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  • The Panopticon
  • Jenni Fagan
  • English
  • 09 August 2018
  • 9780385347877

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SUMMARY Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Jenni Fagan READ ê The Panopticon Jenni Fagan ¹ 9 READ Ooks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents though Anais knows her fate she is an anonymous part of an experiment and she always was Now it seems that the experiment is closing inNamed one of the best books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement and the Scotsman The Panopticon is an astonishingly haunting remarkable debut novel In language dazzling energetic and pure it introduces us to a heartbreaking young heroine and an incredibly assured and outstanding new voice in ficti. 35 Anais is an amazing character she is now 15 and has been shuffled from one foster home to another she arrives at the Panopticon because of her suspected part in the severe injury done to a policewoman At the prison she will meet other youth just like herself There is plenty of swearing drug use and sex so I can see that this book will not be for everyone Yet Anais whose narrative voice takes some getting used to and her friends have a story that need to be told So many of our youth are throwaway kids and it is a sad state of affairs in this country as well as others At times the prevalent drug use serves to slow the narrative down they are so detailed This is a maddening book in that some of the people involved in hers and the others cases are so unsympathetic or maybe just burned out Maybe seeing too just much makes them less compassionate Interesting concept for a book and I loved the grittiness and toughness of Anais yet she can still makes friends and despite all she has gone through can still be compassionate Would have rated this higher but I had a problem with the ending I thought too many strands of the story were left dangling unexplained That was frustrating but I am still very glad to have met Anais

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The Panopticon

SUMMARY Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Jenni Fagan READ ê The Panopticon Jenni Fagan ¹ 9 READ Ven Anais has been let down by just about every adult she has ever met Now a counter culture outlaw she knows that she can only rely on herself And yet despite the parade of horrors visited upon her early life she greets the world with the witty fierce insight of a survivor  Anais finds a sense of belonging among the residents of the Panopticon – they form intense bonds and she soon becomes part of an ad hoc family Together they struggle against the adults that keep them confined When she l. I have a big thing about panopticons In fact the PhD I am trying to battle through at the moment has than a nod to them So I picked up this novel not ordinarily my sort of thing out of interest regarding the title and elements of the story I m pleased I did It is as they say an accomplished debut uite something of a page turner but also unexpectedly literary and with a first person narrative that bar a few suelchy over written moments feels authentic Full of vituperations and hard long stares at the darkest seediest underbelly you could imagine perhaps beyond even that it is appropriate that Irvine Welsh is a champion of the book in the blurb on the back because the story is certainly a daughter of Transporting I understood the Scottish slang as an Englishman who has spent enough time north of the border but maybe it will stretch othersThe narrator Anais an out of control 15 year old girl has spent her life in care being passed from wavering hands back to the State and out again ad infinitum It is not surprising that this has added to her issues regarding lack of identity she has never known her biological family does not even know what they look like The birthday game she regularly plays with herself gives her the opportunity to manufacture a thousand and one different origins for herself her favourite being the notion that she had a childhood in Paris with a mother who listened to jazzIt is easy to see why Anais is a fantasist Her experiences include rape drug and alcohol use from an early age finding the murdered body of a loved one and a lifetime spent in a system that fails the majority of those in its care we are told that 70% of people who grew up in care will end up in prison or an asylum or dead not long after coming of age Like the other clients in her new home the menacing Panopticon for problem kids escapism seems something undertaken not out of choice but out of necessity The book follows Anais wrenching journey and as such is recommended but be prepared for extreme subject matter including child abuse self mutilation and bestiality along the way This is not a gentle read although the author s gift is in making the story seem than sensationalism You want Anais story resolved You are invested in her journeyThe one problem I had with the novel bar a small amount of uneven writing already mentioned not least towards the very end is the fact that the unit for problem children is called the Panopticon The author can just about get away with the book s title as Anais life in care and probably her rampant use of recreational drugs has left her convinced she is being watched at all times by people she can not see But for a novel that seems to be aiming to portray the shocking reality of life for the unluckiest children of this apparently wealthy civilised country the notion that a children s unit would ever be called the panopticon is at best fantasy and at worst na ve and unthought through Jeremy Bentham the English philosopher who came up with the idea of the panopticon spent his life trying to get one built with very limited success A few centuries later Michel Foucault put paid to the notion of a true panopticon ever being constructed savaging the idea in his Discipline and Punish treatise as a cruel ingenious cage So the Panopticon simply does not work as the name of a Social Services run home for children It just would not happen This isn t to say of course that there isn t a sense of the panopticon or even the experiment to which Anais keeps referring to life for such children But then there is the sense of us all being in a panopticon in this modern age of incessant CCTV of states snooping on its citizens through the internet of Edward Snowden and his ilk giving us a glimpse of the chamber in the panopticon where reside the people that watch us If the novel had been called The Panopticon but the unit called Meadowside or some other bucolic fiction it would have heightened the gap between the perception of doing good for these abandoned kids and the reality of the care they are given not just by social workers and unit staff but by a society that has always preferred ironically not to see them

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SUMMARY Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Jenni Fagan READ ê The Panopticon Jenni Fagan ¹ 9 READ Pa`nop´ti`con noun A circular prison with cells so constructed that the prisoners can be observed at all times Greek panoptos 'seen by all' Anais Hendricks fifteen is in the back of a police car She is headed for the Panopticon a home for chronic young offenders She can't remember what’s happened but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and Anais’s school uniform is covered in blood  Raised in foster care from birth and moved through twenty three placements before she even turned se. does the word fuck make you uncomfortable if so you will not like this bookthis is not a YA novel i am embarrassed at how long it took me to clock that pages and pages of densely crowded and repetitious fucks and cunts and wanking prostitution rapes drugs graphic violence suicide and my only thought was wow european YA is so progressivebut no not every book with a teenage protagonist is a YA book lesson learnedlesson should have been learned after Pure and The God of Animals but i am a slow learneri had about a million misconceptions going into this book in my defense the wonderful laima sent it to me as it is not published in my country because she thought i would like it girl covered in blood victim in a coma no memory of how she got here oh yes that just screams me all over iti was ampedso but judging by its cover and brief synopsis i assumed it was dysto YA with some fantasy elements you know flying cat and all panopticon teenaged protagonist but a thousand times nothis is a story set in a horrible reality not some imagined hell but one that exists for many young people a girl born in a mental asylum to an unknown woman who was picked up off the street and who absconded immediately after giving birth brought up in the foster care system prone to violence and almost constantly high on anything and everything she has most recently been transferred to the panopticon after an incident which has left a policewoman in a coma i m not really sure why fagan chose the panopticon for the setting apart from the fact that it is a really cool benthamianfoucaultian concept but it didn t seem as though it was really being taken advantage of it was essentially an unmonitored co ed panopticon where the residents were free to leave the facility to go on dates or cause a little ruckus or go shopping as though they were not supposed to be monitored at all times so that was a little uestion mark for me but despite my mild disappointment that we didn t get a true panopticon the story was gripping and one of those hope under seemingly unlivable circumstances novels that really gets under your skin and makes you want to reach out to the characters with all you ve gotand i loved the characters all of them books like this teens in trouble with a large cast of characters you usually get a rainbow of situations you get an anorectic and a sociopath and a cutter and a pyromaniac etc etc and that is also pretty true here but it doesn t feel strained as though the author is trying to catalog every form of psychological defect just for some representational checklist although we didn t get as much time with them as i would have liked the moments we did get really shone with compassion and a light touch these characters never came across as stereotypes they were very authentic feeling particularly anais part of that was because books written in dialect this one scottish force you into the character s skin a little bit and part of it was the claustrophobic nature of anais thought patterns and even though most of her actions were dictated by whatever drug she was on at the timethe very big thing that happens at the end of this book to anais not the other horrible thing was completely unexpected i in no way saw it coming and i hated it hated it not as a reader disappointed with an author s choice but just outraged that this is something that happens and makes you want to go out and be a masked avenger and crack some skulls because you feel so helplessmy only complaint is that this book doesn t really answer all of the uestions it sets up it is like the author has taken a dome and plopped it on top of a situation and anything that got cut off by these barriers well you aren t going to get any resolution to that tfband that s fine as a slice of life novel that focuses on a character in difficult situation it is great and it is enoughit would be a great companion read to Lullabies for Little Criminals where a young girl is living a life under extreme circumstances that the reader identifies as such but the character knows no other way of living and sees it as normal and the horror through her innocent eyes is almost charming in this book the character is a little older a little savvy and the sweetness and light is harder to find and yet there are moments of pure beauty and love and view spoilerthe wedding ceremony on the canoe trip so fucking gorgeous hide spoiler