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The Lying Life of Adults Paperback – 31 August 2021
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- Publisher : Europa Editions (31 August 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1787703126
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787703124
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 26,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am still struggling to get through it and can only manage one chapter before falling to sleep.
I keep waiting for something interesting or exciting to happen?
I am up to Chapter 7 - Page 148 almost half way through the book and hoping it will get better.
I do not know how this book got such great reviews???
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The first sentence of the book really grabbed my attention and we’re welcomed into the world of 12 year old Giovanna. Covering family politics, adolescence, burgeoning sexuality and friendships, Ferrante wrote about complexities and realities of growing up, but her 12 year old main character felt as if she had the intellect of a much older person. Written from the Giovanna’s perspective, the tone of the book felt misplaced and overly stylised, trying too hard to be philosophical and astute.
All of the characters, both young and old, were petulant and flawed, written in a way that made them feel like a caricature and half formed, however there are glimpses of common experiences and encounters from adolescence years everyone can relate to.
I liked Giovanna’s perspective but her age made her an unbelievable character, talking about sex, relationships and families in a way no 12 year old would. And as so much happens in the book and there are so many characters to remember, it felt like the novel should have been about Giovanna’s entire life as opposed to year or two.
Some pages and episodes I loved, however overall the book felt hard to read and underdeveloped.