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THE GATHERING is a family epic, condensed and clarified through the remarkable lens of Anne Enright's unblinking eye. It is also a sexual history: ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.667
Cariola

Too Much Hype?

by Cariola on Mar 29, 2008

I haven't yet read most of the other books shortlisted for the Booker Prize, so I won't make a claim as to whether or not The Gathering deserved it. What I can say is that Enright's style is exquisite, and she perfectly portrays the way old wounds and memories come back to haunt us in times of grief and stress. This book won't be for everyone; it's not exactly a feel-good novel. But if you are looking for a book that provides insight into family dynamics and the workings of the human mind and memory, you might enjoy it.

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nancyo

fine writing, but just didn't grab me

by nancyo on Oct 4, 2007

Well, I really hate to be blunt, but I might as well get this out. Booker prize material? I don't think so. The Gathering is a fine story about a woman trying to cope after the suicide of her brother. She begins to look back in her life and in that of her rather large Irish family to find out why her brother, the two of them only 11 months apart, would have taken turns in life that led to his death. The writing is quite good, but I seriously couldn't wrap my head around this book; it really failed to grab me as did the other Booker nominees I've read so far. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys stories about grief and coping with loss; it is an incredibly bleak kind of novel,though, so if you're looking for a feel-good kind of read, stay away. I don't know...maybe it's just me but I just couldn't really embrace this novel. Maybe others will enjoy it much more than I did.

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