Alle soglie dei quarantotto anni Paula, indimenticata protagonista di La donna che sbatteva nelle porte, si trova a dover rimettere insieme i pezzi della sua vita. Charlo, il marito violento e manesco, è morto; ma le ha lasciato segni tangibili nel corpo e nell'anima. E l'ha indotta all'alcolismo. A dire il vero, lei non beve ormai da mesi e ha anche un lavoro stabile come donna delle pulizie. Ma gli ostacoli da superare sono ancora molti: la memoria del passato, l'assedio dei sensi di colpa. John Paul, il figlio maggiore, eroinomane, se ne è andato di casa da un pezzo; e sulla coscienza di Paula pesa come un macigno la bottiglia che lei stessa, un Natale, regalò alla figlia Nicola, per avere una compagna di bevute. Adesso Nicola è un'adulta matura e una mamma responsabile, che continua a occuparsi anche della propria madre; quanto a John Paul, si è disintossicato e rifatto una famiglia. Ma ha altri due figli a cui pensare: Jack, un adolescente severo e taciturno, e Leanne: Leanne la pazza, l'adorabile, la cervellona. Leanne l'alcolizzata. Contro di lei, per lei, Paula dovrà combattere l'ultima e la più dura delle battaglie.
- ISBN: 8882469972
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 322
Having just finished Paula Spencer , it's only natural to compare it back to The Woman Who Walked Into Doors . While I think the earlier book is superior in terms of its artistry--perhaps simply because the second book is more of the same--I enjoyed reading this one more. The tension in the first book Leggi tutto
This 10(!) years in coming sequel to A Woman Who Walks into Doors, catches up with the life and times of recovering alcoholic, 48 year old mother of four, Paula Spencer and she strives to have some form of life. This was an OK read, but it feels like should have maybe read the first book, before sta Leggi tutto
I am a huge fan of Roddy Doyle and ‘The Woman Who Walked into Doors’ so I couldn’t wait to get hold of its sequel ‘Paula Spencer’. To say I was disappointed would be a huge understatement. First off Roddy had abandoned the first person telling of the story which made Paula Spencer ‘s initial book so Leggi tutto
I loved this sequel to The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. It’s the continued story of Paula as she struggles to maintain sobriety, works to be a better mother, and imagines a new life. It never cheats the reader. Her recovery is not consistent, her family holds her to account, and she faces the guilt Leggi tutto
This one was also a quick read. I would say it's like revisiting a friend that you haven't seen in a good while and finding out that they aren't quite as interesting as you remembered. Perhaps it's the fact that there is no shock value, unlike The Woman Who Walked Into Doors . Still worth a read.
This is a follow up to The Woman Who Walked into Doors. It's the continuing story of Paula Spencer and it's a tough one. She is a recovering alcoholic and every minute of every day is a struggle. This is the kind of book where the author simply opens a window into a character's life and shows you aro Leggi tutto
Because I've never been an addict myself, or had to deal with anyone else's addiction in any meaningful way, it's always been sort of an abstract concept. I've viewed addiction in much the same way I viewed cancer before my mom was diagnosed with it in 1995 – as a horrible problem that must be terri Leggi tutto
A fascinating look into the mind of an alcoholic woman who is dealing with the wreckage of her past. The apple never falls far from the tree. Two of her three kids are also battling addiction. One , a recovering heroin addict the other, a practicing alcoholic. Her thoughts consist of regret for the
I read „The Woman Who Walked Into Doors“ and „Paula Spencer“ right after one another, and liked them both a lot. Beautiful, honest, raw and rough, but always very humane, with very real and lovable characters that will stay with me for a long time. Beautiful and very touching.
usually i love Roddy Doyle. this book depressed the hell out of me; i could not get past the sad minutiae of this woman's life. i have to call it quits.
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