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Fates and Furies di [Groff, Lauren]
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"Enough betrayal, vengeance and sex to read like one of the Greek tragedies" (Observer)

"Rich, lyrical and rewarding." (Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Guardian (Books of the Year))

"A lyrical and, at times, astonishingly beautiful account of how little it is possible to know about those closest to us." (Financial Times)

"Addictive to read ... Groff has drawn a woman so complex it seems that with every chapter a new layer is revealed, each as deliciously intriguing as the next … The result is a compelling portrait of an unconventional marriage across two decades." (Stylist)

"[A] stunning achievement. The plotting is elegant, intricate and assured . . . it will give you much to savour." (Independent)

"Absorbing and beautifully written, this is a riveting study of love, power and creativity." (Sunday Express)

"A truly special novel ... if you haven't read her before, I'm delighted to take the credit for introducing you to one of your new favourite authors." (The Pool)

"A searing exploration of how far a person will go for love, loyalty and revenge." (Time)

"Rare and impressive Groff has created a novel of extraordinary and genuine complexity…The word “ambitious” is often used as code for “overly ambitious”, a signal that an author’s execution has fallen short. No such hidden message here. Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly ambitious novel that deliverswith comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout." (New York Times)

"A book to submit to and be knocked out by." (Meg Wolitzer)

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From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 402
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1594634475
  • Editore: Cornerstone Digital; 01 edizione (15 settembre 2015)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
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  • Media recensioni: 4.5 su 5 stelle 2 recensioni clienti
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Ci si innamora dei personaggi, dell'amore infinito che lega i due protagonisti, anche dei loro segreti e dei loro difetti. Scritto molto bene. Lo consiglio vivamente
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Somehow I thought it would be parallel lives. Instead, it is the before and after story, and an insight into what went in between. Very good read. Good writer. Lots of theatre writing, not so much focus on the prose.
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718 di 780 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle This book may be or may not be your kind of thing... 16 settembre 2015
Di The Bookend Family - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida
Review by: Stacy Palm
*** 3 out of 5 stars
Release Date: 9/15/2015

First, let me clarify that my 3 star rating is a neutral rating. This is a very difficult book for me to review. I'll start with what I believe is the premise. This is a book about marriage, and about individual perspectives on the same situation. It's a book that brings to light that every person experiencing a situation, even if the situation seems mundane, brings with them their own prior knowledge, and their own view hinged upon all the information that they know that others may not. It is also a book about compromise and what that compromise is worth to a person.

The reasons I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it. The character development is astounding, after reading this novel I know these characters, inside and out. Honestly, this book is relying heavily on the fact that the characters are the driving factor for you to turn the page because there isn't much else there. So they are lively, vivid, characters. These characters do seem to propel the story along so that you feel lost in their world. The beginning and younger years were by far my favorite chapters of the book.
The reasons I didn't enjoy this novel. It is not a light read. It is a heavy, dense read, and often times over pretentious (a whole glimpse into a pseudo play-opera based on Antigone) that brought the whole flow of the book to a grinding halt. Simply because I found myself having to go back and re-read the zealously laden series of complex metaphors, but some readers live for that kind of thing, and if you're one of them, you will love this book. I personally found it a bit much and would have preferred Ms. Groff sacrifice the literature for a better tempo to the story, but that is just my opinion.

Overall, this is where it becomes very difficult to review. I see what this book had to offer. I see the intention and I see the reasons for the delivery. However, when I ask myself the question, "Did reading this book have an effect on me and if so what was it?" To be truthful, I honestly can't answer this question. I don't know that it had any effect on me. I contemplated some things that were factors in the book, but I don't know if that was because of the reading or from knowing that I had a review to write. I also think I would have a difficult time recommending this book to anyone unless I knew exactly what type of reader they were. All these reasons are why I've given the book a neutral rating. This may be the book you are looking for, I may have not connected appropriately with the events, so this may be a book you have to try for yourself.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Weighty exploration of a 20+-year marriage from both perspectives... 24 settembre 2015
Di Larry Hoffer - Pubblicato su
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Whoa. I'm not sure what to make of this one.

"Storytelling is a landscape, and tragedy is comedy is drama. It simply depends on how you frame what you're seeing."

Do we ever really know the person we're in a relationship with? What about the person we're married to?

Lauren Groff's dense, thought-provoking, occasionally meandering new book, Fates and Furies, is a weighty exploration of a 20+-year marriage between Lotto (Lancelot) and Mathilde. The two meet at the end of their senior year of college at Vassar and fall instantly in love—and lust—with each other. Both tall, confident, exuding charisma, they are the couple everyone wants to be, and be near.

Lotto was once a child of privilege, the heir to a fortune, only to have it all taken away by his manipulative, agoraphobic mother. He runs on the fuel of adoration and popularity, but once his acting career doesn't materialize, he falls into a depression until he discovers his true talent, writing plays. Mathilde is his muse, his inspiration, his business manager, the person who keeps their lives running as Lotto flickers in and out of the creative process. But why is she willing to put up with Lotto's mercurial nature, his desperate need to be adored, his feelings of abandonment from his family?

Fates and Furies tells Lotto's story first, seeing the marriage from his vantage point, and then switches halfway through to tell Mathilde's story, which provides an intriguing, complex perspective on incidents we've already seen. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, some surprising, some not so surprising, and these are fascinating, flawed characters. (At times Lotto felt to me like a character from a Pat Conroy novel, not that that's a bad thing.)

I'm a huge fan of Lauren Groff, and her storytelling ability and her use of language is sensational. At times I marveled over her words but at times her prose was so weighty, so laden with metaphors and references to Greek mythology and Shakespeare that I found myself a little lost. (The last segment of Lotto's section was particularly confusing, as I couldn't figure out what was a dream and what was reality.) But in the end, this is a fascinating and compelling book, an intriguing character study, and I can't get it out of my mind.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Marriage Dissected or Who is this Person Sleeping Next to Me? 2 aprile 2016
Di SassyPants - Pubblicato su
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Some reviewers are questioning why this book topped so many lists in 2015. I think one of its strengths lies in the diversity of opinion and feeling that it evokes. I found my own reactions changing as the book progressed. I can also imagine rereading it in a few years and having a different reaction or new insights. This book made me stop and think a lot about marriage, who we pick, or who picks us, and why. What secrets do we keep and what do we share? Do you ever really know another person? Do you love your partner for who they are or for who you think they are? Do you love them because of how much they love you or because they see you as you want to be? This is not a romantic love story!

This is the story of Lotto and Mathilde, who meet at the end of their senior year at college and marry quickly. Both have been abandoned by their families due to their bad behavior. Both are charismatic and brilliant. Lotto is a wannabe actor who finds great success as a play-write. Mathilde is the woman behind the man. Or the power behind the throne. The story is told in two parts. "The Fates" is told from Lotto's perspective and "The Furies" is told from Mathilde's. The Furies is definitely the better half of the book. The storyline really moves along and Mathilde is the more interesting character. Her section also has more big reveals.

I loved that husband and wife had such different takes on the same events, even the mundane ones. Neither character is likable. I would not want them as friends. I have stopped reading other books when I strongly dislike the characters. While I did not care about these two, I did want to know how things turned out. Even though at times I was hoping someone would get hit by a bus! To me, Lotto is a narcissist and Mathilde is a sociopath. But they are written with much more nuanced complexity.

I agree with some other reviewers that the writing was a little heavy-handed. The number of literary references seemed like showing off at times. The number of parenthetical observations and asides were excessive (really excessive!) Overall, the book was well written and a well done psychological examination of a marriage. I would highly recommend this.
11 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle The book is flawed but Groff is a great writer, not just because she can turn a ... 6 aprile 2016
Di Victor Aral - Pubblicato su
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The book is flawed but Groff is a great writer, not just because she can turn a sentence into a thing of beauty but because of her insight into the human condition. You finish the book, you grumble a bit because it's neither truly coherent nor whole, but then you move on to a different writer and you feel almost bereft. You have sunk lower, much lower, and you feel the loss. That, to me, is the mark of a great writer.
24 di 26 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle A Disappointment! 13 marzo 2016
Di sue mcghee - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Who am I to disagree with the reviews of the NYT, WAPO, NPR and The New Yorker? No one special, I can assure you. I simply don’t understand their over the top appraisal of this novel.

And, I will have my say.

I wanted to love it! I give the author credit for some choice phrases that ring with clarity such as: “skin like lacquered walnut meat,” and “his wife posting atop him like a prize equestrienne.” I get the allusion to the classics including the author’s version of the Greek chorus -- enclosed in brackets throughout -- “[So immense, what was between them, immortal.]” I get the obscure reference to Medea with Mathilde’s killing of her own unborn child in order to punish her husband and allow him to long for parenthood the rest of his life.

But for the most part, the language throughout the novel is not just self-indulgent, it is infuriatingly extravagant. A well-chosen verb can bring magic to a sentence. But to pack one’s prose with convoluted flourishes that serve no purpose in the narrative but to impress, is a wasteful use of the reader’s time and effort (and money).

We are shown a world in which the characters are mere caricatures whose answer to all of life’s trials is an easy and vulgar venture into sex or worse, to manipulate and cause pain, if not disaster. Mathilde is portrayed as an evil puppet master who pulls Lotto’s strings throughout their marriage. He is unknowing, but worse than that, he doesn’t care, as he is so completely obsessed with his own success, his own pain. She is evil in her retribution of the family who abandoned her as a child. She is evil in her retaliation of her husband’s best friend until at the end when she burns incriminating evidence against him, this, her one significant redeeming act.

I don’t require models of virtue in my reading, but to have no suggestion of interior conflict in the characters, no moments of self-evaluation, no quiet introspection, I think, demeans the work. These people live on a plane that is strictly physical, superficial and arrogant. They are like props on the stage, vapid and strident, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” If we can’t believe in them, how can we care about them?

I was temporarily intrigued by the Lotto-Leo episode which ended abruptly with Leo’s untimely death. The question, then, is why? Why are we introduced to this tangential relationship which is then abruptly ended? It serves no purpose and does not move the story forward.

In the end, the book is a great disappointment and (in my opinion) a failed attempt at profundity. 2016 Pulitzer? Please.
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