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To Paradise

“[…] and he finally knew the kind of transformation that love had given to all the people he knew, to always escape  only him.” A novel full: of what? of life, of contradiction, of feeling, of emotional inconsistencies, of elective affinity, of imagination and reality. If that weren’t enough yet, we also add full of reflections on interpersonal relationships, mistakes, remorse, on man’s inadequacy and wealth. Three divided yet linked stories, with an alternative vision...

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Brood

The books chosen by Andrea Salonia This review is available only in the original language _________________________________________________________________________ Come resistere a un romanzo il cui titolo recita “Quattro galline” ? Io non sono riuscito: questa nuova scrittrice americana, Jackie Polzin, alla sua prima opera di parole, è stata davvero capace di catturare la mia attenzione. Lei, la copertina nera con una avvenente gallina di razza Dominicana, un geroglifico nero in campo bianco-crema, cresta e piccolo bargiglio rosso,...

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Endless love

“FRIDAY RE-VERSO” “There was nothing I could say about that world except that I had known it, that it had been mine, that it still was.”   Cosidering that there is a lot to talk about, here is a brief summary of the plot: forced by her father to separate from his beloved Jade, David Axelrod sets the family home on fire, with nebulous and somewhat delusional purposes. Here it begins: for four years, two of...

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The Secret History

“True beauty is always a little creepy.” Classic among the classics of training books, first printed in the early nineties, destined to remain over time, thanks to the topics covered: love, sexuality, friendship, responsibility, social recognition. In other words, what other writers, in other times, would have defined the shadow line. The story is set in a small college in Vermont, where six students of different backgrounds (even if some of them do everything to...

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The year of magical thinking

“Pain, when it comes, is not at all what we expect it to be.” Self-criticism: it may be that we did not understand the book, it may be that we were not able to immerse ourselves completely in the spirit that the writer wanted to convey to us, but we were disappointed by the text. We decided to open this writing in this way out of respect for the story told and for the writer’s...

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Someday this pain will be useful to you

“I think people who only have good experiences are not very interesting.” Chosen as the book for the second appointment of the GLOB reading group (Gruppo di Lettura Occasioni d’incontro – BooktoMi – BooktoMi), we recommend it for the same purpose to other readers, because it is capable of lighting fires of unexpected discussions. But let’s start with the plot. James Sveck is an apparently normal life boy of the American upper middle class. Close...

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First love and other sorrows

“FRIDAY DI-VERSO” I listened as in a dream to the roar of the waves and I knew that I would pass the test of my youth and be forgiven. Some books, quick to read, full of life yet airy, fresh, might be worth describing in pictures rather than words. An image that may suggest, perhaps, the state of mind of those who, having closed the book, after the last page, also close their eyes, to let...

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Girl interrupted

“When you are sad you need to feel your pain made into music.” Book of memoirs, in which the writer recounts her experience as a patient in a US psychiatric clinic in the late 1960s. A leap into the void crossed after a perhaps incorrect diagnosis of personality disorder, following an alleged attempt to commit suicide. The stay at the McLean private hospital will last for eighteen months, during which the writer lives in a...

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Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers

Written by Ludovica Micalizzi This review is available only in the original language _________________________________________________________________________ Per millenni dire donna è equivalso a dire mostro. La femminilità è stata capace di generare nei secoli una paura indomabile, implacabile e spesso incomprensibile. Partendo da tali assunti Jude Ellison Sady Doyle scrive quella che potremmo definire un’opera controcorrente: Il mostruoso femminile. Il testo non può essere definito un romanzo ma ugualmente non rientra nella categoria dei saggi; esso è infatti un’opera di decostruzione sistemica...

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Disturbance

The books chosen by Andrea Salonia This review is available only in the original language _________________________________________________________________________ Mi è comparso davanti agli occhi per caso, un mattino di sole fuori e un fresco che aveva lasciato spazio ai primi caldi; leggevo da qualche parte, dove non lo ricordo neppure più bene; prima il tema, poi l’autore – Philippe Lançon – e da ultimo sono andato a cercare il titolo: La traversata. Un colpo di fulmine, e...