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Noi due come un romanzo

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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  188 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Emma sta per raggiungere la fatidica soglia dei cinquanta, ha un figlio adolescente, un ex marito e una brillante carriera, quando decide di rivoluzionare la sua vita - e quella di molti altri. Nei locali avuti in eredità da una zia, nel cuore di Milano, apre una libreria: si chiama "Sogni&Bisogni" e venderà solo libri d'amore... "Sogni&Bisogni" diventa presto il r ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published 2010 by Mondadori (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alta
I only read this book because someone gave it to me--but I should say that it is better than the title makes it sound. By the way, the English title was given by the American publisher--the original title is less cheesy: "Noi due come un romanzo." Initially, I hated it because it seemed like a formulaic story: middle-age woman has a crisis and opens a bookstore, then meets former high-school boyfriend (now married) and begins an epistolary romance (he's in NYC, she's in Milan) while attending to ...more
Paperback Dolls
Previously posted at Paperback Dolls.com

P.O. Box Love was an interesting read. Even after two day I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not sure what I expected after reading the blurb we got from the author. It sounded interesting, and the story was. I just never fell in love with it. It needed more emotion.

P.O. Box Love is written as love letters and a story. Meaning part of the time you’re reading love letters between two characters and the other time you’re reading the story from the main fe
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★Loredana★
Diceva Holden Caulfield, nel celeberrimo romanzo di Salinger, "quelli che mi lasciano proprio senza fiato sono i libri che quando li hai finiti di leggere vorresti che l'autore fosse un tuo amico per la pelle e poterlo chiamare al telefono tutte le volte che ti gira."
Ecco, questo libro è per me un esempio che calza a pennello con questa citazione... e la protagonista di questo romanzo, l'adorabile signora Emma, sembra uscita da un romanzo d'appendice d'altri tempi, sembra fuori contesto ai giorn
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Lora Mays
Calvetti has crafted a magical tale about the promise of love — and how true love can be sparked with a little attention and patience. Through her whimsical writing style, you can feel Calvetti’s passion for literary masterpieces and Emma is perhaps the most knowledgeable bookstore owner ever when it comes to romance novels. It is a story that will take you away to a romance story of yesteryear, of one that is simplified through classic letter-writing techniques rather than the hustle and bustle ...more
Teresa Crumpton
P.O. Box Love was an interesting read. Even after two day I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not sure what I expected after reading the blurb we got from the author. It sounded interesting, and the story was. I just never fell in love with it. It needed more emotion.

P.O. Box Love is written as love letters and a story. Meaning part of the time you’re reading love letters between two characters and the other time you’re reading the story from the main female’s POV. The main characters are Emma
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Julianna
Mar 05, 2012 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Literary or Epistolary Love Stories
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I agreed to review P. O. Box Love because it was billed as a romance and the theme of reunited loves is a favorite of mine. It definitely is a love story, however, I will caution my fellow romance readers that this is a literary romance rather than a genre romance. When I first started reading the book and realized this, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not, but in the end was very pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was. P. O. Box Love is the story of two
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Cynthia Archer
What a lovely book! There are some books that I rush through and can't wait to finish to find out what happens. This was not one of those. Much like a glass of wine or a luscious slice of cheesecake, I enjoyed savoring this story. I purposely put it down at times to be able to appreciate some of the thoughts and experiences. I did want to know the ending, but I didn't want the book to end. I loved the setting, the characters and the reality of the story. Maybe because I am Emma's age, or perhaps ...more
Ann
When is the last time you wrote a letter. I mean a real snail mail letter? These days with email, instant messaging, and social networking why would someone pick up a pen and paper? It is a dying art. Paola Calvetti takes us this very scenario in her fifth novel, P.O. Box love. Set in Milan Italy the protagonist, Emma, opens an old fashion bookstore. The inventory is kept in a ledger along with the financial books. The store, Dreams & Desires, doesn’t even have a website. Emma has filled the ...more
Alice
un'idea molto originale, la libreria dedicata agli amori. sarebbe quasi da fare davvero...

un libro dai personaggi minori indimenticabili, mentre la vicenda amorosa non è nemmeno la prima protagonista (e, sinceramente, neanche un gran che, un po' scontata). E' il trionfo dell'amore per i libri, del recupero dei tempi lenti, dei rapporti umani, delle chiacchiere tra vicini, del piacere di prendere un tè insieme.

qualche idea infelice (un negozio piccolo che fa libreria, bar, fioraio? e poi un albe
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Andres
P.O Box Love: A Novel of Letters is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. It’s been a while since I read this book, but I still think it’s awesome. It is about books, about love, about people and words.

Emma is a librarian. At the age of 50 she opens a bookstore, but not just any kind of bookstore. Sogni & Besogni sells only love books. Her love for books is transformed into a library of love that gathers around itself hearts, souls in search of beauty, fulfillment and hope. The lib
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Loretta Milan
I flew to Milan, one of my favourite cities, recently and enjoyed the companionship of P.O Box Love by Paola Calvetti during breaks between activities such as trying to work out what the ‘Swallows Nest’ art installation at the Sforza Castle was about and taking in the subtext of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

P.O Box Love, an Italian romance set in Milan and translated into English, is about a passionate bookseller called Emma Valentini whose life is an antidote to the pace of our present Centu
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Ricki
Paola Calvetti (English translation by Anne Milano Appel) has woven a wonderful tale about the promise of love, and how true love can be sparked with patience and a little attention. You can feel the author's passion for writing! It is a story that will take you back in time to a romance story of time gone by, one of hand written missives vs. the elctronic emails and text messages of this modern world.
Whatsername
Ritrovare l'amore a cinquant'anni è come scoprirsi di nuovo adolescenti...Tutto gira intorno al passato, e al presente ma non si pensa mai al futuro, ad una conseguenza di un azione.
Si vive e basta!
Emma se lo chiede a volte che cosa fare del futuro e anche Federico, ma subito ricoprono questo pensiero continuando a vivere solo per quel 10 aprile...Brava Paola!
Sono curiosa di leggere altri suoi libri!
61pat
mia figlia ha letto il libro per prima e mi ha detto:"ti piacerà" Mi conosce bene e sa che gli ingredienti giusti ci sono tutti: i libri, una storia d'amore e un finale .. come piace a me!
Elisa
Di Paola Calvetti avevo letto N con te, n senza di te: bellissimo libro. Questo, invece, proprio no. Zuccheroso, patetico e a dir poco inverosimile. E' la storia d'amore (ci vogliono proprio le virgolette) zuccherosissima e inverosimile tra due cinquantenni che si ritrovano pi di trent'anni dopo un flirt al liceo, si scrivono lettere noiose e si incontrano una volta l'anno in un piccolo albergo in Francia. Inoltre, i dialoghi dei personaggi sono a dir poco inverosimili: parlano come racconti di ...more
Paola Calvetti
Aug 17, 2011 Paola Calvetti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I've written it and I love it...
Sabine
Eins vorweg – mich konnte dieses Buch leider nicht überzeugen, vielleicht aber auch weil meine Erwartungen einfach zu hoch waren. Viel hat es aber auch mit dem Schreibstil zu tun, der mich gar nicht angesprochen hat. Er ist sehr blumig, für mich auch umständlich und irgendwie kommt die Autorin nicht auf den Punkt. Alles wird sehr genau beschrieben und berichtet, dadurch konnte ich mir zwar alles genau vorstellen, aber dadurch wurden viele Abschnitte einfach langatmig und langweilig.
Die Idee der
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Luna
Circa a tre quarti, avevo l'impressione che, pur essendo scritto bellissimo, fosse un polpettone romantico e buonista..... ma poi ci ho riflettuto, ed ho capito che siamo cos abituati alle cose che vanno male, agli inganni, alle disillusioni, che il fatto che una persona sia se stessa, serena pur nelle sue contraddizioni, buona, e testona, stride con la vita che leggiamo sui giornali e sulle cronache. Il libro bello. E' semplice, e parla di una persona che crede in quello che fa e che bella de ...more
Nicoletta
Ho abbandonato questo libro perchè è troppo melenso e prevedibile per i miei gusti.
Kia76
Una storia d'amore "maturo" molto dolce e tenera. Bellissima la storia della "rinascita" di Emma, cinquantenne proprietaria di una libreria fuori dal comune a Milano. Quanto l'ho invidiata per aver realizzato quello che anche il MIO sogno! Meriterebbe anche mezza stellina in pi per gli spunti di letture d'amore che offre... (da ritrovare anche nel sito internet dedicato al libro) Una nota stonata, ma magari solo per me: l'ostinazione anti-tecnologica di Emma, il rifiuto di tenersi al passo con i ...more
Ana
After reading a few other reviews, this book is getting shelved. The writing is oddly florid in a "did not translate well" sort-of way. Add to that a somewhat tepid affair between former high school sweethearts, one who is STILL married, and you have a formula for distasteful of the highest level.

Despite the title, resist the urge, oh ye romantics and letter-writers. This book is not for you.
Elalma
Difficile scrivere storie d'amore senza essere banali e senza annoiare. La premessa era buona, perch un amore cartaceo tra due cinquantenni senz'altro poco usuale. Per dopo un buon incipit, arguto e divertente, in cui si racconta della piccola libreria che incanta i lettori romantici, la storia deviata un po' sul patetico, fino a essere scontata e leggermente melensa. ...more
Marlène Moutenet
La traduction en français est très mauvaise, la syntaxe semble parfois passée aux oubliettes... Les descriptions de Milan, de la librairie, la Morgan et de Belle-Île sont pourtant délicieuses!
L'histoire traine, s'éternise et tourne autour du pot ! Ce fut laborieux de mener cette lecture au bout, mais ce livre n'est pas mauvais en soit.
Michelle
I didn't believe in these characters at all. They and the story felt incredibly flat to me. I felt like 50% of the book was quotes or references taken from other pieces of literature. It just didn't do it for me.
Sheila
The best thing about this book is that the main character opened a bookstore in Italy. I did not like the characters very much and I didn't like the ending at all.
Scarlett
I'm not sure if I like or dislike this book. The main issue that I got with this book is that the charcaters don't have a clear voice on their own.
Emily
defenitally not worth reading. this story didnt grip me at all and took me forever to finish. so happy its finally over!
Jiexin
Lack of emotions involved making it quite dull and description heavy. not really my type of book
Nicole
This book was okay. It is a very slow read and it was hard to follow the story.
Gudrun Gunnarsdóttir
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Paola Calvetti was born in Milan, Italy. She was educated at Liceo Linguistico A. Manzoni (Languages School) and graduated in DAMS (Drama, Art and Music Studies) at Bologna’s University.

After leaving school she wrote her first book Lo spazio fantastico (Emme Edizioni) dedicated to dance and mime for children.Calvetti is married. She has two children, a boy and a girl.
After graduation, she started
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