This book would make a great giallo movie. I would watch the shit out of it.
Sorryyyy for posting these so late 🙈🙈🙈! It was a massively busy non-stop day.
Part 4/10 of today‘s home-library tour! ☺️
Do you own, or have you read, any of these?
After her husband leaves her for a younger woman, Olga falls to pieces. Feeling the weight of all the emotions she‘s held back over the years, she explodes into violence and madness. And, then, abruptly, she decides she‘s okay and goes on with her life.
Not entirely sure what I just read.
One woman‘s descent into desperation and her world falls apart after being abandoned by her husband. Have not read but the blurb seems to fit the prompt. Definitely #thehoneymoonisover .
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Not sure if it's a good idea to bring this book to work as my break read (as it's bound to be intense) but I've been wanting to read this for so long... #toberead #tbrpile #InTranslation #EuropaEditions #ItalianLiterature
And so I just finished reading this ferocious novel of Ferrante while still on the train from Verona back to Milan. There is a metallic taste in my mouth where Olga bit the key to open the door, I smell the putrid odor of the dead dog, and sense her hysteria when the lines around her life dissolved slowly, her withering away such a stark reality, that I begin to think about the many female friends I love who would appreciate this book's honesty.
Here are my Goodreads stats for the year. I ended up reading more than my challenge goal, which was 45, so that's great. I think I may go for 75 books next year.
Wow. This book was so raw and engaging. My heart ached for Olga and I found myself cursing her husband even when I wasn't reading. This is an honest portrayal of a woman going down the rabbit hole of despair, losing herself, and then very slowly pulling herself out. This is not an upbeat book but is definitely worth the emotional investment. Elena Ferrante definitely lives up to the hype. I will be reading the Neopolitan novels very soon.
I know I'm a little late, but here's my #NovemberTBR. Finally going to tackle A Little Life.
I admire very much the ability of the author to describe the psychology of her characters with a sublime variations from obvious predetermined acts to subtle hint from the incounscious mind. This novel, very different from the more famous series of the Neapolitan novels, is solemnly centered on one female character and the most important interactions are with two men completely different one from the other. Loved it.
Was feeling kind of meh about trying Ferrante until someone told me at my writing conference in Sicily that I MUST read Days of Abandonment...and it did not disappoint. Ferrante is a genius. (Picture taken from the top of Erice at the Norman castle ruins, overlooking the Mediterranean in Sicily).
Unfortunately, I had to take a break from Days...it was relentlessly emotionally intense, and I felt myself spiraling in despair, just like the protagonist.
Although it's well-written and I still want to read Ferrante's Neapolitan series, I'm afraid I had to put this selection down.
This was my first Ferrante ❤️. Olga is unflinchingly raw and honest in examining her thoughts and emotions as she ricochets through turmoil when her husband leaves her; her sense of abandonment of her sanity and her identity, as she is left to care for her two young children, is brutal. I wouldn't want to endlessly dissect my characters in interviews if I was Ferrante, everything is already said. #translatedbooks - Thanks Ann Goldstein.
Leah is channeling her inner Olga, the scorned and angry protagonist from this novel. When Olga's douchebag husband leaves her, she spirals into a viscous and cruel depression. At first it was wearying to read about, but that may've had to do with personal stuff going on with me. A pivotal, MRS. DALLOWAYesque moment allows for the character to assess her multifaceted reality. But even at her worst, Olga is compelling due to Ferrante's raw prose.
"I don't give a shit about prissiness. You wounded me, you are destroying me, and I'm supposed to speak like a good well-brought up wife? Fuck you! What words am I supposed to use for what you've done to me, for what you're doing to me? " I love angry #elenaferrante
I wanted to try Elena Ferrante, but did not want to commit to the Neapolitan novels, so I gave this stand-alone a try. This is a lush description of a woman falling into despair and distraction after her husband leaves her. The writing is raw and urgent, far from the sentimental style I had expected. Perhaps the cover art of her novels gave me the impression that her writing would be drippily uplifting. This is dark and real. Read with caution.
After finishing up the Neapolitan series last fall, it is due time for a little more Elena Ferrante in my life. This one has her (his 😬?) signature style of frank/brutal/vulnerable/ferocious writing and Olga is a character all her own. Enjoying this story so much!
It was different from what I usually read. Good different. Very frustrating at times (mostly all the time), not because of the writing, but because of Olga's way of coping, or lack there of, with her husband's treachery. Mario this and Mario that was getting on my nerves, but I understand. 4.5 🌟s
Another Audible Daily Deal find. This one is about an Italian woman's struggles with her husband's abandonment. Started reading/listening to it today...or yesterday (don't remember anymore). I honestly want to grab her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her and slap her a few times...😔