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Hiding Place por Trezza Azzopardi
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Hiding Place (original 2000; edição 2001)

por Trezza Azzopardi

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Dolores, the narrator, tells the story of her childhood - her father, Frankie, a compulsive gambler who, due to a misunderstanding at the moment of her birth (he is convinced that his wife will finally give birth to a boy after a multitude of daughters) loses everything to his rival Joe Medora, head of the Maltese Mafia. The author evokes the world of Dolores and her family with brilliant power and sensitivity, as the novel flits between past and present where Dolores reflects on her childhood and the lives that her father created for himself and his children.… (mais)
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Título:Hiding Place
Autores:Trezza Azzopardi
Informação:Pan Macmillan (2001), Paperback, 250 pages
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The Hiding Place por Trezza Azzopardi (2000)

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    The Gathering por Anne Enright (mrstreme)
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    Angela's Ashes por Frank McCourt (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: The Hiding Place is often compared to Angela's Ashes. The settings and subject matter are indeed very similar; however, McCourt's book has a lot of humour written between the depressing bits. And the Hiding Place is more creative and literary. Two very different approaches to poverty in the British Isles.… (mais)
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Triest, schrijnend..maar intens en mooi! Een aanrader. ( )
  Baukis | Jul 1, 2014 |
So it seems that misery memoirs, not being awful enough in themselves, we now have misery fiction. I suppose the boundaries were always a bit blurred. Lets just call it all misery porn. ( )
  florasuncle | Jan 22, 2014 |
LOVED this book. Very much like Angela's Ashes and The Glass House. So happy I took a chance on it. Like the books listed it isn't always a pleasant read but a look back at what makes a person who they are and their inner struggles. ( )
  jjnaaucoin | Aug 7, 2012 |
Very good book, reminiscent of Angela's Ashes but more current. The story is divided into two parts; part one takes place when Dolores is a child between ages 0 and about 4, while part two takes place when she is an adult coming back to her hometown to reunite with her sisters for her mother's funeral. The story of the tumultuous family life is told in a straight forward style with no "poor me" attitude. I really enjoyed it. ( )
  janiereader | Mar 15, 2012 |
This has been a lesson in reading for me. I attempted to read The Hiding Place in 2010, but chucked it at page 50. I couldn’t get into the story, and I found the writing style odd. I was bored, and despite all the rave reviews, and despite the Booker Prize and Orange Prize nominations, I just couldn’t get interested enough to make more effort. I gave the book away. But the person I gave it to brought it back and told me it was really very good, so I thought I’d better give it one more chance.

What a difference a change in mood and frame of mind makes. This time the story and the writing grabbed me right away. Azzopardi uses a complex structure and sophisticated style that demands the reader’s careful attention. But for that reader , the book is highly rewarding.

The main part of the story is set in 1960 in the Maltese immigrant community of Cardiff (who knew there even was one?), and most of the story is narrated by Dolores (Dol), the youngest of six daughters. Her mom was a working class Welsh girl who ran away and then met Dol’s father, who had jumped ship in Wales at the end of WWII. He’s ne’er do well, a gambler, and an all-round nasty individual. Theirs is an extremely dysfunctional family. Dad gambles away the rent money, Dol is disfigured in a house fire, one daughter is given away to settle a debt, one daughter is a pyromaniac, and mom suffers bouts of crippling depression (hmmm, I wonder why!). At age five, Dol’s family disintegrates permanently and she goes into foster care.

Most of the story is told by the now-adult Dol, as she tries to piece together the events of her traumatic early childhood and make sense of the bits of memories. This, of course, makes her a highly unreliable narrator, and I see Azzopardi using this as an experiment in memory. Part of this, and what is key to the novel, is the use of silences—what is not said is usually more important than what actually is said. With each revelation that Dol uncovers, the story shifts a little, building toward a version of what really happened . In the end, some questions are left unanswered, because, well, sometimes life’s like that.

Recommended for: This is a fabulous book for the reader who can pay attention and pick up on the subtleties. Also, you have to be in the mood for this grim world of grinding poverty (I know sometimes I’m not). Despite their bleak lives, Azzopardi treats her characters with dignity. And although the ending isn’t particularly depressing, it’s also not a hopeful feel good story. Because, well, sometimes life’s like that. ( )
3 vote Nickelini | Jan 24, 2012 |
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“The Hiding Place” was nominated for last year’s Booker Prize, which went to “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood, a writer with whom Azzopardi shares some qualities: a prose style that’s somehow both impassioned and cool, and an ability to reveal her characters’ great suffering without asking us to pity them. There’s an aura of dignity around all of Azzopardi’s people, those, like Dolores, who manage to escape as well as those who don’t.
adicionada por Nickelini | editarSalon, Maria Russo (Jan 11, 2001)
 
Sharply written, full of crisp little vignettes and cameos, The Hiding Place could have done without its over-extended finale.
adicionada por Nickelini | editarThe Guardian, D J Taylor (Aug 26, 2000)
 

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Wij zijn Celesta, Rosaria, Francesca, Luca en Dolores. Ik ben de laatste en net als bij Rose en Frans is mijn naam afgekort. Ik heet Dol. Dat is omdat mijn moeder ons dan tegelijk en één adem voor het ontbijt naar beneden kan roepen. Er is nog iemand, Marina, die na Celesta komt, maar die woont hier niet meer, wat ook goed is, want er zou geen plaats zijn voor haar.
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Dolores, the narrator, tells the story of her childhood - her father, Frankie, a compulsive gambler who, due to a misunderstanding at the moment of her birth (he is convinced that his wife will finally give birth to a boy after a multitude of daughters) loses everything to his rival Joe Medora, head of the Maltese Mafia. The author evokes the world of Dolores and her family with brilliant power and sensitivity, as the novel flits between past and present where Dolores reflects on her childhood and the lives that her father created for himself and his children.

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