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The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
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The Days of Abandonment (edition 2005)

by Elena Ferrante (Author), Ann Goldstein (Translator)

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Title:The Days of Abandonment
Authors:Elena Ferrante (Author)
Other authors:Ann Goldstein (Translator)
Info:Europa Editions (2005), Edition: First American Edition, 188 pages
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L'autrice riesce a trasformare il lettore in un faro che illumina la vita di Olga in un periodo difficile che non può nemmeno dirsi tragico per la sua banalità. Ho fatto fatica a interrompere la lettura ogni volta in cui la vita faceva capolino (bisogni fisiologici, lavoro, esigenze di familiari) e, durante le pause, la presenza di Olga continuava ad accompagnarmi, con il suo dolore sordo in bilico tra normalità e follia. Lo spettro di un'escandescenza in cui anch'io, perché no, avrei potuto o potrei un giorno ritrovarmi. ( )
  Eva_Filoramo | May 3, 2018 |
I liked this book very much. It consisted mostly of what was going on in her mind after her husband abandoned her for another woman. Just trying to get out of bed every day and go through the motions of being completely on her own, taking care of two children and having no career and wondering what the heck you're going to do now, on your own. ( )
  Jinjer.Hundley | Mar 24, 2018 |
This was a tough read as it is difficult to read or watch someone slowly lose their mind due to some traumatic event that they can not cope with. I enjoyed it as I could easily relate with so many things written in this book.

The two harshest critics of this book will be women who never experienced anything like Olga and can not even imagine such things being done, said and thought, and will judge her very harshly and the other type of woman will be one who actually went thru a very similar situation and found the strength to yank up her boot straps to get it together and feels everyone should do likewise.

It does not work that way - trauma and how one copes, whether the person has children, friends and pets to consider, is individual, and without help, there will be a lot more victims than just the sufferer. ( )
  REINADECOPIAYPEGA | Jan 11, 2018 |
"One April afternoon, right after lunch, my husband announced that he wanted to leave me."
Thus begins the narrative of 38-year old Italian Olga. From her initial calm, her emphasis on self-discipline and quiet, things rapidly slide into madness. With no working phone, full of rage and self-doubt, Olga spends the summer in a disturbed and chaotic world; barely aware of her two young children, struggling to cope with her husband's dog, hallucinating, unable to properly do the simplest tasks...
This is a very graphic novel, very intense, a vivid portrayal of the disturbed mind. ( )
  starbox | Nov 19, 2017 |
First book assigned for my MFA program, and it's a doozy. Raw, unflinching depiction of a woman dealing with grief: anger, pettiness, a bit of madness, cruelty, lethargy... it's an ugly picture, but it rings devastatingly true. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Aug 8, 2017 |
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Doggone! Husband gone;
But not dead, just strayed and lost;
Getting used to it.
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Once an aspiring writer, Olga traded literary ambition for marriage and motherhood; when Mario dumps her after 15 years, she is utterly unprepared. Though she tells herself that she is a competent woman, nothing like the poverella (poor abandoned wife) that mothers whispered about in her childhood, Olga falls completely apart. Routine chores overwhelm her; she neglects her appearance and forgets her manners; she throws herself at the older musician downstairs; she sees the poverella's ghost. After months of self-pity, anger, doubt, fury, desperation and near madness, her acknowledgments of weaknesses in the marriage feel as earned as they are unsurprising.… (more)

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