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Queen of the Big Time Unknown Binding – 2004

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: W F Howes - Clipper Large Print (2004)
  • ASIN: 1845057058
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
Following in the same vein as the enthralling 'Lucia, Lucia', this book follows the loves, the losses and the ever twisting fate of Nella Castelluca. Adriana Tragiani paints such vivid imagery with her words, so much so I really couldn't bare to put the book down. At times the story was heart warming and funny but also poignant and sad. I always felt great empathy with the lead character as the book meandered through the years of her life. If you enjoyed 'Lucia, Lucia' you will most certainly enjoy this book, at times it was a tad predictable but all the same, a wholly fabulous read.
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By Sandford VINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
A thoroughly enjoyable book, in my opinion as good as Adriana Trigiani's previous best-seller "Lucia, Lucia". I felt quickly drawn into the strong relationships of the Castelluca family, guided by the voice of the main character, Nella Castelluca. I love Adriana Trigiani's style of writing which flows so beautifully and is a delight to read. I had a real sense of young Nella's determination and wishes for her future, who, from the age of 14, has a clear focus on securing herself an education against all the odds facing her in the Pennsylvania of 1920's America. Nella lives with her parents and four sisters on a farm in Delabole, an isolated community 3 miles from the nearest town Roseto. She is drawn to the relatively cosmopolitan atmosphere of the town, enticing her away from the suffocation of her family's rural way of life.
Nella comments early, that her hunger for books lead her to a repeat reading of Jayne Eyre. I wondered how much she might have identified herself with Bronte's character. The part in the book where Nella agrees to be her elder sister Assunta's skivvy in "payment" for accompanying her on the 3 mile walk to school, shows her steely resolve and determination. The impression is, that Nella would indeed have endured much more to achieve what she wanted.
We experience Nella's first romantic involvement, her first "crush", with Renato, who is 7 years older than her. The episode where she finds herself unavoidably alone with Renato, and her "first ever kiss", is well written by Adriana Trigiani, bringing out not just the emotional maturity of Nella, but also her vulnerabilities and strengths. To cope in her stoic way with future personal and family crises, Nella will need to draw on these personal attributes.
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Format: Hardcover
Adriana Trigiani has the ability to put the reader into the main character's shoes from the first line of the first page.
She possesses both the eloquence to describe life in a time that the reader can never have possibly experienced (unless the reader is 110, of course!), and the knack of making us feel the precise emotions that her characters feel.
The Queen of the Big Time is possibly the best Trigiani novel that I have read. It is both a life story and a love story which contains many twists and turns, encapturing the reader within the family of the Castelluca's.
Once you begin reading this, you won't want to put it down.
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Format: Paperback
A book that makes you feel part of the story. It's not very often that a book can make you laugh and cry from reading the same page. My only disapointment was that this will only be one book and it will not have a follow up like The Big Stone Gap.
Feel part of the magic and read this book- you will feel like a nice cream cake after reading!
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By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
I have loved Adriana Trigiani's books ever since the 'Big Stone Gap' Trilogy. 'Lucia, Lucia' had been my favourite book, that was until I had read 'Queen Of The Big Time'. This book will make you go through all the emotions and you better make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy.
Following Nella throughout her life you can really feel her hopes, loves, disappointments and even regrets as she reflects on her life. She is a very strong character and although you feel her dislike of her bullying sister Assunta, you also realise her frailties with her and begin to feel sorry for her as Nella does. I also loved the other characters too and how they entered and became part of Nella's life.
This book will stay with you long after finishing it. A really wonderful read.
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Format: Hardcover
Adriana writes beautiful, beautiful books and this one was my favourite by far.
The story follows Nella throughout her life and you cannot help but feel you know her better than she knows herself by the end of the book, she feels like an old friend.
I read this book in one go and the tears streamed down my face for the last parts, i will never forget this book. It was touching and romantic but overwhelmingly honest. I love above all else how flawed Trigiani's characters are, the are real people and you regret their mistakes but are glad they made them as it makes them true to life.
Set aside a day and read this, you won't regret it.
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By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
After Trigiani's trilogy of Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon, I was hooked to this author. Lucia Lucia followed and was also great, but this book is by far her best. I couldnt put it down - I read it in one sitting. I laughed and I cried. I woulf thoroughy recommend this book to anyone. Fabulous!
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