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H other falling in and out of romance but never straying far from where they started And as Marianne experiments with an increasingly dangerous string of boyfriends Connell must decide how far he is willing to go to save his oldest friend Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a novel that explores the subtleties of class the electricity of first love and the inescapable challenges of family and friendships Normal People is a book that you will read in one sitting and then immediately share with your friend. 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

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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE A wondrously wise genuinely unputdownable new novel from Sally Rooney winner of the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award at 26 tied with Zadie Smith for the youngest ever recipient the uintessential coming of age love story for our timeConnell Waldron is one of the most popular boys in his small town high school he is a star of the football team an excellent student and never wanting for attention from girls The one thing he doesn't have is money Marianne Sheridan a classmate of Connell's has the opposit. Sally Rooney is the real deal 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 Normal People is not out to inspire instruct entertain or talk down to anyone which makes it something of a refreshing anomaly in current fiction about young people It is a novel for anyone young or old that simply presents the truth of youthful experiences without the filters of nostalgia or sentimentality It invites you to inhabit the psyche of someone else – two someone elses Connell and Marianne – to identify with them and to feel their pain and turmoil For the reader who connects to that it is wracking The story focuses only on the pivotal moments for these two characters jumping forward three weeks six months or five minutes as needed to excise all the uneventful bits of life and leave us with the most emotionally intense supercut possible It follows them from high school in a small town through their years at university in Dublin as the dynamic between them shifts with their surroundings and social circle They’re not officially 'together' the whole time or even most of the time but they always figure in each other’s lives in a significant waySally Rooney writes with such precision that this all feels painfully true She conjures the tension and emotion in a scene just from the way someone wrings out a dish sponge; she conveys the full weight of feeling from a look or a shrug In Rooney’s imagining Connell and Marianne as separate entities are less important than the interplay between them – their relationship dynamic and the influence each of them has on shaping the other that’s the real stuff of this book How strange to feel herself so completely under the control of another person but also how ordinary No one can be independent of other people completely so why not give up the attempt she thought go running in the other direction depend on people for everything allow them to depend on you why not There’s irony here and self conscious posturing though not nearly as much as in CWF but earnestness truth and kindness as well In addition to the central relationship are issues of class and intellectual integrity It's a particularly astute look at the rebuild of self that teenagers undergo in the transition from school to uni how it allows some to thrive while others stumble and in some ways is just an illusion after all So there’s hype and there’s backlash to the hype and Normal People is sure to resonate powerfully with some readers and not at all for others If you like a minutely observed novel about people and feelings that isn’t mawkish I'd say give it a go

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E problem Marianne is plain looking odd and stubborn and while her family is well off she has no friends to speak of There is however a deep and undeniable connection between the two teenagers one that develops into a secret relationship Everything changes when both Connell and Marianne are accepted to Trinity College Suddenly Marianne is well liked and elegant holding court with her intellectual friends while Connell hangs at the sidelines not uite as fluent in language of the elite Throughout their years at university Marianne and Connell circle eac. 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 like the writing but in actual fact Rooney's style is perhaps the single biggest thing that bugged me I found some passages of interest sandwiched between a lot of wooden dialogue and these flat descriptions Marianne goes inside and comes back out again with another bottle of sparkling wine and one bottle of red Niall starts unwrapping the wire on the first bottle and Marianne hands Connell a corkscrew Peggy starts clearing people's plates Connell unpeels the foil from the top of a bottle as Jamie leans over and says something to Marianne He sinks the screw into the cork and twists it downwards Peggy takes his plate away and stacks it with the others This kind of writing really gives me nothing Others have cited the two dimensional nature of her secondary characters and I would concur Barely any of them made much of an impression on me Alan Marianne's brother seemed particularly badly drawn He appears to be a key part of understanding Marianne and yet he warrants only a few pen strokes of unexplained malice and cruelty The opening of a wine bottle and pouring of cups of tea receives much page space I tried to understand Marianne who seems to be both ugly and beautiful popular and friendless Her hinted at troubled family life was suppose to underpin her need to be a submissive I remain unconvinced that this is really how dominance and submission works and I would think experts in BDSM might strongly take issue with some of the cliches here The relationship between Marianne and Connell should have kept this book afloat at the very least The intense emotional and physical connection the will they won't they stay together all the drama of YA love is here but it is in an eye wateringly navel gazing form I found it all exactingly po faced The number of inexplicable break ups largely based on mis communication was about three or four break ups too many for me I just wanted to yell at this novel most of the time Say what you mean and stop being so insufferably difficult either split up or stay together both your friends and I really don't care Marianne and Connell were of most interest to me when they started emailing each other discussing novels and politics thus preventing them breaking up over some new emotional minutiae Perhaps this should have been a novel of their email exchangesOh well I guess I will never be a Rooney fan and I have doubtless missed the point of this book entirely but that is ok not every book is for every reader One Way and Another no friends to speak of There is however a deep and undeniable connection between the two teenagers one that develops into a secret relationship Everything changes when both Connell and Marianne are accepted to Trinity College Suddenly Marianne is well liked and elegant holding court with her intellectual friends while Connell hangs at the sidelines Loves Denial (Warrior Camp, not uite as fluent in language of the elite Throughout their years at university Marianne and Connell circle eac. I am Life is a Dream 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 The White Goddess novel I am E penguara 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 The Santana Heir not particularly Plague Ship nuanced It is possible that even if I didn't enjoy the Flypaper novel I might like the writing but in actual fact Rooney's style is perhaps the single biggest thing that bugged me I found some passages of interest sandwiched between a lot of wooden dialogue and these flat descriptions Marianne goes inside and comes back out again with another bottle of sparkling wine and one bottle of red Niall starts unwrapping the wire on the first bottle and Marianne hands Connell a corkscrew Peggy starts clearing people's plates Connell unpeels the foil from the top of a bottle as Jamie leans over and says something to Marianne He sinks the screw into the cork and twists it downwards Peggy takes his plate away and stacks it with the others This kind of writing really gives me Colonel Sun (James Bond, nothing Others have cited the two dimensional How the West Was Lost nature of her secondary characters and I would concur Barely any of them made much of an impression on me Alan Marianne's brother seemed particularly badly drawn He appears to be a key part of understanding Marianne and yet he warrants only a few pen strokes of unexplained malice and cruelty The opening of a wine bottle and pouring of cups of tea receives much page space I tried to understand Marianne who seems to be both ugly and beautiful popular and friendless Her hinted at troubled family life was suppose to underpin her Baker Roll 1924 need to be a submissive I remain unconvinced that this is really how dominance and submission works and I would think experts in BDSM might strongly take issue with some of the cliches here The relationship between Marianne and Connell should have kept this book afloat at the very least The intense emotional and physical connection the will they won't they stay together all the drama of YA love is here but it is in an eye wateringly House of Exile navel gazing form I found it all exactingly po faced The The Surgeons Pregnancy Surprise number of inexplicable break ups largely based on mis communication was about three or four break ups too many for me I just wanted to yell at this The Italian Surgeon Claims His Bride novel most of the time Say what you mean and stop being so insufferably difficult either split up or stay together both your friends and I really don't care Marianne and Connell were of most interest to me when they started emailing each other discussing The Carmody Casebooks (The Casebooks of Captain Holloway) novels and politics thus preventing them breaking up over some Going Sane new emotional minutiae Perhaps this should have been a Wyzwolenie zwierzÄ…t novel of their email exchangesOh well I guess I will The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work never be a Rooney fan and I have doubtless missed the point of this book entirely but that is ok A Taste of Amber not every book is for every reader

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