Normal People by Sally Rooney
Source: RB Digital App
Publisher: W F HOWES
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Narrator: Aoife McMahon
Length: 7 hours 36minutes
Publication Date: 6th September 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
So, this is another book that I was really looking forward to reading. I should have known it was too good to be true that I would end up liking this one especially as it was really hyped up and also because it was Man booker prize long list nominee. I’ve always struggled with most of the books that have been nominated for the Man booker prize so I really should have known this one would have the same fate as the others.
I originally started the paperback version of this book that I picked up from my local library, but I couldn’t get into it so thought I would the audiobook a try. I did finally get to the end of the audiobook but I just couldn’t connect with in anything in this book.
For me the plot and writing felt flat. It didn’t keep me engaged and I basically found it to be quite boring. I listened to the book while doing some tasks and if I’m honest I lost interest in and I ended up not paying much attention to it. The only reason I didn’t DNF it was because it was such a short audiobook.
Sadly, this book wasn’t for me and I’m going to put this disappointing read down to personal reading preferences. However, based on this I wouldn’t personally recommend it to my family or friends.
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Happy Reading Everyone!!!