What Was Lost

What Was Lost A tender and sharply observant debut novel about a missing young girl winner of the Costa First Novel Award and long listed for the Booker Prize the Orange Prize and The Guardian First Book AwardIn

  • Title: What Was Lost
  • Author: Catherine O'Flynn
  • ISBN: 9780955138416
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • A tender and sharply observant debut novel about a missing young girl winner of the Costa First Novel Award and long listed for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and The Guardian First Book AwardIn the 1980s, Kate Meaney Top Secret notebook and toy monkey in tow is hard at work as a junior detective Busy trailing suspects and carefully observing everything aroundA tender and sharply observant debut novel about a missing young girl winner of the Costa First Novel Award and long listed for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and The Guardian First Book AwardIn the 1980s, Kate Meaney Top Secret notebook and toy monkey in tow is hard at work as a junior detective Busy trailing suspects and carefully observing everything around her at the newly opened Green Oaks shopping mall, she forms an unlikely friendship with Adrian, the son of a local shopkeeper But when this curious, independent spirited young girl disappears, Adrian falls under suspicion and is hounded out of his home by the press Then, in 2003, Adrian s sister Lisa stuck in a dead end relationship is working as a manager at Your Music, a discount record store Every day she tears her hair out at the outrageous behavior of her customers and colleagues But along with a security guard, Kurt, she becomes entranced by the little girl glimpsed on the mall s surveillance cameras As their after hours friendship intensifies, Lisa and Kurt investigate how these sightings might be connected to the unsettling history of Green Oaks itself Written with warmth and wit, What Was Lost is a haunting debut from an incredible new talent.

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    1. Onvan : What Was Lost - Nevisande : Catherine O'Flynn - ISBN : 955138418 - ISBN13 : 9780955138416 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007

    2. After reading this book, I can't wait for Cathering O'Flynn's next novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The opening is so charming and Kate Meaney is such a sweet character. As the first part opens up a bit more, we see that she's actually quite lonely and her situation is sad, but she bravely carries on in her quest to get her detective agency off the ground, even though she's only 10 years old. The details of her agency (buying stationery, researching walkie talkies, staking out the mall, etc [...]

    3. A few weeks ago, Borders across Sydney had a massive 75-90% off clearance sales. Not expecting anything good, I went into them looking for anything that looked like it would last more than 10 pages before I trash it in the bin and still, somehow, ended up with just 4 books. One of them was Don DeLillo's Underworld, I got it because it was insanely cheap and thick at the same time. The other two were 19th century classics that I planned to use as birthday presents (I know, but hey, I'm sure they [...]

    4. There were various important aspects of this book which I frankly did not believe - unhappily, the character (however endearing) of 10 year old Kate is one of them. She wanders around town and occasionally stays out all night with zero adult supervision and is hugely braver and more intent and concentrated than any actual 10 year old. She's pure fantasy, she's not a real kid at all, she's the kind of kid character adults make up and they're so nice it seems rude to point out how fake they are. E [...]

    5. I just finished reading this book, and have nothing good to say about it. It was extremely dry and boring. The only reason I finished it was because it was for a book club, and it is relatively short. The book was uninteresting, depressing and felt contrived. It spent too much time on mundane details withtin the characters occupations. Also, what the hell were the extra insight from various mall shoppers? One of the worst books I've read in a long time

    6. What Was Lost starts out quite strong. In the first section, I could not put it down. As the novel progressed, though, I became less excited, and I felt the ending did not fulfill the promise of the beginning.What Was Lost follows an ensemble of characters and their relationships to each other and to the Green Oaks Mall in Birmingham, England. The story begins with Kate Meaney, and I could not read enough about her and the world she inhabits and half creates for herself. For reasons I don't want [...]

    7. This was an unexpected pleasure - picked up from a library sale cheaply as it looked interesting, it turned out to be unusual but it worked very well. The book begins with a ten year old girl in the eighties, her school life and her hobby as an amateur sleuth, but then takes a sizeable shift to the present day, and the lives of two people who work in a Midlands shopping arcade. I was slightly less impressed with this second section of the book - it was sad and mundane and well-observed but contr [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book. It was amusing and interesting to read, and it makes me want to read more of Catherine Oflynn's books. The book starts off twenty years ahead with a girl named Kate. It talks about her life and her best friend Adrian. They go on missions and Kate in a way is stalking a man. In this part of the book we find out Kate is a lonely girl but she is kind and sweet. Then near the end Kate dissapears one day and Adrian is blamed but never put in jail. Then the book flashes for [...]

    9. It was interesting to come to O'Flynn's debut after reading her third, and most recent novel Mr. Lynch's Holiday. In reading her books out of order, I wondered what I might notice about how she had developed as a novelist. Would signature preoccupations and themes be identifiable? I thought I might come away with a better perspective on her as a writer, a word artist, and I did. What Was Lost is a fine novel. It is certainly deserving of the first-book award it received. It concerns an unusual, [...]

    10. In 1983 10 year old junior detective Kate Meaney--with her stuffed gangster monkey Mickey in tow--vanishes from a public school entrance exam. Her detective instincts previously leading her all throughout the newly opened Green Oaks shopping mall near her home, not to mention the curious neighborhoods near her English home, her disappearance suggests she stumbled upon activities of a nature no 10 year old ought to witness. "What Was Lost," which splits its time 33/67 between 1983 and 2004, spend [...]

    11. 3 1/2 stars would be more accurate. Quick and mostly compelling first novel--written in 3rd person no less! Free indirect dicoruse! Hooray!One of the three different narrative focalizations--that is, those sections that emphasises the actions and thoughts of a ten-year old would-be detective in 1980s Britain--is more compelling than the other two. Not so much a crime novel as a meditation on crime. The book also has the virtue of being, esp in its first half, laugh out loud funny. The author app [...]

    12. This is one of the most unique and imaginative books I've read in a long time. It's like Office Space meets Nancy Drew meets Silence of the Lambs meets Lost in Translation. It also reminded me of the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby: "All the lonely people, where do they all come from?" Sorry for the comparison casserole, but it's a hard book to describe. It starts off following a little girl who imagines herself as a secret detective, then fast-forwards 20 years after her mysterious disappearance and [...]

    13. Just not my cup of tea. Too many hidden storylines that I’d have to think to hard to figure out. But likable characters as nicely written

    14. Catherine O’Flynn’s debut novel, What Was Lost, is as labyrinthine as the tunnels under the Green Oaks Shopping Centre. Ten year old Kate Meany is an amateur detective, raised (until his sudden death) by an older, single father. In the novel’s opening third, we travel with Kate and her stuffed monkey, Mickey, as they conduct stakeouts, deliberate over office stationary for Kate’s fledgling detective agency, and pal around with Adrian, the 22 year old son of the man who runs the store nex [...]

    15. This is a fairly short book, but I spent a long time with it because I was listening to it. This book begins in 1984 as little Kate Meaney wanders about her world of council flats and the Green Oaks mall, taking notes and investigating, a sad little Harriet the Spy. Then it jumps forward to twenty years dead smack in the midst of Green Oaks. Kate, we learn, disappeared in 1984 and no one ever knew what happened to her. Now we follow Kurt, a security guard and Lisa, a music store manager, both te [...]

    16. I wanted to love this book, and ultimately found it very funny, fresh, disturbing and original, but the fact that it was so different from what I expected and that I didn't have much in common with the main characters interfered with my positive feelings about it. It was a mystery about a ten year old girl whose disappearance leaves many unanswered questions and repercussions in its wake. The first half follows the activities of little Kate Meany, a self-styled 'detective' who shadows imaginary [...]

    17. This first novel has gotten quite a bit of attention already--it's won the 2007 COSTA First Novel Award, was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and long listed for both the Booker and the Orange prize.O'Flynn is truly a new voice with a great talent. This book starts off with quirky 10 year old Kate, orphaned and living with her grandmother, a very smart, loner of a child. Butshe's not lonely--she's too busy running her own detective agency. Falling in love with her takes all of about [...]

    18. 1984, Birmingham, England. Kate Meaney is the sole proprietor and lead detective for Falcon Investigations (assisted by her top secret assistant Mickey the Monkey, a stuffed animal). If Falcon Investigations had an advertisement, it would read something like this: FALCON INVESTIGATIONS Clues found. Suspects trailed. Crimes detected. Visit our office equipped with the latest surveillance equipment.Being only 10 years old and with limited transportation, Kate performs the majority of her detective [...]

    19. An unexpectedly good find. Read this book and you will never feel the same about The Mall. Not because of monsters but because of how it eats at your soul. The plotting is intricate and admirable.

    20. A well-written and imaginative first novel. 'What Was Lost' is an extremely unusual blend of (sometimes laugh out loud) satire and very bleak tragedy. O'Flynn offers a painfully insightful perspective on loneliness - portrayed almost as an epidemic - dysfunctional relationships, grief and aimlessness. The lead characters are likable and 10 year old Kate is extremely endearing. The mystery at the heart of the story keeps you turning the pages but the book is not really about yet another missing p [...]

    21. The shopping mall is relatively unexplored territory for writers of literary fiction. So it was an interesting decision by Catherine O'Flynn to use it as the setting for her novel. Focusing on the disappearance of a ten year old girl,the narrative is split between 1984 when the mall is in its early days and 2003, when it has become the kind of cathedral to consumerism we're all so familiar with today. The first half of the novel is told from the point of view of Kate, the girl who disappears, an [...]

    22. I finished it and I'm happy . I have to admit that some parts (details) were unnecessary . They drove me crazy and I had to skip some of the conversations . However , the end is so good. I'm impressed by how this book got to its end.O'flynn's writing style : BEAUTIFUL.

    23. This is an older book (2007) that was recommended to me by a friend. Although it was a short book (247 pages), it felt like it went on for awhile before the mystery was solved. The main characters were negatively affected by the disappearance of a young girl, and the author spelled out the details of their sad and lonely lives centered around their dead-end jobs at a shopping mall. It was a depressing read, but I kept reading to find out what happened.

    24. I was looking forward to reading this, as it sounded just the sort of quirky book that I enjoy. And parts of it were just that — but the whole didn’t quite hang together.In 1984, ten-year-old Kate Meaney decides to set up her own detective agency, covering her Birmingham neighbourhood and nearby Green Oaks. After 68 pages following Kate, the action shifts to 2003, where we spend the bulk of the novel’s remainder, in the company of Kurt, a security guard at the Green Oaks Shopping Centre, a [...]

    25. At first I thought this was going to be a Harriet the Spy for adults, and I was excited. The book begins in 1984 with Kate Meaney, a ten-year-old girl who fancies herself a detective. She lives by a book called How to be a Detective, carries a notebook and a stuffed monkey, and draws clues in everyday places based on the things she overhears and sees. The reader finds, however, that Kate disappears under mysterious circumstances. The second part of the book takes place in 2003 in which Kate's di [...]

    26. A mystery, a ghost story, a psychological thriller--and also a page-turner. Rich and insightful, the author creates a dark yet realistic view of a society in decay, where individuals can't seem to reach across the gulf between themselves and a connection with something, anything, outside of the self-perpetuating unhappiness they hate but can't find a way to leave. Little things are beautifully observed--a child's view of school and the relationships in a classroom, the roles assumed and played i [...]

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