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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
'The best novel published this year.' Times
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We, like pretty much everyone fortunate enough to read it, adored Conversations with Friends. Sally Rooney’s debut was a stunning dissection of human relationships, and her follow-up sees her writing evolve in stunning new ways. Normal People covers a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl; they confront conflicting social statuses, confused feelings and secrets; and circumstances threaten to keep the pair apart while we root for true love to prevail. But Rooney’s too good a writer to fall prey to cliché. Wonderfully generous with detail, she brings us into her star-crossed lovers Marianne and Connell’s passions and idiosyncrasies. Within a few pages, it becomes very obvious that these two are anything but normal people.
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It never peaked, the feeling of ‘was that it’ when you read the last sentence.
Would recommend other reads over this one.
Nothing like I’ve ever read before
A completely modern and enthralling book. Loved it so much I rushed out to buy Conversations with Friends. Although ending wasn’t the best
A beautiful tale of love, respect and growing up.
I couldn’t put this book down.