From last three years, I have been unsuccessfully attempting to read all Bookers Prize long listed books and so far failed to predict a single correct winner. This year, while you can see that I have given up on blogging among many other things, it is also correct that I have given up of my annual reading tradition. (Just to give you the prospective, my last blog post was 4 months back). Before giving up on Bookers longlist this year- I have read 2 of the long listed books. ” From a low and Quiet Sea” by Donal Ryan and Normal People by Sally Rooney. Both books are out of shortlist.
I enjoyed really Normal People and the character development during the course of the book. I have read many long and difficult reads this year so it was surprisingly light weighted and fast read- so maybe I am more biased towards it.
Based in Ireland, Normal People is the story of Connell and Marianna who grow up in the same town in rural Ireland. They share an awkward friendship that develops in to a secretive relationship. However they end things on a rough patch. They meet again in the University in Dublin and they follow almost the same pattern. What is interesting in the book that as much it is about the love, it is also about politics that takes up the most of the subtext. Marianna’ character in particular draw lot of attention. Both main characters bring different kind of complexity in this very modern story. There is no black and white about the characters and it leaves you to judge who and what is right or wrong.
I rated Normal People by Sally Rooney 4 out of 5 stars on the goodreads, whereas I gave ” From a low and Quiet Sea” 2 out of 5 stars .