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Normal People

Normal People 2

by Sally Rooney

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 06/05/2019

2/5 Rating 2 Reviews
RRP  $19.99 $14.95

Winner of the 2018 Costa Novel Award: Sally Rooney set the books world buzzing in 2017 with her debut Conversations With Friends; Normal People is a girl-meets-boy story with a difference, interrogating the difficulties of sincere communication in a complicated, post-ironic world.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.

Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Faber & Faber
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, The White Review, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Kevin Barry's Stonecutter and The Winter Page anthology.

Her debut novel, Conversations with Friends, was the most popular debut in the 2017 end-of-year round-ups. Rooney was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for 'Mr Salary' and was the winner of the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award.

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  • Normal People

    by on

    Haven't finished the book yet but not finding it very rewarding so far considering the various writeups of acceptance.

  • A train-wreck of half-asleep prose.

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    If you find yourself losing interest around the 100-page mark of this novel, don't feel guilty: the same thing happened to the author.

    What a stunningly lazy work - not a character in it worth caring about, not a clever turn of phrase to be found anywhere, not even the fraying thread of a plot to sustain your interest.

    Getting through this book was like wading through a marsh: sucking at your wellingtons are limp sex scenes, pretentious observations about "life", characters repeatedly getting it on and then pondering whether or not they are in a relationship. Much has been made about this book captures the mindset of Millennials. If this is the next generation, we are in real difficulties.

    For pity's sake don't pay money for this book. If you're truly determined to ignore the warnings, get it from a library - or a friend (but only when they've stopped fuming over being cheated out money they could have spent enjoying four coffees and a muffin).