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Normal People LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE A wondrously wise, genuinely unputdownable new novel from Sally Rooney, winner of theSunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award at , tied with Zadie Smith for the youngest ever recipient the quintessential 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 opposite 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 quite as fluent in language of the elite Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle each 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 friends 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 quite tiresome for example the writing lacks quotation 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 underst 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 quite tiresome for example the writing lacks quotation 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 alter.things 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 quite torn down the middle 3.5 stars 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 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 quiet character study, almost a YA novel but not quite, and it is a profoundly lonely and depressing love story.I didn t begin by liking it Normal Peo 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 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 quiet character study, almost a YA novel but not quite, and it is a profoundly lonely and depressing love story.I 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 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 some kind of John Green for adults, which is not something that floats my particular boat.Without fully realizing it though, this book had crept quietly 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 maybedeeply andpermanently 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 conflict.In 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 issoul destroying Nothing had meantto Rob than the approval of others to be thought well of, to be a person of status He would have betrayed any confidence, any kindness, for the promise of social acceptance There s clear criticism of our constant need to impress and perform for others in a world that grows everconnected Much of the tragedy that befalls Marianne and Connell is caused by other people, peer pressure and social expectations It is very sad to think that someone might give up who they love the most because they can t deal with how it makes them look to others.The pair s inability to adequately communicate is frustrating but feels realistic I was on the verge of tearing my hair out at all the things left unsaid in this book, but I think it was a good kind of frustration The kind that comes from caring too much I feel like there are any number of reasons I could have hated Normal People, but I didn t I actually kinda loved it It s a weird, awkward, depressing novel about a connection formed between two very different people who find exactly what they need and perhaps a lot that they don t in each other CW sexual assault domestic abuse drug use casual racism called out depression anxiety suicide suicidal ideation.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube 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 quite a few readers who would not ordinarily touch this subject with a barge pole Because this book A 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, 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 quite a few readers who would not ordinarily touch this subject with a barge pole Because this book A 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 graphic All 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 way.Sally 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 bookHow 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 notThere 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 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 What I 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 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 What I 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 out.What have those Faber editors been doing Maybe they have no problem with it because they are all so much cleverer than me and know 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 editorial pencil with any intelligence in the 264 pages that follow.Thelikely explanation, of course, is that the problem is mine and I offer the following gems from Normal People on that understanding He looks down into his lap, and exhales quickly, almost like a cough.It s hyperventilation time again I ve imagined it and I ve tried it, but I still don t get it He can t even visually imagine himself as a lawyer, wearing a tie and so on Do we really need that visually It s true she is Connell s type, maybe even the originary model of the type Originary What does that mean Am I the only one who had to look it up It s not in Chambers, by the way, so you ll need the OED Peggy, watching, took a performatively large mouthful of Cointreau Can anyone explain what performatively large actually means Enraged now, Alan wrenched her back from the sink by her upper arm, and, seemingly spontaneously, spat at her Seemingly spontaneously I could go on It s not often that I feel the need to read with a pencil in my hand but Normal People drove me to it, and my copy is now covered with question marks and annotations I retired from teaching last year but reading Sally Rooney s feted novel felt like I was marking again in this case marking the work of a precocious, but overindulged, talent.In Normal People alternating points of view are combined with an inconsistent and confusing authorial presence, voices are often difficult to differentiate in an ineffectual free indirect style, the comma splices Ferrante this isn t and the unpunctuated dialogue, far from creating an impressionistic flow, suggest a lack of precision, and the prose shifts from past to present for no apparent reason and even within paragraphs, creating a chronological blur In short, it s a bit of a mess If I cared about the characters or cared about the story, these things would not matter quite so much but on the few occasions when I saw through the writerly mess I found it difficult to care about them at all.The novel, though, has been so well received that its very reception has become a news story Salinger for the Snapchat generation critics unite to praise 27 year old novelist was the headline in last Saturday s Guardian.So the problem is clearly mine Maybe I ve read a different book from the one everyone is raving about Maybe I ve read the same book but don t know how to read properly Or it could be that I m the child s voice at the back of the crowd politely suggesting that the emperor might not be wearing any clothes

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