An IndiBound best seller, The Days of Abandonment shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband, with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.
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To be brief, this novel is not about chains of events or mystery of any kind. Rather it is a swirls of deep emotions and self pity and literally decomposition of a human soul.
Divorce is terrible. I've played its victim in various roles. That's why I was interested in this book. But this lady's complete lack of rationality is indefensible. Sickening in fact. (Spoiler alert.) To turn on your children and dog like that just means you're a bad person. I don't care what you're going through. To victimize the innocent is never justifiable. What your husband did is despicable. But you're no better.
I stopped listening 15 chapters into it. It truly is about the days of abandonment x-number of years into a long marriage with two kids. It's exactly how I hope I would not behave given those circumstances. It's just yucky and I can't finish it. It's left a bad taste in my mouth.
This was disappointing. Hard to finish. Olga was sometimes crazy, sometimes not - confusing. Sex was too graphic.
The story was so strange, and the writing extremely choppy. There was absolutely zero character development! Despite the author trying to show us what life is like after the separation and eventual divorce for a 38-year-old woman and her two children, I truly felt as though her behavior and interactions with the kids were ridiculously over the top. This woman definitely needed some intense, long-term psychiatric treatment. Not at all believable that she would get better so quickly.Surprisingly, even the husband's attitde and behavior is pretty strange, especially when he admits to not really liking his children and thinks that their annoying behavior will lead to his new relationship falling apart. What? Really?Apparently, neither one of them is committed to putting the kids firstI do understand that the story is meant to be dark, but this book is simply awful. Only positive here would have to be the narration. Hilary managed to portray the main character as depressed and with flat affect, while she performed the children with far more energy. Skip buying this one, even if at a discount.☹️
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
This isn't worth $1, and certainly not worth a credit. I've skipped from chapter to chapter hoping to find good character development, some sort of joy in being alive, or something worth listening to. I haven't found it yet.
The main character, Olga, disgusted me. I wanted to stop listening halfway through but plowed through hoping that some great insight would emerge. It didn't. I was sick of listening to her meaningless, self-pitying introspection. Sure her husband did her wrong....so why was two-thirds of the book devoted to pining after him? The narrator was the only redeeming factor in this audiobook.
I am at the end of my rope with Hilary Huber's reading. Not all children are petulant, bratty, shallow, nonsensical problems. And I am constantly thinking that my streaming is slow, when it turns out that's jus Siri reading a book - I don't have this issue with any other reader.
Huber is a huge award winner. This is my 6th Huber book. I expect more.
Also, "else" does not have a tz in it, and the t in "often" is silent.
Good literature, just not enjoyable. Don't listen to this while driving. If it doesn't put you to sleep, you may be tempted to drive into oncoming traffic. Unlike the other Ferrante books, I had a hard time getting through it.
"Are women really this crazy?"
It is a book that will make you want to punch the protagonist in the head to bring her to her senses. Agony.
"Dark, troubling and thought provoking"
I listened to this following blistering reviews on Mariella Fostrup's book review. The women reviewing it said it was fantastic and closely resembled some of the thoughts and feelings that one has following a break up and infidelity
I enjoyed it. It is darkly funny at points and the writing is such that it reflects the absence of time and interaction that is happening with the protagonist.
The troubling parts are how the children are left to fend for themselves and I think it mirrors what happens in real life very accurately although I have no experience of such.
Definitely worth a credit. Possibly not the type of book for many fantasy readers so only if you fancy something a little more thought provoking
Narration not memorable which, given the story may or may not be a good thing
Had to turn it off after a minute because the narrator sounds like a robot.
"Brutal but beautiful."
I found this such a tough read but only because it so reflected the depth and sometimes horror of a life falling apart and coming back together. It was refreshingly female a and beautifully crafted.
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