On one hand, it is a visceral, brutal read - the story of Olga's near disintegration in the aftermath of her being abandoned by her husband Marco. The Days of Abandonment is unpleasant: Olga is not a very good parent (and though Mario tries to draw the children into his new life, he soon also tires of them), and Olga does not act very nicely to almost anyone she deals with. Ambitious men prefer architecture over sensitivity, evidence shows. And read more from our book critics. On one hand, it is a visceral, brutal read - the story of Olga's near disintegration in the aftermath of her being abandoned by her husband Marco. Though at times extreme, the essence of Olga’s experience is genuine, and speaks to the complex and absorbing nature of that emotional state. I am the invulnerable animal who passes through fire and is not burned." But I did not think a novel about a middle-aged housewife in Tu. Nothing like reading another 700 page book from Mitchell or Murakami. In less than 200 pages Ferrante turns the convention upside down, the large-scale over the domestic. Ferrante's descriptions of the character's mental chaos and recovery are dramatic and ring true. Her four-book series of Neapolitan Novels are her most widely known works. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Europa editions, 2005. This leaves Olga disoriented with rage and you feel her grasp slowly dissolving to catastrophic proportions it’s so cleverly written (also disturbingly funny at times) you feel the torment dripping off the pages. Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2015. Next on my list was The Days of Abandonment. A knock against "women's literature"is that it never aims for, or achieves, a large-scale canvas. And so she begins to destroy herself, pull herself and her children down. This novel is a powerful account of the emotional stresses of abandonment. I feel torn over this book, though thankfully not in the way the main character Olga feels torn (fragmented) during what has to be the worst day of her life. In fact, I was so upset about what happened to the dog, it made me dislike the main character greatly. If The Days of Abandonment were a theatrical play instead of a novel, it would have to be performed in one act. An Italian Voice about a cheating husband and the aftermath. But I did not think a novel about a middle-aged housewife in Turin abandoned by her husband would satisfy my craving for the ratcheting tension, emotional gut punches and eerie ambiguities I'd just experienced in Jackson's novel. As a writer of fiction myself, I read books for the writing as much as for the stories, and the fluidity and honesty of Ferrante's voice is as seductive as a siren song for me. Browse The Guardian Bookshop for a big selection of Modern & contemporary fiction books and the latest book revie Buy The Days Of Abandonment … Still, I wanted to read a perspective that I don’t find an American books. That's a first sentence that leaves you turning pages quickly, even though Olga's descent into pain and near madness is as hard to read about as a train wreck is to watch. Ordinarily the lack of curiosity about those outside one's class explains why: the preference for one's circle of intimates where uncertainties and dangers are kept away. They were married for 15 years, have 2 children, and Mario just walks out. The novel tells the story of an Italian … What happens when a person’s domestic life with spouse and children, their entire personal existence, cracks like a bottle of wine and spills all over the floor? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Olg. those who want to explore the workings of the mind, First person novels featuring women going slightly or more than slightly bonkers are not hard to come by, in fact they may be a whole sub-genre. How wrong I was. Of Course A Male Reviewer Here Would Say He Couldn't Understand The Rage! The book reveals how even the best of people, the main character was a writer, can lose all … I've kept seeing Elena Ferrante popping up on Goodreads and Amazon so I was expecting something rather wonderful when I dipped into this standalone novel. With two young children to care for, Olga finds it … How men have it all so differently. As Olga navigates the dark days and … Synopsis A bestseller in Italy for almost a year, "The Days of Abandonment" shocked and captivated its public when first published - the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after … Every once in a while a book comes around that is very difficult to review. Elena Ferrante is a very skilled writer, and 'The Days of Abandonment' doubtlessly a very strong piece of writing. Check out our review of Ferrante’s latest book, or get to know her English translator. Things fall apart and she becomes "A broken clock that, because its metal heart continued to beat, was now breaking the time of everything else." She is left to cope, though not very well, her children suffer neglect, as does the dog, and she attempts to figure out what she did wrong. People everywhere fall apart at being abandoned. The intensity was raw and so real I could feel in my guts the confusion and pain the protagonist was going though. I had been warned by some … I am the wasp that stings. You are screaming at her to get it together, but you are also fascinated. 5.0 out of 5 stars Most of us Have Been There....Ferrante Captures Her "Days of Abandonment". When I finished Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House two days ago, all I wanted to do as read another book exactly like that one. The reason for this is that, though I am enthralled by Ms. … When past that I began to get into the mind of the wife to watch how her life exploded. The Days of Abandonment is a first-person narrative from the perspective of Olga, a 38-year-old mother of two (Gianni and Illaria), recently left by her husband, Mario. One clearly sees the roots of her skill in describing a character's inner world and torments, in vivid - and often searing - language, which was so evident in the quartet. It isn't just a book about an affair, it's a book about the deepest, darkest feelings a person can have about themselves and other people, and the precautions they must take to save themselves from drowning. It's a heartbreaking story, probably not to be recommended if you are after something lighthearted or frothy, but highly recommended if you want stunning writing and a fascinating and real character study of a broken woman who puts herself back together again. See 2 questions about The Days of Abandonment…, BOOK: The Days of Abandonment - Elena Ferrante. Not only is it the most recent Emily Books selection, but I've heard nothing but good things about Elena Ferrante in general. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published This page works best with JavaScript. Burned on a funeral pyre with him. No, this has nothing to do with the Neapolitan Quartet, as it is a separate story. Basking in the afterglow of that intense literary experience I immediately downloaded "Frantamaglia: A Writer's Journey" which is Ferrante's musings on writing her amazing books. Verified Purchase. Olga is abandoned by her unfaithful husband, leaving her for a much younger woman. I am in love with Elena Ferrante's writing. I had just finished lounging in the pure ecstasy that only prolific readers know, of reading Ferrante's "The Neapolitan Series". If you liked the Naples quartet you will like this too. Her definitions and descriptions are just different enough to be jarring. It culminates in the worst, " One afternoon, right after lunch, my husband announced that he wanted to leave me". After reading the four 'Neapolitan Novels' and 'Troubling Love', I finally got around to reading Ms. Ferrante's first published novel - 'Days of Abandonment'. I read this right before reading "Ties" by Domenico Starnone, who is said to be Ferrante's husband. 1,123 reviews From the author of The Days of Abandonment, The Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante's most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and … Margarita Buy brings one of her finest performances to "The Days of Abandonment," but apart from her sensitivity, this overly familiar drama offers little real insight into the suffering of a … To celebrate the book's... A national bestseller for almost an entire year. Start by marking “The Days of Abandonment” as Want to Read: Error rating book. (p. 76). Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2016. It is incredibly realistic and painful to feel Olga's alienation: from a world where "everything was reduced to an aseptic voice" (p. 68) She tries desperately to put on a brave face: "To those who hurt me. Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2017. I stayed up all night gobbling up The Days of Abandonment. Reviewer Lynda Woodroffe. A knock against "women's literature"is that it never aims for, or achieves, a large-scale canvas. Ferrante writes experimentally, exploring issues women deal with - the loss of love and desirability, the need to dissolve or disappear if they are not young and beautiful, the roles of wife and mother, issues of her own career struggles while also trying to be wife, mother. When I finished Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House two days ago, all I wanted to do as read another book exactly like that one. Be warned, however, that - at least beginning from roughly the halfway point - this is not a … Directed by Roberto Faenza. We’d love your help. It quickly became apparent that I would not be able to enjoy the full impact of the journal without reading "The Days of Abandonment". While her husband is off living the life, shagging his new mistress and all but disappears from the scene she ends up questioning everything about her marriage, her sanity and her place as a mother. Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018, Because this book has been translated it might not be quite understandable, in the emotional sense, to an American reader. I didn't care for the way she neglected her children, and especially the poor dog . I hesitate between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. It's the way, in certain communities, the wife has no value once the husband dies or leaves, so she must die. Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2015. The author shows how the wife looks at things in her life from a different perspective than I. If The Days of Abandonment were a theatrical play instead of a novel, it would … I'm not sure how much of my repulsion stems from the book itself, and how much can be blamed on the gratingly bitchy narrator. You just keep going until there are no pages left to read. Ferrante's books, originally published in Italian, have been translated into many languages. [Not sure at the end of the book how Otto really died? poisoned , due to the nature of the husband that left - he was not a friendly character - and treated the other residents in the community with rudene, No, this has nothing to do with the Neapolitan Quartet, as it is a separate story. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Aging, friendship, intellectual pursuits. (p. 107) She does manage to survive with her kids and eventually has a final conversation with Mario about their separation in which she confronts him: "Now I know what an absence of sense is and what happens if you manage to get back to the surface of it. I've read the whole "Brilliant Friend" series, sometimes listening (I do audio) to certain passages over and over again. Complex plotting in the dissolution of a marriage, it's astonishing that she can achieve a sense of grandeur in a subject so common it's almost not even worth noting. This is the kind of surrealist stuff that I expected … There's some cleverness in how Olga turns into what she once thought she never would become, but that does in no way redeem the book. Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2015. Trump Books Keep Coming, and … IN Elena Ferrante's tale of one deserted wife's descent into disarray, the narrator's husband of 15 years suddenly announces that he is leaving because he's "confused... having terrible … The book opens with Olga, a 38-year-old married woman describing the day her husband, Mario, age 40, left her. I had been warned by some reviews and by friends that had read "The Days of Abandonment" to realize that it may be hard to read and a little weird. She fell apart. Almodovar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" + Margaret Atwood's terrific uberfeminist two first published novels + Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story avatar heroine from The Yellow Wallpaper = THIS, a novel with absolutely perfect symbolism that describes the descent of this woman goin' bonkers, with the overflow of emotions which invades her after being left for the "other woman." An anatomy of a breakdown after her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Days of Abandonment. This is as close to perfection a novel told in the first person can achieve. But the thing about Shirley Jackson's books is, there is no other book exactly like this. In less than 200. In particular, the ups and downs Olga … Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist. by Europa Editions. I first heard about Elena Ferrante about a year ago when everyone seemed to read her Neapolitan saga. Getting left suddenly by your husband is a big shock,, but her reaction seemed out of proportion. On the day that she discovers the identity of the lover for whom Marco has left - and this takes up probably half of the book - all hell breaks loose: her son vomits in his sleep and has a huge fever and her dog (well Mario's dog) gets sick and dies, probably poisoned. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children … I am the dark serpent. Ferrantes novel is taut and precise,not necessarily plot driven.This is an exploration of the mental turmoil and anguish of a woman whose husband suddenly removes himself from the family home in Turin.Themes of abandonment,control,isolation,and recovery and much more.Very satisfying and succeeds wonderfully.Four Stars, I've kept seeing Elena Ferrante popping up on Goodreads and Amazon so I was expecting something rather wonderful when I dipped into this standalone novel. It runs so deep that there is still an element of this in modern society. The Days Of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante. Ambitious men prefer architecture over sensitivity, evidence shows. These are some I have read in the last couple of years, This is as close to perfection a novel told in the first person can achieve. Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2020. One test of a good novel is: does it survive translation into other languages? This is for my final final of junior year, let’s hope it goes well. Mother and housewife Olga, 38, is left by her husband Mario, 40, for a girl they … I enjoyed the book and the writing, Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020. This was emotional and searing and I finished it in one afternoon and it left me some combination of sad and angry and melancholy for the rest of the day, and it's going to be a pretty long time before I can talk about it, I think. The Days of Abandonment Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community … Did anyone else find this book to be a good inte=ro to the Neapolitan Quartet? Olga's life is shattered when her husband abandons her. To see what your friends thought of this book. The days of abandonment has been equally absorbing, yet tense and painful to read! To get more detailed, Mario leaves her … Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. I totes loved it. Anyway, I won't let that soften the blow, because this was torture to listen to. I am giving back in kind. As the sense of abandonment grew on her with each passing day, she returned to her Poverella - an old abandoned woman from her childhood memories, which in my view created a ulcerous wound that … This book was kind of melodramatic. She is a contemporary feminist writer. 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