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The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
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Aug 18, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from August 05 to 11, 2012

I enjoyed this book despite my sincere hatred for the main character. When Olga's husband declares he's leaving her one day after lunch, she goes circus-freak crazy: body-slamming her ex on the sidewalk, defecating  in the park, smashing her neighbor's window, and talking smut to locksmiths. Yes, she was traumatized. No, I wouldn't want to find myself in her place. Nevertheless, I began to despise her when she whipped her dog repeatedly with a stick simply because she was a woman scorned. I found her neurosis exceedingly annoying, and felt myself rooting for her total demise. She was, in my opinion, too pathetic to care for. 

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