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I heard about Normal people some months ago in one of my usual podcasts and it was the last reading in the book club I attend.
I enjoyed it a lot because it's light, with short sentences and easy to understand language, the kind of book I needed in this moment. It might not be a masterpiece, but it's a entertaining book whose two main characters, Connell and Marianne, have a lot of problems and conflicts, individually as well as in common.
Pros. The story is about lack of communication, one of my favourite topics. The ellipsis aren't always good in this book, however, I loved feeling like the characters because of this shortage of information. Most of the problems between Marianne and Connell are caused because they don't tell each other many things and the writer doesn't tell the readers some of this things. I like having spaces to guess and to imagine. I also like that it focuses on the main characters. I don't care Alan's life, I don't care Rob's life, I don't care Marianne's stupid friend's life, I don't care her terrific friend's life either.
Cons. The protagonists don't have an objective (like charachters, not like people . The hero's journey and so on) and from my point of view, the story needs it. It isn't good enough to be held only by wanderings. Marianne and Connell make the same mistakes once and again and they don't do anything to resolve them, in fact, the book finishes almost in the same way it starts. In this case, a circled story doesn't work for me. I needed character evolution. Moreover, and perhaps because of this, they are exasperating sometimes.
To sum up (and this seems to become a little essay), I think it isn't as good as many reviews hold, however it fulfiled its function and I just needed that. After such an intense reading like Hermana mía, mi amor, it was the perfect help to get over my reading crisis and not to be worried about the real life.
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