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Sundays at Tiffany's

by James Patterson

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James Patterson è un prolifico autore, noto per le serie thriller delle Donne del Club Omicidi e di Alex Cross: di questa, tempo fa, lessi Il_collezionista, uno dei romanzi più truculenti che mi sia mai capitato tra le mani. Davanti a Domeniche da Tiffany ho subito pensato ad un caso di omonimia, ma mi sbagliavo: scritto a quattro mani con Gabrielle Charbonnet, autrice di libri per ragazzi, è stata una vera sorpresa.
Subito salta all'occhio una strana somiglianza con Se tu mi vedessi ora, di Cecelia Ahern, giovane scrittrice irlandese, nota ai più per Ps: I love you, di recente trasportato sul grande schermo: anche in questo romanzo il protagonista è un amico immaginario che si innamora di una persona reale, e simili sono anche le relazioni con gli altri amici immaginari. A parte questo, Patterson crea una storia originale, che prende una direzione decisamente diversa.
Ogni bambino, per un certo periodo della sua vita, avrà certamente giocato con un amico immaginario: l'idea che queste persone non siano solo parti della propria fantasia è simpatica e rassicurante.
Le difficoltà che i protagonisti si trovano ad affrontare hanno del surreale, non solo per la presenza di Michael: Jane lavora per la madre, despotica e onnipresente; ha un fidanzato che mette al primo posto la palestra, le pubbliche relazioni e il proprio lavoro di attore, e decisamente non ha nulla del vero Micheal, personaggio che interpreta nello spettacolo della fidanzata. Vivienne è una donna forte, che sa imporsi in modo non proprio delicato e che pretende di essere la regista non solo della propria vita ma anche di quella altrui, specialmente nei riguardi della figlia.
Michael fa tenerezza: non sa bene chi sia, da dove venga, o quale sia la propria natura: sa solo di dover aspettare di venire affidato a un bambino in difficoltà, e questo deve bastargli. Incontrare nuovamente Jane porta nella sua vita un grande scompiglio, e scoprirsene innamorato lo confonderà ancora di più.
La narrazione scorre su due piani: Jane racconta in prima persona le sue dis-avventure, mentre la versione di Michael è affidata a un narratore esterno. La trovo una scelta un po' bizzarra, soprattutto perché questa terza persona parla solo di Michael e non offre una panoramica sugli altri personaggi della storia, come invece ci si potrebbe aspettare: sarebbe stato più efficace, a mio parere, far parlare in prima persona anche lui, e tutto sommato sarebbe bastato un piccolo sforzo in più, visto che i suoi capitoli sono profondi e intimi come quelli raccontati da Jane.
La storia è un incrocio tra un chick-lit, con la solita protagonista trentenne, lavoratrice, alle prese con problemi di cuore e disgrazie varie, e un romanzo rosa dei più tradizionali, con una storia d'amore dolce e romantica.
Il duo Patterson-Charbonnet sa rendere davvero speciale un racconto che potrebbe scadere nella banalità: lo stile è scorrevole e leggero, i personaggi sono ben caratterizzati e non mancano le sorprese. Consigliato a chi ama Levy, la Ahern e in generale le commedie romantiche: è un romanzo che non deluderà. ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
I would describe this book as a whimsical, easy read that was the perfect escape for a rainy afternoon. I really like the characters - by the end, I even liked the unlikable ones. It's a mixture of romance and fantasy (sort of) that does make you think a bit. The unanswered "How?" that goes along with reading about Michael and Jane, especially about Michael, is the only thing that bothered me. I suppose it's best left up to our imaginations. Great literature this is not, but it was certainly entertaining. ( )
  hobbitprincess | May 30, 2017 |
Meh. This was not one of my favorite Patterson books. It was ok. The story was about a young girl who had an imaginary friend and wound up as an adult running into him again as a real person.

For the rest of the review, visit my blog at : http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/128653.html ( )
  booklover3258 | May 15, 2017 |
Fantastic! I truly had no idea where this story was going to take me. An absolute pleasure to read! ( )
  whybehave2002 | Mar 21, 2017 |
10 ( )
  Lvkidsbooks | Nov 11, 2016 |
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When my son, Jack, was four, I had to make a trip to Los Angeles. I asked him if he was going to miss me. "Not so much," Jack told me. "You're not going to miss me?" I said. Jack shook his head, and he said, "Love means you can never be apart." I think that's the basis on which this story was built, and I suppose that it revolves around a belief that nothing is more important in life than giving and receiving love. At least, that has been my experience.
And so, this is for you, Jack, my wise son, with much love. And for Suzie--your mom, my best friend and wife, all in one.
And finally, for Richard DiLallo, who helped tremendously at a key point in the development of the final story.
--J.P.
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Michael was running as fast as he could, running down thickly congested streets toward New York Hospital -- Jane was dying there -- when suddenly a scene from the past came to him, a dizzying rush of overpowering memories that nearly knocked him out of his sneakers.
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I miss you already.
“So, let me get this right...the big whoop about being human is that you get to die?”
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From CD Case: "Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she'll soon forget him.

Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone--a handsome, comforting, funny man. He's perfect. His name is Michael . . .

This is a heartrending story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breathtaking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestselling author all over the world, SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love. "
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Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she'll soon forget him. Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He's perfect. His name is Michael . . .

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