It's been awhile since last reading this book but it teaches a valuable lesson in trusting your "women's intuition" - your gut, by telling different sIt's been awhile since last reading this book but it teaches a valuable lesson in trusting your "women's intuition" - your gut, by telling different stories about women who have been attacked, etc.
Mostly, what I learned from it was not to be afraid of hurting someone's feelings or feel uncomfortable about trusting that feeling and getting out of the situation. Better safe then sorry, chances are better that you were right....more
This is a beautifully written book and wonderfully insightful. Not one to be read too fast, but one to savor chapter by chapter. Her words just flow oThis is a beautifully written book and wonderfully insightful. Not one to be read too fast, but one to savor chapter by chapter. Her words just flow off the page and into your heart.
I think all women should read it at the point where they get out on their own or married. Re-read it again then again, because as we grow individually, the book will resonate differently with each read, but is important. For a reminder that it is important to make the time to be alone, so you can be a better, stronger person for yourself and those you love. And, how normal and beautiful it is that our closest relationships change, grow and move forward with time. (Oh, and I think men should give it a read too, but maybe once they become husbands!)
This is one woman's journey of collecting sea shells during a vacation and reflecting on life. There are so many aspects of this book in it's short pages, you simply have to read it to understand. Mostly, I love how it made me reflect on the similarities and differences between life and household duties in mine, my mom's and my grandma's generations....more
THE FRAGMENT OF A THRILLER -- SILVIA BALLESTRA (5 stars) EVERYONE IS A PAIN IN THE ASS -- CAMILLA BARESANI (4 stars) THE TIME TEDITED BY MARTHA KING.
THE FRAGMENT OF A THRILLER -- SILVIA BALLESTRA (5 stars) EVERYONE IS A PAIN IN THE ASS -- CAMILLA BARESANI (4 stars) THE TIME THAT MINA KISSED ME-- ROSANNA CAMPO (3 stars) LETTERS TO LUISSA-- PAOLA CAPRIOLO (2 stars) "Luisa, darling, My days drag by in infinite boredom. Time, as we know, grows longer and shorter, and every time in a way opposite to our desires, since there is not an instant that it doesn’t seem to go too slowly or too quickly. If I were you I would lodge a complaint about it to that Lord above, assuming you are still on good terms. My time grows longer, Luisa, it lengthens immeasurably. The moments proceed with the sluggish pace of a turtle, and my yearning for the piano increases from day to day. It happens sometimes, after dinner, that the prison becomes totally silent, as though everyone were sleeping. Then I take the violin, approach one of the screened windows and begin to play in the hope of being heard by the unknown pianist. Even at night I sometimes play for her, when the veiled gleam of the torches no longer illuminates the courtyard. It’s a sort of summons I fling out to her through the narrow lunette, or rather, a spider web I weave to capture her. Who knows if it won’t persuade her to return to her instrument for a little bit, and even to make her understand that there exists in the world a better music than she is accustomed to? I devote myself to this project with the unlimited patience of someone who has nothing else to do." HAPPY NEW YEAR!-- ANTONELLA CILENTO (2 stars) THE ANGELS-- EMILIA CIRILLO (4 stars) SKELETONS WITHOUT CLOSETS-- CARMEN COVITO (2 stars) NORTHERN HILLS-- MARIA ROSA CUTRUFELLI (2 stars) DELIA'S ELEVATOR-- ELENA FERRANTE (2 stars) BARE TO THE SUN-- MARGHERITA GIACOBINO (4 stars) LETTERS TO MANOLA-- MARGARET MAZZANTINI (4 stars) Manola, I ask you: Do you think there’s a place that collects all of our stray thoughts? And is Thought still the same, wavering over our heads like a swarm of wasps looking, at random, for a way inside a skull? PRIVATE PROPERTY-- MELANIA G. MAZZUCCO (3 stars) LORD BLAND'S MANSION-- MARTA MORAZZONI (3 stars) NIGHTS OWLS-- LAURA PARIANI (5stars) JOÃO FREITAS-- ROMANA PETRI (5stars-favorite) WOMEN AT THE POOL-- SANDRA PETRIGNANI THE TRUCK-- ELISABETTA RASY ANIMALS-- MONICA SARSINI THE GOOD DAUGHTER-- CLARA SERENI MONDAY AGAIN-- SUSANNA TAMARO BEHIND THE PORT-- VALERIA VIGANÒ THE WOMAN ON THE CLIFFS-- SIMONA VINCI ...more
At first I was thinking I wouldn’t want to read a big book about a marriage’s up and downs, but I got hooked on the characters during my kindle sampleAt first I was thinking I wouldn’t want to read a big book about a marriage’s up and downs, but I got hooked on the characters during my kindle sample. I’m glad I ended up reading it because, wow. Beautiful story. Enduring loves. Raw. Honest. Emotional. Heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful at the same time. I will remember these characters and their stories for a long time.
I would suggest not reading reviews, or the book club discussion questions & interview with the author at the end of the book, before you get to read it yourself, so that nothing is given away that may alter your reading experience ;)
I really enjoyed reading this book and the author's writing style. It took me a long time to get through but only because it fell during a part of theI really enjoyed reading this book and the author's writing style. It took me a long time to get through but only because it fell during a part of the summer where I haven't found a lot of time to read. Coincidentally, it turned out to be a great summer read.
some favorite quotes:
“The words given voice inside the mind are not always clear, however; they can be gentle and elliptical, what the prophets call the bat qol, the daughter of the voice of God, she who speaks in whispers and half-seen images.”
“Holmes had cultivated the ability to still the noise of the mind, by smoking his pipe and playing nontunes on the violin. He once compared this mental state with the sort of passive seeing that enables the eye, in a dim light or at a great distance, to grasp details with greater clarity by focusing slightly to one side of the object of interest. When active, strained vision only obscures and frustrates, looking away often permits the eyes to see and interpret the shapes of what it sees. Thus does inattention allow the mind to register the still, small whisper of the daughter of the voice.”
“You cannot help being a female, and I should be something of a fool were I to discount your talents merely because of their housing.”
“Impossibility is a log thrown on the fires of love.” ...more