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“The Story of a New Name” Elena Ferrante- book review

 

As promised, here is my review of the book “Storia del Nuovo Cognome” Elena Ferrante, the second volume of the Neapolitan saga.

Something off the topic, my room is a complete mess and this is no news at all for some of you who know me a little bit. Looks like, I can’t function that well in this chaos, books everywhere, clothes scattered on every possible piece of furniture, accessories, make up, make up brushes (on my defense they are freshly cleansed :D, yay \oo/) and despite my room’s rumble, my laziness and irresistible desire to procrastinate, here I am, in front of my laptop trying to do my best.

So back to the book. I was looking forward to read it and after reading it, I now look forward to read the third. It starts right where it left the first one, but the girls’ lives take a wild turn, specially Lina’s, now married to Stefano Caracci, thus becoming Mrs. Caracci (hint to the book’s title) something she deeply despises and the sound of it, makes her cringe with disgust. Her last name might be different, a brand new one, but she’s still the crazy, stubborn, independent girl she used to be. I must admit that, despite her life becoming an unbearable hell, she still keeps going on with her flame burning hot. She never, even for once surrendered to her fate. That’s something to worship and envy at the same time. Unfortunately it’s not something you can learn at school or through books, this is something you are born with. This is how, life energy works or vibrates into someone, I suppose. It vibrates in different wave lengths inside of everyone, that was Lina’s wave. Colorful, vibrant, sharp, fast, crazy, unstable that’s why it was so visible and so contagious. The very reason why no one could ever resist her. Her strength but also her curse.

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SuperFreaks

So today I feel like talking about incentives… Yeah…

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You see the picture, of this book I am reading… Well, I am not reading it yet, but I plan to. I have read the other 2, “Think like a Freak” and “Freakonomics” written by the same authors, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J.Dubner. I think, I messed up the reading order but who cares. Brilliant, amazing, mind-blowing books and very inspiring.

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“Big Girls Don’t Cry” Review

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As promised a few weeks ago, finally here my Fay Weldon’s review of “Big girls don’t cry”. i tried to be very careful, providing basic information and opinion, making it “spoiler free”. I have already mentioned it, I know, but I will do that again. I read the book in Albanian, published By Pegi Publishing House, one of the best here in Albania.

And with that said, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

First of all, know that it’s very straight forward and maybe someone would think of it as bold and brazen. That’s part of this book’s personality, this is how the characters truly are. Most of them are uncensored, because they show their true colors and are not afraid of not faking a facade to show to the rest. Well considering the time, breaking the boundaries, work hard, play hard, party hard and money looked easy but it wasn’t, it has never been, we just keep comparing easier eras to more difficult ones. That’s one of the biggest illusions of our reality.

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My Brilliant Friend

As already promised, this is my review of the book “My brilliant friend”. The original one in Italian is “L’amica geniale” written by Elena Ferrante.  While in Albanian you find it with the title“Mikesha gjeniale”.
Who has had the chance to see my post on Instagram/Facebook yesterday, is already aware of my  fascination.

I am not really sure of my accuracy on this review since I read it in Albanian. The translation is of a very good quality, though. It flows naturally, it looks so organic, so flawless making the reading such a good and enjoyable experience. Plus it’s more convenient as it costs less.  The publishing  house is Pegi, which also happens to be one of the most professional, rigorous publishing houses in Albania. (My personal opinion)

This review is from a plain reader’s point of view (that would be me, yeeeeaaah)and I repeat again, it was an amazing read. I know that it has been reviewed from experts, literature critics and important celebrities/media, also making it a bestseller, but this is not the point really. As there are lots of best sellers that suck (at least to me), but this one is really good and it had me hooked up from the start.

First, I need to tell you something. I had quite lost the sense of reading a novel, since the past year I have been more focused on psychology/social or even economics books which involved matter of fact realities, experiments, studies, statistics… you get the drill. Continue reading My Brilliant Friend

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Cover the Cover

The book

It’s interesting and it has got me really captivated. I think that by the end of the day I will be done with it.

Generally, I am quite skeptic when it comes to topics such as feminism or sexism as sometimes, it’s so easy to take the wrong step and get involved in biased or even extremist arguments that lead nowhere. But, Natasha Walter, the author besides showing facts, statistics and survey data, provides interviews with real people from showbiz industry to real life situations.

The way I see it, where she stands is an equilibrium point, as to some might sound debatable, but far from any kind of feminist extremism, drastic measures to bring into surface “the women empowerment”, radical opinions on men vs women” (I am glad there is no such thing in it).

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