The humour in it is very close to pain. In the end, I am unable to love but I can grudgingly admire. And if your response to that is, who can blame him? Otherwise her rage and hatred make for little sense and even less sympathy. To misunderstand this is to reduce our stories to a kind of dull pornography - actions performed without emotion, without depth, by people we will never know and for whom we feel nothing.
The fear and bewilderment it brings the living echo through flesh, and Enright is unflinching as she documents all the physical symptoms of emotion and memory. No one got into your stuff except to steal it or slag you off.
They are a bundle of nerves, frayed at the ends. I walked into things trying to understand why this novel perplexed me so much.
Maybe this is the point: These stories are influenced by her emotions, which may not represent what had happened. Then comes the conclusion, where present and future are reformed in the light of histories that are suddenly newly perceived.
Because narratives run on all kinds of levels. There is a pause as the engine fades, and then the silence starts to spread. She claims her family had trouble loving one another.
We were just the right distance apart. And yet still we insist on being changed, moved, reshaped. Veronica supplies many different versions of this story because, of course, she was not there, and now no one is left who can verify the details. Nonetheless, Veronica introduces Lambert Nugent.
But those coming to The Gathering looking for a straight story will be disappointed — and probably maddened. Like many good protagonists, Veronica notices things, maybe notices too much: This is the way his desire runs. Veronica begins to introduce her family, which includes in the present time her mother and eight siblings.
There is always someone who has been interfered with, as a child. The pattern of overwrought descriptions, especially sexual ones that announce themselves as literary artifacts rather than contribute to the characters, becomes wearisome.
This was a source of resentment and distance between the two of them. She conjures up a story that supposedly took place inwhen Ada was still unmarried.
Her remembrances are stimulated by the days-old suicide of her brother Liam. 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.
There is always a colossal success, with several houses in various countries to which no one is ever invited. For some, this kind of narrative will always be uncomfortable - too many feelings and not enough action.
It is our nature, the nature Enright charts.Sep 30, · Reckless intelligence, savage humor, slow revelation, no consolation: Anne Enright’s fiction is jet dark — but how it glitters. Her prose often ravishes and sometimes repels: reading her can. Complete summary of Anne Enright's The Gathering.
eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Gathering. In a novel of exhilarating bleakness, The Gathering, Anne Enright conjures up the mother and father of all Irish families, says Adam Mars-Jones.
Anne Enright's The Gathering brilliantly delineates the wonder and horror of love, says AL Kennedy. 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. The Gathering Anne Enright. THE GATHERING. By Anne Enright. Black Cat, pages, $ Anne Enright’s Man Booker short-listed novel The Gathering may well polarize readers in the same way.Download