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The Lying Life of Adults
The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
From the best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend, a powerful new novel set in a divided Naples "Ferrante shows again how she is unbeatable."- The Times (UK) "Modern, urgent, truthful." - Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Telegraph "Elena Ferrante is an expert chronicler of adolescence and its many indignities, as well as its erratic, overwhelming passions." - The Observer Giovannas pretty face has changed: its turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Into which mirror must she look to find herself and save herself? She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between these two cities, disoriented by the fact that, whether high or low, the city seems to offer no answer and no escape. Elena Ferrante is unsurpassed in her ability to draw readers into her books from the very first page and she proves this again with The Lying Life of Adults, pulling us into what the Italian trade magazine Il libraio described as not a mere story but an entire world. The millions of readers who found themselves addicted to My Brilliant Friend and the Neapolitan quartet will find that this new novel has the same addictive, do-not-disturb-Im-reading qualities. TO BE PUBLISHED SIMULTANEOUSLY IN OVER 40 COUNTRIES: AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER IN THE MAKING! THE ITALIAN EDITION OF THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS (November 2019) HAS SOLD OVER 300,000 COPIES, REMAINING STEADY AT THE TOP END OF NATIONAL BESTSELLER LISTS BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime adaptation to be broadcast over 2 weeks at time of publication.
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kathedron
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Mehso-so

Well, that was over-wrought! Granted, Giovanna is a teenager navigating a family break-up. And I've never really got the necessity that most women and girls seem to have, to be considered beautiful in the eyes of others. Given that this is the novel's inciting incident, this book and I were unlikely ever to be a good match. EF writes wonderfully, but so much unnecessary emotional drama gives me a headache. It's good, just not my cup of tea.

Tamra Yuck - not a fan of overwrought & emotionally manipulative drama. I‘ve not read any of her novels, so if this is representative I‘m not likely to pick one up. 6d
kathedron @Tamra I don't think she's trying to manipulate the reader (I hate that!). I just found it wearing how her characters consistently made a great big emotional splashy mess about all their interactions with each other. I've only read one other of her books: again, good but not really to my taste. 6d
Tamra @kathedron often why I don‘t care for coming of age novels, though there are the exceptions. 6d
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Night_Reader
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Pickpick

4/5 🌟

Slow but honest, brutal and clever. This book is a good reminder that we are all flawed, insecure and hypocritical.

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Lesliereads
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Written in the adult voice of Neopolitan Giovanna Trada, this gripping, nearly obsessive narrative is largely a psychological and emotional “coming-of-age“ story. Giovanna retraces her adolescent years of struggling to unearth and reconstruct the truth behind the seemingly well-mannered life that her parents had constructed; while simultaneously trying to forge her own independent identity. A pick for me, with lot's of ⭐️s!

squirrelbrain This is one of my favourites of 2021! 1mo
Suet624 Sounds great. 🤓 1mo
DivineDiana Great picture! And love those gloves! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻 I loved this one ! 1mo
Lesliereads @Suet624 I hope the film adaptation will be a good one! 1mo
Lesliereads @Cathythoughts Thank you 🙏🏾 I‘ve been wondering if other readers loved it, too! 1mo
Lesliereads @DivineDiana 🙏🏾 Thank you! I made the scarf and hand warmers myself 😁. 1mo
DivineDiana You are very talented! 1mo
SRWCF The hand warmers are so lovely! Gorgeous colors. 2w
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Simona
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Mehso-so

In this story, with self-explanatory title, we observe adults through the eyes of a teen girl. Interesting story, but Ferrante isn‘t author for me, and maybe with her next book I‘m going to figure it out, what exactly I don‘t like in her writing … 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Oryx
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Feeling very happy that I booked an extra Monday off work after my holiday. Daisy and I are enjoying the autumn sunshine.

squirrelbrain Lovely! 💕 4mo
BittersweetBooks Looks like perfection ☀️ 4mo
TrishB I had an extra day off today too 😁 4mo
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Oryx
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Almost Napoli (in Scotland)🌞🌞

wanderinglynn Gorgeous! 💚 4mo
squirrelbrain Looks lovely! 🥰 4mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pic 4mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 4mo
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Oryx
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New book, same sleeping dog (she has moved from my last post - we had a lunchtime walk and swim).

Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
Oryx @Cathythoughts I'm really liking it. It has a magic about the writing. 4mo
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Eva2
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I love this author. She writes so beautifully. She really delves into the drama and the intricacies of relationships. Particularly the toxic and dishonest ones

Cathythoughts I love her too .. enjoyed this book 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
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purebugbeauty72
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purebugbeauty72 Coming of age story by the great Elena Fetrante, that ended just when I really wanted it to keep going. She spoiled us with the epic Neapolitan novels. I want to follow Giovanna into adulthood to see if she ends up better than her parents and her aunt. 7mo
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purebugbeauty72
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Just as good as I hoped it would be.

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Chavelafab
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this but it took a while to get into it. The end is great - a coming of age novel. I liked how betrayal was a theme throughout in the love lives of the adults in Gianni‘s life.

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Sparklemn
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Ugliness, secrets and betrayals are the three words I use to describe this story. I didn‘t like the main character but I understood her. Worth a read! #boxwalla

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 8mo
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AlizaApp
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The always-brilliant Elena Ferrante delivers again, though this one does not quite reach the heights of the Neapolitan books. Giovanna, a fairly sheltered teen, wants to meet her aunt Vittoria, her father‘s sister, since her father is not close to his family and she does not know them well. Instead she finds herself drawn into another world where adult behavior is not what she expected or what she had been promised.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I liked it as much as The Neapolitan Series ! 8mo
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MilicaS
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The first of many books by Elena Ferrante🥰

Cathythoughts Excellent book 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
MilicaS @Cathythoughts 🥰🥰🥰 9mo
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Cathythoughts
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Ferrante says : ‘ When I write it‘s as if I were butchering eels, I pay little attention to the unpleasantness of the situation.‘ I loved this book , I love her bluntness , her melodrama, & how she makes that great. I feel I‘ve been in Naples... I‘ve lived in the gritty melodrama of the characters ( great characters 👌🏻) lives.
A pic of our local Cafe .. Napoli ..
For #Translatedintoyour1stLanguage #Booked2021
Thanks Helen , I LOVED this book

Tanisha_A Love the picture! Sooo looking forward to this book ❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A Thanks! And I can guarantee you this book does not disappoint 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a lovely review and gorgeous pic! 💜 9mo
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Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Jessie. It‘s a cafe up the road from us & they make delicious Amalfi lemon cake ( all take-away with covid these days 9mo
Kristin_Reads I‘m listening to the audio of this (read by Marisa Tomei) and it‘s excellent! 9mo
Cathythoughts @Kristin_Reads I agree !! Excellent. 9mo
squirrelbrain Great review Cathy - I knew you‘d love it! I loved the audio with Marisa @Kristin_Reads 9mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen , it‘s brilliant! Marisa is great , I think I‘ll order the book too , I‘d like to read it as well 👍🏻😁 9mo
eanderson Perfect picture!!! 9mo
batsy Love the review and perfect photo 💜 9mo
LeahBergen I want to go to that cafe! 9mo
Cathythoughts @eanderson Thanks XXX 9mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks Suba ! It‘s an excellent book 9mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Well you‘ll have to come to Cork then 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
TrishB Lovely review and pic ♥️ 9mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks Trish 😘 9mo
CarolynM That looks lovely😍 9mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM It‘s a lovely spot , we went there often ( before covid ... it‘s just take away now ) the young man is from Naples & makes gorgeous lasagne & cakes 👌🏻 9mo
Centique What a cute place 😍 I need to get to this book, really enjoyed the first two. 9mo
Cathythoughts @Centique This book is so very good 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
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Cathythoughts
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I won‘t get much reading done tonight ... tired 😴... but , I‘m very excited about my morning walk & ready to go , starting this one on audible... @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Ooh, I‘m excited for your morning walk too now Cathy! 😘 10mo
Ruthiella I love Ferrante. This title is on my list! 10mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks! I‘m looking forward to it. I‘ll keep you posted 10mo
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Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Me too ! I seriously loved the Neapolitan Series ❤️💔 10mo
TrishB Enjoy ❤️ 10mo
batsy Nice! I need to start the Neapolitan quartet! Of which I've happily bought the first two books ... I do admire them every so often 😳😂 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks Trish ❤️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @batsy I imagine you will love them 👍🏻❤️... so many books 10mo
Tanisha_A Ooh! I bought this one sometime back. 10mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A it‘s off to a good start 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
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squirrelbrain
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My favourite audiobook of the year so far. We follow Giovanna, who is 12 as the book begins, and overhears a throwaway remark by her father that changes the course of her adolescence.

Ferrante is so good at inhabiting the mind of a teenage girl, I felt like I was Giovanna as you live all of her mixed-up feelings of love, anger, fear and longing.

Marisa Tomei is just *fabulous* as the narrator!

Meg and Cathy- I think you‘ll love this one!

Megabooks Definitely stacking! 10mo
squirrelbrain Oops, forgot to say this is my #bookspin for April @TheAromaofBooks 10mo
Megabooks Just checked this out from the library. Now to decide whether it or this will be my next audiobook. 10mo
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Megabooks I‘ll get to both in the next two weeks. 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
Ruthiella I loved the Neapolitan quartet so much but have been totally remiss in reading Ferrante other books. This sounds fantastic. 😀 10mo
squirrelbrain @Ruthiella - it definitely sounds like one you *need* to read! 😁 10mo
Caroline2 Oh stacked. 😉 10mo
Cathythoughts Oh great review! I‘m definitely going to go for it 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
SerenaCrawford I just started reading 8mo
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perfectlywinged
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Just started this and the character writing is already so good. I am invested in finding out what will happen to this so called ugly girl.

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mhillis
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The Lying Life of Adults is an amazing book. It begins with one of those moments from childhood when the flaws of adults are brought to light, and continues by following how this plays out in Giovanna‘s life. I was captivated by her relationships with family and friends, but the latter part of the book was not as interesting for some reason. Book Two finished for #MarvellousMarch 🌼

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Lindy
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An interior novel that is somehow a page turner. Giovanna‘s coming of age in Naples is a visceral experience and I loved every bit of it.

Cathythoughts Stacked 11mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Good move. 👍 11mo
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Lindy
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He took off his shoes, pants and underpants. He kept on his linen jacket, shirt, tie, and, right below, the erect member that stuck out past legs and bare feet like a quarrelsome tenant who‘s been disturbed.

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Lindy
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“Poetry is made up of words, exactly like the conversation we‘re having. If the poet takes our banal words & frees them from the bounds of our talk, you see that from within their banality they manifest an unexpected energy. God manifests himself in the same way.”
“The poet isn‘t God, he‘s simply someone like us who knows how to create poems.”

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Lindy
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I‘d thought I couldn‘t live without him, but time was passing, I continued to live.

Cathythoughts ❤️ 11mo
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m still struggling with an awful endless-pandemic-reading-slump and getting through books very slowly but elena ferrante is one of the most reliably 5⭐️ authors for me and this didn‘t fail me at all. Very bitter in places, melancholy and difficult for sure, but her heroines have so much life and the writing is so beautiful. A gorgeous book to read slowly

Kristin_Reads So glad you have found something that fits right now! I‘m just discovering this author and am listening to this one on audio (also really good)! 💕 11mo
Lindy I‘m reading this as a buddy read with my friend Kathy; our 3/4 of the way check-in is later today. 👍 11mo
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Lindy
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What happened, in the world of adults, in the heads of very reasonable people, in their bodies loaded with knowledge? What reduced them to the most untrustworthy animals, worse than reptiles?
(Internet photo)

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Lindy
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I recalled what he had once told me, that the dead are objects that have broken, a television, the radio, the mixer, and the best thing is to remember them as they were when they were working, because the only acceptable tomb is memory.

kspenmoll So true & wonderful quote. My mother was not one for grave visiting; she said memories were enough. 11mo
Cathythoughts ❤️ 11mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Do you recognize this place? I took the photo of Kilmacduagh near Gort in 2018. 11mo
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Cathythoughts My son lived in Galway for a few years do we often drove through Gort & visited a friend there ... I don‘t remember being in the graveyard though 11mo
Lindy @kspenmoll When my dad died, I kept my eyes averted and didn‘t look at him in his coffin because I was afraid that image would overshadow my memories of him alive. 11mo
Cathythoughts You took an amazing picture 11mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts It‘s such a photogenic place! And the sky cooperated. 11mo
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Lindy
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My latest library haul. 😁

charl08 Nice! 11mo
rockpools I miss library books! And I really want to read the Gyo Fujikawa one. 11mo
Lindy @rockpools @charl08 Our public libraries are closed, except for curbside pickup of holds. I‘m so grateful for that service! 11mo
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rabbitprincess Woo hoo! That is an excellent stack 😄 11mo
Lindy @rabbitprincess I was prepared: I brought my wheeled cart! 11mo
Come-read-with-me What a great stack! 11mo
Lindy @Come-read-with-me Lots of variety 😁 11mo
Cathythoughts Very Nice 💫 (edited) 11mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Half of these are graphic novels, so you can expect a lot of cartoonist art in my feed in the coming weeks! 11mo
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Augustdana
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New in but not really! I started reading this in the summer and got sidetracked and now it‘s finally back in my hot little hands. Attempting to pick up around where I left off.

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Bren912
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Ok. Rating this one is tough. The ending confused me 🧐 but my soul is stirred up as hers in adolescent angst. I think it kept me going to see what it was she was actually trying To figure out and yet I did not want to put it down either. Talk about angst! Edit to add: the writing is beautiful and I can‘t stop thinking about the book but it‘s mostly like whaaat????

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Nori
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Elena Ferrante non delude mai ❤

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Bren912
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Happy 2021 and to all firsts of the New Year! Here is mine...

Jolynne Was mine too! 13mo
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Jolynne
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Tough call on this book, I liked it but I didn‘t. Adolescence is tough. Giovanna is smart and that is what I liked best about her journey.

Bren912 I was confused on a few levels but yet I mostly enjoyed her and the characters surrounding her. I feel same. I liked it. And didn‘t. 12mo
Jolynne I enjoyed The Neapolitan books much more. Did you also read those? 12mo
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ashleyn
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Drew me in from the beginning. Writing felt very similar to My Brilliant Friend series. Ferrante always finds a way to make you feel connected to the characters.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 13mo
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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

My #DashingDecember success continues with my second of two library books.

The pacing and tone is exactly what I was expecting from this new Elena Ferrante. It read much quicker than any of the Neapolitan books but still packed the same kind of punch. The characters were rich and very flawed, making this a frustratingly enjoyable read.

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 13mo
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GatheringBooks
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#SleighTheShelves Day 4: What a #Gift to have a yusband who cooks. Homemade Beef kare-kare for our super long National Day weekend.

OriginalCyn620 I‘m glad my husband likes to cook too! 14mo
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GatheringBooks
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#ForeverNovember Day 24: Finished reading The Memory Of Babel last night (#StartsWithT) and excited to continue reading tagged book semi-exclusively - also #StartsWithT

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 1y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 167 of 2020.

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GatheringBooks
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#ForeverNovember Day 22: I absolutely #love Middle Eastern dessert. These are nutella kunafa and basbousa with hazelnut. Both are 👌🏽and 🤩🥰💕

OriginalCyn620 Yum! 😋 1y
GatheringBooks @Eggs OMG! Thank you so much for the tag and catching this! 💕🥰🧚🏻‍♀️ 1y
Eggs @GatheringBooks 🧡❤️🧡 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#ThankfulThoughts Day 20: #InnerBeauty and outer beauty seem like major themes in this newest novel of Ferrante which I naturally had to purchase immediately - notwithstanding my bookshelves of unread titles.

BookishTrish That table 😍😍😍 1y
Eggs 👏🏻📖👍🏼🌟🍪🍨👍🏼 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

Ferrante‘s writing is just as musical as her other books. It flows and deeply made me fall into the story.

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BookishTrish
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Pickpick

My expectations were sky high. The writing (and presumably translating) is brilliant. Ferrante has this way of letting you into someone‘s head with all its attendant complexities and contradictions. I was lukewarm on the story and tore through it anyways.

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BookishTrish
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Weekend plans

mirnass I have just started to read it too! 1y
BookishTrish @mirnass how do you like it so far? 1y
mirnass So far so good🙂 1y
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peaknit
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I can‘t formulate an opinion on this book just yet but I‘m glad it is over.

DAB I am curious just because of the title. 1y
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Pinta
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236 There‘s a black veil that can drop at any moment. It‘s a sudden blindness, you don‘t know how to keep your distance, you crash into things. Does it happen only to some people or to everybody that, once a certain level is passed, they can‘t see straight anymore?

293 I‘m tired of being exposed to other people‘s words. I need to know what I really am and what sort of person I can be, help me. There, that‘s the sort of speech he would like.

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Pinta
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P 39. ...I‘ll walk to Aunt Vittoria‘s. I‘ll walk for days, for months. How that idea seduced me. Sun, heat, rain, wind, cold, and I who was walking and walking, through countless dangers, until I met my own future as an ugly, faithless woman. I‘ll do it.

152 Lies, lies, adults forbid them and yet they tell so many.

163. A very violent need for degradation was growing inside me—a fearless degradation, a yearning to feel heroically vile...

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Pinta
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Mehso-so

Same sins and transgressions as the Neapolitan quartet: anxiety, approval, self-loathing, envy, malice, ignorance, pride, desire, evil, melancholy, curiosity, class, intelligence, ugliness, blame, vulgarity, secrets, self-doubt, frenemies. Everything at a fever pitch in bouncing prose (brava, translator! Would love to read Italian). Still feels like lots of sound & fury, signifying...what? In the end, mostly nothing. Bitterness w/out payoff. 2020.

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derr.liz
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Ferrante is the queen of symbolism, portrayals of inner turmoil, and the complexities of female relationships. Another absorbing triumph.

#ferrantefever

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jdiehr
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Oh, the angst of adolescence!

Young Giovanna not only learns about the lies adults tell, but becomes a liar herself.

Ferrante can tell a story from the female perspective like no one else. I particularly enjoyed the symbolism of the coveted bracelet throughout this book.

This one drew me in and kept me interested to the end.

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