«Era uno splendido pomeriggio tutto giallo e verde…» Sempre con queste parole Abby Whitshank inizia a raccontare di quel giorno, nel lontano luglio del 1959, in cui si innamorò di Red, sotto il grande portico di legno che occupa tutta la facciata della casa dove avrebbero cresciuto i loro quattro figli. La casa di famiglia, orgoglio del padre di Red, arrivato a Baltimora negli anni Venti per poi fare carriera come costruttore, ha visto avvicendarsi quattro generazioni di Whitshank e conserva tra le pareti l’eco delle loro storie. Perché ogni famiglia ha le sue storie, che la definiscono e che si tramandano sempre uguali, e i Whitshank sono – o sono convinti di essere – una famiglia speciale, di quelle che irradiano un’invidiabile sensazione di unità. Il loro è un legame indissolubile, fatto di tavolate domenicali, di vacanze tutti insieme da trent’anni nella stessa villa al mare, di piccole tradizioni introdotte da Abby per i bambini e trasmesse ai nipoti. Un legame fatto anche di segreti e mezze verità, di risentimenti stratificati per decenni, di invidie fraterne e aspettative disattese. Con quella capacità unica di raccontare i suoi personaggi mescolando affetto e ironia, profondità e delicatezza, Anne Tyler riesce in questo suo nuovo, magistrale romanzo a renderci partecipi delle loro gioie e dei loro fallimenti, a farci ridere e commuovere, a restituire tutta la complessità emotiva della vita vera.
- ISBN: 8823510996
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 400
The title of this book is well represented....think about a spool of thread. It just unwinds and unwinds, there are no highs or lows. When reading A Spool of Blue Thread I kept waiting for the climax, but it never came....it just unwound and unwound. Yes, there were a few minor surprises, but not en Leggi tutto
"The trouble with dying," she'd told Jeannie once, "is that you don't get to see how everything turns out. You won't know the ending." This book was lovely . That's how I would describe it. I'm not going to sell it as anything it isn't - fans of fast-paced action and fantasy should look elsewhere
Some time back, I learned this: you don’t just open a book by Anne Tyler, you enter it. You get introduced to the characters, take up residence with them in their Baltimore neighborhoods, watch them muddle through their challenges and triumphs, and inevitably, feel as if you’re saying a fond farewel Leggi tutto
The characters in “A Spool of Blue Thread” look like the same Baltimore family members we’ve socialized with for 50 years in Anne Tyler’s fiction. In fact, everything about her new novel — from its needlepointed title to its arthritic plot — sounds worn-out. So how can it be so wonderful? The funky m Leggi tutto
I will be honest and say I did not finish this book. If it takes more than 100 pages for me to get interested it just is not worth the read. The characters were one dimensional and I felt like the story was not going anywhere. It might have eventually but there is to much for me to read to wait.
I just counted...... I own 6 -not yet read paperback books ( thrift book specials or freebies ), by Ann Tyler, yet "A Spool of Blue Thread" is my very first novel I've read by this wonderful woman. I fell in love in Ann Tyler in a more indirect way than most of her fans. Being a late bloomer reader, Leggi tutto
3.5 Stars This novel left me with mixed emotions..... I liked the well-defined kooky characters. I liked their descriptively inviting (well built) home. I liked the surprising turn of events in the second half...and I liked the significance of the Spool of Blue Thread. But... I did not care for the ab Leggi tutto
Anne Tyler's latest novel is another thoughtful story about marriage and family, and I cherished it. A Spool of Blue Thread is about the Whitshank family of Baltimore. The novel covers several generations and different family perspectives, but the heart of the book was with the mother, Abby Whitshank Leggi tutto
For many years Anne Tyler has been an excellent observer of human idiosyncrasies, human frailties and in particular of families, good and bad. In this novel we are introduced to the Whitshanks, mother Abby and father Red with their four grown children, at least grown at the beginning of the novel. L Leggi tutto
I hate to say it but I found this book a bit tedious and really hard to get seriously invested in. It's not that it is badly written, because it isn't, and I had no problem with the delivery... it just didn't grab me ...I kept reading on thinking it will pick up soon, something will happen, but it nev Leggi tutto
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