. While th [...]

  • Nancy Oakes

    I liked this book. It took me two readings before I felt like I was getting somewhere with it -- the first time around I was puzzled enough to keep turning pages, and it wasn't until the ending when I realized a) that all is not as it seems on the surface here and b) I absolutely needed to read it again. This one appealed, and is still haunting me right now while I'm thinking about it. The Many is certainly a cryptic novel which can be extremely frustrating, and given its size, it probably shoul [...]

  • Neil

    (Update a couple of weeks after review posted: changed to 2 stars because I can't help thinking my interpretation hidden behind the spoiler below is right which I find a disappointing story line. Even if I am wrong, I can't get that take on the book out of my head which means it's only a 2-star read for me).If this book is what I think it is, I would actually only give it two stars. In the hope that it is more than I think it is, I am giving it 3 and waiting for someone to clarify what it is abo [...]

  • Jay

    I was unprepared for the conclusion of this strange, atmospheric book, and am thinking now that I’ve read a rather brilliant parable of grief and loss. I find myself picking up the book and re-reading passages from the first two thirds with a second appreciation as well as discovering again the evocative beauty of the writing. The book remains a puzzle in many ways, but, for me at least, an engrossing and effective one. Somber and mystifying.

  • Doug

    Up until the last 30 pages or so (roughly the last quarter of this slim volume), I was intrigued and stimulated by both the story and the way it was being told. I had several possible scenarios in mind as to what it all meant, and was looking forward to a crackling climax and denouement. And then fizzle! Unlike others, I'm glad that the author WASN'T more explicit in piecing the various threads together, but what remained I thought much too heavy on the symbolism (view spoiler)[ (woman in grey [...]

  • Karen

    Is it possible to enjoy a book and appreciate the skill that went into creation and yet finish it not being entirely convinced I understood everything that was contained within its pages? That was my experience with The Many by Wyl Menmuir, long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2016. It’s a slim novel but one that contains such a multiplicity of symbols and ideas that makes a second reading a necessity.For a novel that has Gothic overtones, the beginning is appropriately an omen in the form [...]

  • Paul Fulcher

    My first book from the Man Booker 2016 longlist - and one about which I have mixed views.The first two thirds of the novel, the set-up, was very effective.We have Timothy, "an emmet" (pejorative Cornish slang for an incomer), moving into a fishing village, and in particular into Perran's house "where no smoke has risen for ten years now." Perran seemingly drowned, at least according to flashbacks from one of four remaining fishing skippers, Ethan, but we are unclear why Ethan feels so much guilt [...]

  • Eric Anderson

    A great pleasure of following the Man Booker Prize longlist is coming across books that I probably wouldn't encounter otherwise – including Menmuir’s debut novel “The Many”. It was a joy to plunge right into reading this without knowing anything about it and I was immediately struck by how atmospheric it is as the story is set in a strange fishing village. Life is hard in this murky, remote corner of the world and it’s becoming even harder. The bay seems to have been polluted because t [...]

  • Britta Böhler

    A remote fishing village in Cornwall, a derelict house, abondoned since the occupant (Perran) had died 10 years ago, and two man, Ethan and Timothy. Ethan is a fisherman who has lived in the village all his life, still mourning the death of his friend Perran. Timothy, an 'emmet' from London, bought Perran's house to fix up for him and his wife Lauren. The first 2/3 of the short debut novel is dreamy, a bit weird and mainly deals with fixing up the house, going fishing (and some strange fish they [...]

  • Elaine

    Well it's short. And the atmosphere is well built up - very Wicker Man/Aging Fishermen of the Corn. There are even mysterious barrows. That this mixes with a familiar near-future dystopia of environmental disaster and menacing omnipotent "Ministries" is at first intriguing. But all this is in the service of a few too many dream sequences and characterizations that make no sense until the final twist which functions as a general "get out of jail free" card for all that came before. Either that or [...]

  • Holly

    I've now read lots of reviews and am none the wiser, though I did lie awake early this morning thinking it all through, and became frustrated. While the unanswered questions might be a positive with some novels, pointing to ineffable mystery and profound meaning (or something), I think my questions just expose holes in the plot and failures in the execution. That's my opinion, of course. But I notice that no other readers can really answer these questions either, to my or sometimes their own sat [...]

  • Stephen

    this book i enjoyed as it shows isolation and being an outsider but at same time shows a community which is insular but many human emotions flowed in this book as you looked at the death of perran and all the double meanings in responses as timothy tries to find himself. the book itself will have mixed reviews as people try to work out the book but enjoyed the prose and look forward to this authors next book.

  • Shawn Mooney

    Despite (1) not knowing what was going on a lot of the time, (2) the annoying pages-long recountings of dreams, (3) the clunky use of flashbacks, I quite enjoyed this brooding, atmospheric tale of grief and mystery in a Cornish fishing village. The novel's flaws were perhaps forgivable in a first novel; by the same token, its many strengths were all the more impressive.

  • Krista

    Ethan's is the first boat back and the others will limp in throughout the morning, all holds empty, he's sure of that. There's been no talk from the small fleet above the radio static. No talk until a catch is made. It's a rule. Sure as not setting sail on a Friday is a rule, sure as talking low when you spot a petrel close in is a rule, sure as not moving into Perran's is a rule.The Many, longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, is from such a small press that I had to order it direct from Bri [...]

  • David Harris

    This book is powerfully written and haunting. Always teetering on the edge of the gothic, Menmuir describes a coastal community that is dreamlike, slightly out of focus, with its own rules that Timothy never grasps. At the same time, it is rooted in the real world: remote bureaucracy, plummeting fish stocks and maritime pollution have blighted the lives of the fishermen.What are the mysterious ships moored out at sea, setting a limit to how far the village fishermen may go? Why are the fish abse [...]

  • Civi

    At first, it may seem that the real drive for the story is understanding who Perran was and why no one talks about him in the village when Timothy arrives. But the novel itself isn't so much about the person, but about the ongoing sense of grief that burdens those who stay behind and have to bear it. This is a short read but I found it tiresome and really difficult to get into. It alternates between two main characters' perspectives: Timothy, the newcomer, and Ethan, the villager who's still gri [...]

  • Jakey Gee

    Undeniably atmospheric and brooding, with some satisfying elements of mild horror about it. Wicker Man by the Sea at times, perhaps. The container ships and toxic catches make the setting feel quite dystopian; there were various nightmare sequences (like the cracking up of the sea front and the semi-Biblical flood) that I found very evocative. Elsewhere, I found it a wee bit patchy and confusing. I'm a bit tin-eared sometimes, frankly; I'm assuming that the whole episode, as we learn, was a proj [...]

  • Gumble's Yard

    The book is set in an unnamed remote and tiny Cornish fishing village – one of the four remaining fishermen Ethan is out at sea when he spots smoke coming from the chimney of the hours where Perran (previously the person who helped drag the ships up and down the beach but who know has some form of psychological hold on the village) lived ten year previously but which has since then been unoccupied. We then switch to the new occupant – Timothy, an income from London who has bought the propert [...]

  • Kerry

    It's not so much what's said, as what isn't in this wonderful debut novel by Wyl Menmuir. It's the gaps. It's what you can't quite work out, and then you do, or think you do. It's the flow of the narrative. It's the underlying feeling of dread, of grief and loss felt by the protagonist, Timothy. All of that makes this such a powerful narrative. It's rare that one can read something and think 'Yes, that's exactly what I'm thinking.' It only happens very rarely, but here, in The Many, Menmuir's pr [...]

  • vi macdonald

    I feel like I've gone through some sort of traumatic experience with reading this year's Man Booker longlist. I haven't, most of the books haven't been bad enough for that to be the case, but I've got this strange numb and empty feeling that reminds me of the comedown to a serious panic attack. It's become a real slog to get through this list, not because the books are long or particularly challenging (believe me, I'd rather that were the case), but because I'm just so disenchanted with the whol [...]

  • Katherine

    Eerie, bleak, and mysterious, The Many completely swept me into another realm. Those who enjoy rainy weather, vague science fiction, and small town mystery will find something here. There are many layers to this little book, and it didn't disappoint. I never would have discovered this one were it not for the Man Booker!

  • Bex

    Not quite sure what I read. perhaps another read and in one sitting may help? Unsettling is a good way to describe it I guess.

  • Ian

    MAN BOOKER PRIZE CHALLENGE 2016 BOOK 2The Many is set entirely within a small, depressed fishing village and, superficially, appears to be about an outsider struggling to fit in. Timothy moves into the house of a local man, Perran, who had died some years previously and the inhabitants of the village are very coy about who he was and what he meant to them. Indeed, they are akin to the sort you would find in a Lovecraft Cthulu story or a film such as The Wicker Man. Timothy is waiting for his gir [...]

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