I expected more from the great Ferrante. To American eyes, her 188 page outburst dragged on about 180 pages too long. Maybe Italians have more patience for this kind of self-indulgent thing.
This is my first Elena novel and it was awesome. She holds nothing back. Can't wait to dive into the Neapolitan Series.
I read this after hearing it recommended as a brief, energetic introduction to acclaimed writer Elena Ferrante for those who don't have time to tackle her Neapolitan Quartet. It's certainly a riveting read, though I kept putting it down because Ferrante's portrait of depression--both the sense of losing emotional control and the frantic attempts to retain control that only make things worse--was so realistic and intense. I particularly loved the ending, because the harrowing nature of the story makes Olga coming back to herself and making peace with her ruined marriage is all the more powerful. It's an excellent book, but I'm not sure I'll be reading more of the author.
Great read! Deep, painful, lucid....excellent translation from Italian to English.....
Didn't like the book, vulgar when it didn't need to be, graphic that is. Didn't like the lead character either, so dependent it was hard to identify with her. Nor did the husband seem "real", more like a caricature of a bad husband than anything else, no spiritual connection between them so how could they last?
P.S. I had no trouble putting it down, put it down many times b/f I finished it.
A "terribly" good book. Honest and scary character description.
You like it or leave it but it captivates your attention.
This novel is about a woman abandoned by her husband and as a result became severely depressed. Once you start this novel you cannot put it down, because you want to know if the main character was able to recover. This author is very magnetic.
Her second novel
Excellent translation from a beautiful writer. I also recommend My Brilliant Friend, first part of a trilogy by Ferrante.
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