#Ireland Sally Rooney
- Author: Sally Rooney (1991)
- Title: Normal People
- Published: 2018
- Trivia: shortlisted 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
- I have had a busy month reading Irish authors.
- There is so much talent on the Emerald Isle.
- I want to thank Cathy for hosting.
- I will be back next year!
Books read: List #ReadingIrelandMonth2019
Shortlisted books Kerry Group Best Irish Novel of the Year: read 4/5
- Timeline: 4 years
- Structure: no chapter titles to indicate what we can expect
- Rooney uses a chronological timeline:
- Begin January 2011 – End February 2015
- Genre: romantic tragicomedy
- Setting: Carricklea, Ireland and Trinity College Dublin
- Sally Rooney draws on elements of the social world
- that she inhabited growing up in Castlebar, Ireland
- …and then in college.
- She studied English at Trinity Dublin, and
- …the book is very much about her
- …observing that social milieu.
- Two star-crossed lovers: Connell and Marianne.
- “…like two little plants sharing the same plot of soil
- growing around one another, contorting to make room.”
- Connell: popular, quiet, studious, sport jock, good-looking,
- cared what people thought of him
- …considered quite a catch.
- Marianne: unpopular, feels lonely and unworthy,
- secretive, independent-minded – the ugliest girl in school
- Connell feels “…being alone with Marianne is like opening a door away from normal life…”
- Marianne feels “…he bought her goodness like a gift…”
- How does Connell change?
- March 2011:
- Connell pretends not to know Marianne in high-school.
- He wants to live in two worlds…good-looking, popular
- …but still dating the ugliest girl in school. No one must know.
- January 2015:
- Unlike him to behave so openly in public
- by embracing Marianne and saying: ”I love you”
- …on New Year’s Eve.
- How does Marianne change?
- March 2011:
- Marianne feels like an observer…be it an awkward one.
- January 2015:
- Marianne feels dependent upon another human being
- …for the first time in her life.
- I have seen 1 star reviews….and 5 star reviews about this book.
- For a long time I pushed Normal People to the bottom of my TBR.
- The book has been nominated for many prizes and
- has been reviewed on blogs, magazines and in the newspapers.
- When a book gets so much exposure….I recoil.
- Now I have to read it for Kerry Group Irish Novel shortlist.
- I read pages of teen-age sexual relationships, parties, boozing
- …dysfunctional family including Denise… Marianne’s mother
- …and a jealous and violent brother Alan.
- One of the highlights in the narrative was a minor character
- who played a major role: Lorraine, Connell’s mother.
- Life for a millennial is not easy
- ….and Sally Rooney has articulated the
- …stress and strains of growing up and falling in love.
- Was I impressed? No.
- Lorraine is the only character that saved this book.
- The narrative has an emotional impact
- that resonates with many readers.
- It is a very easy read and lacks depth.
- By that I mean…symbolism, metaphor, images.
- This book may be interesting for other millennials
- …but I found the plot uninteresting
- …on/off romance between two college students.
- It was a very average book about
Feedback: to Cathy @746books.com
I’m so glad to here somebody felt as I did.
I thought I was the only one!
I’m reading The Hoarder today by Jess Kidd…and just after
3 chapters I’ve had MORE reading pleasure than Sally Rooney’s
I’ve had a great time reading with you during #ReadingIrelandMonth19!
Thanks for all the effort you put into this challenge (reading suggestions, giveaways etc)
I’ll continue to read Irish authors…and am looking for a #hashtag to gather my Irish reviews..for the rest of the year…any suggestions?