The Long Take

The Long Take

Walker, a young Canadian recently demobilised after war and his active service in the Normandy landings and subsequent European operations. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and unable to face a return to his family home in rural Nova Scotia, he goes in search of freedom, change, anonymity and repair. We follow Walker through a sequence of poems as he moves through post-war American cities of New York, Los Angles and San Francisco.

Title:The Long Take
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781509846887
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About Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. His four collections of poetry have received the E. M. Forster Award and various Forward Prizes.


    The Long Take Reviews

  • Meike

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018Nominated for the Goldsmiths Prize 2018Wow, the poetic vision of this book is simply brilliant - what a haunting, atmospheric, and perfectly composed text! Rob...

  • Gumble's Yard

    I've travelled a fair bit. The Canadian Maritimesthat's where I'm from. I know that coastline, down to Maine.I signed up, trained up in England, then fought in Normandy,then on through the low countri...

  • Hugh

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2018This is my second book from the Booker longlist. I was already aware of Robertson as a poet having heard him on the ra...

  • Antonomasia

    I bloody love long narrative poems, and I wish there were a lot more modern novels in this form. Not sure why I find poetry faster to read - know it isn't the case for everyone. For me, it goes straig...

  • Trudie

    Is it prose, poetry, a prose poem, narrative verse, a novel with many artful line breaks ? - I don't know but it is rather beautiful and achingly sad. The Long Take is many things, a primer on late 19...

  • Dan Friedman

    Robin Robertson’s The Long Take demanded a new type of reading for me. I started reading it as poetry or as Psalms, reading short passages slowly and then immediately rereading them. But at that lei...

  • Britta Bhler

    Absolutely brilliant!...

  • Maddie C.

    “ I’m interested in films and jazz. Cities.’ ‘Cities?’ ‘Yes. American cities.’ ‘What about American cities?’ ‘How they fail.’ ” The Long Take is an incredibly raw look at the ...

  • Marchpane

    The Long Take is a moody work combining verse and prose to depict a crumbling post-war America. It flickers between protagonist Walker’s present - the New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco of the ...

  • Claire

    There is so much going on in this book, and all of it is good. The Long Take is so deserving of its place on the 2018 Man Booker Shortlist. I was hesitant about reading this- I’m always wary of exte...