Delia ? sposata, con due figlie ? per professione scrive manuali e risponde ai lettori in una rubrica di consigli pratici. Ha scritto guide e manuali praticamente su tutto: manutenzioni di orti e giardini, consigli per bucati perfetti, e indicazioni su come gestire la casa. C'è un sistema perfetto per stirare le camicie, un modo infallibile di cuocere un uovo a puntino: in casa ? e nella vita ? l'organizzazione alimenta la serenità. Ma adesso, come fare per morire bene? Il suo prossimo manuale parlerà della manutenzione della vita vera. Delia infatti ha una malattia incurabile e un'infinità di cose da lasciar dette prima di andarsene: tanti consigli su tutto, offerti con la lievità con cui si porge una fragrante fetta di torta, e ? da perfetta padrona di casa qual è ? nessuna intenzione di lasciar nulla al caso. Neanche quando si tratta del suo funerale? Spiritoso, profondo e dolcissimo, un romanzo in cui le donne riconosceranno se stesse, nel quale ritroveranno l'energia e la fantasia con cui sanno affrontare e domare tutto il prevedibile e l'imprevedibile della vita.
Un romanzo che è stato un caso editoriale internazionale.
Debra Adelaide, australiana, è autrice di due romanzi e curatrice di diverse antologie di racconti. Lavora nell'editoria, insegna scrittura creativa e vive in campagna con tre figli e un discreto numero di galline.
- ISBN: 886256001X
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 378
Don't let the title fool you, or at least read the whole title, which continues "a novel about life". Because that's certainly what it is. The main character, Delia, is an advice columnist for domestic stuff, as well as a writer of several books based on a modern and cheeky interpretation of the 186 Leggi tutto
‘The first thing I did this morning was visit the chickens.’ Delia Bennet, wife and mother aged 39, is dying. Between now, and then, there is a lot Delia wants to accomplish. She has her lists of things to do, her loose ends to tie up, her planning for her husband and daughters once she is dead. Deli Leggi tutto
There needs to be a "stopped-reading" shelf on this website. I thought this book would be quite a good read, but sadly, not. I could not warm to the main protagonist. I understand that she has a terminal illness, and that gives her dibbs on choosing the music in the car or deciding where her family
Delia Bennet is dying, though there doesn’t seem to be a word in the English language that quite covers her situation. After all, we are all dying from the day of our birth. She has cancer and only a few months to live, but although she tires easily and is forgetful, she isn’t sick; she can still fu Leggi tutto
I did not enjoy this book. I tried to read it multiple times and found myself unable to make any head way with it until the past weekend when i sat myself down and forced myself to read it, as afterall it was the book chosen for book club and I had to read it. From the very momment I saw what we woul Leggi tutto
Debra Adelaide has toiled away on the mid-list of the Australian literary scene for decades, writing close to a dozen books (two novels among them) along the way. Her latest book, The Household Guide to Dying , marks her entry into the big time. With rights sold internationally for an estimated $A1 m Leggi tutto
Writing Mothers: Debra Adelaide (This interview is from my blog, Wild Colonial Girl, at: https://wildcolonialgirl.wordpress.co... ) When I first read The Household Guide to Dying it felt as if the writer, Debra Adelaide, had somehow stepped inside my head for a while and borrowed my voice. Even though Leggi tutto
This was a very pleasant novel and quite an enjoyable read. It is pretty much completely seen from the point of view of the main character Delia Bennet, so one would have to enjoy her character to enjoy the book. The basic storyline is the last months of a woman who knows that she is dying of cancer Leggi tutto
I can't believe I made it to the end...
That was BRUTAL. My guts are strewn all over. Ughhh it was so good but if you aren’t comfortable with death or recently lost someone maybe wait a while. I do feel like it gave me some good perspective and ideas as my MD constantly has me wondering how to leave well—to leave my family with love after Leggi tutto
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