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The Cottage and Its Lady [Copertina flessibile]

Beatrice Bugané , Elvira Altoé Vieira , Maria Antonietta Bugané

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10 dicembre 2013
She helps me up to my front porch. We take the first step. "Have you bought things for cooking?" Then, another. "Maybe something for a grandchild?" The door is in front of me now. "A friend?" I can feel her hand lingering next to mine, as if she is almost ready to reach for it. I take three steps forward to reach my cottage. Without looking back I say, "No. There is only me." The lady has been living in her cottage for as long as she has been old. On Tuesdays she buys her groceries, on Thursdays she walks, and she never misses a sunrise. She is satisfied with her routine and her solitude, though she appreciates the occasional company of kind strangers. The lady soon discovers, however; that unexpected company is not quite the same. But neither is it as terrifying as she imagines.

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5.0 su 5 stelle Page turner with a twist, what more do you need? 6 aprile 2014
Di Ana Carolina Araujo - Pubblicato su
Formato:Formato Kindle
I must admit I thought the pacing would be an immediate hindrance to me considering the fact that my usual taste linger more towards complete abuse of higher vocabulary and quick-paced action. Yet, the more I read on, the more I realized that the way it is written mimics thought, and fills the pages with a fluency and depth that mirrors the natural flow and introspection of our own musings. Regarding the pace, it seems the Greek have a better description than we do. Entachei is a word often described as meaning "quickly" or "swiftly with a delay", but some scholars such as Jon Courson suggests that it speaks of an event that occurs more frequently as time passes, like road signs passing more and more often as you approach a city. And truly the action occurs entachei - we see her routine become abnormality, as our protagonist points out herself, and because of the combination of these aspects, we have a sense of emotional empathy towards her courageous feats that aren't considered so in our typical frame of reference, and we find layers of depth in a world which would usually render a quaint impression at most to the passing eye.
Truly a page turner, you easily dive into the character's mind and therefore her world. You start to share opinions regarding others and their actions, regarding routine and daily life, which only makes the plot twist (on the very last page, which is a pleasant surprise for the location of a climax; wether it is a major or minor one is debatable) that much more shocking. Because it is not only her mindset that is confronted but what the reader has most likely been agreeing to and embracing for the past 146 pages.
Superb use of characterization (physical features, mannerisms…I don't want to spoil anything at this point), instigates reflection with clever reversals in her dialogue and thoughts in different chapters, and gives us a taste of what it may be like to experience old age, despite being a young writer. I could go on, but in sum, I applaud the beauty of this artwork and I hope any future buyers can enjoy this book as much as I have.
3.0 su 5 stelle No Spoilers 4 ottobre 2014
Di Nathan L. - Pubblicato su
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
At fewer than 140 pages, this book is much more on the novella side than full novel. However, despite its length, I hesitate to call The Cottage and its Lady a quick read as it will probably take you at least a few chapters to get comfortable with the writing style. Nevertheless, it is a story that you will likely finish in one sitting.

This is not a criticism. The central characters, while few, are all very nicely fleshed out. You understand, or think you understand, their motivations. The setting, a cottage, is simple but effective and has its own personality. The story itself is short, but effective in conveying both emotional and psychological turmoil.

My main issues with this novella are writing style and pace. It could be argued that the writing style is a reflection of the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Still, it took awhile for me to stop re-reading lines. I suggest you read the quotes in the Amazon description as that is pretty much how the book is written. If you enjoy or can at least tolerate that writing style, you should be fine. Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling for a bit.

I also had an issue with the pacing of the story. Even at 136 pages, it is slow. Though intended more as character study than action-packed thriller, I still found myself wanting things to progress quicker. By the end, I was simply glad it was over.

Having said all that, I still found The Cottage and its Lady intriguing enough to warrant 3 stars. If the cover description interests you, it won't cost much to take a chance. While I purchased a physical copy, the current kindle price is only $2.99. You can't really lose.

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