My love for him felt so total and so annihilating that it was often impossible for me to see him clearly at all.
Years ago, Sukie moved in with Nathan because her mother was dead and her father was difficult, and she had nowhere else to go. Now they are on the brink of the inevitable.
Sally Rooney is one of the most acclaimed young talents of recent years. With her minut...more
Interesting story, I would love to have learned more about them!(less)
Sally Rooney i love you
that's it. that's the review
i will officially read absolutely anything Sally Rooney writes. luckily she wrote short stories so i don't have to try to scrounge up her grocery lists yet ...more
I suppose I’m the wrong generation, with the wrong aesthetic, and an inadequate ability to adapt to what is now hip (note my archaic expression). Whatever others see in Ms Rooney’s Style and intent eludes me entirely. Is this sordid tale of an intense Electra Complex typical of her oeuvre? If so, I intend to avoid any more of her work in the interests of self-preservation. It actually put me off reading for several days. And that hasn’t happened for decades.
That said, I still really enjoyed it. The dialogue is great, it’s immediately belie ...more
This one was no different.
This is the story of a young woman and a guy in his 30s who are related but somehow ended up taking care of each other.
Flawed relationship. One falling for the other too hard. The other a bit aloof but neither rejecting the attention.
The endings are abrupt in her stories.
However, I like them.
Reading her stories is like I am watching real life people and I feel like I know their secrets and by that I know them and I ac ...more
But then received a considerable boost from her shortlisting for the 2017 Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award – the “richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner”.
2017 was the year in which she was made Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, was appointed editor of the Stinging Fly magazine, and published her debut novel “Conversation ...more
Everyone’s been raving about Sally Rooney, so I decided to take a look at one of her short stories, “Mr Salary.” I’m not sure if that was the best approach, though, as I don’t really have anything to compare this to. I probably should’ve sought out one of her novels first, but here we are. This story centers on Sukie, her dying father with dementia, and her much older roommate Nathan (the titular Mr Salary) with whom she is in love.
The most interesting aspect of this is Rooney’s juxtaposition ...more
The story was published originally some time ago and is available in various places:
The 24 year old narrator returns from the US to Ireland where she is met at the airport by Nathan, 15 years older, with whom she ...more
Colour me surprised, this short story is not bad at all.
I will be the first to admit that yes, I was one of the few people who didn't fall head-over-heels in love with
Normal People (a book which is a deliberately apathetic self-indulgent grunge-fest with as much depth as a half-empty glass of water). Perhaps I sort-of-liked Mr Salary because it is a short story...so some of Rooney's stylistic choices (such as no quotations mark and a certain narrative distance) which can become fru ...more
Even though the story was short and so it could not have been well developed in terms of plot and characters I found myself very interested in what was going on. The writing style of the author is great and I enjoyed it very much.
It's a very short story, but one that's nevertheless filled with nuance, with individual particularities, and with characters who perfectly toe the line between being knowable and being enigmatic. I've only ever read one other work by Sally Rooney, but I can already tell you that this short story is just Classic Sally Rooney.
Sukie moves in with Nathan in order to continue her education. With a dead mother and a difficult father, she only has Nathan to call her own. She believes Nathan is the only person who will mourn for her if she is suddenly found dead. Years later, her father is diagnosed with Leukemia and Sukie is visiting him in the hospital. This leads to another encounter with Nathan and represse ...more