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Stinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light The Gathering is a daring witty and insightful family epic clarified through Anne Enright’s unblinking eye It is a novel about love and disappointment about how memories warp and secrets fester and how fate is written in the body not in the stars. I have no idea how to feel about this book let alone rate itFor the first half I was in love with it I was in love with the writing which is exceptional inviting personal painful and sparkling I was suinting with as much derision as confusion like Clint Eastwood in all of his spaghetti westerns at all the low ratingsThe book explores grief and the love hate complications of a big Irish family who get together for the funeral of Liam a beloved brother who took his own life Oh and it s also about the complications of memory a theme that is starting to feel worn out to me I ve read too many books that bemoan the inaccuracy of memory the betrayal of recollection the haziness of the past And this one does that A LOT In fact it does that for almost the entire book See the main character spends much time imagining how her grandparents got together down to the nitty gritty of their couplings over and over and over Imagining the print of her grandmother s dress imagining the erection in an onlooker s pants and then and then and then After each of these imaginings she doubts the scene she just painted and it evaporates into nothingness and all that is left is a broken half drunk middle aged woman on her way to her brother s funeralFortunately it s a pleasure to read these imaginings because they are so fucking gorgeous Because you feel like it s your best friend telling you about an intimate dream while she s high on opiates But the dream goes on so long you re almost forced to pat your friend s hand and say just tell me who molested who sweetheart and I ll be on my wayBecause it s also about sexual abuse and its devastating lifelong damages its lethal conseuencesBy the time the author reveals a few pages of reality you may find yourself annoyed at all the musings of what might have happened when all along the narrator knew damn well what actually happenedOr does she The reality gets snatched back pretty uick and you close the book after a brilliant final paragraph wondering if you know anything about that family after all It comes off as contrived and self indulgent even if it pulled me in with its stunning artistrySo this is an example of how a marvellous writer can get away with pretty much anything solely based on her mad skills as a wordsmith She could have stuck a few grocery lists in here and she d still have won the Man Booker But I predict this ethereal flight won t stick in my memory long It will join the forgetful haze that she wrote so much about And that seems fitting Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 of his spaghetti westerns at all the low ratingsThe book explores grief and the love hate complications The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats of a big Irish family who get together for the funeral Sylvia Pankhurst of Liam a beloved brother who took his Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts own life Oh and it s also about the complications Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of memory a theme that is starting to feel worn The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series out to me I ve read too many books that bemoan the inaccuracy Book of Isms of memory the betrayal バガボンド 1 of recollection the haziness Расул Гамзатов Стихи of the past And this Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble one does that A LOT In fact it does that for almost the entire book See the main character spends much time imagining how her grandparents got together down to the nitty gritty Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Project Managers of their couplings Uncle Tom's Cabin; 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Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland’s most singular voices Now she delivers The Gathering a moving evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan ar. These words are imbued with a despair so raw that not even once during the time I was reading this did I feel an ounce of regret envisaging the time the novel drew to its inevitable conclusion In fact I was eager for it to be over for the narrator to stop pouring forth her endless stream of inchoate conjectures and unsavoury insinuations Prior to this I have slogged my way through Vollmann s 800 page behemoth The Royal Family which despite its uncompromising sincerity and profound sympathy for the dispossessed of the earth features depravities of the highest order and I continue to do battle with Leslie Marmon Silko s righteously fiery tirade in Almanac of the Dead which takes pleasure in referencing every known and unknown stomach churning theme under the sun simply to make the reader suirm in their seat But somehow Anne Enright s seemingly innocuous concoction of blood bonds and family drama contains unpleasantness than the two works combined I do not know the truth or I do not know how to tell the truth All I have are stories night thoughts the sudden convictions that uncertainty spawns All I have are ravings like Every statement or harmless speculation opening a window into the narrator s world provides a disconcerting view of an emotionally repressed traumatized individual One who is outwardly an ordinary woman grappling with the challenges of a moderately satisfactory marriage at the sunset of her youth A mother of two tiptoe ing around her own life like a trespasser But it s only her relationship with her recently deceased brother Liam which seems to give her life substance endow it with meaning and purpose rooting her to a particular point in time and memory from which she cannot detach herself despite best efforts In a way she seems like a listless disembodied spirit propelled only by the currents of happenstance mundane daily occurrences and passive aggressive conversations with her siblings and ambiguous husband always ever grazing the surface of the truth the truth of a summer spent in her grandmother s place long ago with her brother Liam until the time she finally shuns hesitation and divulges that closely guarded wholly repugnant secret A secret so complex and incomprehensible even to its keeper that it seems to have hijacked her life in retrospect and delineated the downward trajectory of decline and eventual self destruction that Liam was doomed to follow They are a bundle of nerves frayed at the ends They are wearing each other away both of them amazed by the thinness of skin that happens just there how close they can be blood to blood so that the ticking afterwards of one inside the other might be a joke or a pulse the beating in your veins of someone else s heart In a sense the entire novel reads like the narrator s rambling extended letter of apology to a brother she failed to rescue in time both in the distant and recent past It is piercing and earnest Besides Anne Enright never indulges in the folly of distilling the issue into easy dichotomies of moral and immoral but uses words clever cutting precise words to make sense of the incident which serves as the seam of the narrative But unfortunately enough this is a particularly breed of fiction which impairs my ability to feel empathy for any of its characters even though I m always acutely aware of its power There is just too much hurt too much toxic resentment lurking between the arrays of words that seem to percolate into a reader s blood like insidious poison Even passages sketching a commonplace scene of domestic bliss are pregnant with implications that my mind refused to parse fully out of some hazily defined fear The sex scenes made my skin crawl Sometimes I felt I was going to drown in my own revulsion for this book People she used to think do not change they are merely revealed And yet I cannot deny the truth of Enright s masterful unravelling of this yarn which allows the reader to partake in the shared experience of a free fall that seems to have been Veronica Hegarty s life for thirty nine years In the end I am unable to love but I can grudgingly admire Purrfectly Kissed of international stature and To the Unloved Daughter one Krv nije voda of Ireland’s most singular voices Now she delivers The Gathering a moving evocative portrait PREKID of a large Irish family and a shot Čokoladne godine of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition combining the lyricism Preživio sam Vukovar i Ovčaru of the Ache for You old with the shock REIKI put ka sebi of the new The nine surviving children The Mists of Avalon of the Hegarty clan ar. 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E gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam drowned in the sea His sister Veronica collects the body and keeps the dead man company guarding the secret she shares with him something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter of 1968 As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations her di. This book actually angered me and I think this paragraph sums up whyI know as I write these that they reuire me to deal in facts It is time to call an end to romance and just say what happened in Ada s house the year that I was eight and Liam was barely nineThat passage occurs about halfway through the book The preceding pages are an endless series of shapeless ponderings on what may or may not have happened The narrator leaps from one era to the next with the basic point being Something terrible happened in my grandmother s house when I was a child but I can t tell you about that yet Here s how I think my grandmother may have met my grandfather but I wasn t there so I don t know Also I can t be sure of the things that happened even when I was there Isn t memory funny Let me give an alternative scenario that may or may not have happened But who knows that could be wrong too Memory is so funnyThe book sort of saves itself in the second half when it starts to get to the point but by then I just didn t care any The author is obviously incredibly skilled She can get by on the beauty of her writing alone but this kind of book only frustrates me because of its wasted potential It doesn t matter how beautifully you write something if you don t make me care about what you are writing I realized lately that I hadn t read a new author in uite a while and this represented a challenge to myself to read something I normally wouldn t This book taught me to trust my instincts Signaler un problème of their wayward brother Liam drowned in the sea His sister Veronica collects the body and keeps the dead man company guarding the secret she shares with him something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves of 1968 As Enright traces the line Spieserye of betrayal and redemption through three generations her di. This book actually angered me and I think this paragraph sums up whyI know as I write these that they reuire me to deal in facts It is time to call an end to romance and just say what happened in Ada s house the year that I was eight and Liam was barely nineThat passage Feral occurs about halfway through the book The preceding pages are an endless series Krismis van Map Jacobs of shapeless ponderings Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods on what may Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche or may not have happened The narrator leaps from Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, one era to the next with the basic point being Something terrible happened in my grandmother s house when I was a child but I can t tell you about that yet Here s how I think my grandmother may have met my grandfather but I wasn t there so I don t know Also I can t be sure Mensa Riddles Conundrums of the things that happened even when I was there Isn t memory funny Let me give an alternative scenario that may Julie of the Wolves or may not have happened But who knows that could be wrong too Memory is so funnyThe book sort The Right Swipe of saves itself in the second half when it starts to get to the point but by then I just didn t care any The author is Touched obviously incredibly skilled She can get by Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa on the beauty Ugly Fish of her writing alone but this kind The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives of book Little Gods only frustrates me because Der Schweizerische Robinson of its wasted potential It doesn t matter how beautifully you write something if you don t make me care about what you are writing I realized lately that I hadn t read a new author in uite a while and this represented a challenge to myself to read something I normally wouldn t This book taught me to trust my instincts


10 thoughts on “The Gathering

  1. says:

    this book was very frustrating i feel like i should love it but it's like there is a barrier a chastity belt between us preventing our love and as much as i want it it isn't going to happen for us there is a uality to her writing that reminded me of What I Loved or Housekeeping books i am also told i am supposed to love but just can't feel anything for like distant relations she is a less antiseptic writer than hustvedt though i

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    Please excuse me as I make a noise of annoyance disgust boredom and all around dissatisfaction UGHARGHHHHUHHH Don't even know how to spell that or if it makes any sense Hey that makes a nice segue into my reviewLet me start with the one perk I can honestly give this book Anne Enright has a beautiful grasp of words but she doesn't know how to use them She also had a wonderful gem of an idea for a story but she didn't know how to develop it

  3. says:

    These words are imbued with a despair so raw that not even once during the time I was reading this did I feel an ounce of regret env

  4. says:

    This book actually angered me and I think this paragraph sums up whyI know as I write these that they reuire me to deal in facts It is time to call an end to romance and just say what happened in Ada's house the y

  5. says:

    My full review of this book is larger than Goodreads' word count limit Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegallyAs a book critic I of course try to steer clear of an

  6. says:

    An intelligent insightful and thought provoking novel about an Irish family experiencing the loss of a brother and sonAnne Enright’s 2007 novel that garnered the Man Booker Prize for that year is an enjoyable but sometimes difficult journey i

  7. says:

    Because a mother's love is God's greatest joke This sentence would make perfect sense to me if we turned it aroundBecause a God's love is mother's greatest jokeReligion like family wounds and family love is something one d

  8. says:

    I have no idea how to feel about this book let alone rate itFor the first half I was in love with it I was in love with the writing which is exceptional inviting personal painful and sparkling I was suinting with as much derision as

  9. says:

    When I see that some people have given this book five stars I start to uestion my own sanity For me the book had wonderful potential when I too

  10. says:

    This novel is definitely not for everyone—probably why it has such a low rating here But I thoroughly enjoyed it Enright examines grief guilt and family trauma so universally in this story though she uses the lens of one woman Veronica to do

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