“If on a Summer’s morning ‘He & She’…”


giphy10<<It will be Summer — eventually.
Ladies — with parasols —
Sauntering Gentlemen — with Canes —
And little Girls — with Dolls —
Will tint the pallid landscape —
As ‘twere a bright Bouquet —
Thro’ drifted deep, in Parian —
The Village lies — today —
The Lilacs — bending many a year —
Will sway with purple load —
The Bees — will not despise the tune —
Their Forefathers — have hummed —
The Wild Rose — redden in the Bog —
The Aster — on the Hill
Her everlasting fashion — set —
And Covenant Gentians — frill —
Till Summer folds her miracle —
As Women — do — their Gown —
Of Priests — adjust the Symbols —
When Sacrament — is done >>
– Emily Dickinson –




Apparently, from accurate market research , in Summer the readers multiply compared to all other seasons . The quantity increases but what about the quality ???
I understand that after months of sharp raise in the early morning , early hours to work and stress, people want to take a light reading , but I would like to emphasize that there is a difference between light novels – with a good splot , engaging characters, but written in a simple narrative style , linear , which helps the reader to be into the fiction- and frivolous books, written very bad, with insignificant stories , caricature -characters  and a predictable and unsatisfactory end.
finger-passes-along-book-spines-library-animated-gifIt is Summer , so here is a series of novels buried for many months that suddenly become ” not to be missed “, we must not fall into the trap of publishers that suggest us all the garbage they discarded in Winter though!
Therefore , as it is right the saying ” never judge a book by its cover ” , we need to give it a look , if we see lipstick , heels , enamels or hair in the graphic, probably the book is not really a masterpiece . The better test , however , is still reading the back cover, and the opening words .
If a story take us from the very first lines, then rarely it disappoints us after; on the contrary, if at the end of the first page does not make us want to move forward , it’s better to close it and look for another one .


gaston7But be careful: even the best of the books , read at the wrong time becomes a block ; so do not put it in a trash for good, we give it a second chance at another time .



The opening words never lies !
The title does instead, even that 99% is unrepresentative , especially when it is translated from a foreign language and it is the case of Gillian Flynn ‘s masterpiece ” Gone girl” paraphrased in Italian “L’amore bugiardo” (means: The lying love).
What seems, because erroneously titled, a dramatic love story is in reality one of the most interesting psychological thriller I’ve read in recent years .


<<The question I’ve asked more often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I supposed these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking how are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?>>[1]



It’s a hot morning in June, everything seems like it’s always been. Nick Dunne heads to his own bar and is preparing

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Graphic by: Veronica

to start a boring summer day like many others . But it’s not a morning like so many : it is the fifth wedding anniversary with Amy . He doesn’t want to celebrate a union already come to an end , but he is ready to make the best of a bad situation, when he receives a strange phone call from a neighbour : the door is wide open and the cat meowing incessantly. Nick goes to check . He finds the living room in a mess , blood streaks and no trace of his beautiful wife Amy . And from that moment everything changes !



Perhaps you have heard this story because of the film (oh yeah it seems that recently none  knows how to write screenplays if they don’t copy them from novels ! ) directed by David Fincher in 2014 and starring Ben Afflek and Rosamund Pike , but again as a convinced bookaholic I recommend not to choose the easy way out , but immerse the feet in the salt water of the sea , planting a beach umbrella on the shore and enjoy the adventure !

Not only because as always the movies must cut up and constrict and half of the original story goes lost, but also because in this case the book runs much faster than the film that uses a register too introspective and often seems to stay on the details for long minutes , disconcerting the viewer’s attention .

Rather, the novel totally capture the reader, even the usual two lovers playing beach tennis will not be a problem- that is, one of the two plays and the other sends the ball everywhere splashing bathers or covering up the neighbors of beach umbrella – or noisy teenagers , especially if you will accompany the reading with a chilled glass of Blenhem ( 1 measure vodka , 3/4 measure of Tia Maria ; 3/4 of orange juice measure) or simple orange juice for non-drinkers , and the Muse in the ears.

” Gone Girl” is a novel that takes the protagonists and unmasks them chapter by chapter to present the real Nick and Amy , not those who want others to see , the ones that they desire to tell to the readers , but the worst version : that they hide and that, perhaps , everybody else cover up, us included .
Despite the pages assigned to two attractively untrustworthy narrators , we can discover games and subterfuge , in a web of lies and resentments designed to make us stretch out sometimes for Nick , more often for Amy . always remembering , however, that each of the two is lying.

What is the truth?

Is Nick really as innocent as he professes?
Is Amy really a victim, or rather she’s an extraordinary slayer ?
Is there a truth ?

The structural design with which the author has erected the plot does not shake even for a second , the anger is the glue of these perfect joints , those stories seem grotesque or ridiculous details are revealed to be all pieces of an intricate and sensational puzzle , all particulars useful for the mystery’s resolution .

Enjoy the reading!





[1] From the book.

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