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The Gathering by Anne Enright
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Mar 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: something-weird, 2012-reading-challenge

When was the last time I had my orange highlighter when I try to read a fiction? Aahh, David Nicholls - and Emily Bronte.

Anne Enright may not deserve all the love, but this novel of hers deserve a credit. After all, she made a challenge - to assess how true I am in feeling different emotions.

The composition is like puzzle pieces that needs to be put together, piece-by-piece, for you to understand its bigger picture and its message. Chapters are illustrated in one era to another, one generation to another, one memory to another. And you will get annoyed because at the first part, you tend to get bored. Enright dared me at page 52 of Chapter 9: DROP THIS BOOK NOW IF THIS IRRITATES YOU:

Hay, Harmless, harmless, harmless.

Is this page 52 even relevant? I told myself.

But I have to continue. Because I haven't seen it yet.

And as you get along in the middle part of the novel, the pace gives an upbeat. And yeah, there were moments when I cannot stop: The ghost-like apparitions, paranoias, and tears where I cannot compel myself to relate because I am not depressed in the first place.

I cannot believe my skill in understanding psychographs will be challenged here; honestly, I read most of the chapters more than once, because I need to review and get to know the relevance of one stage to another. If you are a psychology student, you should read this novel for you are to test your own wit, your own logic, and your own way of thinking as you immerse yourself on the depths of loneliness and how a person sees the light after all those episodes of darkness.

I give it not of the same rank as of David Nicholls because I cannot make this as my "life manual". There are lessons, yeah, there are also things to consider and quotes to remember. But to see myself as an undersexed individual who had a close brother died via suicide, I cannot seem to picture myself in one. One, because I see sex as an ultimate surrender and insignia of love (PLEASE DO NOT BUTT IN, THIS IS A PERSONAL NOTE ANYWAY), and for me to remain sexless as of to-date is a personal choice. Two, because I have a brother like Liam who fell in love with a girl once but cannot-seem-to-continuously-love-her-because-he-has-seen-the-light-and-he-will-never-be-like-Liam-who-had-a-hidden-past-that-cannot-be-told-easily-because-he-is-happy-in-the-first-place. And three, my grandma has had no secrets hidden from dad, from mum, and from us.

There's humor in this novel too. If you cannot spell penis, you have to read this. This is one intelligent porn like Murakami's.

Just a side note: I do not know where Djerba is, but based on Google, it is in North Africa. And yeah, Gatwick airport sucks, but Heathrow sucks more.
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Quotes Maria Ella Liked

Anne Enright
“People do not change, they are merely revealed.”
Anne Enright, The Gathering

Reading Progress

March 2, 2012 – Started Reading
March 2, 2012 – Shelved
March 2, 2012 –
page 26
9.96% "Hazy introduction. I am not feeling it yet. But there is something in there. I know there is."
March 2, 2012 –
page 46
March 12, 2012 –
page 124
47.51% "antagal-tagal ng climax! nahihilo na ako sa haba ng 3d-surreal-seemingly-horror-scenes from this book. this writer is effective. she makes me read more of how she tells different puzzle pieces. and because of this style, i am afraid to reach the end. maybe this is why i am reading it VERY SLOWLY, because after all, I don't want to be terrified."
March 14, 2012 –
page 180
68.97% "NALOKA AKO. this girl is soooo depressed. Sabihan ka ba naman ng ganito, ewan ko na lang:\n "...But I know hating when I see it. I know it, because there is a part of me that wants to be hated, too. There must be.""
March 14, 2012 – Finished Reading
June 18, 2012 – Shelved as: something-weird
March 28, 2013 – Shelved as: 2012-reading-challenge

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Angus Hurray! I'm happy to see those stars. This book has a lot of haters. We are on the same team (although I cringe when you refer to your "life manual," hahaha!).

Maria Ella ^ahahahah. hindi ako depressed. at hindi ako nakaka-relate sa ibang mga chapter jan. but yeah, nakakapagtaka maraming haters ang libro na ito. Nanalo siguro ito not because of the novel's mood, but because of the method of writing a prose. juicekoteh parang inaral ko ang libro sa mga highlighted paragraphs. ahahaha :D

Angus Ay ako kasi basa lang ng basa. I just let it come to me. Maganda naman siya, kahit hindi na iconsider yung writing. I suspect that most people didn't like this because si ate ay pabagu-bago ng isip. She's eternally reconstructing the past, depending on her erratic moods.

Maria Ella at ang dami nyang napapansin. ganun siguro kapag depressed ka or sadyang iritable lang sa mundo. parang kung anu-ano sinasabi. palaging lost lang.

Angus Emir: I don't know what part Ella is talking about, but I don't find anything pornographic in the book.

Maria Ella Emir wrote: "Angus wrote: "Emir: I don't know what part Ella is talking about, but I don't find anything pornographic in the book."

The more I need her to quote the book. My interest is sufficiently piqued now."

nakow, si emir. ahahah wait lang hahalungkatin ko yung gusto kong porn part run. na parang hindi ko alam kung nairita ako or nawili. ahahaha :p

Maria Ella Emir! i found the chapter that for me is the most imaginative and most disappointing at the same time. Page 136-137, chapter 21. simply ORGASMIC and tiring in the mind. ahahahaha naku Emir, me not promoting porn. me promoting the book and the Irish style of writing. :D

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