There has been quite a lot of talk about this debut novel from Louise Nealon. Understandably, given the geographical setting and aspects of the premise, there have been comparisons made with Sally Rooney. That certainly piqued my interest, as I am sure it will with many other people too. Given the commercial and critical success of Sally Rooney's "Normal People", both in print and on television, it also raises the expectation level for "Snowflake" to a point that was always going to be difficult to live up to.
A number of early reviews have labelled this as a "coming of age" novel, and that descriptor is hinted at by the book's official blurb too. However, although it contains certain "coming of age" elements it focuses far more on societal issues such as mental health and self-image than it does on the more general life journey from childhood though adolescence and into adulthood. These themes are handled with understanding and empathy. There is also a central motif running through the story relating to dreams and prophecies. In order to avoid spoilers I will not go into greater detail here, other than to say that I found it to be an intriguing concept and felt that there was far more potential that could have been explored by the author relating to this.
Aspects of the writing are delightful and there is some wonderful imagery created by the writer. The structure of the novel comes across as quite naïve and raw in parts ... and that is often the very essence of its appeal. However, at other times I couldn't help feeling that the overall story needed an experienced and polished touch to pull the strands together and weave something truly magical.
All in all, this is a sound debut and worth taking the taking the time to read.
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Snowflake: Louise Nealon Paperback – 15 mei 2021
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Over de auteur
Louise Nealon is 27 years old. She studied English literature in Trinity College Dublin, and then completed a masters in creative writing at Queen's University Belfast in 2016. She lives on her family farm in County Kildare, where she divides her time between reading, writing and milking cows.
- Uitgever : Hot Key Books; 1e editie (15 mei 2021)
- Taal : Engels
- Paperback : 304 pagina's
- ISBN-10 : 1786580691
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786580696
- Afmetingen : 23.2 x 3.3 x 15.3 cm
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #89,086 in Boeken (Top 100 in bekijkenBoeken)
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A worthwhile debut.Beoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 1 juli 2021
A study, in novel form, of many things: a city or country life; student insecurity; mental health; and free love, which brings laughter at one end of the scale and despair at the other. The contrasts here are all brilliant, e.g. the regularity of dairy farming as against the erratic life of a student. The characters are so well-drawn, all so convincing. Is it fair to suggest the story/plot may be a microcosm for Bipolar Disease with its high and low extremes?
Didn't hold my interestBeoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 30 mei 2021
I thought it was going to be a funny, entertaining book but it seemed to change after a few chapters. It's obviously written by someone quite young
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UnputdownableBeoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 23 mei 2021
I loved this story. I laughed, I cried. Some parts were hard to read but essential to the narrative. I'm so glad I got to glimpse this amazing world created by Louise Nealon. Her characters came to life before my eyes and I found so much to relate to. Highly recommended.