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As always with Anne Enright, I'm left dazzled, with a wanting to re-read, as if something dense and clever (clever, not "unredeemed", as with the Hegartys, or what was it?) has hit me, something very well thought-through. Though some chapters may have seemed redundant when I read them, a sense of completion and of coherence remains now, in the end. Dark, yes, and mad, and gross, too; full of sex, but narrated by a narrator who's not merely gross and postmodern for the sake of it, of postmodernity (yes, so many versions of the same story, all possible), but who, by being so, is also knitted in discourses about the remembrance of history, the (Irish) community, the female body, senses. Many aspects of life, which often remain unsaid, are well-observed and described, and so spat out to the reader, not to make the reader uncomfortable on purpose, but to finally spark the long-due discussions about them, one might think. Because if we don't speak them, do we, like Veronica, turn a little mad over time? Clever, yes.
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Would you listen to The Gathering again? Why?
Yes, it was funny and sad and painfully accurate when it came to families.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gathering?
I loved the memories of the interplay between the kids when they were little.
Which character – as performed by Fiona Shaw – was your favourite?
She was brilliant at them all, obviously.
Any additional comments?
This was the first time I have come across Anne Enright's writing, I have now gone straight on to The Green Road.
What made the experience of listening to The Gathering the most enjoyable?
The performance was so good I just wanted it to go on for longer...but the story of bittersweet reminiscences of Irish life over the last century is magnificently compiled and its not hard to see why it won the Booker.
What about Fiona Shaw’s performance did you like?
Fiona Shaw was an excellent reader and able to give credibility to a wide range of characters in this beautiful story.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I was particularly moved by the narrator's relationship with her brother and her quest to find out the truth within her family.
Any additional comments?
Listen to it. I think this is one of those books better heard than read.
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