Leonard and Hungry Paul: A Novel

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Leonard and Hungry Paul: A Novel

Leonard and Hungry Paul: A Novel

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For me the difficulty in writing a this review is that the author so clearly wanted his novel to defy labels, describing it only as a story about gentle people trying to make their way in the world. Die humorvollen Szenen, bei denen man nie über die Figuren sondern immer mit ihnen lacht, sind ein weiterer großer Pluspunkt.

In addition to being longlisted for several prizes, it was chosen for this year’s One Dublin One Book initiative, in which everyone is encouraged to try the same book, one with a strong connection to the city.You’ll laugh and feel for the two main protagonists but all the characters in this book exude some sort of charm. Then Leonard becomes interested in a woman at work and Hungry Paul, previously just drifting through life, suddenly comes into some money. A chance meeting with Shelley – the fire warden – at work, has Leonard thinking that there could be something there. I liked how Hession showed us these two men slowly and gently, revealing their strengths and flaws, as we got to know them. Early on in the book there’s a conversation between Leonard and Paul as they play one of their games, and I found the spoken dialogue a bit forced.

The story begins shortly after the death of Leonard’s mother, a sad, but not tragic event, where her heart had simply “run out of beats”. It is about those uncelebrated people who have the ability to change their world, not by effort or force, but through their appreciation of all that is special and overlooked in life.He still lives at home with his parents, and his older sister’s wedding is a central focus of the plot. His occasional work as a postman leaves him financially dependent and his acceptance of this frustrates Grace. There’s the love between a young couple about to get married but nervous they don’t feel the way they’re supposed to, and the fluttering, cautious excitement of a new romance. But I think I should have stuck with my gut instinct because it turns out it really isn’t my kind of book.

I’ll be honest: I had been avoiding this book partly because I thought the title sounded like a children’s book but largely because the book blurb made it sound like not my kind of book. Sometimes I read works of literature where the characters seem to me to act very aggressively towards others even when they have no reason to, and where the author seems to view this as quite normal.In a hurry to get back to his noise-cancelling head-phones, Leonard put away the tea caddy and finished stirring his own palpable milky loneliness.

Hungry Paul is still living with his parents and only works on occasions, leaving him dependent on his retired parents much to the chagrin of his sister Grace who is much more independent and successful and also about to be married.On the positive side, it is hard not to sympathise with Hession for wanting to create a kinder, gentler world, and characters like his two leads are pretty rare in literature, if all too common in real life - many of the situations they face were very familiar. Kalıplar, etiketler, kurumların ötesinde düşünmek; hayata geç de olsa bir yerinden ve bir biçimde tutunmak, kendi kabuğumuzun içinde iyi hissetmenin yollarını bulmak üzerine pek zarif bir roman bu.

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