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La meraviglia delle piccole cose

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  4,929 ratings  ·  748 reviews
Le famiglie perfette non esistono. Mo se lo ripete almeno una volta al giorno, ma è difficile convivere con il fallimento, è difficile arrendersi di fronte al fatto che la vita ti sfugge tra le dita, lasciando in cambio solo rughe e incomprensione. Ed è ancor più difficile per una madre che è anche psicologa per l'infanzia capire che i propri figli non ne vogliono sapere d ...more
352 pages
Published 2011 by Leggereditore (first published 2010)
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EmmaMarie Hunneyball
Oh my actual God, this is like, so the worst book I have ever read? and the publishers should, like, totally of been done for false advertising for that title? Cos it's like, not a tiny bit marvellous. It's like, total wonk? And stuff?

If reading that paragraph set your teeth on edge then I recommend you steer well clear of Dawn French's debut novel. It's a tepid journey through a series of dull events narrated by one-dimensional characters and finished with a "twist" which is about as subtle as
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Anita
As a big fan of Dawn French, I wanted to see if her writing was as good as her performances, and in many ways I wasn't disappointed. The story follows certain events in the lives of Mo, who is about to turn 50 and hovering on the edges of an extra-marital affair with a younger man, her husband whose inner self we see little of as, well he's just 'Dad', then there is Dora, a foul mouthed, self-obsessed seventeen-going-on-thirty-year-old and her divinely camp-over-the-top brother with a kind heart ...more
Harriet
I still don't understand how a book can be a 'No1 Besteller' before it has even been published and placed on shelves. There are so many No1 Bestsellers that you would thing people would call it a draw. In any case, I have not clue as to why this book managed to become one of the 'No1's'. It is ridiculous. At first I assumed that it was just hard to get into, like some books are. But there was nothing to 'get into'. I didn't manage to read the whole thing, because I just couldn't cope with the ex ...more
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

Bloody hilarious and witty at times. You gotta love the English, they have such a way with words
Oscar and Pam were my favorite characters. Would have liked to have some of book written from Pam's voice
Some lovely wise and very real moments about living with ones family
The sheer audacity of Mo's inner dialogue is wonderful
Made me LMAO on many occasions -- note to self mus learn to stop snorting out loud in public places -- people tend to stare
The scene between Dora and her grandma P
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Huw Rhys
Dawn French is one of the very best TV Comedy writers of her generation. I love her TV work to bits. But sadly, transferring her skills to this format just doesn't work.

This is the story of...what exactly? Nothing much happens for the first two thirds of the book - mum goes through a mid life crisis, whilst her 18 year old daughter and 16 year old son try to share their growing up experiences with us. And although the book livened up ever so slightly in the final third, nothing changed much.

Osca
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Jessica Rose
Jan 07, 2011 Jessica Rose rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica Rose by: Karen AKA Mum
‘A Tiny Bit Marvellous’
Dawn French

This book is the ideal ‘bed time reading’ novel. It’s easy, effortless and straightforward to read. At the moment I have exams so my days are filled with huge amounts of revision and this book gave me an easy escape.
My mum actually got this as a gift for her birthday; she read it, liked it and gave it to me to have a read. At the start, I was apprehensive about such a book. I assumed (and was probably right) that the novel was aimed at a more mature age group
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Simon Howard
This book is a terrible match for me. It's squarely and unashamedly aimed at middle aged women, it's full of stereotyped characters and irritating text-speak, has a plot that's largely predictable from the blurb alone, and a "twist" that's both obvious and pointless.

And yet... I found it really quite endearing. It's a novel of the "mental chewing gum" variety - no thought required - but it's a pretty good example of that kind of book. It has genuine humour and genuine warmth. While the characte
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Rachel
I bought this book for £3.99 on my Kindle.

I love Dawn French anyway and had heard the great reviews, so I just knew I was going to love it, and I did. I devoured it in 2 days, could not put it down.
It is done in the style of a diary entry type book, but with no dates, just different chapters for each member of the household. Mo is a mother of 2, wife and child psychologist who is struggling with her own issues and errant teenagers!

Dora is a struggling teenager with the typical body issues and fe
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Nikki Bywater
Mo Battle is about to turn the big 50 and she is having a mid-life panic. She is fed up with her life that is the same, day in day out, she is a wife and mother to two teenagers, Dora who is seventeen and has self-esteem problems and holds her mum responsible for everything going wrong in her life and Peter who truly believes he is Oscar Wilde, his hero. Mo’s husband is not saying much and is keeping very quiet.

Mo is prepared to do something completely different to bring change to her dull life
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Christine Blachford
I do quite love Dawn French, so I really thought this was going to be a great book to read. Perhaps I went into it expecting too much. I know I had waited far too long to read it because I refused to pay the £10 price tag for a Kindle book. It was reduced in price recently, and I snapped it up, and got reading.

It's really not that great at all. Told by means of three distinct voices, writing in their own diaries - a rather depressing mother, a supremely irritating teenage daughter, and a slightl
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Tony
I chose this book to take with me on holiday for the simple reasons that I wanted something light and humerous to read and that as a fan of Dawn French's comedic talent I was interested to see if this would extend to her writing. I am very pleased to say that the answer is yes! The novel follows the lives of a modern family; Mo who is about to turn 50; her husband, who as far as I can recall is just refered to by the other characters as Husband or Dad, so we never learn his name; daughter,Dora w ...more
K
Although I've left Israel, I hope to continue participating as a member of my beloved Jerusalem-based book club thanks to the blessings of technology. Only one of them is on goodreads so Randi, if you're reading this, I'll try to be a little nicer in the meeting but here I'm going to be brutally honest. This book was crap.

The story is about a family -- Dad, who remains voiceless and nameless until the final scenes, Mom/Mo, a surprisingly uninsightful child psychologist, Dora, her 17-year-old dit
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Simon Lipson
I've loved Dawn French the writer/performer for 30 years, but Dawn French the novelist is just ghastly, if this is anything to go by. A family of non-dimensional characters spouting about their boring, middle-class lives with nary a sentence that isn't boiling with cliches. I ran out of patience very early, I must confess, I think after I'd read the third chapter in the voice of the vacuous teenage daughter. Yes, we know teenage girls overuse 'like' and we've seen shallowness and mother-hating ( ...more
Shirley Schwartz
I had to read this book in order to review it for a publisher, but I couldn't finish it. I got within 100 pages of the end and I had to shut it and put it out of my mind.
I am not usually interested in books in the comedy genre, although I do enjoy human interest stories. Well this book was far from human interest. i couldn't stand the people and please-Dora is almost 18? She acts more like 12. I'm all for showing human foibles and family missteps, but this book went far beyond what I sincerely
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Tiphanie Neely
Full disclosure: I didn't even finish this book. So it might bet better towards the end, but I skipped ahead quite a bit to see if it improves, and it doesn't. So. The book is written entirely in first person, and each chapter is titled after the name and age of the person narrating. That'd be fine, if everyone in it wasn't a giant prat. The daughter swears every other word, hates her mother, and in general is just a chav. The son has an ego bigger than necessary. The mom thinks she's better tha ...more
Huylin
I felt this book didn't have much depth to it. The characters were bland, uninteresting and weren't explored enough making it difficult to empathize with any of them.
The storyline was in complete disarray; the storyline leading up to the 'climatic' moments were not introduced into the novel until past midway. So what was the point of the first half of the novel? I asked myself that same question as I was reading it.
I felt completely agitated whilst reading the excerpts from Dora. Yes Dawn French
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Sharon
Loved it..loved it...loved it! From the first page, Dawn French had me in stitches. I could hear her voice narrating the story so clearly and she has the voices of all the characters exactly right. The story told in turns by Mo, Dora and Peter (Oscar) relates the events of the course of a few weeks as they all are in the cusp of a change in their lives. Mo is about to turn 50 and no longer recognises the older woman in the mirror, Dora is about to finish school, turn 18, has no real direction in ...more
Amy Jones
When I was about 50 pages in, I hated this book.

It's written in a diary style, from the point of view of (mainly) three characters. There's Mo, the tired child psychiatrist mother, Dora, the Facebook obsessed 17 year old, and Peter, the precocious 16 year old obsessed with Oscar Wilde.

The reason I hated the book was the "voice" of Dora. Just a small example, near the beginning of the book Dora writes:

"I can't believe I actually went out with him, how embarrassing. On top of it all, he is so ran
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Matt Shiells-Jones
this book was fantastic. Plenty of humour and written as diary entries from various family members - each character really comes to life as the writing style changes between diary entries and characters. from the professional, well spoken and well-versed mother who slowly becomes a quivering wreck of stupidity but has to carry on as normal - a bit of british stiff upper lip comes in to the equation; the daughter who is a typical comical teenager where what to wear to a party is more important th ...more
Glimmerfee
Die Familie Battle hat ein großes Problem - Sie können einander nicht leiden!
Dora, die Teenage-Tochter träumt davon endlich volljährig zu werden und bei X Factor aufzutreten. Ihr Bruder Peter, der sich selbst nur Oscar nennt, ist ganz anders als seine Schwester. Über ihn ist der Geist von Oscar Wilde gekommen und nun gibt er sich wie ein Dandy. Mo, die Mutter der Familie, ist vollkommen ausgelaugt. Der graue Alltag hat sie so sehr aufgesogen, dass kein Farbklecks mehr übrig blieb, an dem sie si
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Jen
I bought this book for my Mum and then borrowed it to read myself. I really like Dawn French and so I had high hopes for this, her first fiction novel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Despite the personal feel of the epistolary style, the characters felt flat and one-dimensional, almost caricatures. Their collective personal redemption at the end felt forced. I had no sympathy for the character of Dora at all, and the conceit of Peter channeling Oscar Wilde was amusing at first but got old pr ...more
Megan Baxter
English family life in the key of shrill.

Ugh.

This book seems to take as its premise that not only are teenagers constantly (and I mean constantly) at a fever pitch of screaming and hating their parents, but also that that emotional lability (screw you, Goodreads, that is too a word) and immaturity and utter lack of self-awareness continues through everyone's entire lives.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I
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Helen Moorhouse
At first, I couldn't suppress a slight sinking feeling of disappointment as I read this and simply saw Adrian Mole coming back off the page towards me. Except this time, Adrian Mole in three different formats - a woman on the cusp of her fiftieth birthday fraught with the realisation that age is getting the better of her; a typical parent-hating, insecure teen and her sibling, a Stephen Fry-light, camper than a row of tents-style Oscar Wilde obsessive who speaks in C19th parlance.
As I read on ho
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Sarah Goodwin
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Sara
Scritto sotto forma di diario a tre (per ultimo quattro) mani, è una divertentissima incursione nella vita sgangherata di una famiglia inglese, dove tutto è così strambo da essere perfino troppo, per una singola casa. Dora è un po’ grandina per essere a tal punto tonta, ma resta l’indiscutibile protagonista del quadro, mezza caricatura della gggiovane squinzia di oggi indaffarata tra Facebook e X-Factor e mezza vittima della crisi di mezza età della madre, la quale, dopo aver presentato la situa ...more
Nicola
I am a big fan of Dawn French and had high hopes for this book, especially after thoroughly enjoying her autobiography. Was a little disappointed though if I am honest. It took me quite a while to get into it and it just wasn't as funny as I expected it to be.

There are three man characters each telling their story through diary form, Mo - the mother, Dora the teenage daughter and Oscar - the flamboyant, Oscar Wilde obsessed son. In many reviews Dora has been cruised quite badly and to begin wit
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Emma
Expected a bit more humour from Dawn French. I suppose it was quite funny, but not clever funny, instead we were supposed to laugh at the mundane-ness of life. The mother and the daughter characters both annoyed me, they were totally self-involved and their relationship felt very unrealistic. The teenage son was the most amusing bit but again was an unrealistic character. I felt the author was out of touch with what "real-world" families are like today, but maybe that was because there wasn't a ...more
M
The more I think about this book, the less I like it. For me, this was a book about nothing. When I got to the end I simply thought, "Oh" and picked up my next book. The story (is there one?) doesn't seem to develop the characters beyond the obvious (and I really thought Dawn French was far too clever to go for the obvious, but it seems I was wrong), and I kept waiting for something to draw me in, something to make me care, but it just didn't happen. The language was really irritating - in my th ...more
Zuzana
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Les
Dawn French, absurdly witty, hilarious, and otherwise charming woman that she is knows how to write a properly dysfunctional family. While the characterizations where a bit too predictable, a bit too decided and unrealistic, they did not fail to make me smile, and hold my attention. The journal-like narrative that bounced between the family members got confusing, but served well as the right way to tell this sort of tale. Third-person narration wouldn't have done it justice. While I was expectin ...more
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