The Rosie Effect ~ by Graeme Simsion

41gg2ni0vol-_sx324_bo1204203200_This has been to me even more brilliant than the first book, The Rosie Project. I love Don (43, Aussie, now living in NY), and I believe I would marry him if I could. Even if he tends to embarrass her wife, Rosie, or even if he doesn’t get basic social laws. Sometimes. What you need to know that he is really investing a lot of energy and effort on a new project… BUD project – Baby Under Development project.

The whole story isn’t predictable at all. Besides Rosie and Don, the reader follows the lives and familiar/love events of many other characters, which represent ordinary people difficulties in life and marriage. It is like a perfect photo of all that happens around us and among our families too.

There is no spoiler here, but if you loved The Rosie Project, I highly recommend you to read this incredibly hilarious, witty, realistic and well-written novel. It is Christimas time, time for a good read!

RATING: 10/10📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖

GENRE: contemporary fiction

BOOK DETAILS: Link to book details on  Amazon.com  ~  Amazon.it

MAIN CHARACTERS: Don, Rosie – Dave, Sonia, – Gene, Lydia and some others.

SETTING : NY

POINT OF VIEW: Don – first person

HOW I MET THIS BOOK: through my best friend Alessandra, my private book pusher.

I really loved this novel! I gave it 10/10 book icons, and I didn’t miss a page. It is not possible.

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ADDRESS TO THE AUTHOR:

You are wonderful  Mr Simsion!

Dom

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The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino

RATING: 9/10 📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖

GENRE: contemporary fiction/fantasy (?)

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BOOK DETAILS: Link to book details on  Amazon.com  ~  Amazon.co.uk

SYNOPSIS:  A lonely tired traveller reaches an ancient Castle. When he enters it, something is not so clear. It seems everything is ok, from the big wooden gate to the taverna inside, but there is definitively something not quite clear. After observing the scene inside a big castle room, the traveller understands there is a spell going on among all travellers that sit together around a common table: they can’t speak. No words for them to be uttered. But our traveller is so eager to tell his personal story as well as the others. Only tarot cards can help them now, crossing one another.

So now. Let’s find out what happens!

MAIN CHARACTERS: the mysterious traveller and many others (counts, knights, princesses, queens and so on).

POINT OF VIEW3rd person narration and 1st person

HOW I MET THIS BOOK: after so many years, finally it was time! One book less on my to-be-read-book list

HOW THIS BOOK WON ME OVER:

Calvino raised me somehow. I can honestly say that I started loving reading thanks to Mr. Calvino and his Marcovaldo. Even if here compulsory at school, it is a OOAK book that you can’t forget. A book that you can read as a child and just surf on its pages and laugh out loud, or plunge deep into its water as an adult. And what about If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller?
Anyway, I am here to review The Castle. Readers should be aware that this is literature with  capital L. I read it in Italian, to sip the beauty of the language (which is mine).

The book is a collection of stories, imagining that a group of travellers meet in a Castle after their improbable journeys/lives. Every story is the story of a traveller. But, they can’t talk. They are totally mute, so they help themselves with tarot cards which explain their adventures.
The story I loved more is one of the last ones, i.e. the Writer’s Story. It sums up the journey of a writer, his/her solitudes, difficulties, struggles, misfortunes and sense of discontentment at the end.
If you are a serial reader, who, just like me, loves all kind of writing mainly the Big literature, read it and be inspired. If you read just for pleasure and only contemporary fiction (from YA to Dystopian) don’t read it. 🙂

 

Here a short quote from the book (in Italian and with my translation):

Così ho messo tutto a posto. Sulla pagina, almeno. Dentro di me tutto resta come prima. p. 113 (Italian Edition)

So now everything is in order. On the page, at least. Inside of me everything remains just like before.

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ADDRESS TO THE AUTHOR:

If Hemingway was one of your favourite writers, you are definitely one of mine. All the best from this Earth.

© Dom

Meet and Greet weekend

Have a nice weekend 🙂 Here a nice way to meet and visit new and old bloggers.

And now. Leading to the seaside. See you on Monday!

Dom

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend!!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and Meet n Greet your tails off!

See ya on Monday!!

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