"Lui mi teneva per mano. Lui era il Re, e quindi anch'io ero diventata qualcuno. Non una regina o una principessa, ma qualcuno e basta. Era un inizio. Mi sentivo soddisfatta. Me lo sentivo nel mio modo di camminare."
"Qualcuno mi ha detto una volta che il dolore uno non se lo ricorda mai. Una volta passato è passato."
"You never get used to it. Predicting it doesn't matter. Nothing I can do; he has complete control. It's always fresh, always dreadful.
Always a brand new pain.
The skin doesn't get any harder.
Stay out of the corners; I have to make sure that I dont't get caught.
Buzzing. Things swim and dive. My husband is beating me. A horrible fact. A stranger. Everything collapses."
A mesmerizing novel in which the author gives his best in the deep psychological analysis of the fictional character of a woman named Paula Spencer, and on the reasons why she accepted to spend a great part of her life with a man who certainly didn't deserve her. And on the reason why she eventually found the strength to say stop to violence.
One of Roddy Doyle's masterpieces, who also depicts a tapestry of an age.
A book every woman should read. It's strange to call it beautiful, because the theme is all but beautiful. Still, the way Doyle tells us Paula's story, going back and forth through time, beginning from the end and then letting memories tell the rest, is brilliant.
Facts, feelings, even the choice of words, everything fits perfectly, it almost seems written by a woman, it's impressive.
"He gave me a choice... right or left. I chose left, and he broke the little finger on my left hand."
An excellent book, intriguing and shocking. Very well written... tells the story of a woman living in an abusive relationship, and not having the strength to leave her violent husband.
Hard to believe it's written by a man. Very powerful!!
It really makes you think.