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On the second page of Sally Rooney s universally acclaimed Booker longlisted novel is the following paragraph He puts his hands in his pockets and suppresses an irritable sigh but suppresses it with an audible intake of breath so that it still sounds like a sigh WhatI get the hand in the pockets bit but how the hell does the rest of it work A sigh is an exhalation and I have no idea how any attempt to suppress a sigh by inhaling could possibly sound like one I ve tried hard to imagine it but no luck I ve tried even harder to do it but even less luck In fact in an effort to understand this twaddle I have tried it so often that I have come close on several occasions to hyperventilating and passing outWhat have those Faber editors been doing Maybe they have no problem with it because they are all so much cleverer than me and now how to read properly Or maybe they also tried to do it and actually did pass out which might explain why they have failed to apply the Man booker prize long list nominee and Costa book awards nominee This is a book that has many admirers and sadly it didn t work for me and while I would love to agree with all the judges on this one I only struggled to the end because it was a bookclub read It is difficult to go against the grain on a book that is nominated for so many awards So as always you need to judge for yourself because books fit people differently uite simply this book didn t Fit Me I really have no interest in reading about 18 20 something year college id s onoff sexual relationships where they seem to only exist in their own little complex bubble and this book felt like a bubble It is described as exuisite love stroy which I honestly found nothing exuisite or no love in this one The characters of Connell and Marianne were dislikable and boring and the on off will they wont they relationship became repetitive reading The only character which I liked and felt any connection with in the novel was LorrainePerhaps this is suited for a younger audience where they connect with the college scene or for readers who like complex relationship stories but for me this was a struggle from start to finish wow one of the most frustrating but humanising books i have read in a long time for sure i feel so exhausted after reading this but i think that may have been the authors intent its shows that normal people living normal lives can be uite tiresome for example the writing lacks uotation marks which makes the dialogue difficult to decipher which could be seen as support for the idea that life is just as messy as the books formatting and communication sometimes takes effort to understand there are massive jumps in the timeline with a lot of backtracking so much so that the drastic shifts are jarring which could be seen as exemplifying the notion that people change over time and friendships are bound to alterthings like this will polarise readers either its too much and unenjoyable or its a work of genius and adds depth to the storytelling i think it really depends on the readers interpretation and mood and like the indecisive creature that i am im uite torn down the middle 35 stars Sally Rooney is the real Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereAt school Connell and Marianne pretend not to now each other He’s popular and well adjusted star of the school soccer team while she is lonely proud and intensely private But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house a strange and indelible connection grows between the.
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Empt she thought go running in the other direction depend on people for everything allow them to depend on you why not This is going to be a polarizing book I mean I think I liked it And I say liked it in the sense that it made me very miserable It is a uiet character study almost a YA novel but not uite and it is a profoundly lonely and depressing love storyI didn t begin by liking it Normal People follows two characters Marianne and Connell through adolescence and into early adulthood and they begin by being the Copper Lake Secrets kind of uber precocious teenagers who read Proust and Marx for fun It took a while for me to settle into their story My initial impression was that this was going to be someind of John Green for adults which is not something that floats my particular boatWithout fully realizing it though this book had crept uietly under my skin The relationship between Marianne and Connell is angsty sure but it felt painfully real They are so flawed marred by unlikable characteristics and yet I could not stop caring about them Not for the first time Marianne thinks cruelty does not only hurt the victim but the perpetrator also and maybe deeply and permanently You learn nothing very profound about yourself simply by being bullied but by bullying someone else you learn something you can never forget The story is really just about the two of them and their relationship In high school Marianne is a smart and wealthy girl but is socially ostracized and emotionally abused at home whereas Connell is working class but very popular Connell s mum works as a cleaner for Marianne s family They begin a secret sexual relationship that falls apart when Connell fears his friends will find out The compelling dynamic between them drives the story issues of class and social status cause much conflictIn college the two meet again This time Marianne is popular and Connell is feeling increasingly depressed The two of them lean on each other time and again as they move through a social world filled with social expectations There s a bit of a When Harry Met Sally vibe except that this book is soul destroying Nothing had meant to I am not sure how to write this review because I seem to be so far beyond the pale on my antipathy to this book In simplest terms I didn t connect with this work at all and I would be best to chalk this up to a readerwriter mismatch and move on but I will try and articulate some of my reading experienceSome of my perplexity with Normal People is that I just couldn t relate to the twenty something highly educated politically aware and cynical young adults that populate this novel I am not sure how reflective these voices are of young Irish making their way in the world but as presented here I found them exasperating to listen to and not particularly nuanced It is possible that even if I didn t enjoy the novel I might lik I picked up my cup of coffee and took a large gulp swishing the liuid around in my mouth a little before swallowing Two stars I think I touched my hand to my face and rubbed my nose I clicked the two star rating I closed my eyes and nodded breathing out slowly Yes two stars Goddamit Sally Rooney and now I m cryin. N back together Then as she veers into self destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the otherSally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class the electricity of first love and the complex entanglements of family and friendsh.
Eal Normal People has been lavished with praise from critics longlisted for the Man Booker prize and adapted for television by the BBC And that s just in its first week of publication All that attention will no doubt attract uite a few readers who would not ordinarily touch this subject with a barge pole Because this bookA Is about young peopleB Is a love story but not a romance novel C Contains a fair bit of sex which is crucial to the storytelling btw and is not graphicAll of which possibly also the fact that the author is a 27 year old woman means that Normal People will inevitably be dismissed by some as frivolous It isn t This is a confident accomplished and serious work Of Rooney s debut Conversations with Friends I said in my review it occasionally scrapes close to the bone Well Normal People cuts to the core N Whoa guys I just finished Normal man I just I don t Brooklyn's Song know what am I what am I uh missing This uh this this wasn t good Not good at all I m so confused This is um this is this book is everywhere right now being highly praised and all that Websites I trust are telling me this is this is one of the best one of the best books of the year so far But guys wow I ve never felt disconnected from a story I couldn t care less about either one of these characters and I definitely didn t care about anyone else in the book because man I don t think the author cared either This whole thing just felt lifeless to me like it wanted to be something huge and it sure is being pushed like it is but there is really nothing about this book I found redeeming I hung around until the end thinking something would resolve or the story would progress somehow but it justind of fizzles out and it s done I wish it would have at least ended with an apology for taking up too much space in the crowded book world Seriously the whole back and forth of I love you let s have sex do whatever you want we re different I can t tell anyone about you I love you I m seeing someone else I m so sad life is hard being 20 is tough that is basically the book It just Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide kind of bounces around those themes over and over again There s nothing in the book to make me care if theseids are in love or not and it really feels like this should be a YA novel but it pushed the characters ages up just a bit to say Nope no no no adults here We have adults coming through This is Adult Fiction folks It reads like Twilight without the vampires but someone give this bad boy a Man Booker prize Adult book here ladies and gentlemen Don t get it twisted I don t get it I didn t connect with this at all and I would recommend steering clear of this one and moving on to something else on your list As my old librarian used to say So little books so little time He s the only person who has ever said that I think he trademarked it He s right Skip this 2 grungy starsIf you believe that characters who dislike themselves shrug a lot and say I don t now 247 are very deep and realistic well this may be the perfect read for you Or if you enjoy reading about in authorslook no further After all Rooney is defining a gen No one can be independent of other people completely so why not give up the att. Two teenagers one they are determined to concealA year later they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines shy and uncertain Throughout their years in college Marianne and Connell circle one another straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically irresistibly draw.
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Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin where she graduated from Trinity College Her work has appeared in Granta The Dublin Review The White Review The Stinging Fly and the Winter Pages anthology