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Ferocity (2014)

by Nicola Lagioia

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Oops, a special one. Won the Premio Strega. Compared to the greatest. But confusing. Very confusing.
I did read some hundred pages and then i stopped for a week or two, due to professional duties. I had to restart. All over.
The book turns and twists, in time, in narrating character, in point of view, in writing style. Back and forth, switching until even the cat tells her part.
One thing's for sure: you have to be awake. Very well awake.
The story then. It could've been grasping and intriguing. But it's not, or not enough. Not to me. An entrepreneur in Italy, in the south, the mezzogiorno. Corrupt? Or obliged to be? Wreckens all, and everyone. Untill it is too much. Also for the reader. Too many characters, too many viewpoints, parts of stories unfinished, left in the open. As a mystery? As if nothing ever really ends? Unclear.
And the lives of the characters. I never felt connected. With not one of them. The entrepreneur has children with his wife and one with a romance. The wife .... never really clear what to think of her. Typically upperclass Italian? I wouldn't know. The children: a brilliant doctor with a handicapped career, a stunning beauty in to hardcore sex and violence, a psychotic boy trying to be a journalist (or not really?) and a younger daughter keeping her dead stunning beauty sister - semi prostitute alive on Twitter.
The violence, the corruption, the drugs, .... all so far away to me.
If life in Bari is like this, it's hell. But who knows? The ones who live there? Really? Even that seems hard to imagine to me.
But the writing itself is excellent, i kept reading as you do want to know how it will end, the style of some sentences is that nice, that you want to reread them, and that you can only wonder about the musicality it has without doubt in the authors native language.
And because of this beautiful style i give it 3 stars. Deservedly so. ( )
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Voorspellen is een waagstuk, vooral als het om de toekomst gaat.
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Een bleke, driekwart maan verlichtte om twee uur 's morgens de weg die de provincie Taranto met Bari verbond en op dat tijdstip meestal verlaten was.
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Southern Italy, the 1980s. On a hot summer's night under a full moon, far from the outlying neighborhoods of a southern Italian metropolis, Clara stumbles naked, dazed, and bloodied down a major highway. When she dies no-one is able to say exactly how or why, but her brother cannot free himself from her memory or from the questions surrounding her death. The more he learns about her life and death, the more he uncovers the moral decay at the core of his family's ascent to social prominence. At once an intimate family saga, a history of an entire region, and a portrait of the moral and political corruption of a whole society, Ferocity is an exhilirating, ambitious, and vivid work of fiction by Italy's foremost literary novelist. -- amazon.com… (more)

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