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message 1: by Stefanie (new)

Stefanie I am currently reading this novel as well. I will be very interested to read your thoughts. You have such insightful reviews. You are my favorite connection on this site.


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Robert Wechsler Stefanie wrote: "I am currently reading this novel as well. I will be very interested to read your thoughts. You have such insightful reviews. You are my favorite connection on this site."

Thanks for the compliment! I did pick this book off my shelves because you were reading it, and I thought it would be fun reading a book with a Goodreads friend. I took it on a long weekend to Boston and, unfortunately the narrator annoyed me so much, I put it down after 30 pages and picked up a book I found remaindered at the Harvard Bookstore, Leeches by David Alabahri, a Serbian writer.

I loved Svevo's Confessions of Zeno, which I read many years ago. But it appears that this early novel of Svevo's is not of the same quality. Or it just isn't for me. There just doesn't seem to be any point to it, which would be okay, if the novel offered something else that was interesting, special, or aesthetically pleasing. But it didn't, at least to me, at least in the first 30 pages.

What do you think?


message 3: by Stefanie (last edited Jun 02, 2013 06:23PM) (new)

Stefanie Like you, I loved the Zeno book, probably because of the neurotic narrator. I am struggling through this book, trying to stay engaged. I have just reached 100 pages. What is holding my interest right now is how much the narrator can delude himself about Angiolina and their relationship. It seems that the best friend, Balli, may end up playing a diabolical role. I plan to continue on because the premise intrigues me. I also recently read that there is an Italian film of this book, Senilita, starring Claudia Cardinale, and directed by Mauro Bolognini (sp); I am now envisioning it in cinematic terms (I am a huge fan of Italian cinema from neo-realism forward).

Funny you should mention that your selection was from my shelf AND that you tabled it for a Serbian writer. I am awaiting Capel's three novels based on what you had written in one of your reviews. I could easily drop this current read if Amazon delivers before I finish!

I will let you know my further thoughts when I finish reading the book, completely or not.

Thanks for sharing and the response. I am sure we will find some books that we both enjoy and can share our perspectives.


message 4: by Robert (new)

Robert Wechsler Stefanie wrote: "Like you, I loved the Zeno book, probably because of the neurotic narrator. I am struggling through this book, trying to stay engaged. I have just reached 100 pages. What is holding my interest rig..."

I hope you enjoy Three Novels. The second of the novels, Meteor is the weakest, and has not held up as well, either. One of the curious things about it, from a contemporary perspective, is that The English Patient starts out very much like Meteor (I don't know if the similarity is accidental or not (there is only one reference to the similarity online).


message 5: by Robert (new)

Robert Wechsler Stefanie wrote: "Like you, I loved the Zeno book, probably because of the neurotic narrator. I am struggling through this book, trying to stay engaged. I have just reached 100 pages. What is holding my interest rig..."

P.S. Three Novels is a reprint of a British translation from the 30s. It is full of typos, and not up to my standards, but the cost of retypesetting such a long novel wasn't worth it back in 1990, that is, pre-scanner and -digital typesetting.


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