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Trick
Trick | Domenico Starnone
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Sharp, succinct storytelling and breathtaking prose combine in this new novel by the author of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, New York Times editor's pick, a Sunday Times and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, Ties. Imagine a duel between an elderly man and a mere boy. The same blood runs through their veins. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator whose reputation is slowly fading. The other, Mario, is his four-year-old grandson. The older combatant has lived for years in solitude, focusing obsessively on his work. The younger one has been left by his querulous parents with his grandfather for a 72-hour stay. Shut inside an apartment in Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico's own childhood, grandfather and grandson match wits, while outside lurks Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence is not easily shaken. Trick is a gripping, wry, brilliantly devised drama, "an extremely playful literary composition," as Jhumpa Lahiri describes it in her introduction, about aging, family, art, and reconciling with one's past.
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ManyWordsLater
Trick | Domenico Starnone
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Visiting my parents (and childhood home) this long weekend.
I love this book. It feels so much like #ferrante. I‘m supposed to be taking advantage of my parents as babysitters and sleeping. But I just wanna read! It‘s 12:30a and here I am awake...
#raisingreaders #grandparents #mlkweekend #longweekend #uplatereading

Cailey_Mac Same! (Minus the kid part) I know I should be sleeping since I don‘t have work tomorrow, but 📖🤷🏻‍♀️ 11mo
Cinfhen Great cover 11mo
Zelma Wow, what a creepy cover! 11mo
mreads This was good and also stressed me out at the same time while I was reading it. 😀 11mo
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Abailliekaras
Trick | Domenico Starnone
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A Halloween treat! Our ‘Trick‘ episode is up now on Books On The Go. This is perfect Halloween read! Subscribe where podcasts live. 👻🎧

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Abailliekaras
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A terrific, bracing read. Daniele is minding his grandson Mario in a Naples apartment. He‘s illustrating Henry James‘ ‘The Jolly Corner‘ & James‘ work infuses this story. It‘s a short novel but with many layers. Starnone takes the idea of a man ageing, struggling w his art & makes it as vivid as a ghost story, w the feel of a game (nightmareish & playful). A strong, intense book, brilliantly translated. Starnone shows the drama in ordinary life.

arubabookwoman Having never heard of Starnone before, I recently read a Litsy review of his book Ties, which my library had. I read it and it was excellent! I'll look for this one too. (edited) 13mo
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mhillis
Trick | Domenico Starnone
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Finished Trick for #backpackeurope #Italy This was written by Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri, and related to the short story The Jolly Corner by Henry James.

I enjoyed reading Lahiri‘s introduction to the book and this interview with her from earlier this year when Trick was chosen as a selection for Asymptote Book Club
https://www.asymptotejournal.com/blog/2018/04/16/asymptote-book-club-in-conversa...

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Twocougs
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Not my usual but I greatly enjoyed grandpa and Mario.
#shakespeareandcompany

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Christinak
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This was one of the books in box 2 of my Christmas present from my mom. I do not think I would have picked this up on my own. Thankfully the staff (Gersende) of Shakespeare and Company recommended this. I started last night and am half way through. I love the characters.

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