Normal People – Sally Rooney

Normal People

Normal People by Sally Rooney has been described as „the most enjoyable novel of the year“ by the Daily Telegraph. And indeed: I could hardly put it down — until I definitely needed a break near the story’s end because it was just too much. Too much sadness and missing that hit my very personal mark. For me, Rooney’s book was not enjoyable in the pleasant way one might expect reading this sentence on the cover of a book. It did not make me laugh, but it made me think. It was like a tornado of hurt that got hold of me. Gripping, interesting. A deep and intense story with intense characters. An emotional rollercoaster ride full of mental abysses and missing people though running towards them at full speed. Which the book description did not prepare me for and which I did not associate with the term „enjoyable“. Normal People got hold of me and I willingly gave myself to it. But I did not enjoy this book in the common sense of the expression. 

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Die Wahrheit über den Fall Harry Quebert – Joël Dicker

„Die Wahrheit ändert nichts an dem, was man für einen anderen Menschen empfindet. Das ist ja die Krux mit den Gefühlen.“

Die Wahrheit über den Fall Harry Quebert, Joël Dicker, S. 680

Aurora, eine Kleinstadt an der Ostküste der USA, die die Öffentlichkeit ohne die verhängnisvollen Ereignisse vom Sommer 1975 niemals bemerkt hätte. Harry Quebert, ein gefeierter Schriftsteller, in dessen Garten die Leiche eines seit 33 Jahren vermissten Mädchens gefunden wird. Und sein Schüler, Marcus Goldman, mittlerweile ebenfalls erfolgreicher Schriftsteller, der sich auf die Suche nach der Wahrheit macht. Dazwischen Lektionen über das Schreiben, das Leben und das Boxen. Über ein Meisterwerk. Und schließlich gleich mehrere, mehr oder weniger gute, Bücher im Buch. Das alles auf über 700 Seiten und trotzdem in keinem einzigen Satz langweilig.

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The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer

She sometimes said “I don’t know,“ even when she did know. What she meant was that it was more comfortable to stay in vagueness than to leave it.

The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer, p. 19

Bold as its strikingly colorful cover suggests, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer is an ode to being a woman, to purpose, dedication and passion. It tells a story about how life often leads ambitious young people ways they certainly would not have chosen for themselves in the beginning.

The Story

Young and rather shy Greer Kadetsky is a freshman at a College she does not want to be at when she meets the charismatic and fascinating feminist Faith Frank. At age sixty-three, Faith has been part of the US women’s movement for years. Greer, who is one of plenty of girls who have recently been harassed by a fellow student, is instantly drawn toward the elegant woman and seeks her advice. Though deeply in love with her high school boyfriend Cory, hearing Faith speak inspires Greer to search for a different kind of purpose and fulfillment.

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Legendary – Stephanie Garber

Legendary - Stephanie Garber
Includes spoilers for Caraval. None for Legendary.

I picked up Legendary by Stephanie Garber because I loved its prequel, Caraval. Dense and colourful with bright and dark magic, enchantment and people who are not what they pretend to be, the game Caraval provides a world characters as well as readers can escape to, get lost and loose a bit of themselves in.

Nevertheless, I was a little skeptical in view of Legendary at first. Though Caraval ended with enough of a cliffhanger to make me want to read on about the sisters Scarlett and Donatella Dragna’s adventures, I could not get to like the idea of the series‘ main character changing. Because, while cautious and guarded Scarlett had been Caraval’s protagonist, this was about to change in Legendary. Here, her sister Donatella would have her turn.

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A Game of Chess

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