Normal People

BOOKS Normal People Author Sally Rooney At 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 Two Teenagers One They Are Determined To Conceal.A 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 Drawn 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 Other.Sally 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 Friendship.Normal People

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.

[Reading] ➿ Normal People By Sally Rooney –
  • Hardcover
  • 273 pages
  • Normal People
  • Sally Rooney
  • English
  • 14 April 2018
  • 9781984822178

10 thoughts on “Normal People

  1. says:

    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 t...

  2. says:

    Sally Rooney is the real deal Normal People has been lavished with praise from critics, longlisted for the Man Booker prize and is apparently being adapted for television by the BBC And it only came out last week So much attention will no doubt attract quite a few readers who would not ordinarily touch this subject matter with a barge pole Because this book A Is about young peopleB Is a love story but not a romance C Contains a fair bit of sex which is crucial to the story, 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 fi...

  3. says:

    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 Quite simply this book didn t Fit Me I really have no interest in reading about 18 20 something year college kid s on off 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 exquisite love stroy which I honestly found nothing exquisite or no love in this one The characters of Connell and Marianne were dislikable and boring and t...

  4. says:

    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 reader writer mismatch and move on but I will try and articulate some of my reading experience.Some 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 lea...

  5. says:

    Goddamit Sally Rooney and now I m crying.

  6. says:

    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.The likely 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 ...

  7. says:

    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 sto...

  8. says:

    Irish author, Sally Rooney s second novel came to my attention when nominated for the Booker in 2018 Since then Normal People has won the Costa Book Award, An Post Irish Award, and nominated for many others Quite a distinction for a wonderfully talented young author.Normal People is about Marianne and Connell, their secret friendship, and their on and off again relationship They are two young people drawn to each other who drift apart at times, but always end up coming back to each other throughout their lives It is an intimate, but sometimes painful look at two people from different backgrounds that don t really belong together One comes from a loving home, where as the other lives in a cold and hateful environment Rooney s novel is powerful and complex It is not a romance or love story, but an in depth character driven study It s about obsession and two flawed high school students that follow each other to Trinity College in Dublin Normal People is unfiltered, emotional and d...

  9. says:

    I wanted to like this book than I did How thrilling that the author hailed as Salinger for the Snapchat generation is Irish, and from my own province of Connacht at that There are moments in this novel that would certainly back up such a bold claim But I believe that she is a writer still honing her craft Not quite the finished article just yet, but with all the potential to become a literary heavyweight.In the beginning we meet Connell and Marianne, two young people growing up the west of Ireland Marianne comes from a wealthy family and Connell s mother Lorraine is a cleaner in their lavish house At the start of the book, the pair are in their final year at school Connell is a popular sports star while Marianne is a social outcast They are close despite operating in completely different circles Roles are reversed once they move to Dublin for college Marianne falls in with a group who appreciate her wit and intelligence, and a taciturn Connell finds it difficult to make friends The story follows their on off relationship over the years they go from being pals, to than that, to who knows They are a huge part of one another s lives, no matter what their romantic status.Rooney is strong on the intricacies of relat...

  10. says:

    3.5 stars.Sally Rooney s upcoming novel Normal People almost felt like a puzzle, in that you didn t really know what you were truly getting until all of the pieces came together Beautifully written although a little slow in its pacing, it s a novel full of deep emotions, which made it difficult to read at times.Connell and Marianne know each other from high school, although they pretend not to, plus his mother works as a cleaner for her family Marianne is a bit of a laughing stock in school, mainly because she doesn t care what her classmates think of her Connell is tremendously affected by what people think of him, so when a connection starts to grow between him and Marianne, and turns to something physical and even emotional, they keep it hidden, and he ignores her in school At times he has the sensation that he and Marianne are like figure skaters, improvising their discussions so adeptly and in such perfect synchronisation that it surprises them both She tosses herself gracefully into the air, and each time, without knowing how he s going to do it, he catches her Marianne feels so intensely for Connell, and she is willing to let him possess her completely He can t explain his feelings for Marianne, except that she thinks so highly of him, but he continues to fear wha...

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