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South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami,


I've read the first 40 pages waiting for my husband to join me at a cafe and the rest of them as soon as I got the change. I just couldn't stop reading this novel. Like the other Murakami's novel I've read, the prose is for most part simple and unpretentious yet there are moments of such intensity and grace. The metaphors and the symbols are beautiful,unique and as fine as delicate piece of jewelry. 

It surprised me how much I sympathized with the lead character and the narrator of this story. I love the straightforwardness of this book(and the protagonist), the "I-have-no-clue-what-is-the-purpuse-of-live" type of honesty. There is some wisdom in it, despite the fact that there it is not trying to be enlightening or to provide any type of answers. 

In many ways this novel reminded me of Sputnik, there is something dreamy and fantastical about it that I really like. You're not quite sure is everything that happens "real" or is just part of characters' imagination...and somehow it doesn't really matter because what matters is the inner world of the characters and the writer sure can create it.

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Lontano dal mio paese, Lorenza Cozzolino (recensione libro)

Ciao tutti! Oggi  sul blog vi parlo del un libro molto rilevante e importante per i nostri tempi. Lontano dal mio paese è stata una lettura molto piacevole.A me questo libro è piaciuto molto.Vi chiedo pardon per i errori grammaticali nella mia recesione (la mia prima recensione scritta in italiano!), sto ancora imparando l'italiano. 


Sul sito Amazon ho trovato questa descrizione di Lontano dal mio paese: La storia di Anna e’ la storia di tutti i giovani italiani, che in questi anni sbattono la testa per vedere realizzati i propri sogni e resi concreti quelli che sono i loro diritti. Poi, se come lei sei nato a Napoli, la situazione è ancora più complicata, perché non solo devi combattere con la società, ma anche con tutto il marcio che ci gira intorno. (link)
Lontano Dal Mio Paese è un romanzo amaro, ma bellissimo. Ho letto con piacere e con una sensazione che ascolto un racconto di una amica. Questo romanzo, con la sua struttura narrativa tradizionale (cronologica) è molto facile d…

Invisible cities by Italo Calvino (book review and recommendation)

Invisible Cities is a novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino. Originally published in  1972, this novel remains popular with modern readers. Before I get to the review, I have a confession to make. I'm actually using a few photographs from another book (written in Italian) because I have listened to an audio version of this book. I could find and repost a photograph of this book, but what would be the point? I prefer to use my own book photography, because it feels more authentic.





I listened to an audio version of this book twice (which technically puts it into a 'reread' category), for two days in a row, while I was working on a new painting. The painting turned out pretty much perfect, should I thank Calvino for that? I'm not kidding, perhaps the beauty of his prose really helped (or somehow improved) my painting process. It is not such a far fetched idea as it might seem at first. The first time I listened to this book, I was mostly focused on the form that is to say…

Book review and recommendation: Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is an author that never fails to impress me. Her magical writing style always captures my attention, while her characters capture my heart. Still what I'm enamoured the most (when it comes to Allende's writing) are her poetical passages and meditations on life. Allende's an unique writing gift. 
Having previously read four of her novels ( The House of the Spirits , Of Love and Shadows , Daughter of Fortune and Zorro ) , I can't deny having certain expectations when it came to this author. Sometimes we dive into book blissfully unaware of where it might take us. Other times, we have expectations (not to say prejudice). Being already familiar with the writer is both a blessing and a course. Having been (already) accustomed to someone's writing style might make the reading easier. Similar like with friends, we're ready to pardon things to writers we love. On another hand, if our expectations are high, we might end up disappointed.

At this point, I t…