Normal People

Normal People

A Novel

Book - 2018
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE * "A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships" ( People ) from Sally Rooney, the author of Conversations with Friends and "a master of the literary page-turner" (J. Courtney Sullivan).

"Fresh and accessible . . . There is so much to say about Rooney's fiction--in my experience, when people who've read her meet they tend to peel off into corners to talk."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her 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 at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And 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.

Praise for Normal People

"I went into a tunnel with this book and didn't want to come out. Absolutely engrossing and surprisingly heartbreaking with more depth, subtlety, and insight than any one novel deserves." --Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

"Arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney's elegant sophomore effort . . . is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends . Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance." -- The Wall Street Journal, "12 Best Books of Spring"

"[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue I've read." -- The New Yorker
Publisher: London : Hogarth, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9781984822178
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm

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Exlibris_1
May 06, 2019

A few flashes of glorious observation, but the flattened tone and the wilfully non-aesthetic approach left me confused.

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lukasevansherman
May 05, 2019

The young Irish writer Sally Rooney follows up her celebrated debut novel, "Conversations with Friends," with a story of Connell and Marianne, two millennials who meet in high school, go to college together in Dublin, and have a tumultuous on and off relationship. It's a deceptively simple story and perhaps self-consciously echoes the marriage plot of so many 19th century novels. I think criticisms of the protagonists "likability" or "narcissism" are entirely beside the point. They are complex, difficult people who struggle against the expectations of "normal people." As with "Conversations," Rooney's psychological understanding and insights are impressive. With only two novel, Rooney has become one of my favorite novelists, and I'll read anything she writes.

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Margush
May 04, 2019

Sorry, folks, I didn’t like the book and I didn’t force myself to finish it. I couldn’t engage with the book at all. If the book is aimed at teenagers, it should be marked as such. It’s also weirdly written - sentences are short and abrupt, hence it reeds like a telegram. And yes, it’s boring. Alas, I didn’t enjoy neither the writing style nor the characters.

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Wonderfully
May 04, 2019

The prose is excellent, but readers looking for wide sweeping character arcs or redemption will be disappointed by the book's end.

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cscarba
May 04, 2019

I had a very hard time finishing this book even though it was only 273 pages. It was so boring. I kept pushing myself to finish it because the reviews were good. Should have given up at page 50.

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Lady_Librarian
May 01, 2019

I can understand why this book wouldn't appeal to everyone but I enjoyed reading it. The two main characters, Connell and Marianne, aren't necessarily likable but they do come across as real. I could relate to both of them as they were struggling with growing up and trying to figure out life. I could relate to Connell in being depressed and feeling like my life was going nowhere during college. And I related with Marianne in feeling the need to please other people in relationships even if the end result was unhealthy for me. If I was younger and still in those same situations I might not like this as much but now that I'm older it's an interesting book to read and relate to.

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sallyblyth
Apr 29, 2019

While some of the writing is beautiful in this book, I found neither of the main characters at all likeable. If this is the new "millennial" take on the world, it makes me unbearably sad as it is entirely narcissistic. Any referral to issues of social importance made by the characters is to show off their supposed brilliance, not to define how they are working to make changes. Not a inspiring commentary on the young people of today who will soon run our world.

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mkbech
Apr 27, 2019

Skimm / NYT April 2019

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chippersmeems
Apr 24, 2019

Is it possible to get this book in large print?

JCLGreggW Apr 24, 2019

Rooney crafts a compelling coming-of-age novel that's one of this years' standouts. Marianne and Connell, two Irish teens who grow up in the same town, connect and reconnect at university, despite class differences and relationship inexperience. Rooney's sincere, intimate writing shines.

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