Queen of the Big Time Unknown Binding – 2004
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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.Read more ›
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.
Feel part of the magic and read this book- you will feel like a nice cream cake after reading!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This the story of a young Italian American girl called Nella. We first meet her in 1924 when she is fourteen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue
I bought this book for my granddaughter. I read it some time ago and thoroughly enjoyed it so hope she will too.Published 21 months ago by Joicie
I read The Shoemakers Wife and thoroughly enjoyed it so decided to read some of her other novels.
this one didn`t disappoint.....................I didn`t want it to end
This is a really enjoyable read and I would certainly recommend it to others. Adriana Trigiani is a lovely writer and I must be honest that I have been reading one book after... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2011 by Mrs. Rachel A. Wright
This is a truly memorable story, written to tug at the heart strings. The opening paragraph introduces the reader to a style of writing that is silky smooth, and flows along so... Read morePublished on 16 July 2010 by Jenna