Normal People Paperback – 2 May 2019 by Sally Rooney (Author)

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      The best novel published this year. ― The Times

      A future classic. ― Guardian

      Quite astonishing. ― Independent

      The most enjoyable novel of the year. ― Daily Telegraph

      The best young novelist – indeed one of the best novelists – I’ve read in years. — Olivia Laing ― New Statesman

      Rooney has given us a spellbinding twenty-first-century love story, and asserted herself as one of the major young writers in the English-speaking world. ― TLS

      Effortlessly brilliant . . . tender and devastating. ― Guardian Books of the Year

      The best book I read last year. — Nigella Lawson

      Best novel this year by a country mile is Normal People by Sally Rooney . . . Brilliant. ― Spectator Books of the Year

      Love, sex, class, work, miscommunication and melancholy are all described in prose that is somehow at once lapidary and mysterious; glittering but with the feeling of something moving like weather behind the sentences. ― New Statesman Books of the Year

      Rooney’s second novel is one you read in three days flat, a Tube stop-missing, escalator-reading tale . . . Rooney’s style is pure poetry, sparse and heartbreaking, and writing this three months after I finished it I find my chest still aches for the pair of them. ― Evening Standard Books of the Year

      Book Description

      ‘The literary phenomenon of the decade.’ – Guardian
      Dimensions 12.9 × 1.54 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 May 2019); Faber & Faber

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 304 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 0571334652

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-0571334650

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 290 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.54 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ United Kingdom

      Net Quantity ‏

      ‎ 253 Grams

      Importer ‏

      ‎ Penguin Random House India Pvt Ltd

      Packer ‏

      ‎ Penguin Random House India Pvt Ltd

      Generic Name ‏

      ‎ Books

      UNSPSC-Code

      55101500 (Printed publications) Report an incorrect code

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      8 reviews for Normal People Paperback – 2 May 2019 by Sally Rooney (Author)

      1. Sangeeta

        “Everything is possible now because of the scholarship. His rent is paid, his tuition is covered, he has a free meal every day in college. This is why he’s been able to spend half the summer travelling around Europe, disseminating currency with the carefree attitude of a rich person. He’s explained it, or tried to explain it, in his emails to Marianne. For her the scholarship was a self-esteem boost, a happy confirmation of what she has always believed about herself anyway: that she’s special. Connell has never really known whether to believe that about himself, and he still doesn’t know. For him the scholarship is a gigantic material fact, like a vast cruise ship that has sailed into view out of nowhere, and suddenly he can do a postgraduate programme for free if he wants to, and live in Dublin for free, and never think about rent again until he finishes college. Suddenly he can spend an afternoon in Vienna looking at Vermeer’s The Art of Painting, and it’s hot outside, and if he wants he can buy himself a cheap cold glass of beer afterwards. It’s like something he assumed was just a painted backdrop all his life has revealed itself to be real: foreign cities are real, and famous artworks, and underground railway systems, and remnants of the Berlin Wall. That’s money, the substance that makes the world real. There’s something so corrupt and sexy about it.”

      2. Shashi S.

        It works at two levels: as a love story and as a sharing of insights into the many moods and feelings between those who love each other. The latter particularly appealed to me, and I felt often enough like saying, ‘Yes, Sally, I’ve felt just that, and so has someone else from what I could guess, and it couldn’t have been captured better’ that I had to give it four stars.I was also relieved that I don’t have the problems of Marianne, and although I’ve had my share of angst, I’ve not come close to enduring such dark periods. Overall, we’re left with hope and shown the endurance of love and its ability to save us from ourselves. For that, too, it’s well worth our time.

      3. Ameya

        So this is what young white people do and this is how they think and this is how they communicate (or fail at communicating) and how their relationships are. This was the takeaway from what is beautifully written angsty-mopey tale of two Howard Roark-ish teenagers (without his clarity of purpose, but with his intelligence) set in Ireland (but it is really a microcosm for any First World White Person country).I’m not trying to be provocatively snarky here – there is a great deal regarding human emotion that is agnostic of culture and society and we do get that here through some beautiful observations and most profound analyses by an extremely talented writer.”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 running in the other direction, depend on people for everything, allow them to depend on you, why not.””This ‘what?’ question seems to him to contain so much: not just the forensic attentiveness to his silences that allows her to ask in the first place, but a desire for total communication, a sense that anything unsaid is an unwelcome interruption between them.””Not for the first time Marianne thinks cruelty does not only hurt the victim, but the perpetrator also, and maybe more deeply and more permanently. You learn nothing very profound about yourself simply by being bullied; but by bullying someone else you learn something you can never forget.”But a lot of this book was quite educational (if that’s the right word) for me about the ‘class’ struggles, the sublimated impact of Modern Family lite, the unsaid rules, etiquette and expectations of teenage relationships, the pressures & manner of ‘fitting-in’, in another part of the world which despite the influence of Hollywood & English-language books over three decades still acted as a bit of an eye opener. Also the long rambling descriptions of making yourself a cup of tea and drinking sessions in colleges and wandering the supermarket aisles are probably what lets you peak into life in another world.”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 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””The kettle comes to the boil. Lorraine sweeps the line of hairpins into the palm of her hand, closes her fist around them and pockets them. She gets up then, fills the cup of tea, adds milk, and puts the bottle back in the fridge. He watches her.”Unlike a lot of folks who don’t seem to have liked the deadpan, present tense-using, no quotation-marks writing style – I quite liked that and thought it wasn’t unnecessarily descriptive of the background scenery as many literary novels (of which set this book is a part of with a Booker nomination and everything else) are wont to be. My bigger disconnect was with the inability to connect with the two central characters and understand their IMO pig-headed actions and decisions. Actually even though after all the insight we have, I don’t think I understand their emotions of intense longing, complete depression, ability to switch on-and-off in relationships which are based on some magical other-worldly connections. Surely one would expect more rational decision making and clearer communication from intelligent human beings and awareness of a world outside their bubble? This is alluded to once in the book as well:”But that was their world then. Their feelings were suppressed so carefully in everyday life, forced into smaller and smaller spaces, until seemingly minor events took on insane and frightening significance.”This line above kind of sums up what this whole book is about. Sure stories are always about people but there has to be something plausible, connectable, interesting, less tedious?So now, trying to summarise more to put my thoughts in order :- Did I enjoy reading it? I guess, yes – it is very readable- Would I recommend it? I think I would even if it’s just for the writing style- Would I read another book by the author? Probably not

      4. Lola

        The most annoying book I’ve read this year.The Times called it “the best novel published this year”.The Guardian praised it as “a future classic”.Elif Batuman, author of my favourite “The Idiot” said: “I couldn’t put “Normal People” down – I didn’t think I could love it as much as “Conversations with Friends”, but I did. Sally Rooney is a treasure. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”For me it was a no (a NO!!!). I’m feeling tired just thinking about explaining myself and the annoyance, disappointment and… almost hurt I experienced while reading “Normal People”. I want my money back!Throughout the book I kept thinking why, why is this not working for me? Why I’m becoming more and more annoyed? Why don’t I care? Why?? Maybe because I am no longer a target audience of the book.Nice enough writing and observations but somewhat dull and infantile. The very notion of the two people, seemingly perfect for each other, ruining each other’s lives over and over again drove me mad. It became repetitive, then it became boring. I just could not stand reading about on-off relationship of these young damaged adults while such important matters like domestic abuse, depression and mental health in general were hugely overlooked.I really cannot see why the novel made it to the Man Booker Prize longlist. And yes, perhaps it’s not a one star book but at this point, this is what I feel.You know what I reminded me of? Rupi Kaur and her poetry.

      5. Kim

        Good read. Frustrating though.Reading the story of mainly Connell eyes I cannot understand his patience with Marianne. Jeez, she’s a very frustrating part of his life that he tries to understand. They are both bad at understating signals…makes for a good read though.

      6. Maita Jena

        So glad with the quality of the book!!It was in brilliant condition!!! Could tell it had been read, but absolutely no marks or damage to the actual pages or cover of the book. So sooo pleased!

      7. Dalton O

        A Hit from Sally RooneyI know I’m a little late to the Sally Rooney party, as I’ve picked this up looooong after the show started and finished. That being said, I’m happy to be here!Sally Rooney is an incredible author. She has a really interesting, almost callous writing style, that makes all of her books feel both detached and overly emotional. They’re almost written in the style of the voice in your head- obviously biased toward you, but talking as if it’s fact because your own brain will always see your perspective as true. Similarly is the writing structured, like a consistent stream of thought. I can see how that isn’t for everyone, but I found it really easy to follow and loved it so much I bought all of her other books too. (They’re all great)Normal People, specifically, is great. Sally Rooney always hits the nail on the head when writing characters- they’re nuanced and well-rounded and actually interesting, which is hard to find. I read the book first and then watched the show and if you’re doing this the other way ’round then you’ll be happy to know the book is better. It captures way more of the intricacies in the two love interests growth and provides you with more nuance for understanding- I found Marianne insufferable in the show, but in the book she made a lot more sense. She’s still dumb, but in a more understandable, youthful hubris kind of way. If you liked the show, or if you like depressing love stories about people who make perpetually dumb decisions, this is great.

      8. Jerry

        Highly recommend.This book truly is a great read. It was an easy read and I felt connected to the characters. It’s not your typical ‘fairy tale’ romance. Beautifully written. Highly recommend.

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