KINDLE Transcription Author Kate Atkinson A Dramatic Story Of WWII Espionage, Betrayal, And Loyalty, By The 1 Bestselling Author Of Life After LifeIn 1940, Eighteen Year Old Juliet Armstrong Is Reluctantly Recruited Into The World Of Espionage Sent To An Obscure Department Of MI5 Tasked With Monitoring The Comings And Goings Of British Fascist Sympathizers, She Discovers The Work To Be By Turns Both Tedious And Terrifying But After The War Has Ended, She Presumes The Events Of Those Years Have Been Relegated To The Past Forever Ten Years Later, Now A Radio Producer At The BBC, Juliet Is Unexpectedly Confronted By Figures From Her Past A Different War Is Being Fought Now, On A Different Battleground, But Juliet Finds Herself Once Under Threat A Bill Of Reckoning Is Due, And She Finally Begins To Realize That There Is No Action Without Consequence Transcription Is A Work Of Rare Depth And Texture, A Bravura Modern Novel Of Extraordinary Power, Wit And Empathy It Is A Triumphant Work Of Fiction From One Of The Best Writers Of Our Time.Transcription

Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories,

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Transcription
  • Kate Atkinson
  • English
  • 07 April 2018
  • 9780316176668

10 thoughts on “Transcription

  1. says:

    It s funny how some books can immediately grab hold of you and cast you under their spell This is that sort of book The book immediately transports you back to London in the 1940s and 50s The language is just spot on perfect The story revolves around a young woman who is drafted to transcribe conversations among a group of fascists that have been infiltrated by MI5 Juliet is only 18 and before she knows it, has been drafted for some spying in addition to her transcription duties Atkinson displays a dry sense of humor It seemed she had acquired all the drawbacks of being a mistress and none of the advantages like sex She was becoming bolder with the word if not the act For Perry, it seemed to be the other way around he had all the advantages of having a mistress and none of the drawbacks Like sex Poor Juliet is truly naive and I had to keep reminding myself how young she was She keeps waiting for a romance the reader knows is never going to come The rest of the characters are equally well drawn The pettiness, the certainty, all are brought out for our insp...

  2. says:

    As this novel opens, it is 1981, Juliet Armstrong is 60 years old, and while she was distracted by her thoughts, she was struck by a car when she attempted to cross the street Her story comes through in a series of jumps between 1940 and 1950 before landing back in 1981 again.In 1940 at the tender age of 18, Juliet is recruited by MI5 to work on transcribing taped conversations between one of MI5 s agents disguised as a subversive and several informants There are short excerpts from these transcriptions throughout the 1940 portions of the novel.In 1950, the war is over, although the aftermath lingers Especially in the world of MI5, where spying on whatever enemies exist continues Juliet s everyday life has changed, however She is involved in the production of several radio programs for school children However, as Juliet discovers, one is never entirely free of the spy business Once a part of MI5, always a part of MI5 Maybe Unless .One of Juliet s thoughts from 1981 The Russians had been their enemies and then they were their allies, and then they were enemies again The Germans the same the great enemy, the worst of all of them, and now they were our friends, one of the mainstays of Europe It was all such a waste of breath War...

  3. says:

    2 oh my disappointing stars.I do like Atkinson s novels so when this one popped up, I was anxious to begin turning pages Unfortunately the anticipation for this novel went south as I become bogged down in a uneven plot, and the flipping of time elements This is a book I should have loved It had everything, World War 2, a strong intelligent woman, espionage, London, all the things that make for a poignant novel So, what went wrong For me, I just could not connect with any of the characters They were choppy figures that seemed to drift about as I wondered exactly why they did what they did There really didn t seem to be much of a plot and though I am sure Ms Atkinson did her due diligence on the topic, it just fell ever so flat It was hard for me to maintain attention and though I did skim a bit, a...

  4. says:

    Great historical fiction in the world of British espionage in WW2 and the repercussions that emerge in the 1950s Touches on issues of class in spying circles, being gay, the monitoring of fascists, a young Juliet, recruited to engage in the process of transcription that develops into so much Then some time after the war, Juliet is now a BBC radio producer and sees a familiar face that refuses to acknowledg...

  5. says:

    Not all of Kate Atkinson s novels have been what she calls historical fiction, but the last several have been This novel may hew closest to the truth, though like she says in the Author s Note at the end, she wrenched open history and stuffed it with imaginative reconstruction, at least one fantasy for each fact The author tells us afterward what her intentions were we have questions that s inevitable and instead of farming out possible answers to various reviewers, she s just blunt with us what we d been wondering about There is something comparable in theatre, when the actors takes off their masks for the final bow and we all celebrate together.Atkinson returns to the Second World War, periodic releases from the National Archives of secrets from that time fueling her creative process When she discovers true fact an ordinary seeming bank clerk was a major cog in rounding up British supporters of Nazis, her story had a frame When she discovered true fact hundreds and hundreds of pages of transcripts of conversations of dissident groups in London, her story had a heart.What Kate Atkinson does is not necessarily unique using historical documents to create f...

  6. says:

    2.5 I am having a really bad historical fiction year looking at you Washington Black So I was absolutely convinced that dropping all my reading commitments to immediately pick up Kate Atkinson s new WWII spy novel would help raise my spirits Her previous books Life after Life and A God in Ruins are favourites of mine I trust her to a deliver a distinct kind of uber British novel, complete with her rather sardonic humour and droll observations All of these Atkinson isms are here, at least in part, but the final result is, I am deeply sad to report, a bit of a mess.I am sure Atkinson knows wit is one of her trade marks but she totally over does it here, it loses it s charm This starts out a very promising espionage novel that ends as farce I don t recall her other novels being so peppered with asides in parenthesis not to mention the Greek chorus like repetition of text from earlier in the story This technique not only drove me entirely batty it also succeeded in ousting me out of the ...

  7. says:

    Juliet Armstrong is only eighteen years old when she is recruited by the M15 in 1940 She is tasked with transcribing the conversations of British fascists sympathizers during WWII Before long, she is given duties such as working as a spy herself and watching a dog which is being held for a sort of ransom Ten years later she finds herself working for the BBC as a radio producer She appears to have moved on with her life until those from her past come back, reminding her that one can never get away, and there are spies who spy on the spies, and that past crimes can and will haunt you The plot shifts around mainly between the 1040 s and 1950 s with brief time spent in the 1980 sThe plot shifts around mainly between the 1040 s and 1950 s with brief time spent in the 1980 s Juliet begins the book as a young woman mourning the loss of her Mother while attending school to learn a trade She is recruited right out of the school and passes the initial test and is thrown into the world of espionage You ve come a long way, baby comes to mind This is a slower ...

  8. says:

    May I tempt you This question is the impetus which shifts a very young woman from a job merely transcribing traitorous conversations deliberately overheard during WWII in London into a bonafide spy Working at the BBC ten years, later her misdeeds of th...

  9. says:

    Atkinson is one of my favorite authors and, with Transcription, she has moved her star even higher The tale is set in England, primarily London, in 1940, 1950 and 1981 The pivotal events occur in 1940, when Juliet Armstrong at 18, is recruited for the war effort But not for any battle related job, no She is to file and type Soon she is recruited further as a transcriptionist for an MI5 developed cause, to reel in and control English Fifth Column citizens, those who sympathize with the Nazis While the outline of the story may appear relatively simple, in Atkinson s hands and with her wonderful verbal skills, the tale becomes one of identity in a much changed world, reality vs multiple other possible realities, issues of truth or whether there is truth, and the ever present layers of deception in Juliet s new world As in other of her novels, there are questions of self and reality along the way, though tackled in a concrete way than the last two novels.These are just some of my favorite lines quotes scattered throughout the book Come now, quite enough of exposition and explanation We re not approaching the end of a novel, Miss Armstrong. loc 4836 In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by...

  10. says:

    Just what I needed I ve struggled with various very long and overwrought novels of late Transcription on the other hand is breezy and wry and thoroughly entertaining A light hearted romp through the world of espionage in London during world war two I had a sense of d j vu through much of the novel, as if I had seen a documentary about the events Atkinson was writing about essentially a secret service operation set up in a flat eavesdropping on the conversations of a motley crew of Nazi sympathisers in the flat next door Atkinson s heroine is an eighteen year old virgin, who struggles to take anything very seriously Her breezy na ve outlook is the novel s tone Everyone is living double or even triple lives, one of Atkinson s favourite themes Any kind of abiding truth is an elusive commodity Atkinson perhaps could have dug a lot deeper on this theme But this is less of a literary novel than Behind the Scenes at the Muse...

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