The Days of Abandonment
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The Days of Abandonment happens.
The atmosphere of this book is far more powerful than the sum of each of its words. The shape of the telling fits the theme perfectly, and the honesty of Olga, the narrator, allows the reader to share in her experience, to look through every line, to gaze downward and feel the vertigo of the depths, the ...more
I first heard about Elena Ferrante about a year ago when everyone seemed to read her Neapolitan saga . So I joined the club too and read My brilliant friend , the first installment of the series . I pretty liked that one though to be honest sometimes I was lost in the plethora of names and constantly confused who was who and with whom . I didn’t find the language especially captivating but it was nicely written and I hadn’t any problem with reading it . But if I had to indicate any reservation ...more
The stage is set with everything at its right place. The lunch is prepared, served and without further ado, an unexpected and grievous announcement is made from across the table with a nonchalance rightly belonging to some stranger rather than that one dear person who shared with you yet another embarrassingly funny tale of his teenage self as a ...more
It is easy to say that the build-up to Olga’s sense of abandonment and her descent into the abyss of her psychological breakdown couldn’t quite hold together after her abrupt transformation back into normality underscored by a sense of contained pain; I don’t know how to put it adequately (I'm feeling as inadequate as people say they do when they review Stoner) but there is something entirely missing from the bigger picture that could, sa ...more
Was this Ferrante speaking through her main character, Olga? The mom ...more
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In the awful process of abandonment, Olga very nearly destroys herself. Her husband was truly scum, but his effects of his actions continue out of Olga's fear and rage.
I respect the emotional power and depth of his book, but I doubt I will quickly return to Ferrante's ...more
One April afternoon, right after lunch, my husband announced that he wanted to leave me.
And so begins Olga's descent into the heart of her own darkness. The Days of Abandonment packs a wallop of tension and cringe-inducing desperation into 188 pages of elegantly-rendered narrative. This isn't the story of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, this is THE nervous breakdown, in all its raw ugliness. We may tut-tut as we read Olga's hair-raising mayhem, but really, isn't this what we fear, i ...more
Elena Ferrante is an author I would never have checked out in the first place, if it wasn't for the fact that this book in particular was recommended to me by a bookish friend I trust. I mean let's be honest, that cover doesn't do this book any justice - it's terrible. And I know people say you should never judge a book by its cover, but most people I guarantee would have. This is why I implore all of you to read this book.
This is the depiction of one woman, Olga, and how she deals (o ...more
I simply couldn't stand Olga. She's definitely ...more
"Existence is a start of joy, a stab of pain, an intense pleasure, veins that pulse under the skin, there is no other truth to tell."
Abandonment. Loneliness. Rejection. How do we survive them? How does Olga survive, when her husband leaves her for a younger woman after fifteen years of marriage? By stepping outside of herself. She lets herself see. But is it only when we find ourselves tired of ourselves that we think to see outside of ourselves? And when we finally make this step, whe ...more
Ferrante seems to have captured any and all emotions and behaviors that might arise ...more
"these women are stupid. Cultured women, in comfortable circumstances, they broke like knickknacks in the hands of their straying men. They seemed to me sentimental fools: I wanted to be different, I wanted to write stories about women with resources, women of invincible words, not a manual for the abandoned wife with her lost love at the top of her thoughts"
When we read a novel by an African-American auth ...more
this is a perfect book. furious and terrifying, possessed of an unrelenting and unrelentingly nightmarish forward motion the likes of which i've never in a "domestic drama" (and rarely anywhere). just plain startlingly great. i nearly had a psychotic break in the middle, i think... had to take a break and walk around the lake.
Όπως έχει δηλώσει στη Lifo η Σταυρούλα Παπασπύρου, έχουμε να κάνουμε με μια συγγραφέα φάντασμα που έγινε θρύλος. Κανείς δεν τη ξέρει, δεν την έχει δει από κοντά και μάλιστα μπορεί να είναι ακόμη και άντρας ή πολλά άτομα πίσω από το όνομα Έλενα Φεράντε. Με μεγάλη ανυπομονησία αναμένουμε και τους νέους τίτλους της που θα κυκλοφορήσουν από τις εκδόσεις Πατάκη, από την άνοιξη.
Μέρες εγκατάλειψης. Ήδη ο τίτλος του βιβλίου μας δίνει να καταλάβουμε πολύ καλά περι ...more
Basically the Neapolitan novels render this book completely obsolete. It’s like a crude test drive for the character of Elena.
Elena is called Olga in this novel and is the woman from hell. A kind of fantasy creation of how we might behave in our most self-indulgent, man-hating and self-pitying incarnation. Essentially she’s an educated thirty eight woman who behaves like an adolescent crackhead. I could imagine Meryl Streep playing her in a film, except the film I saw would have been a ...more
Η Ολγα ειναι ενας χαρακτηρας που δεν ειχες την τυχη να την γνωρισεις σε μια καλη εποχη στην ζωη της, για αυτο και οτι ειδες απο εκεινη ηταν λερωμενο με την βρωμα της εγκαταλειψης και της α ...more
Oh, you know – surprisingly subversive.
Raises the run of the mill story up a notch, and Ferrante is such a household name dealing with household themes.
Of course, this one is about dealing with infidelity.
Can I read you a passage from an article about Ferrante’s Neopolitan novels? It’s about their ‘trite’ covers, have you seen them? It was published in The Atlantic. Hmm. I’ll just go ahead. ‘But while Ferrante’s covers are definitely trite, ...more
In a clear and non-pitying tone, Olga relates this: “One April afternoon, right after lunch, my husband announced that he wanted to leave me. He did it while we were cl ...more
The Kübler-Ross model first introduced by Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying
wherein the five stages of coping with grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Sub-consciously I could see all of these stages coming alive in this book and then ticking them of.
It is funny as I write the lines above, to think that theorizing something like grief, or loss could make it less harsh or more bearable.
I am sure it does ...more
I don't think I've ever read about abandonment in such a way. Realistic in it's dream-like anguish and rage - but extreme and frightening, the protagonist struggles to regain equilibrium and identity after her husband leaves her for a much younger woman (almost still a teenager). I once read that when couples divorce they'll often feel like they're losing their minds. Because when you become so intertwined with your par ...more
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Ferrante is the author of a half dozen novels, including The Lost Daughter (originally published as La figlia oscura, 2006).
In 2012, Europa Editions began publication of English translations of Ferrante's "Neapolitan Novels", a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and ...more