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Sally Rooney Ä 1 FREE DOWNLOADGoddamit Sally Rooney and now I m crying 2 grungy starsIf you believe that characters who dislike themselves shrug a lot and say I don t know 247 are very deep and ealistic well this may be the perfect ead for you Or if you enjoy eading about in authorslook no further After all Rooney is defining a generationIf you are thinking about eading this novel I suggest you listen to the following song instead since it will take you less time and you will get the same story I enjoyed Rooney s style the way in which she interweaves ordinary moments with emotionally charged ones and the uncertainty that pervades her story I was also annoyed by how artificial her novel is I had the
*impression that ooney *that Rooney trying to conjure a certain millennial vibe through her characters and their experiences However the central figures of her novel Connell and Marianne lacked depth and as stupid as it might sound character Their looks were emphasised in a way that made them stand out from others they are skinny and beautiful they smoke they make languid movements they are smart and unlike their peers they actually care about world politics Throughout the course of this novel we are told how DIFFERENT and SPECIAL they Marianne comes from a wealthy and abusive family we are supposed to feel bad her Connell was aised by his mother and suffers from bouts of anxiety and depression we are also supposed to feel bad for him That they have issues that they can t cope with is ealistic but what I didn t appreciate is the omanticising of their difficulties What I didn t like is that being alienated is synonym of cool and that seeking sadomasochistic elationships is understandableinevitable if you come from an abusive family Rooney handles serious issues eg an abusive family depression etc very badly A book that handles trauma and self harming incredibly well is What Red Was by Rosie Price There we see why the characters behave in self destructive ways but in NP these things seem merely propsMarianne and Connell aren t terrible people but god they are so self involved Their elationship is made to appear fraught but I didn t always understand why Drama for the sake of drama They enter forgettable elationships with eually forgettable people but they emain fixated on each other Why No one knowsMarianne is depicted by the author and the other characters as being the sort of person who does not to care about others opinion of her but soon after a breakup with a cliched dick boyfriend she is obsessed with what people are saying about herConnor isintelligent Indecisive As interesting as a stale sandwichSecondary characters and family members are barely sketched out they have little to no purpose other than creating drama for the main characters Marianne s family was so badly written that I had a hard time taking any of them seriously Her brother is laughably cruel and her mother is uncaring and snobbish they are ich so Friends from college serve very little purpose other than making the main characters seem different and eal they are special not like other peopleWhat I disliked the most is that by the end neither Marianne or Connell show any sort of character growth Not that I always want to ead about characters who learn from their mistakes or gain some sort of insight from their experience I can appreciate characters who keep perpetuating their bad behaviour or even those who get worse or egress into bad habitsbehaviour But they have to be believable Marianne or Connell were not They were merely an aesthetic befitting as subjects of a black and white grunge photo than anything else The only eason why I finished this novel is that I listened to the audiobook and the narrator managed to make this otherwise unappetising storyline sort of okay Man booker prize long list nominee and Costa book. Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereAt school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know 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. 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 ead 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 eally have no interest in eading about 18 20 something year college kid s onoff sexual elationships 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 no love in this one The of Connell and Marianne were dislikable and boring and the on off will they wont they elationship became epetitive eading 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 eaders who like complex elationship stories but for me this was a struggle "From Start To Finish "start to finish am not sure how to write this
*review because i *because I 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 eaderwriter mismatch and move on but I will try and articulate some of my eading experienceSome of my perplexity with Normal People is that I just couldn t elate to the twenty something highly educated politically aware and cynical young adults that populate this novel I am not sure how eflective 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 ed 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 eally 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 eceives 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 emain unconvinced that this is eally how dominance and submission works and I would think experts in BDSM might strongly take issue with some of the cliches here The elationship 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 insuff. 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. Erably difficult either split up or stay together both your friends and I eally 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 a novel of their email exchangesOh well I guess I will never be a Rooney fan and have doubtless missed the point of this book entirely but that is ok not every book is for every eader Sally Rooney is the eal 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 eaders 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 omance 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 it occasionally scrapes close to the bone Well Normal People cuts to the core Normal People is not out to instruct entertain or talk down to anyone which makes it something of a efreshing 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 eader 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 "intense supercut possible It follows them from high school in a small town through years at university in Dublin as the dynamic between them shifts with their surroundings and social circle They e 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 elationship dynamic and the influence each of them has on shaping the other that s the eal 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 unning 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 elationship are issues of class and intellectual integrity It s a particularly astute look at the ebuild 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 esonate powerfully with some eaders 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 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.