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Michael Finocchiaro

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Having grown up in Miami and attended University of Florida (Proud to be a Florida Gator!), Michael moved around the US a bit before settling in Paris, France in 1996 where he has lived ever since. He works in IT but travels as much as he can, knows the Louvre like the back of his hand, attends awesome art classes at the Louvre, and has published one book, Sophie's Playlist. ...more

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Michael Finocchiaro I would have to say I have several favorite fictional couples:
1/ Leopold and Molly Bloom of Joyce's Ulysses because despite the fact we never see them…more
I would have to say I have several favorite fictional couples:
1/ Leopold and Molly Bloom of Joyce's Ulysses because despite the fact we never see them together, they are such well-developed characters and Molly's monologue in Episode 18 "Penelope" is one of the most beautiful chapter I have ever read.
2/ Kit Traverse and Dahlia Rideout in Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon because I was totally jealous of Kit and crazy about Dahlia and loved how Pynchon wrote their stories. I took a lot of inspiration from this book (and all of Pynchon's work) in writing Sophie's Playlist.
3/ Mickey Sabbath and Drenka in Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth because despite their depravity, there was true love between them and probably was the only true love that either of these characters ever truly gave and received.
4/ Jay Gatsby and Daisy Fay Buchanon in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald because no list of couples would not be complete without that of the fatal encounter between the Great Gatsby and his literal femme fatale, Daisy. (less)
Michael Finocchiaro From my reading and from incidents in my life. Various people and situations that I have known and lived are spread across all the pages. The writing …moreFrom my reading and from incidents in my life. Various people and situations that I have known and lived are spread across all the pages. The writing styles of Pynchon and Roth among others helped me in structuring the narrative and using my own story somewhat distorted helped me find my voice. I tried to give each of my three characters a unique vote ce of their own and hope I succeeded. Up to my readers to tell me!(less)
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Fino’s 2020 Pulitzer Prediction

I have been working my way backward through winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and have read back to 1980 (Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer). For 202o, I have read the 15 books that pprize.com predicted would be considered for the prize and runner-ups on 4 May 2020. Below is my analysis of this year’s candidates and my own predictions as to who will win and be shortlisted.


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Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro said: " [August 2020] Rereading this now in my Pulitzer quest. Wow, as amazingly confusing as the first time around!
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Making Connections: 5110. - SOPHIE'S PLAYLIST (The Gramble Chronicles I) by Michael Finocchiaro 1 14 Jan 13, 2018 07:43PM  
“I believe that words uttered in passion contain a greater living truth than do those words which express thoughts rationally conceived. It is blood that moves the body. Words are not meant to stir the air only: they are capable of moving greater things.”
Natsume Soseki, Kokoro

“You seem to be under the impression that there is a special breed of bad humans. There is no such thing as a stereotype bad man in this world. Under normal conditions, everybody is more or less good, or, at least, ordinary. But tempt them, and they may suddenly change. That is what is so frightening about men.”
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“I do not want your admiration now, because I do not want your insults in the future. I bear with my loneliness now, in order to avoid greater loneliness in the years ahead. You see, loneliness is the price we have to pay for being born in this modern age, so full of freedom, independence, and our own egotistical selves.”
Natsume Sōseki, Kokoro

“It is painfully easy to define human beings. They are beings who, for no good reason at all, create their own unnecessary suffering.”
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“Living as I do with human beings, the more that I observe them, the more I am forced to conclude that they are selfish.”
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Luís Thank you, Michael. I've created a new account.


message 82: by Lesle

Lesle You asked about One question though, Brokeback Mountain was a short story by Annie Proulx. What did McMurtry have to do with that?

Larry McMurtry wrote the screenplay for Brokeback.


message 81: by Michael

Michael Finocchiaro Sorry for the super late reply. I love that Cyrano story. I have actually never read Cyrano. I know the nose tirade though because both my kids had to memorize it for school in 4th grade!
Peter wrote: "Fino!

Dude, you crack me up!

So, you decide that you are gonna read The Bad Girl. But you feel that due diligence first requires that you read The Perpetual Orgy, which in turn then shoulders y..."



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Michael Finocchiaro Denise wrote: "Hi Michael, I recommended an M/M book to you by mistake. I got carried away with my clicking ! Just ignore it if you aren't interested.
I don't think it is one of your interests, so, I apologise. ..."

No worries Denise. I read one once and, you are right, not exactly my fave. Thanks anyway!


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Denise H. Hi Michael, I recommended an M/M book to you by mistake. I got carried away with my clicking ! Just ignore it if you aren't interested.
I don't think it is one of your interests, so, I apologise. Have a wonderful week. :)


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Mya Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I hope you are having a wonderful new year and I can't wait to chat books with you soon. I noticed we had been following each other's reviews for a while and thought we would be great friends to discuss books together.


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Jim I confirmed you friend request, thanks for sending it. It appears private messages are turned off for your account? Anyway, I look forward to more of your reviews.


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Michael Finocchiaro You are wonderful, insightful, brilliant and amazing too Alyssa - Merci beaucoup!

Alyssa Lockwood wrote: "Hello! Dropping by to let you know that you're such an awesome and marvelous friend! ♡


Have a fantastic weekend and happy reading!


~ Alyssa ~"



message 75: by Michael

Michael Finocchiaro Hey Peter,
Actually, I read Bovary in French but Orgy and Bad Girl in English. They were fucking amazing. Thanks for the compliments. I am sort of between careers and have had the time to feed my reading obsession - lucky me! Aside from being trolled occasionally here on GR, enjoying the tracking of my reading and gathering other input into my reviews.
Sorry for the late reply but I never got a notification of your comment via GR :(

Peter wrote: "Fino!

Dude, you crack me up!

So, you decide that you are gonna read The Bad Girl. But you feel that due diligence first requires that you read The Perpetual Orgy, which in turn then shoulders y..."



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Alyssa Hello! Dropping by to let you know that you're such an awesome and marvelous friend! ♡
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Peter Warshaw Fino!

Dude, you crack me up!

So, you decide that you are gonna read The Bad Girl. But you feel that due diligence first requires that you read The Perpetual Orgy, which in turn then shoulders you with the obligation not of merely reading Madame Bovary, but REREADING Madame Bovary! The Herculean effort of it all…where DO you find the time? Are you retired? Oh, and by the way, did you then, just to add to your effort, read the Flaubert in French and the Llosa in Spanish!? LOL! (I have not, by the way, forgotten that you told me that you do, in fact, read in French, so I am only half-joking. Do you read in Spanish as well?)

The closest that I ever came to this kind of (enjoyable) self-flagellation does not even compare in intensity but is, I think, a fun anecdote.

When the Royal Shakespeare Company came to NYC to perform, I went to see them. In addition to Shakespeare they played Cyrano de Bergerac. (I believe – not totally sure, though – that it was Derek Jacobi, whom I adore as an actor, in the lead role.) Apparently the RSC was not sufficiently impressed, however, with the Brain Hooker(?) translation which had up until that time been used almost exclusively for English-language productions of Cyrano, and so hired none other than Anthony Burgess (who, until that time, was unknown to me as other than a novelist) to retranslate it.

So, before going to see the play I read the Hooker and the Burgess translations. Preferred the latter.

Sadly, I have just learned (today!) that Burgess did major edits to his own translation, and that both his original translation and the re-edited version are out as books. Shit. That means that I have one more to read that I was unaware of!

Anyway, the due diligence of reading two Cyranos – both rather short if I remember correctly – pales in comparison to lining up Madame Bovary, The Perpetual Orgy, and The Bad Girl as a “trilogy”. You are making me look very, very bad, sir! Keep it up. I now have all three of the above books on my “To Read” list! Thank you.

Peter


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Cathy Austin Check out Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking. Fiction to the next level. Shiver-y.


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Pam Hey Le_Fino :) Just wanted to drop by and say THANKS so much for the friend-vite! I have to apologize for not responding sooner real life has taken me hostage! **btw ~ GR notifications doesn't like me very much, so if you reply back on your wall they won't let me know, I just don't want you to think I am ignoring you. Feel free and stop by my wall or drop me a message any time! Look forward to chatting with you


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Frances Thank you le_fino for the friend request! Happy reading!


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Michael Finocchiaro Ketaki wrote: "Thank you for the friendvite!!"
Thanks for accepting! Happy reading!


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Michael Finocchiaro Mitticus wrote: "Salut! thanks for the friend-vite :)"
Merci pour de l'avoir accepté!


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Michael Finocchiaro ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~ wrote: "Thanks for inviting me to be your friend, Le_Fino. I'm always looking for new reads for the tbr mountain.

I think you might like this quote considering your recent 5-star read:

“Rainy days should..."

Superb quote, thanks! There is so much beautiful wisdom in C&H. My son and I laugh like crazy nearly every night at the high jinx and cuddle at the cute moments. :)
Thanks for accepting my FR :)


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Michael Finocchiaro Liz* Fashionably Late wrote: "Hi (: Thanks for the friendvite!"You are more than welcome! Thanks for accepting!


Liz* Fashionably Late Hi (: Thanks for the friendvite!


~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~ Thanks for inviting me to be your friend, Le_Fino. I'm always looking for new reads for the tbr mountain.

I think you might like this quote considering your recent 5-star read:

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”
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Alyssa Happy New Year!

May 2017 be filled with Happiness, Laughter, Love, Friendships, and more great Books! :D


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Rakhi Dalal Thanks for the friend invite, Le Fino! It was a pleasure going through our common books :)


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Diego G Le_Fino, thanks so much for accepting the request. I greatly enjoyed looking through your shelves and reading some of your reviews. I look forward to sharing our opinions on books!

Merry Christmas!


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Michael Finocchiaro Stacy wrote: "Merry Christmas Le_Fino!!!!"
Same to you Stacy!


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Stacy Merry Christmas Le_Fino!!!!


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Michael Finocchiaro Thanks Samra - I wish you the same and more!


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Samra Yusuf Hi le-fino
I hope you have a joyous and peacful time with lots of love and laughter surrounding you!
Merry Christmas...


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Michael Finocchiaro that is one amazing and awesome christmas tree Denisa! Thanks!


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Denisa Have the best Christmas ever and the most incredible gifts!
And hope your Christmas Tree looks like this one!

Marry Christmas! XXX




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Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁ Hi Michael! Thanks for the request. We don't have a lot of books in common, but I noticed that you also enjoyed The Godfather. It's one of my favorite stories. Loved it.

Happy readings and see you around GR. :D


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Nigeyb Greetings - and thanks for the friend request. Yours in literature.


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Isis Sousa Hi Michael :) Thanks for adding me :D So nice you live in Paris! I love that city! Your list of interests is also very nice - rock climbing sounds cool! I like tracking on mountains since I'm not clever at the climbing part ;)


Wendy'sThoughts Woot Woot we are friend :DDD Thanks for the invite and although we may not have a huge amount of books to sahre..we do have the love of reading and I look forward to chatting and seeing what you are up to :DD
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