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Normal People by Sally Rooney | Snobysm Book Club

Normal People by Sally Rooney | Snobysm Book Club

Normal People by Sally Rooney (2019)
268 pages
contemporary literary fiction

 

Normal people is a tale about mutual fascination, friendship, and affection between two people who can't seem to find each other, as well as a meditation on how impossible it is to change who we are. The novel follows two magnetic and dynamic characters over the course of many years, from adolescence to adulthood, and narrates a bittersweet story of how sex and power shape people, and the urge to hurt and be hurt, as well as the desire to love and be loved.

 

“Most people go through their whole lives, without ever really feeling that close with anyone.”

 

When you first start reading Normal people you might be shocked or confused with the structure of the quotation marks, or better said, the lack of quotation marks. The dialogues are not clearly marked, everything is told in an omniscient narration, which helps you understand the inner-working of the characters' minds. The whole book focuses on Marianne and Connell, two young Irish students who are trying to navigate through adolescence. They both find comfort in each other, but can't seem to keep a stable relationship. The book continues with them going to the same university, Trinity College in Dublin, and the relationship and dynamic they have there. Through the entire book, you can see how their relationship develops and how jarring it can be sometimes. You get a psychological analysis of both characters, as well as their traumas. A character-driven story where you will get frustrated, sad, happy, and passionate while reading it.

 

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