this is a harrowing novel, but absolutely beautifully written. it's a book everyone should read, particularly prGUT-PUNCH! (consider yourself warned.)
this is a harrowing novel, but absolutely beautifully written. it's a book everyone should read, particularly privileged people of the western world - those who enjoy freedom, democracy, personal rights and liberties. (not to sound scolding or finger-wagging. but...we really have no idea and get caught up in the smallest annoyances and pettinesses. things that are not life-and-death issues, yet are responded to as though they are.
if you are looking for a fictional, though believable, glimpse of lives in afghanistan under the taliban, read this novel....more
I am not totally sure of my thoughts on this novel yet. The writing is beautiful and conveys mood and feeling beautifully. I was distracted often by tI am not totally sure of my thoughts on this novel yet. The writing is beautiful and conveys mood and feeling beautifully. I was distracted often by the, in my opinion, over-abundance of similes. This is a sad story with several different arcs of sorrow, distress and woe woven into one melancholy tale.
this was an interesting reading experience, and i am wavering between 3- and 4-stars... but i rounded up because i have the feeling this is going to bthis was an interesting reading experience, and i am wavering between 3- and 4-stars... but i rounded up because i have the feeling this is going to be a book that sits with me for a while, becoming better with distance.
ferrante does a great job evoking a time and place, and i enjoy these characters a lot. in fact, i was glad to have book #2 on hand so i could begin it immediately after finishing my brilliant friend. "what happens??" - i needed to know. the ending of MBF was almost cinematic.
my only quibble with the book had to do with the language of the prose - and here i am just not sure if it's a translation thing, or if it has to do with the neighbourhood dialect that is mentioned several times in the book? i wish my italian was stronger so that i could read the original. some of the phrases felt very clunky, as well as feeling grammatically backwards. so i just don't know if this was a specific stylistic choice by the author, or if something happened in translation?
i have not read a lot of italian fiction, so my knowledge in this area of literature is not great. but ferrante has given readers a wonderful glimpse at a group of people just doing what they can to get by, in a poor neighbourhood of naples. life is messy and complicated and hard, particularly so for young girls in post-war italy. because of their lack of money, all they really have to get by on is their intelligence (whether book smarts, or street/life smarts), and hope that there will be a way out of their tough lives. (there is an awful lot of yelling and fighting in the story - the characters are feisty, but it left me wondering about the abuse - which is, of course, brutal and sad.)
I am not sure what I think. Initially, I loved it. Then, I really didn't like it. Then, thinking about the book made me irritable. Then, Thinking abouI am not sure what I think. Initially, I loved it. Then, I really didn't like it. Then, thinking about the book made me irritable. Then, Thinking about the book made me feel like a totally less than evolved reader. Then, I loved it again. The reading wasn't as challenging as I thought it would be - given all the ink spilled about this book, but the playing with style, particularly during the mid-portion of the book, was enough to make one feel wobbly and unsure. 3.5 stars for now but I will continue to think on this story....more