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The Tea Planter's Wife
The Tea Planter's Wife
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No surprises here., 23 Nov. 2015
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A well told story, but I 'm afraid I guessed the twists of the plot quite early on, as I imagine do most readers. The male characters are one-dimensional, although the women are more rounded. I finished this mainly because I enjoyed the complete fantasy, but I did not find it believable.


The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels)
The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another remarkable novel., 23 Nov. 2015
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This is as dark, but also as amazing as ever. Now everyone is a real adult, should I have expected some change? Instead, the characters are stuck in the same patterns of dependence. However, a few shocking events bring out the extremes in their characters and the usual themes are revisited. Again, I felt frustrated by Elena's inability to break free from Lina, but perhaps she is no better?


The Fishermen
The Fishermen
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 23 Nov. 2015
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This is an amazing book. It is exotic and full of atmosphere, yet the characters are real and completely understandable. The plot carries the force of a Greek tragedy, with Fate inescapably pulling these characters on, but once the price has been paid, is there a hint of regeneration? Maybe, but what has been lost, can never be regained.


A Spool of Blue Thread
A Spool of Blue Thread
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, 18 Nov. 2015
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A book about disappointment and unfulfilment. This is very well written and there are lighter moments, but everyone seems unhappy most of the time. They resign themselves to their lot and do the best they can and perhaps there is some dignity in that, but there is no joy.


The Days of Abandonment
The Days of Abandonment
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Angry!, 7 Nov. 2015
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This was strange. It addressed the same themes as usual I.e. women searching for their own identity, men treating women badly, but I was surprised by the violence and obscenity in it. The lack of any action, even by Ferrante's standards surprised me. As always, it was very well written, and the psychological landscapes were well explored, but it was not a pleasant read.


Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Neapolitan Novels Book 3)
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Neapolitan Novels Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 22 Oct. 2015
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This is as good as ever. It is more overtly political, but there is a reason for the speeches. So, if that doesn't really appeal, please stick with it. The girls move into the next stage of their lives and the conflicts are not resolved. Motives are still not clear. However, the writing is extraordinarily powerful and once the speeches are over, things move quite quickly. This is difficult to put down.


Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels Book 2)
Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 13 Oct. 2015
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A phenomenal read, as expected, but I'm glad I'd read the previous volume in the series. There are quite a few characters and some have more than one name. However, the context usually provides the necessary information. I found it impossible not to view these characters as real people and became increasingly irate at the self-cantered manipulations of Lila. Surely this is the sign of an excellent novel!


My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan)
My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping., 29 Sept. 2015
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Powerful writing and well drawn characters. The mystery here, for me, is why does Lila have so much power over everyone when she is not even very nice! Schoolboy and schoolgirl crushes are usually outgrown but there is no sense of that here. Nevertheless, the sense of place and the characters evoked here feel very real and I am already reading the next in the series.


Ingenious Pain
Ingenious Pain
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but anachronistic., 29 Sept. 2015
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The story here was fascinating but, unfortunately, very little was resolved. It was difficult to like the characters although I did develop a respect for the main ones. The main problems turned around the plot. Just what were we dealing with here? Witchcraft? Nothing was explained and I believe it is lazy to hide behind the form of the historical novel, when people were more credulous or magic might have existed. The medical knowledge seemed suspect and there were no explanations.


Freedom
Freedom
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange title., 16 Sept. 2015
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I'm not sure why this novel has this title unless it is ironic. The main characters all seem to act blindly in response to their childhood needs and with little self awareness. Unfortunately, they are also fairly unlike able. The writing has a compelling quality and suitable classical allusions. There is also some degree of redemption at the end. Despite these criticisms, I found it worth reading.


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