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100 Days of Happiness: A Novel (2015)

by Fausto Brizzi

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A male- centric weapy. ( )
  jconnell | Jan 15, 2017 |
Lucio discovers to late that he has advanced cancer and that he has approximately 100 days to live. What Lucio decides to do over those last days is live. Lucio takes his children, Lorenzo and Eva, and wife Paola on a final adventure before leaving them for good.

This was a beautiful and funny story with an ultimate sad ending. Very easy to read and enjoy. ( )
1 vote dianestm | Sep 1, 2015 |
What would you do if you learned you were dying of fourth-stage liver cancer and had only a few months to live? That’s the compelling story behind “100 Days of Happiness,” by Fausto Brizzi—a novel that quickly became a bestseller in Italy and is now available in the U.S. in English translation. Contrary to expectations, it’s a delightful and impishly entertaining novel overflowing with joy for the simple everyday pleasures in life. It’s fabulously funny and full of fascinating true-to-life characters. Yes, it’s bittersweet. And it’s definitely uplifting, too. But is it worth reading? Absolutely!

This is a book with such realistic characters I wanted to book a trip to Rome just to visit the main character’s family and friends and to see how they were all getting on with their lives.

The novel is set in contemporary Rome. The main character, Lucio Battistini, earns his paycheck as a fitness instructor, but his passion is working as a volunteer water-polo coach for one of the city’s many youth leagues. Lucio is a father of two charming small children, a nine-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl. He is also, very regrettably at the time of his diagnosis, a husband whose wife has recently caught him cheating with one of the women at the gym. No sooner is he diagnosed than his wife, Paola, kicks him out of the house. In the 100 days he has remaining, Lucio wants nothing more than to earn his wife’s forgiveness and win back her love. As the time ticks by, he makes lists of other things he wants to accomplish, but it always comes back to winning back Paola’s love.

Read this novel for it’s life-affirming story; read it for the pure joy of celebrating life; but don’t read it if you want to learn (realistically and in detail) what it is like to go through the last 100 days of liver cancer metastasized to the lungs. This is not that type of book. This is not a medical story. This is a book about relationships and love.

But this is also a book about assisted suicide. The author tells you right in the beginning exactly when Lucio dies, and at least midway through the book, he tells you how and where his death will occur. So it’s no spoiler to tell you that this book is also very much about being legally allowed to die with dignity. Of course this is a procedure that is absolutely forbidden in Catholic-dominated Italy. The book makes a good case for the humanity of this procedure and the fact that this theme forms a small part of the story arc of this novel may be one of the reasons why it was such a hit in Italy. It comes at a time when people all over the world are demanding that laws be changed to permit less painful, less traumatic, and more dignified exits.

The fact that the author tells you the exact moment of his death at the beginning of the book, also gives you a hint about what may take place in the epilogue, aptly named, “Afterward.”

I took great pleasure in this book. It’s funny and wise. It helped me focus on what truly matters in life. Life is not about achieving wealth, fame, and status; it’s about character. It’s about the good relationships of love and friendship that we form along the way. ( )
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“Funny, moving. . . I defy anyone to finish this story without tears in their eyes.” —Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie Project

What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, it’s a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have—by making every moment count.

Imperfect, unfaithful, but loveable Lucio has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping at his father-in-law’s bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begin the last hundred days of Lucio’s life, as he attempts to right his wrongs, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasn’t felt in years. In 100 epigrammatic chapters—one for each of Lucio’s remaining days on earth—100 Days of Happiness is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. 

Wistful, touching, and often hilarious, 100 Days of Happiness reminds us all to remember the preciousness of life and what matters most.
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