The Lying Life of Adults

The Lying Life of Adults

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"Giovanna's pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9781432880545
1432880543
Characteristics: 497 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-- Translator

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singidunum_25
Sep 18, 2020

You have everything in this novel to keep you entertained for many days: a coming-of-age tale, class conflict, generational vendettas and grudges, bad romance and etc. Did I mentioned that translation from the Italian to English by Ann Goldstein is superb as well? Do not miss it! Another quality read from enigmatic Elena Ferrante.
Soon to be Netflix series....

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uncommonreader
Sep 13, 2020

Ferrante moves from the working class Naples of her Neapolitan novels to the middle class city and academe. Her main character transitions from a sweet and happy 12 year old to an estranged 16 year old. Often it is difficult to remember that she is a child of 14 or 15 - her thoughts seem to be those of an older person. As she engages the world, her appearance and relationships with boys and men are the most important standards by which she defines herself.

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brangwinn
Sep 04, 2020

I enjoyed Ferrante’s Neapolitan series, and I was determined to enjoy The Lying Life of Adults. I tried reading it and Giovanna’s self-absorption and her hatred of her parents and what they supposedly did to her was too much. I started with reading and then went to the audiobook, thinking maybe if I heard the words spoken, it might make a difference. The only difference was that Giovanna and her Aunt Vittoria became more toxic. I know that there would be some rough language about sex. I expected that, but I really had hoped there would be some grown in Giovanna as the story followed her from age twelve to sixteen. The only grown seemed to be in her breasts. At the end there seems to be the possibility of more books to come and maybe Giovanna will eventually move out of her self-absorption, but I found no pleasure in this book.

LPL_MaryW Aug 29, 2020

Nothing will convince you to stay home and read all day like an elegant, gritty Ferrante novel. Her latest, dripping with richness and complexity, features Giovanna. In the unforgettable opening sequence, her powerful father declares her ugly, comparing her face to that of his estranged sister, who repulses him. Giovanna tracks down the source of her ugliness—this unknown relative—as her body’s uncontrollable blossoming into womanhood leaves her disgusted and ashamed. With intense fury and hunger at odds, Giovanna burns through her life, uncovering a web of lies whose epicenter is an object as beautiful and ugly as herself. Ferrante’s work is so good I could cry.

debwalker Feb 12, 2020

Growing up in Naples by the great Ferrante.

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