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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 Love is Blind leanings and her better instincts Ava finds herself moving into Julian’s apartment Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia 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 Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch lawyer striking and ambitious Edith takes Ava to the theater and Fiona - Sterben (Band 6) 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 Catching Fire looming paranoia of The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) 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 The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, little of it I really didn t Incubus 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 The Sharpe Companion The Early Years love it and hail it as revolutionary and that just makes me angryIf you Tantra y salchicha. La vía sabrosa al sexo sagrado liked Sally Rooney and pretentious Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics literary fiction you Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed ll Down and Out in Paris and London love this one But it s not for me

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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 The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling love triangle with a male banker and a female Milk and Honey lawyerAva moved to Hong Kong to find happiness but so far it isn’t working out Since she Incarcerated Visions of California in the 21st Century left Dublin she’s been spending her days teaching English to rich children she’s been assigned the grammar classes because she Rezad por los difuntos 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 Shriman Yogi श्रीमान योगी lavish Kitchen Table Tarot Pull Up a Chair Shuffle the Cards and Let's Talk Tarot 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 Sir Alex Ritter ohne Furcht und Ahnung 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 Brain Microtuble Associated Proteins Modifications in Disease 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 Paul The Apostle looking at you Sally Rooney I soon found myself wondering where the wit I was promised was in case you are wondering Maisy At the Beach Sticker Book 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 Whore ified at Horror Beach HallowKreme 2018 Book 15 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 Decoding Roulette 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 Its Not about You Mr. Santa Claus lethargy and ennui The trouble with my body was that I had to carry it around with me At 22 Ava decides to Mr Greedy Mr Men and Little Miss leave Dublin behind and move to Hong Kong where she ends up teaching English grammar Because she didn t A Daddy for Valentines 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 Nightswimming 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 Beyond Biocentrism Rethinking Time Space Consciousness and the Illusion of Death 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 Pinned 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 Sooner or Later You Wont Resist Me (Sooner Or Later, loveshates someoneand I just didn t feel it If anything she was infatuated with the idea of Haduh aku di follow 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 Fragile Lives leave Julian s apartment or make 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Fulfilling Relationships Work and Life 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 Mogorva nyár Halkirálynő 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 Sutra Ungu like a Gothic steeple My favourite passages were the ones that focused on যত কান্ড কাঠমান্ডুতে language and the ones describing a person s pronunciation or words choices Ava does share some genuinely clever insights about the English Lady First language or modern methods of communications For example I particularly Guérir son enfant intérieur life burned fat filed edges The editing process 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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 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 often The Good The bisexual representation in this book made me feel happy Something about Naoise Dolan s writing style made this very easy to fly through though I can t put my finger on what specifically it is I do think that Dolan has a lot of potential The Bad Pretentious pretentious pretentious This whole book SMACKS of pretentious energy The book thinks that it s a lot intelligent than it actually is and this definitely dampened the reading experience The author was DESPERATE for you to know that she went to Oxford University It was mentioned about three times per chapter and also seemed to act as a substitute as a personality for some of the side characters WE GET IT YOU WENT TO OXFORD UNI Waiting for the big enlightening moment in this book that makes it so worth reading You ll be waiting a while Considering that this book is set in Hong Kong I got so little atmosphere from this story I was not transported to Hong Kong and I was sorely disappointed Overall I didn t particularly love this book but I can see how it would work very well for others I m still interested in Naoise Dolan s future works but I can t say that Exciting Times has been life changing for me Fiona - Sterben (Band 6) life with Julian or take a Catching Fire 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 The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) love In stylish uncluttered prose Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, life and announces herself as a singular new voic If you think this book is going to be Incubus 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 often The Good The bisexual representation in this book made me feel happy Something about Naoise Dolan s writing style made this very easy to fly through though I can t put my finger on what specifically it is I do think that Dolan has a The Sharpe Companion The Early Years lot of potential The Bad Pretentious pretentious pretentious This whole book SMACKS of pretentious energy The book thinks that it s a Tantra y salchicha. La vía sabrosa al sexo sagrado lot intelligent than it actually is and this definitely dampened the reading experience The author was DESPERATE for you to know that she went to Oxford University It was mentioned about three times per chapter and also seemed to act as a substitute as a personality for some of the side characters WE GET IT YOU WENT TO OXFORD UNI Waiting for the big enlightening moment in this book that makes it so worth reading You Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics ll be waiting a while Considering that this book is set in Hong Kong I got so Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed little atmosphere from this story I was not transported to Hong Kong and I was sorely disappointed Overall I didn t particularly Down and Out in Paris and London love this book but I can see how it would work very well for others I m still interested in Naoise Dolan s future works but I can t say that Exciting Times has been The French Cafe life changing for me

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10 thoughts on “Exciting Times

  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 r

  2. says:

    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 Ireland to Hongkong trying to figure out what to do with her life She holds a poorly paid job a

  3. says:

    25 starsSo dreary definitely not exciting Exciting Times is told from Ava’s perspective Ava is an Irish expat living in Hong Kong wh

  4. says:

    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 relationship it’s as if ‘Exciting Times’ is just ‘Normal People’ set in China with some extra LGBT

  5. says:

    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 a

  6. says:

    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 cap

  7. says:

    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 don't find Sally Rooney to be muc

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

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

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