The Restraint Of Beasts

The Restraint Of Beasts Once upon a time in Scotland there were three men who built high tension fences the kind that keep animals in and humans out Two of the men were drinking buddies while the third their foreman must

Once upon a time in Scotland there were three men who built high tension fences, the kind that keep animals in and humans out Two of the men were drinking buddies, while the third, their foreman, must keep the first two on the job Eerie and hilarious, this gem of a novel has a finale so ingenious, insidious, and satisfying, it remains locked in the mind long after the laOnce upon a time in Scotland there were three men who built high tension fences, the kind that keep animals in and humans out Two of the men were drinking buddies, while the third, their foreman, must keep the first two on the job Eerie and hilarious, this gem of a novel has a finale so ingenious, insidious, and satisfying, it remains locked in the mind long after the last wire has been strung into place.

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  1. An entirely compelling novel Nonetheless, I am unable to tell you why It is about fence building, but it s not only about fence building I highly recommend reading it in one, but no than two sittings, if time and life allow.P.s For those readers like me who see a laudatory Pynchon blurb on the cover and experience undergrad PTSD I know, I know, all my wise, well read friends I m in the minority However, I am confident I m not alone in my hate , fear not Nothing in this novel will remind you of [...]


  2. The Restraint of Beasts is a novel about fencing Post and rail, chainlink, wire stretched to tension, chestnut paling, barbed wire, and electric fencing A novel about fencing the gang of fencers sent into England to erect high tensile fencing to separate the sheep from the sheep deep in the countryside.This has nothing to do with this book but after watching Danish dramas on TV it is hard not to mentally read the author s first name as Mawnus With such pronunciation all those lonely Gs must be l [...]


  3. Here is a deadpan black comedy about three fencing contractors whose preference in life would be drinking pints of beer in a pub for 9 hours a day and working for 4 hours a day instead of the other way round You can tell it s a black comedy because when the occasional death occurs it brightens up the proceedings I did not lol, as they say, and indeed my own pan was dead throughout the reading of this novel, but inwardly where it counts I was smiling madly and guffawing gently There might be some [...]


  4. I loved this one Set in Scotland with trips to England , but don t expect any descriptions of the places There are none This book is virtually all action and dialogue, which makes it an interesting study in technique The humor is dry, black, and if you like that kind of humor, the novel is comic If you don t like that kind of humor you ll spend the whole time wondering what in the hell is going on And what exactly happened in the book is the real mystery The book is an extended metaphor for some [...]


  5. Even before we turn to the first page, Magnus Mills ensures he gets the ball rolling with a title that highlights many of the novel s thematic concerns Who exactly are the beasts, we hear ourselves asking who is restraining whom These existential questions build at a creeping pace, gaining in magnitude with every newly erected fence.The opening sequence of The Restraint of Beasts plunges us into mundanity, governed by dialogue rather than description, and written in a terse, dry tone that only h [...]


  6. Insomnia read and boy, was I surprised Yow More soon, but the darkness in this very short book sneaks up on you because part of the time you re laughing But it s there, all the same More to follow.


  7. This book sneaks up on you, like a quiet acquaintance you ve known for years and has only shown you the slightest signs of being off Then one day, you realize your dealing with something else entirely but your so invested by that point your helpless Mill s humor seeps into the prose like a rising tide, carrying all rational defenses against the absurdity of banal existence with it.In all honesty, a remarkable read.



  8. The restraint of who The restraint of beasts But where are the beasts Two workers, Tam and Ritchie, and the foreman, the narrator, are responsible for building high tensile fences on their clients farms Their manager, Mr Donald is a fastidious boss So, they drive, smoke, rest, have tea, sleep, work, visit the local pub, look for women, have beer, get drunk, sleep And again, and again They need to be prodded, instigated, Tam and Ritchie, for them to be out of their beds and do some work If not, t [...]


  9. Who would have thought that the construction of high tensile fencing could be so funny At first I thought I wouldn t like this book but as the story develops then I found myself liking the gang of three workers.Tam and Richie go South to England with their long suffering English foreman after their misadventures in Scotland Their foreman has to sub them when they run out of beer money or break tools, often out of his own money to keep them motivated The three men live in a caravan, living on bak [...]


  10. I enjoyed this book right up until the abruptness of the end However I then spent 10 minutes thinking about it and realised that there was to this than just a story about 2 lazy Scots and an unnamed English foreman The whole book is a metaphor for the often dreary and repetitive lives we lead and the futility of some of the tasks we do Without spoiling the plot even life has little value and given little consideration.I think my disappointment comes from the fact that I had imagined a number of [...]


  11. First of all I like novels with characters who actually work as most of us do Have you ever seen a character of novels by Salinger, Updike, Roth or the classics Flaubert, the Brontes, Dostojewski and Tolstoj work as in sell their time, energy and health for money Mills goes the other way round His characters seem only to work without any leisure time except some pints of English beer in the Queen s Head after a rainy day spent with erecting posts, gates and fences , hobbies, emotions or thoughts [...]


  12. Well now, this brought back some memories Either Marcus Mills has been living inside my head for the last 40 years that s a bit of an ego trip, make it 30 or he has been interviewing everybody I have ever worked with in landscaping, fencing and general garden maintenance OR he just has travelled the same roads, only in a later century of his very own It s uncanny, a bit like Bluetooth when it works or people parking in the driveway and just sitting there talking on the phone In the 70 s, we assu [...]


  13. Oh, what a dark comedy read was this I think I can even still hear the pounding of the fences being driven into the ground by the loafers who take pride in their lack of ambition Of course, this book isn t about fence building, but it s not about employment either It s not about Scotland either There.Everything builds very slowly, and I, being the fool that I am, stayed right in step, believing the author was moving down one path, when he was taking me elsewhere By the time I realized what was h [...]


  14. There are reminders here of Kafka and Becket and humor of a decidedly dark turn between turns of repetitious drudgery and pub crawling that is the lot of these hapless laborers Mills crams some memorable characters into the short 214 pages of this novel, including a father who builds a stockade to keep his son away, the obsessive owner of the fence building company and the equally obsessed Hall brothers.


  15. I found this book brilliant Magnus Mills, at his best can take something simple and blow it out of proportion and still make it sound great Really the plot of The Restraint of Beasts consists of two farmers trying to put up a fence.Despite the simplicity behind this the novel is bleak and drips with black humor The workmen keep on killing people around the farm with the fence poles, not to mention the animal escapes Think of it as a sinister Laurel and Hardy If you thought the ending was just as [...]


  16. The Restraint of Beasts is small revelation for me small only in size and the narrow bandwidth of the mundane that Mills uses to achieve his effects The drudgery of manual labor serves as a multi leveled barrier to keep the reader from trampling the hushed, ominous fable beneath Physical violence emerges from the very process of property division and there is no safety from the spiraling descent into dehumanizing debt, restraint and hopelessness implied by the already present, absurd system that [...]


  17. Probably my all time favourite novel about erecting high tension fencing This is the book that got me back into reading Indeed, if you re in a reading wilderness, or tired of your preffered genre as I was with SF try a bit of Mills By turns hilarious, dark as pitch and as terrifying as old Stephen King the word sinister applies here, but is so subtly woven into the narrative it creeps up on you like a sneak thief To mention the plot may repell potential readers as it concerns a gang of labourers [...]


  18. Entertaining, frustrating characters who I d like to kick The book was good but I m pretty sure I haven t quite grasped all the underlying themes I suspect the author is trying to say something about how we often build our own fences around our lives and restrain ourselves, often for good reasons but often times in ways that aren t good or productive for the individual But the random accidental killings, I don t know what to do with those, besides giggle a little shameful, shameful.


  19. My boss lent me The Restraint of Beasts , saying I d either love it or think it was overhyped It was a love it.Not a lot really happens in terms of a story There are no character introductions, the book launches straight into the present And leaves you hanging at the end too But it made me laugh out loud several times It s black black humour, my sort of humour I d be keen to read Magnus Mills


  20. Wow What a weird little book Restraint of Beasts comes on as an utterly unremarkable account of manual labor but slowly, oh so slowly, cranks up the absurdity at a steady pace until the very abrupt end of the novel By removing the lens through which we view our daily lives and then throwing in a few carefully selected, sinister waitwhat moments Mills manages to craft a strange tale of monotony and trivial drudgery drenched in sardonic humor Highly recommended.


  21. Opening I m putting you in charge of Tam and Richie, said Donald They can t go to England on their own Scotland Perthtbr bustingHole in the ground


  22. Revolves around 3 characters, Ritchie, Tam and the narrator The trio are sent off to england to build a fence Some funny events occur, though it s not laugh out loud.



  23. Magnus Mills was born in Birmingham, England but brought up in Bristol He graduated with an economics degree from Wolverhampton then started a masters degree at the University of Warwick he but dropped out before completion.Between 1979 and 1986 Mills built high tensile fences for a living, an experience he drew upon for his first novel, The Restraint of Beasts He had written a column for the London newspaper The Independent before becoming a novelist.This book was short listed for the Booker Pr [...]


  24. In Magnus Mill s first, Booker prize nominated novel, layabout Scottish labourers Tam and Richie find themselves with a new foreman after a string of sloppy jobs erecting the firms high tensile fences, most recently at Mr McCrindle s farm Sent to correct their poor work under supervision, the new gang of three are also informed that they will need to travel down to England to do their next job.Reluctant workers at the best of time, traveling south and staying in a mobile caravan is hardly their [...]


  25. I began this book with no preconceptions and no knowledge of the author Before long, I was saying this is very funny, not laugh out loud, but continually wryly funny The narrator s tone is understated, dry, matter of fact, but the situations become increasingly strange And so the combination of matter of fact tone and bizarre situations makes for a fascinating read There is almost no description of place and very little description of the people, but those people become very real, and very weird [...]


  26. This is hilarious in a very dour, Scottish way I ll be honest it s dark enough I had to put it down for a couple of days Not dark in a painful way, but dark in a repetitious, unending slog kind of way But, once you push past that It s pretty funny.It s about Scots day laborers and their travails But what I first thought was going to be a fairly standard workman s humor type quickly transformed into this dark, dour, funny, THING I cannot stress this enough the humor is DARK, almost Kafka esque To [...]


  27. A weird, weird novel about two Scottish louts and their English foreman installing farm fences In this trio s world most people, apparently, are destined to be treated either like fence posts or like corralled livestock The book is a darkly comic existential puzzle, superficially mundane and subtextually mystifying Perhaps the book comments thematically on the history of the Highland clearances and grazing enclosures I don t know enough of that history to be certain.Highly recommended for fans o [...]


  28. This was bizarre I admit to being entertained and intrigued for the first 98% When the book ended, leaving my curiosity unsatisfied, I switched right over to annoyed and a little frustrated.It seemed at points like it was building up to something potentially awesome, and then it just ended Bizarre.Some Favorite Quotes There was a certain way of unloading timber which made the work quite straightforward It involved the law of gravity For fucking fuck s fucking sake, he said Richie and I knew exac [...]


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