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Summary

The new novel from the author of Normal People.

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.

Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young - but life is catching up with them. They desire each other; they delude each other; they get together; they break apart. They have sex; they worry about sex; they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

©2021 Sally Rooney (P)2021 Faber Audio

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wish I'd stopped at normal people

Struggled to enjoy this. Didn't care one bit about the characters. Audio quality is poorer than normal.

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A keyhole view of real lives

The author’s expertise is perceptively and sympathetically portraying the feelings and emotions of ordinary people.

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Immediately listened to it again

…..in case I missed anything. I’d give it six stars if I could and the narration was perfect. I just kept wondering what it must be like to be able to write like that, what a talent Sally Rooney has.

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yikes

Struggled to finish this one, boring characters and some of the most laughably unrealistic dialogue I've ever read - particularly from the men. Also a fair bit of moaning about us "lunatics" who spend money on her books. So don't bother. And God, the thin-worshiping, and the terrible, trite ending. Anti-feminist crap.

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Disappointing

I found a couple of the characters interesting as the book came to an end. However my overall feeling having read Sally Rooney's new novel is of irritation at the tortuous email dialogues between the female characters. The soul-searching never reached any form of interesting revelation and it read as trite as it became more self-indulgent and pointless. I would go as far as saying "avoid"

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Preferred previous two books

The story was ok but the emails Eileen sends to Alice …SO boring !
Both the female characters like sex but they are up tight when they are not in bed !
They are 20 something but don’t seem to have a “laugh” at all !
Worth a listen but not as good as previous books .

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Nice book, and a little more optimistic. It's nice to see this author's characters age and I look forward to future books.

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Uninspiring story and narrator

The author seems like a typical millennial based on what the main character thinks and does. Nothing about this story seems to trigger, inspire or challenge my thoughts. The narrator style is just... monotone. Sorry.

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liife ..love and all the mess in-between

perhaps one of the most important authors to come out of Ireland ..a new approach to not only observing relationships but also the knowing when we need details and when the story needs to move on. utterly brilliant

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Disappointing

I found this ‘story’ very dull and a non event. There was a lot of self indulgent introspective rambling from the two girls. Just as in Normal People the relationships centred on will they or will they not get together and be happy. I found after a while I just did not care anymore as each rejection came and went. I did not enjoy the narration anymore than with Normal People as once again all the male parts were spoken in a flat dull tone which just made each man sound boring and dead pan while the girls have lilting and expressive voices. Maybe get a man next time to be the male voice and engender a bit of emotion. The sexual detail I also found unnecessary and contrived and thrown in to be a bit risqué maybe? Rarely do I really dislike a book but this time I did.

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  • 06-11-21

Rather dull stuff

The bbc radio 4 reading was better. Both though tell the same pretty tepid tale.

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