The Days of Abandonment

The Days of Abandonment

eBook - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2005
ISBN: 9781609450298
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (188 pages)
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-


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Jun 24, 2018

I expected more from the great Ferrante. To American eyes, her 188 page outburst dragged on about 180 pages too long. Maybe Italians have more patience for this kind of self-indulgent thing.

Dec 17, 2016

This is my first Elena novel and it was awesome. She holds nothing back. Can't wait to dive into the Neapolitan Series.

Sep 12, 2016

I read this after hearing it recommended as a brief, energetic introduction to acclaimed writer Elena Ferrante for those who don't have time to tackle her Neapolitan Quartet. It's certainly a riveting read, though I kept putting it down because Ferrante's portrait of depression--both the sense of losing emotional control and the frantic attempts to retain control that only make things worse--was so realistic and intense. I particularly loved the ending, because the harrowing nature of the story makes Olga coming back to herself and making peace with her ruined marriage is all the more powerful. It's an excellent book, but I'm not sure I'll be reading more of the author.

Jul 16, 2016

Great read! Deep, painful, lucid....excellent translation from Italian to English.....

May 18, 2016

Didn't like the book, vulgar when it didn't need to be, graphic that is. Didn't like the lead character either, so dependent it was hard to identify with her. Nor did the husband seem "real", more like a caricature of a bad husband than anything else, no spiritual connection between them so how could they last?
P.S. I had no trouble putting it down, put it down many times b/f I finished it.

Mar 03, 2016

A "terribly" good book. Honest and scary character description.
You like it or leave it but it captivates your attention.

madison382 Aug 27, 2015

This novel is about a woman abandoned by her husband and as a result became severely depressed. Once you start this novel you cannot put it down, because you want to know if the main character was able to recover. This author is very magnetic.

Oct 22, 2014

Her second novel

booklady413 Apr 28, 2013

Excellent translation from a beautiful writer. I also recommend My Brilliant Friend, first part of a trilogy by Ferrante.


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