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  1. says:

    2 ½ stars rounded up to 3“I felt I had hitherto woefully misdirected my energies in attempting to cultivate a personality If you didn’t have one then that left room for everyone else’s”With so many professional reviewers hailing Exciting Times as one of the best debut novels of 2020 praising Naoise Dolan for her wit and her razor sharp social commentary or describing her book as being “droll shrewd and unafraid” th

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    I can see why Sally Rooney is endorsing this Debut novelist Naoise Dolan tells the story of 22 year old Ava who just moved from Irel

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    25 starsSo dreary definitely not exciting Exciting Times is told from Ava’s perspective Ava is an Irish expat living in Hong Kong where she teaches English The story focuses on Ava’s inner tortured thoughts and feelings as she feels the pull between relationships with English expat banker Julian and local lawyer Edith Ava does all the wrong things She can’t commit to the one she loves and she sticks to the one she knows tr

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    This novel is a tedious account of one girl’s romantic flings during a year of living and working in Hong Kong Heavily influenced by Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ in terms of the tiresome indecisiveness about committing to a relations

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    Naoise Dolan has been trying to distinguish herself from Sally Rooney The problem is 'Exciting Times' is essentially a ueer novel i

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    Oh my goodness This book is incredibly fine Now I know what the phrase ‘razor sharp wit’ really means On a sentence level the novel delivers one perfect zinger after another Dolan is particularly good at capturing the way men talk to women whom they mistakenly think are not as smart as they are The dialog is brilliant throughout You have to understand that this is the kind of story I have very high standards for because the plot is an e

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    Exciting Times is the most Sally Rooney book to have not been penned by Sally Rooney  In a way that statement is overly reductive of Naoise Dolan's fresh and distinctive voice but still the fact remains if you do

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    If you think this book is going to be like Normal People it isn't 25 stars Having seen the comparison floating around I was excited to give this book a shot I also knew that the main character was bisexual so that was another element that drew me to this story Whilst I don't regret reading it I probably won't be recommending it too

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    25 rounded downI think my reaction to this debut novel is both a uestion of being the wrong audience 'it's not you it's me' in other words and also being the wrong book at the wrong time The first is because it's a book about and FOR millennials and Ava the narrator being a 22 year old girl and myself a male 3 times that meant I had almost nothing in common with her Not only couldn't I relate to any of her 'pro

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    The I think about this novel the it suffers in my estimations Sigh Here goes apologies if this review gets a bit rantyExciting Times

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Exciting Times

Hing than an absentee roommate so when Julian announces that he’s returning to Hong Kong she faces a fork in the road Should she return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with EdithPolitically alert heartbreakingly raw and dryly funny Exciting Times is thrillingly attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love In stylish uncluttered prose Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life and announces herself as a singular new voic. 25 rounded downI think my reaction to this debut novel is both a uestion of being the wrong audience it s not you it s me in other words and also being the wrong book at the wrong time The first is because it s a book about and FOR millennials and Ava the narrator being a 22 year old girl and myself a male 3 times that meant I had almost nothing in common with her Not only couldn t I relate to any of her problems issues would be a apt appellation since she is one of the whiniest and neediest protagonists I ve ever encountered but she is so disagreeable and unlikeable that if I were introduced to her at a social gathering within five minutes I d be itching to find ANY excuse to depart her company That s not a great position to be in when reading about anyone for 256 LONG pagesSecondly with the glare of the increasing tensions about racialeconomic injustice in the US an unconsciously privileged white girl totally clueless as to such she has a rich friend who provides her luxury accommodations for free yet she whines about her perfectly respectable job teaching English at a Hong Kong school just seemed extremely grating to me right now I just couldn t force myself to care a whit about her obsessions as to whether Julian the man she doesn t even care about really loves her or not nor whether she will mess up yet again a seemingly promising relationship with the forthcoming Edith who deserves much better none of her problems are earth shatteringly important to anyone but Ava That said Dolan definitely has writing abilities even remarkable when one considers she is on the autism spectrum and perhaps Ava s inabilities to connect and lack of self awareness are reflective of the author s own issues And though I wouldn t say there is much in the way of the razor sharp wit that seems to be a go to phrase in reviews for this several lines are indeed clever and warrant a chuckle Finally while I can understand all the comparisons to Rooney and Moshfegh I think it s a lazyfacile comparison and ultimately does the book a disserviceHowever my sincere thanks to Netgalley and to Harper Collins for an ARC in exchange for this perhaps too honest review Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone problems issues would be a apt appellation since she is one of the whiniest and neediest Pretend God Is Deaf protagonists I ve ever encountered but she is so disagreeable and unlikeable that if I were introduced to her at a social gathering within five minutes I d be itching to find ANY excuse to depart her company That s not a great Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide position to be in when reading about anyone for 256 LONG Las Puertas Del Amor pagesSecondly with the glare of the increasing tensions about racialeconomic injustice in the US an unconsciously Discoveries privileged white girl totally clueless as to such she has a rich friend who Idenics perfectly respectable job teaching English at a Hong Kong school just seemed extremely grating to me right now I just couldn t force myself to care a whit about her obsessions as to whether Julian the man she doesn t even care about really loves her or not nor whether she will mess up yet again a seemingly Night Owl Loonette promising relationship with the forthcoming Edith who deserves much better none of her Deadshifted (Edie Spence, problems are earth shatteringly important to anyone but Ava That said Dolan definitely has writing abilities even remarkable when one considers she is on the autism spectrum and El agujero del infierno perhaps Ava s inabilities to connect and lack of self awareness are reflective of the author s own issues And though I wouldn t say there is much in the way of the razor sharp wit that seems to be a go to The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) phrase in reviews for this several lines are indeed clever and warrant a chuckle Finally while I can understand all the comparisons to Rooney and Moshfegh I think it s a lazyfacile comparison and ultimately does the book a disserviceHowever my sincere thanks to Netgalley and to Harper Collins for an ARC in exchange for this Teddy perhaps too honest review

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An intimate bracingly intelligent debut novel about a millennial Irish expat who becomes entangled in a love triangle with a male banker and a female lawyerAva moved to Hong Kong to find happiness but so far it isn’t working out Since she left Dublin she’s been spending her days teaching English to rich children she’s been assigned the grammar classes because she lacks warmth and her nights avoiding petulant roommates in her cramped apartmentWhen Ava befriends Julian a witty British banker he offers a shortcut into a lavish life. 2 stars rounded up to 3 I felt I had hitherto woefully misdirected my energies in attempting to cultivate a personality If you didn t have one then that left room for everyone else s With so many professional reviewers hailing Exciting Times as one of the best debut novels of 2020 praising Naoise Dolan for her wit and her razor sharp social commentary or describing her book as being droll shrewd and unafraid this promised to be an intelligent and compelling read Sadly as with a lot of hyped new releases Exciting Times wasn t all it was cracked up to be While part of me rejoiced at the sight of uotations marks yes I m looking at you Sally Rooney I soon found myself wondering where the wit I was promised was in case you are wondering largely MIA Exciting Times is an innocuous debut novel It follows the tradition of the alienated young woman which has regained traction over the past years in no small part thanks to Ottessa Moshfegh s My Year of Rest and Relaxation The women who populate these novels have a lot in common with Esther Greenwood who is perhaps the supreme example of the alienated female narrator then again I think this title should go to Natalie Waite from Shirley Jackson s Hangsaman Ava the protagonist of Dolan s novel is far less morbid than Plath s or Moshfegh s narrators Her alienation comes across as a phase of sorts something she was experiencing merely for the sake of the aesthetics Still Ava s millennial despondency does seem to make her prone to bouts of lethargy and ennui The trouble with my body was that I had to carry it around with me At 22 Ava decides to leave Dublin behind and move to Hong Kong where she ends up teaching English grammar Because she didn t like herself in Ireland she believes that a change of scenery will either improve her personality or the way she sees herself In Hong Kong Ava makes few attempts at socialising with her colleagues or her roommates and it is only when she meets Julian a banker that she begins to be interested in someone other than herself The two form a bond of sorts which sees them occasionally sparring about the fraught history between Britain and Ireland while for the most part they seem content with being cynical together Soon enough Ava moves into Julian s guest bedroom While he s back in England Ava meets and falls for Edith who unlike Julian openly reciprocates her feelings Keeping up with both of them took work but their similarities lent the enterprise a certain economy of scale The plot as such sees Ava obsessing about either Julian or Edith checking their Instagram accounts over analysing their texts and attributing a special meaning to everything they say or doIn passing she talks with others about class race abortion But these topics are briefly mentioned and for the most part Exciting Times is about Ava s detachment from others In a certain way I can see why this novel could appeal to fans of Rooney as the narrative is very much focused on creating and maintaining an aesthetic of detachment Ava is all about the conceal don t feel She feels wrong bad damaged messed up different from other people you get the gist While this is in part intentional and both Julian and Edith call her out on the woe is me act the novel perpetuates this she s different by casually reminding us that she has a right to feel ostracised given that once a girl in school was homophobic towards her Personally I don t think that just because she spends large portions of her time daydreaming envisioning what ifs scenarios or wondering how others see her she s actually different The novel is so focused on being clever that it ends up not having anything substantial to offerAva s alleged aloofness seemed an excuse for her character not to have a personality One of my favourite literary characters is Charlotte Bronte s Lucy Snowe someone who is aloof distant occasionally manipulative and who hides her feelings from the reader In spite of this we do see glimpses of her emotions Ava instead just tells us that she loveshates someoneand I just didn t feel it If anything she was infatuated with the idea of lovewhich brings me to the ending Are we meant to believe that there was any character growth on her part Cause I don tMuch was made of the power dynamics between her and Julian Ava plays her own violin insisting that if she were to end things with Julian she would have to find a crammy roomand I m meant to feel sorry for the circumstances she s in She is employed and earns far than others and has enough savings to leave Julian s apartment or make a small contribution Yet her dilemma is made into this big thing Lastly in the novel Hong Kong is a mere cardboard backdrop for Ava s existentialist crisis The story could have been set in any city outside of Ireland and it would barely need changing Mentioning Hong Kong s political unrest now and again was not enoughSome positivesJulian and Edith although not strictly likeable felt much like well rounded people I couldn t see why they were both interested in Ava given how self involved she was Dolan has a knack for dialogues They are extremely realistic at times the characters talk about nothing misunderstand each other use the wrong words to express what they feelher back and forths or banter between certain characters was fairly engagingMost of all I loved the way Dolan writes about the English language Ava is attentive when it comes to English She often uestions people s word choices We discussed whether the word uite magnified or diminished a compliment I sketched a cline on a napkin and put uite between a little and very and given her teaching position she also reprimands herself for using bad English Dolan rendition of different intonations and accents is evocative Her accent was churchy high up with all the cathedral drops of English intonation Button water Tuesday anything with two syllables zipped up then down like a Gothic steeple My favourite passages were the ones that focused on language and the ones describing a person s pronunciation or words choices Ava does share some genuinely clever insights about the English language or modern methods of communications For example I particularly liked the way she describes texts We chose what to share Through composition I reduced my life burned fat filed edges The editing process let me veto post hoc the painful boring or irrelevant moments I lived through OverallAs I ve said before this was an inoffensive novel It wasn t thought provoking or half as witty as it tried to be but it isn t badly written I was hoping perhaps for a less glib take on alienation or a complex interrogation of power dynamics and genderRead reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads

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Her meager salary could never allow Ignoring her feminist leanings and her better instincts Ava finds herself moving into Julian’s apartment letting him buy her clothes and eventually striking up a sexual relationship with him When Julian’s job takes him back to London she stays put unsure where their relationship standsEnter Edith A Hong Kong–born lawyer striking and ambitious Edith takes Ava to the theater and leaves her tulips in the hallway Ava wants to be her and wants her Ava has been carefully pretending that Julian is not. Naoise Dolan has been trying to distinguish herself from Sally Rooney The problem is Exciting Times is essentially a ueer novel in the style of Rooney The prose is spare and frustrating and the book itself kind of makes me just want to shrug and say So I m starting to hate the term millennial fiction Because what this term actually represents is what generations behind ours consider to be the classic millennial casual sex privilege nihilism pretentiousness rather than the ever looming paranoia of losing your job with the heaviness of debt and a collapsing globe following you around I think what s clear here is I hate this kindof book one that will naturally be heaped with praise despite deserving very little of it I really didn t like this book I thought it was pretentious and try hard right from the get go butI think I should have guessed that when I picked it up But people will love it and hail it as revolutionary and that just makes me angryIf you liked Sally Rooney and pretentious literary fiction you ll love this one But it s not for me

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  • Naoise Dolan
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  • 14 October 2019
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About the Author: Naoise Dolan

Exciting Times had an excerpt published in The Stinging Fly by