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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE A wondrously wise genuinely unputdownable new novel from Sally Rooney winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award at 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 opposite pro. 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 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 followThe 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 uickly 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 uestion 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 talentIn '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 uite so much but on the few occasions when I saw through the writerly mess I found it difficult to care about them at allThe 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 GuardianSo 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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Normal PeopleOther 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 frien. 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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review Normal People Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ [PDF] ✑ Normal People Author Sally Rooney – 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 LONGLISTED FOR THE Blem 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 each. Whoa guys I just finished Normal man I just I don’t 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 just kind 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 kind of bounces around those themes over and over again There’s nothing in the book to make me care if these kids 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