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Ties
Ties | Domenico Starnone
"Winner of The Bridge Prize for Best Novel 2015 Ties is the story of a marriage. Like many marriages, this one has been subject to strain, to attrition, to the burden of routine. Yet it has survived intact. Or so things appear. The rupture in Vanda and Aldo’s marriage lies years in the past, but if one looks closely enough, the fissures and fault lines are evident. Their marriage is a cracked vase that may shatter at the slightest touch. Or perhaps it has already shattered, and nobody is willing to acknowledge the fact. Domenico Starnone’s thirteenth work of fiction is a powerful short novel about relationships, family, love, and the ineluctable consequences of one’s actions. Known as a consummate stylist and beloved as a talented storyteller, Domenico Starnone is the winner of Italy’s most prestigious literary award, The Strega."
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Christinak
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After dinner, on the terrace, we both often happened to see the wake of a falling #star at the same moment, and this delighted us. #QuotsyMay19

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ReadosaurusText
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Mehso-so

TIES is a short, well-paced, eloquent book. Structured in three parts, each from a different family member‘s perspective, it tells the story of family dynamics through the ties that bind families together and what it means when those ties are broken. Though the symbolism was too literal for me to feel this is a literary “pick”, it was at times moving and insightful.

Cathythoughts I did really like this book 3mo
ReadosaurusText @Cathythoughts There was a lot to like! 3mo
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ReadosaurusText
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1. TIES by Domenico Starnone
2. 🥂
3. 🤓❤️📚

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Megabooks That is a good emoji! 🥂🍾 3mo
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ReadosaurusText
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New book and ready for takeoff!

cathysaid 🧡 Europa 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
ReadosaurusText @cathysaid Yes! The are my go-to fiction publisher! 3mo
ReadosaurusText @Cathythoughts Ooh! So glad to hear it. I just got to Book 2. 3mo
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rachaich
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Blimey!
I've stayed up to finish it as I couldn't work out what would be the closing part. I'm shocked!
Such an unexpected way to finish but also has increased the whole awesomeness of the book.
I'd like to read more :)

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rachaich
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Fantastic read so far :)
I like how the author uses both sides to recount the marriage.

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BooksForEmpathy
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Rumored to be the husband of Elena Ferrante (unless he is her after all), Domenico Starnone has delivered on all my favorite things to read in a book: structural unpredictability, family tension over time, complete with how couples knowingly + unknowingly pass their burdens and pain down to the children, an examination of what goes on in someone‘s messy, selfish mind, and transportation someplace new. This was relentless + claustrophobic 😍.

saresmoore Best endorsement for this book. 10mo
RealLifeReading Sounds good! 10mo
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batsy Yup, what @saresmoore said! 10mo
Gissy I really enjoyed that book. It is perfect for a play, don't you think? 10mo
ferskner All that AND a translation by Jhumpa Lahiri?! 10mo
minkyb I need this! 9mo
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AlizaApp
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Husband of Elena Ferrante writes book from the perspective of a disappointing husband. The writing was lovely but of course I still had no sympathy for Aldo. Love that Jhumpa Lahiri is a translator now!

ephemeralwaltz Okay I had seen this cover but I had no idea this was Ferrante's husband. And Lahiri translating?? HYPE HYPE HYPE ❤️ 10mo
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Cathythoughts
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#MarchIntoOz #fallatyourfeet In this short novel , the parents separate & then re unite- we hear from them. And also we hear from their 2 children , how the their parents breakup affected them. Short and brilliant ... set in Rome , as far as I remember. ( I think there was talk that this author is married to Elena Ferrante IRL in real life 😉- 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen I love this cover 😍 1y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen it‘s a good cover 👍🏻. It saved the day for me with this prompt 😬 1y
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Abailliekaras
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The story of a husband and wife who are tied together despite his infidelity. (Interesting as my last read Ghachur Ghochur was also about the entanglements of family). Vanda vents her anger with wonderful southern Italian drama; the husband is weak & self-centred; the children the sinister heart of the novel. Realistic & claustrophobic, it reminded me of Elena Ferrante‘s Days of Abandonment. He makes memorable scenes out of small moments.

GatheringBooks i love novels published by europa editions. :) 1y
Abailliekaras @GatheringBooks me too - I need to find some more of them! 1y
saresmoore This is supposedly written in answer to Days of Abandonment—my local bookseller convinced me to buy them as a pair! Haven‘t read either, yet, but your review makes me want to. 😊 1y
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Abailliekaras @saresmoore that‘s so interesting! They‘d be good to read as a pair. Both a little claustrophobic though... 1y
saresmoore So maybe as a pair, but with lots of wine & rejuvenating chocolate? 1y
Abailliekaras @saresmoore yes! Definitely. 1y
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Abailliekaras
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Another book about the entanglements of family ties. #bedtimereading 😴

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Sha0102
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Nice book about relationships, acid narrative and abrupt end. Liked it 🌝 Laços/ Domenico Starnone #book #bookaholic #booklovers #ler #leitura #leitora #reading #instabook #instaread #instabooks #bookstagram #igread #litsy #booklover #Sha2018

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Simona
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The story about unfaithfulness in the marriage is divided into three parts with three different narrators and with a focus on the consequences. An interesting, original way of telling a story that has been told many, many times. The strong side of this book is certainly the structure and atmosphere, which is stifling for everyone involved. Otherwise, I‘m not over the moon, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me, but apparently it‘s a must read for all Ferrante fans 👇

Simona .... as this book is supposed to be the answer to the Days of Abandonment. 1y
ephemeralwaltz Oh! Jhumpa Lahiri ❤ I should read this. Looks interesting - and the cover is beautiful! 1y
Cinfhen I love the cover too @ephemeralwaltz 😍 1y
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Simona @ephemeralwaltz @Cinfhen It‘s a nice cover and perfectly sums up the content. 1y
Abailliekaras This is on my shelf! Can‘t wait. 📚 1y
Abailliekaras @simona yes, I thought it was incredibly strong, but found it nightmarish (as I think was intended)! 1y
Gissy I really enjoyed this book. I think it will be a good play. So interesting how a situation can be perceived so different depending on the person. It was so psychological👌🏼 1y
Simona @Gissy Stories which have different POV on the one situation - I like the most. 1y
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GuiltyFeat
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Positively Lahirian. This was a great read and an interesting follow up to Jhumpa Lahiri's own book about learning Italian. She introduces her own translation here and explains why the book attracted her. There are certainly similarities of tone. This was a layered novella that used different points of view to tell a connected story of brokenness and togetherness. It's not a tale about happy people, but did offer some pleasure to the reader.

emtobiasz Oh, what a striking cover! 2y
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thereadingowlvina
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RidgewayGirl
Ties | Domenico Starnone
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Just started this book, a novel about a marriage that was translated from the Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri.

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AceOnRoam
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Ties that bind, hold, unite, trap, confine. They are in a relationship. It's complicated.

#ReadingOnRoam

Picture from http://washington.carpediem.cd/events/2914453-domenico-starnone-jhumpa-lahiri-tr...

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ReadingEnvy
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I think the is almost to so-so for me. Pros- stories about marriage and infidelity and people making it long term are a favorite of mine, and I liked the honesty of the old couple still imperfectly together. Cons- the emphasis is somehow on the wrong thing but I can't explain that feeling. And while Jhumpa Lahiri did a great job translating it almost felt less Italian than I expected, if that is possible.

Cathythoughts I loved this book. I loved the couple / the metaphorical events. For me , a perfect short book 📚 I only speak English, so I never take much notice of translations. It felt Italian to me. (edited) 2y
8leagueboot Have you read Lahiri's book on her love of Italian? If you are interested in translation, it is so worth reading. 2y
ReadingEnvy @8leagueboot I know of it but haven't read it. It's amazing that she wrote it in Italian! 2y
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Gissy
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I did it! 👍 only one book in my first #24in48 Litsy readathon, I thought it would be impossible since I couldn't read yesterday and today I only had few hours. A conflictive marriage described from three different perspective: Vanda who is the mother-wife; Aldo who is the husband-father-lover; and Anna, the daughter. It's about relations, secrets, infidelity, guilty, revenge, manipulation. Well written. 3.7⭐️

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Gissy
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#24in48 #readthon I will try to read this one only in this activity because unfortunately I don't have too much time to read this weekend. It seems an interesting book, it is short and it will be a book less in my enormous but beautiful tbr list ☺️I will participate in another BookTube-a-thon which starts next Monday. A fun way to read more books in a short period of time. The winner price will be time well spent!

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chapter_fifty2017
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I think this book has many layers about what we want how we want others to see us , how we lie to ourselves , how to live with what we do to others.
What we do while young we cannot undo. Its a small book that packs in a lifetime of events for a family of four but dont forget the cat its name is the subtext to this family drama. Intrigued?? You wont regret picking up this well paced , clever and excellently translated novel.

Cathythoughts Yes I liked this one. Something very real about it all. There was talk that he is Elena Ferrante's husband 2y
chapter_fifty2017 That wouldnt surprise me as there is so much cloak and dagger around her whole identity with her books now even more innuendo with hubbie 😞 2y
Cathythoughts I loved Ferrante's Neoplolitan series. Brilliant writing , & one can only imagine how much was lost in translation. An incredible insight into life in Naples & relationships. 2y
chapter_fifty2017 Terrible confession hav yet to read the Neapolitan series but i have read a few of her stand alones she is brilliant gets right under your skin , recently i nabbed a great second hand edition "my brilliant friend " so must read my sisters loved it too they keep telling me to read it !!? Cant wait to see wat you think of fever dream!? 2y
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chavalah
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I came to this book in a weird way--translator Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my fave authors. But like she promised in her intro, she was essentially invisible here. Starnone writes a sparse, interior novel about fissures in an Italian marriage, and characters struggling with being "tied down." The present day drama deals with a robbery that we can see from different angles. Reminds me of Elena Ferrante's THE DAYS OF ABANDONMENT, but not so developed.

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BestOfFates
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Not sure how I'm feeling about this book but am struck by lots of the phrasing.

Cathythoughts Not sure how I feel about it either. It seemed unfinished & yet I did finish it @ still think it over 2y
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macturija
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End of the week, end of the book. I wanted more but I guess that's how Mr. Starnone wanted it.

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BestOfFates
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#firstlines 📚💕

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Lupita.Reads
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Amazing event at #PoliticsandProse this Sunday. Finally got to see my literary #WCW (always) in person and hear more about #Ties, which I cannot wait to read!

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