Enright has hacked away at the traditions of the novel in this book, but she has not left them far enough behind her to be truly shut of them.
Every time he does this, a tiny bit sticks to him. But those coming to The Gathering looking for a straight story will be disappointed — and probably maddened.
It is our nature, the nature Enright charts. Unlock This Study Guide Now Start your hour free trial to unlock this page The Gathering study guide and get instant access to the following: A third salivating group likely young writers will declare a willingness to clamber over moving rocks, minus essential organs, for a similar ability to write such incredible sentences.
Thus, I found myself simmering lovingly over sentences, wondering if certain descriptions would ever be this funny or well rendered again, but had little interest in learning anything further about Veronica Hegarty. Otherwise her rage and hatred make for little sense and even less sympathy.
Anakana Schofield is sprung from England and Ireland to Canada from a long line of short-legged, batty women. There is a mysterious sister It runs close to hatred. As a result I liked The Gathering much more on completion than I thought I would at any time while reading it. Bones and words always lurk under the skin, equally stark and disturbing.
When I sleep with Tom … what he wants, what my husband has always wanted, and the thing I will not give him, is my annihilation. It is piercing and earnest.
In doing so the powerful and sometimes precious language gets under the skin and works on you when you are not expecting it. So large a family is more like a tribe, with its own rites of passage: Nonetheless, Veronica introduces Lambert Nugent.
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. His funeral sinks her back into the gathered ranks of her rambling Irish family - the dysfunctional, drinking, blue-eyed Hegartys.
Why is Germolene the smell of things going wrong? A Larkin-sized family can seem to represent an abundance of vitality, but a Hegarty-sized one, which could empanel a jury without outside help, is almost the opposite of a family.
All of which might become overwhelming were it not for the lightness and beauty of the prose. Although Liam appears relatively seldom, his portrayal is pitch-perfect. I do not know the truth, or I do not know how to tell the truth. This is all woven expertly and tautly through the narrative, and praise be for every word of it.
He was only 11 months older than Veronica, which made him in her mind a sort of premature twin. She claims her family had trouble loving one another. When someone we love dies, leaves, the action is elsewhere.
Because narratives run on all kinds of levels. For some, this kind of narrative will always be uncomfortable - too many feelings and not enough action.
Sometimes I felt I was going to drown in my own revulsion for this book. As women shush their babies, and men ease their feet out of their boots, and girls who have been working all evening wash themselves in distant rooms and check a scrap of mirror, before going out to work again.
Then she begins a long tale about her grandmother, Ada.Anne Enright's The Gathering brilliantly delineates the wonder and horror of love, says AL Kennedy. In a novel of exhilarating bleakness, The Gathering, Anne Enright conjures up the mother and father of all Irish families, says Adam Mars-Jones.
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The Gathering has 17, ratings and 2, reviews. karen said: this book was very frustrating.
i feel like i should love it, but it's like there is a b 3/5.Download