“He knows that a lot of the literary people in college see books primarily as a way of appearing cultured, It was culture as class performance, literature fetishised for its ability to take educated people on false emotional journeys, so that they might afterwards feel superior to the uneducated people whose emotional journeys they liked to read about. Even the writer himself was a good person, and even if his book really was insightful, all books were ultimately marketed as status symbols, and all writers participated to some degree in this marketing.”-Normal People, Sally Rooney
My best friend gave me this to read and pretty much bugged me every week until I finally picked it up. She told me nothing, just that I “had to read it.” I try to go into a book knowing as little as possible, so knowing I was going to read it ONE DAY, I steered clear of reviews. All I really knew before diving in is that this book is polarizing and it’s about two people and their relationship.
Did I want to throw this book across the room several times? Yes, I did. Was I completely frustrated by the lack of communication skills between the two main characters? Also, yes. But did I also gobble it up and get completely lost in Sally Rooney’s prose? Definitely, yes. Listennnnnnn….she can write, so once I opened it up I definitely got lost in the story. I did have to take a short break after one moment shared between the characters BECAUSE I WAS SO FRUSTRATED WITH THEM. I can see why this book is so loved and also not-so-loved. But at the end of the day I can’t decide where I stand and don’t think it matters. It got a strong reaction from me and it was a fun book to talk about with my friend. I texted her multiple times in frustration and asked, “DO PEOPLE LIKE THIS ACTUALLY EXIST?” (of course they do). Will I read the next thing Sally Rooney writes? Absolutely.
Anyways, Marianne I hope you get the help you need one day. Connell, you’re also a hot ass mess. Have you read this? Tell me your thoughts!
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