The Panopticon

The Panopticon 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

  • Title: The Panopticon
  • Author: Jenni Fagan
  • ISBN: 9780385347860
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 seven, Anais has beenAnais 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 seven, 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 looks 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 in.Named 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 fiction.

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    1. does the word "fuck" make you uncomfortable? if so, you will not like this bookis 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 progressive"but no. not every book with a teenage protagonist is a YA book. lesson learned.lesson should have been learned after Pure and The God of Animals, [...]

    2. Tae, cannae, wee, nae, didnae, isnae, gonnae, dinnae, wasnae, umnay, havenae. Conkers, boak, stouter, choring, witters, womble, wellying, scants.In case you were wondering, this book is written by a Scottish author. It’s completely un-Americanized. Google is your friend. Holy fuck. I don’t even know where to fucking start. What the fuck is this? What the fuck was the point? Is there a fucking point? Or is this just supposed to depress the fuck out of me? I can’t fucking decide. Was it fuck [...]

    3. If you plan on picking up this book, go ahead and prepare yourself.When I first started the book it took me over 30% to figure out what the heck was going on. Once I did I kept thinking no way.is can't be right.Anais is a character I can't decide if I love or hate. She has been placed in the Panopticon after spending her life in care. Not a good life has it been either.More of this:Then I get attached to the other kids in there with her.She does some really bad stuff which is why I can't love th [...]

    4. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/ “Ming-fucking-mong.”Where do I even begin? I guess I’m just going to get right to brass tacks here. The Panopticon is not an easy book – either to read or to review. It’s a book that I imagine will have an abundance of both 1 Star and 5 Star ratings and one that many people “won’t get.” I generally hate the use of that term, but since I’m not sure I completely “got” this one, I’m feeling it’s probably okay for me to use in this [...]

    5. 3.5 STARSI’m just a girl with a shark’s heart.Ming-fucking-mong.I don’t necessarily know what that means (can anyone really trust urbandictionary nowadays?) or if I actually understood what Anais was talking about half the time but if there’s one thing I’m certain, my cuss vocabulary expanded a few pages more thanks to this book. And ming-fucking-mong is a new favorite.Sometimes, you can just tell from the cover/title combo. Hard as we may try to not judge books by their covers, we do. [...]

    6. I have a big thing about panopticons. In fact the PhD I am trying to battle through at the moment has more 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, quite something of a page-turner but also unexpectedly literary and with a first-person narrative that, bar a few squelchy, over-written moments, feels authentic. Full of vituperations a [...]

    7. Anais Hendricks is fifteen years old. That's fifteen years of living in care: foster homes, mostly, and "units" with other teens. In fact, she's been through over fifty "placements" already: twenty-four before she was seven, when she was adopted by a professional prostitute called Teresa; then another twenty-seven times from the age of eleven, when her new mother was killed by one of her clients in their apartment. She doesn't know who her real mother is - no one does - and she routinely plays t [...]

    8. “The Panopticon” is one of the best-written, saddest, most-moving and triumphant coming-of-age novels I’ve ever read—easily one of the best books of 2013—and I have absolutely no damned idea how to review it. I love books like that, books that are so original that they defy easy analysis. So many novels today have almost identical plots: a stranger comes to a new town; there’s a meet-cute between two people who initially hate each other then grow to love each other, and work to save [...]

    9. 3.5 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 yout [...]

    10. I feel like I need a shower. This book was grim and dirty; reading it was a visceral experience, a rather unpleasant one. I was all set to like this book. I have a secret fondness for dialects and cussing (really, I do; cussing has its place!). But this book is essentially plotless. It's a big pile of meandering thoughts told by a drugged-up, paranoid teenager. 15-year-old Anais, in and out of group and foster homes, abused as a kid, tripping from just about every drug out there, is, by her own [...]

    11. ‘The experiment are watching.You can feel them, ay. In the quiet. In the room. Wherever you are-they’re there. That’s a given. Sometimes they’re right, sometimes a wee bit further away; when I want to hurt myself but I dinnae, I can always feel them then. They want me to hurt myself. They’re sick like that. What they really want is me dead.’Anais, 15 years old, is suspected of assaulting a police officer and while the police complete their investigation she’s taken to The Panoptico [...]

    12. The Panopticon by Jenni FaganWhen it comes to deciding which book to read next I don’t follow a list nor do I try to work through a stack of books. I tend to read whatever type of novel catches my interest at the time.After browsing through a few reviews of The Panopticon on GoodReads I decided this story was intriguing, strange and quirky enough to suit my taste in books… so I ordered a copy. I’m very glad I did!!This book is a debut novel for Scottish author Jenni Fagan. It is very diffe [...]

    13. I finished reading this a couple of days ago but have been waiting before writing this review to see if my first impressions were going to change. They have not.The other reviews I’ve read (which is why I read the book in the first place) seem to be universally glowing. The solitary one-star review on seems to be an error as the reviewer raves about the book.It has been this feeling that I’m clearly out on a limb which has made me wait before committing myself. Have I really missed somethin [...]

    14. A darkly entertaining first-person narrative about Anais Hendricks: a lively, intelligent, witty fifteen-year-old girl who has spent her life in and out of care homes, has been arrested hundreds of times, has been doing every drug possible and having sex since she was a child, and may have put a police officer in a coma. At the beginning of the book, she's being transferred to the Panopticon, a home for young offenders housed in an old, gothic building. This is a good read - energetic and funny [...]

    15. I've tried to come up with a way to review this book and the best I've been able to figure out is listing what I don't think this book is, rather than what it is-~This book isn't appealing, feasible or entertaining.~This book isn't about a girl who beats the system or even the system.~This book isn't a thriller or a mystery.~This book doesn't have a closure.~This book doesn't have very charming characters.Reasons you might want to avoid this book~Anais, the MC, is very expressive and indiscreet [...]

    16. kahramanın16 yaşında kendini eksiden varetme mücedelesi inanılmaz. yazarın da kısa kısa cümlelerle atmosferi yaşatma becerisi gerçekten dikkate değer ,yazarın başka kitaplarını da okumak isterdim tabi çevrisi olsa

    17. One of the hardest things about teaching is running into those students who just won’t get out of their own way. It isn’t a question of ability or intelligence; those things are, relatively speaking, easy to get a handle on. No, it’s the students who possess all the necessary tools and then opt, for whatever reason, not to engage at all. To let the work go unfinished, to half-ass the paper, to fake their way through the reading rather than attempt to make sense of it.This was true when I t [...]

    18. Our protagonist 15-year old orphan Anais Hendricks is in a home for wayward Scottish children which just happens to be housed in an old complex called the Panopticon ( a facility designed in such a way that all occupants can be viewed at all times from a central tower). Anais is, we are told at many turns throughout the book, something special. She's NOT just an abused, drug addled, promiscuous, violence-prone anti-heroine, she's "got that Special Somethin'!" She's a violent offender with a hear [...]

    19. As someone who has lived in a foster home, a children's home and an adolescent unit, I found this story and most of the characters and situations it described incredibly realistic. Yet, despite the book's generally depressing themes, I laughed my way through much of it, thanks to the protagonist's witty observations and comments and the general hilarity of some of her escapades.Being ill-treated by adults (particularly those who were supposed to care for you), and going through the care system, [...]

    20. This book is so good.The Panopticon is written in first-person, narrated by a 15-year-old girl named Anais Hendricks. The story is set in Scotland and when it opens, Anais is being accused of beating a police officer into a coma and is being placed in an institution called the Panopticon. The rest of the story goes through Anais’s time in the Panopticon and the life circumstances/choices that have ultimately led to her being placed there. The subject matter doesn’t make for easy reading–Th [...]

    21. More like 4.5 but I don't care this book was gritty and fucking rad and depressing and hilarious. I didn't even know what shelves to put it on bc it was something different entirely. Also, I've been thinking in a Scottish accent for days now, so thanks, Jenni Fagan, bc it's honestly less annoying than how my thinker usually sounds.Anais was a beautiful character, I cried for her and her shitty life and crazy brain and for her all the things stolen from her. who would I recommend this to? oh hell [...]

    22. This is certainly an interesting novel - though a bit difficult to classify. The age of the narrator - just fifteen - makes it seem like it could fall into the YA genre. But after a few pages of cursing, extreme drug use, sex and violence, it is a bit too adult to safely be shelved there. Its premise - of a young woman covered in blood remanded into a more secure care home after allegedly assaulting a police officer into a coma - makes it seem like it could be a mystery. And though many mysterie [...]

    23. This is another book that the premise sounds RIGHT up my alley - foster care, social work, coming of age, etc. All of those are things that I tend to gravitate to for so many reasons. Although I was never bored while reading this one, I also never really found myself to be truly engaged in the novel. I was certainly disturbed by the content (it's definitely dark) and felt an overwhelming sense of sadness at the injustice so prevalent in this novel. But, I didn't find myself compelled by it. I ju [...]

    24. A really satisfying and strange book about a troubled teen girl, Anais, as she tries to get a hold of her life while staying at a kind of at-risk facility, the Panopticon of the title. I have to say, it's the most positive emobidment of the panopticon project I think I've ever heard of, since the facility is mostly staffed by warm and caring people.Part of what made this book really work for me was the willingness of Fagan to really commit to the voice. It took me a couple chapters to get used t [...]

    25. *Sigh* Another book pushed at me and pushed at me and pushed at me and, well, I just didn't get it. The protagonist is a young girl, drug addicted, been through the child services grind, found her adopted prostitute mother murdered in the bath, may or may not have put a policewoman in a coma. So, I didn't like the girl and there's not much of a plot, just her walking in circles randomly reacting to things that may or may not be there. And child services in Scotland must be pretty bad if girls in [...]

    26. Judging by the reviews, accolades and praise this should have been something excellent, at least something special. And it really wasn't. To describe this book succinctly would be that it was difficult to read. In every sense. It's written in Scottish, you know that heavy Scottish brogue that sounds oh so charming, but you're not quite sure what's being uttered at all timesis is written like that. Took a while to get used to. Then there is the plot itself, a story of a 15 year old girl, who's be [...]

    27. It's like Trainspotting starring a drug-addled, [too-]precocious 15 year old crossed with Judy Blume? It's relentless. Intense. Witty and charming (for all its bleak horror). You'll feel like a dirty voyeur, trapped in the brain of seriously fucked-up Anais. I did.The unreliability of the first-person narrator--is she experiencing a flashback? indulging in pure fantasy? experiencing symptoms of mental illness?--was interesting at first, but ultimately pointless. Refreshing, though, are Anais' [...]

    28. This book is all about the voice. That's what makes it great, and what might also make it very difficult to read for American readers.The character of the young female protagonist, who's trying to find and keep her own identity during a life of deprivation, abuse and foster homes, is a mix of feisty, amoral, and loyal. I was on her side form the get go. The Panopticon of the title is a care home where all the rooms are visible from a central core. When I began reading, I thought this was a dysto [...]

    29. Jenni Fagan’s debut novel tells the story of Anais Hendricks, a fifteen year-old Scottish orphan being transferred to a juvenile facility known as the Panopticon. Considered a secure home for teenage offenders, the Panopticon is a prison to its young residents; a circular building observed by an unknown audience in a watchtower, the rooms with doors that can be closed – and locked – by only the staff. At the time of her transfer, Anais has been apprehended by police, found with blood on he [...]

    30. ugh this book fucked me UP. honestly everybody should just read this. it's a kind of this is England-trainspotting-bell jar hybrid but obviously a unique entity. and this is what we need in literature. teenage girls from unprivileged positions telling stories. it's like peeling back a plaster and looking at the scab that is the world you live in. it's an ugly world but it's real and it won't change as long as irl girls like Anais are treated the way she is treated, and their narratives are seen [...]

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