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5.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing tale of dementia
"The Days of Abandonment" begins with Mario walking out on Olga, his wife of fifteen years, and their two children. It's an act which devastates Olga, who narrates this account of her 'days of abandonment.' At first the absurdity of the situation is something to preoccupy her, the question of 'Why?' It's not the first time that Mario has been tempted to leave Olga but...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The author certainly has her own "sound of voice" and ...
The author certainly has her own "sound of voice" and sensitivity. But in the end, the whole story reminded me a bit too much of the novel "Une femme rompue" by Simone de Beauvoir.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing tale of dementia, 13 Jan 2008
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"The Days of Abandonment" begins with Mario walking out on Olga, his wife of fifteen years, and their two children. It's an act which devastates Olga, who narrates this account of her 'days of abandonment.' At first the absurdity of the situation is something to preoccupy her, the question of 'Why?' It's not the first time that Mario has been tempted to leave Olga but this time there is another woman, and it's not quite as out of nowhere as she had first thought.
"The Days of Abandonment" is a detailed, personal account of Olga's now shattered life. Her mind wanders, she snaps at her children and at the people she encounters and her life becomes a mess.
The author uses a number of devices, such as the difficulty of establishing communication but the story is presented convincingly: it reads as thoroughly authentic. "The Days of Abandonment" is harrowing because Olga is not a very good mother, she does not act very nicely to almost anyone she deals with. In particular, the ups and downs Olga experiences show that the author has a sound knowledge of the human psyche.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The main character's viewpoint is written with such searing honesty and so brilliantly that I felt almost as though I were exper, 20 Nov 2014
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Extraordinary writing. The main character's viewpoint is written with such searing honesty and so brilliantly that I felt almost as though I were experiencing her turmoil, anger and confusion alongside her. I found this book extremely moving and thought provoking. A 'must-read' in my opinion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The author certainly has her own "sound of voice" and ..., 15 Oct 2014
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The author certainly has her own "sound of voice" and sensitivity. But in the end, the whole story reminded me a bit too much of the novel "Une femme rompue" by Simone de Beauvoir.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, and a gripping read, 14 Dec 2007
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I agree with the previous reviewer: this is extremely powerful and one of those books you will not forget. The writer has brilliantly and unflinchingly captured the heroine's mental turmoil upon being abandoned by her husband, but at the same time this is a story about the heroine's ultimate strength. For all the 'heaviness' of the subject matter, I found myself devouring this unlikely page-turner and highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read, 20 Jan 2014
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This book is probably not meant for men, but I loved it nevertheless. The pacing is excellent - I almost stopped reading it halfway through - it was painful to read... then I realised how interesting that was as I was almost feeling her angst. I don't know if that was intentional, but it mad the ending so much sweeter!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening, 24 Mar 2013
A painful account of the devastating effect of having a partner leave you. It is a cold and bleak vision of near disintegration of one's personality that can occur when someone that you trust so deeply betrays you. Deeply personal, honest and frank, I can understand why the author wishes to remain anonymous after revealing so much of herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and shocking, 9 July 2006
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The Days of Abandonment is a really powerful book. Once I started it I really couldn't put it down. I thought it was an incredibly subtle and challenging analysis of a breaking point in a woman's life. I hadn't heard of Elena Ferrante before, and the book was a revelation to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Oct 2014
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Unusually interesting subject written with great power, painful reading at times
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