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The Gathering by Anne Enright
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Feb 19, 08

bookshelves: 2008, literature
Read in February, 2008

Sometimes I wonder why books win prizes and sometimes it makes perfect sense. The Gathering is in many ways similar to The Sea, another recent prize-winner, but avoids all the failures I worried over in that text.

Enright engages and intrigues with an intense fatalistic sexuality, grotesque but magnetic. Her characters hum towards each other, their physical urges animal not ordained or emotional.

The barrenness of humanity and the beauty of existence is emphasized and diminished.

Choice Quotation: "...and cats, I always think, only jump into your lap to check if you are cold enough, yet, to eat." (190)
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