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Un giorno questo dolore ti sarà utile

by Peter Cameron

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron

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(Recensione disponibile anche sul mio Blog http://www.sergiocaredda.eu/2007/08/11/peter-cameron-un-giorno-questo-dolore-ti-... ) Peter Cameron con questo romanzo è davvero una piacevole sorpresa. Ammetto di essermi perso il primo (la mia esistenza nelle libreria è sempre fuggevole, le evito spesso, non mi faccio consigliare, diffido dei libri esposti in vetrina o consigliati, specie nelle librerie delle grandi catene. Comunque, il libro racconta della storia di James, ragazzo intelligente e dotato che sceglie nella solitudine una risposta possibile ai problemi della sua vita. E’ molto anticonformista, quando afferma di non volersi confrontare con gli altri, ed è da questo suo anticonformismo che nasce la sua vena ironica e vagamente cinica che pervade tutto il romanzo. 200 pagine che si leggono facilmente in non più di qualche ora. Ecco come descrive il suo modo di relazionarsi: Non sono uno psicopatico […] è che non mi diverto a stare con gli altri. Le persone, almeno per quello che ho visto fin adesso, non si dicono granché di interessante. Parlano delle loro vite, e le loro vite non sono interessanti”1 . Ma non mi piace raccontare cosa succede in un libro, se non affermare con certezza che l’autore utilizza molto bene il linguaggio, e riesce a trasmettere molte emozioni. L’ironia è tagliente, come quando definisce la life coach di sua madre “Gli dici i tuoi obiettivi nella vita e lui (o lei) ti incoraggia/tormenta finché non li raggiungi oppure (più probabilmente) finché non cambi di nuovo”2. O come quando descrive con arguzia in cui il padre gli chiede “Sei Gay?” e lui (dopo aver richiesto “e’ prevista una nuova detrazione sulle tasse?”), tra la conclusione che se si è Gay si ha bisogno di ricevere sostegno dai genitori, se si è etero probabilmente no3 . Ricapitolando, un libro che val la pena di leggere e gustare, scritto in modo fluente ed attento, ironico quanto basta, ma che fa riflettere sulle tante convenzioni (inutili) della nostra società. ( )
  scaredda | Nov 9, 2016 |
me ha encantado la narración fresca y lúcida de esta novela! ( )
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
Narrated by Lincoln Hoppe. Hoo, what a downer of a book. It got all these rave reviews in the trades but I just couldn't identify with James' offputting loneliness. I was also dismayed to hear Mr. Hoppe's voice; I had so identified it with "Marcelo and the Real World." Actually it ended up being right for the depressed James. The therapy sessions were as tiring for me as for James. Highlights included James' relationship with his grandmother and his awful prank on John which helped take his superior loner self down a peg. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I think this book is amazing. The character was so real and the story so well written. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I think this book is amazing. The character was so real and the story so well written. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. -Ovid
When you long with all your heart for someone to love you, a madness grows there that shakes all sense from the trees and the water and the earth. And nothing lives for you, except the long deep bitter want. And this is what everyone feels from birth to death. -Denton Welch (journal, 8 May 1944, 11:15 pm)
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For Justin Richardson and in memory of Marie Nash Shaw 1900-1993
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The day my sister, Gillian, decided to pronounce her name with a hard G was, coincidentally, the same day my mother returned, early and alone, from her honeymoon.
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It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he’s more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope—or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic Denton Welch. James’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his Teutonically cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, D-list celebrity grandmother. Compounding matters is James’s growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prairie.
 
In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Booklist has hailed Cameron as “one of the best writers about middle-class youth since Salinger”), Peter Cameron paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grownup world.
 
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.

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