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Lamb summary Lamb, series Lamb, book Lamb, pdf Lamb, Lamb 826c45335d Winner Of TheFlaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize Lamb Traces The Self Discovery Of David Lamb, A Narcissistic Middle Aged Man With A Tendency Toward Dishonesty, In The Weeks Following The Disintegration Of His Marriage And The Death Of His Father Hoping To Regain Some Faith In His Own Goodness, He Turns His Attention To Tommie, An Awkward And Unpopular Eleven Year Old Girl Lamb Is Convinced That He Can Help Her Avoid A Destiny Of Apathy And Emptiness, And Even Comes To Believe That His Devotion To Tommie Is In Her Best Interest But When Lamb Decides To Abduct A Willing Tommie For A Road Trip From Chicago To The Rockies, Planning To Initiate Her Into The Beauty Of The Mountain Wilderness, They Are Both Shaken In Ways Neither Of Them ExpectsLamb Is A Masterful Exploration Of The Dynamics Of Love And Dependency That Challenges The Boundaries Between Adolescence And Adulthood, Confronts Preconceived Notions About Conventional Morality, And Exposes Mankind S Eroded Relationship With Nature


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  1. says:

    Bonnie Nadzam has written an insightful, fascinating character study, supported by a gift for landscape description, but marred by some inconsistency Bonnie Nadzam image from The GuardianDavid Lamb is middle aged, a liar and a loser, a narcissist and a dreamer, a kid who never really grew up Living alone in a hotel with other marital flotsam, he pines for his ex, thinks about having been with her sister, then calls his girlfriend, a Princeton grad he bangs in hallways Dave is full of promises, and espouses idealized aspirations, but he always runs rather empty on delivery After his father s funeral, Dave is sitting in a parking lot, wallowing in his existential crisis when a child approaches.Tommie, not the prettiest rose in the bunch, lives in a world where supper might be a bowl of Cap n Crunch, and tailoring one s shirt entails liberal use of a stapler Her mother s bf is the slovenly Jessie, not enough interested in Tommie to look up from his TV sports On a dare from not really friends, she walks up to Dave as he ponders life and bums a cigarette He is drawn to her Not in the creepy way you are probably figuring about now He sees that this innocent is being toyed with by cruel children and offers to help her get back at them by pretending to kidnap her A sort of friendship grows between the two He tells her I don t exactly have any friends in this town That makes two of us, she says Tommie s innocence appeals as a salve to his corruption, their loneliness a bond Dave wants to help her, teach her, show her things, buy her things It is unclear just what it is that Dave wants from this pre adolescent girl In some of his imaginings they are like father and child, in others, odd couple pals But dark thoughts bubble through about wanting to destroy her tiny beacon of light with his emptiness And there is cringe material as well, as Dave is not always exactly appropriate with his very young companion Tommie is eager to experience something of the world beyond her stultifying enclave This is one of the odder buddy books I have read Both Dave and Tommie are living lives of quiet desperation, and Nadzam has a gift for using landscape description as the expression of their hopelessness The book opens with We ll say this all began just outside of Chicago, in late summer on a residential street dead ending in a wall It was the kind of wall meant to hide freeways from view, and for miles in each direction parallel streets ended at the same concrete meridian No trees on the lawn, no birds on the wires, Northern shrikes gone, little gray bellied wrens gone Evening grosbeaks and elm trees and most of the oaks and all the silver brooms of tall grass and bunch flowers and sweetfern and phlox gone Heartsease gone About the tops of upturned trash bins, black flies scripted the air I was hooked from word one Nadzam s gift for description litters the rest of the tale, a presence In one passage, she uses landscape to ironic effect.While the girl was in the bathroom at a Chevron in a travel stop off I 80, Lamb bought two postcards and walked outside to the edge of the broken asphalt where trash and weeds grew in a ragged line and broken glass glittered in the daylight It was hot, and everything looked new, lighter, open In another she captures Dave s sense that he is missing out on life he scanned the horizon and the ground beneath his feet for something green, for a place where he could press his cheek against warm dirt, for anything like a loophole, a chink, a way out Nothing before him but the filthy streets and bright signs announcing the limits of his world Transmission Masters and Drive Time financing and Drive Thru Liquors and Courtesy Loans and Office Depot and a Freeway Inn and a Luxury Inn and a Holiday Inn If there was something beneath, something behind, it was hidden from him But Dave has a vision of a purer place and time, a place in the Rockies, with a line of broken toothed mountains a swimming hole A river Trees and clear skies Later, The kid couldn t know what she was missing, the depths to which she was being duped by a world she had no hand in making He really does want something better for her Ross Partridge as Dave and Oona Lawrence as Tommie image from CriticsRoundup.comIt is this something that the pair hit the road to find Of course, this is an America in which even the Rocky Mountain high has been brought low The idyllic mountain pastures Dave promotes are filled with cow patties, broken fences, a shortage of indoor heat and suspicious neighbors.The triumph of the book is in its portrayal of Dave Lamb In Dave s vision of himself, or his vision of a moment, he sees a truthseeker Look at me I might be a lot of things, but I m not a liar, okay Okay There s precious little truth in this world, and I am one of its most enthusiastic spokespeople Okay saith the liar.Like all narcissists, Dave objectifies the people he encounters He describes his nominal girlfriend thus A heart stoppingly beautiful young woman An expensive and well educated system of reactions and responses, and he knew them all Had known them, frankly, since years before she was born Yet, his affection for Tommie seems genuine Is it Or has he created a virginal ideal he can use to gain some feeling of power by conquering His narcissism causes him to believe his own BS He sells Tommie a fantasy, but even that pitch is off, beginning with natural beauty in a high, sage filled valley, but mixing in oddities like a cooler full of Mexican beer and a braided rug on a concrete floor A lot of the book is Dave s internal debate That wasn t kidnapping It had been a favor, right A lesson He hadn t kidnapped anyone She was back in her apartment, having dinner with her parents, her girlfriends perhaps chastened of whoring each other out for laughs in parking lots It wasn t kidnapping when the kid ended up safely delivered home in better shape than she left in the morning It was like he found a loose bolt out there in the world and had carefully turned it back into place It was fine Dave s whims, his impulses rule and his gift of professional level bullshit lets him get away with the most ridiculous actions One could certainly think that the author asks us to accept too much acceptance on the part of the people Dave cons But those of us who have known people of a narcissistic bent can attest to their uncanny powers of persuasion That is a characteristic that Nadzam has portrayed to perfection here Dave told Tommie that his name was Gary Gary Yes, dear I think I maybe want to call my mom Okay Okay In the morning Sure What do you want to tell her Just that everything is okay, and I m okay, and don t worry Do you think she ll probably worry anyway Yeah Do you think a phone call might make her worry I don t know Maybe we should think about that Dave has a lawyer s ability to take your words and make them seem to mean the exact opposite of what you intended He could be a camp guard telling the inmates that everything was ok, and would they please hurry along to get their delousing showers.So do they or don t they There is one scene in which I suspected they had, but a GR friend whose opinion I respect believes otherwise So, it is ambiguous I confess that I did have certain standard expectations for the ending, but I was surprised at the direction the author chose For those who see Lolita here, the author says not so much But she was influenced by another Nabakov work, one about Don Quixote Don Quixote, he writes, is a kind of treatise about how meaning gets into things and lives It is a book about enchantment, the inappropriateness of enchantment in a disenchanted world The author also was expressing in this book regret at the pain she has caused Lamb vows to show her what s left of the imagined America he s been describing He plays with the child not because he is a predator, but because he is himself a child his fantasies of life as a cowboy, of entitlement and adventure, have eclipsed what should be responsible adulthood, only to hurt all those he claims to love It was that kind of hurt and the despair of realizing I ve caused as much as I ve received that most influenced the shape of my bookWhile this book could have used at least one edit, it does succeed in making a character come to life, in painting a portrait of a contemporary America that has passed its sell by date when it comes to fulfilling idyllic dreams, and in sustaining a very engaging level of tension It is a good book that could have been better, but is not half bad, and a very impressive first novel.A film made of the book was released in 2016 It did not fare well.PS and for fans of The League of Gentlemen, my inner voice kept hearing Papa Lazarou throughout, asking is that you, Dave EXTRA STUFFNadzam on TwitterA few sites are worth a look There is an interview at Other Press and another at Harper.


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    Bonnie Nadzam is a tremendous writer Descriptions and details draw you inher prose is gorgeous Having read her book, Lions soon to be released this July , and having absolutely loved it I couldn t wait to get my hands on another book she wrote Lamb.was Bonnie Nadzam s first book WOW What a debut Holy smokes She came out moving mountains with this novel LAMB , is peculiar It s also gorgeously written I think it s fair to say this book is creepy The plot is disturbing distinctive The narrative is seductive It s not easy to stop thinking about the happenings in this story even when you are not reading it.The reader is asked to really look inside the head of a man who is a possible pedophile Readers are also asked to consider Lamb as a decent man who only wants to help a girl from a broken home Either waywe know a few things David Lamb, might be gentle as a lamb as a reader I explored this thought but I wouldn t call him innocent He is a down and out insecure middle age old fart Whether or not he is aware of manipulating Tommie, the young 11 year old girl , it s what he is doing Nadzam s narrative is clever the way she influences us Upfront she guides us through Lamb s grooming of Tommie yet a window is open for different points of interpretation It s as though Nadzam has designed into the plot for us the readers , to be objective not endorsing but understanding and learning how a similar situation could develop It seems to me that the origin of the novel s repulsion is its reminder at how often poison evil is motivated by the best intentions The reading is uncomfortable yet compelling clearly not a book for everybody but I ll say this, Bonnie Nadzam has a great understanding of predation It s my opinionas a girl who grew up as a latchkey kid, without a father, this story is not as far fetch as we would hope.4.7 stars


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    I swore to myself I would write a proper, in depth, meaningful review of Lamb something that actually had some meat and substance to it, not one of the one paragraph rush jobs I ve often done when I don t have the time or inclination to get into a proper write up Something that would make people sit up, take notice and think, wow, I really want to read this book.Of course, it hasn t materialised yet because I find it really hard to write about books I love And I don t know how I can possibly do Lamb justice.This is a story about David Lamb, a man in his mid fifties who finds himself at a crossroads of sorts His father has died he has split with his wife, but doesn t know if he s made the right decision he is half heartedly embroiled in an ill advised affair with a younger female colleague, who is besotted with him In the midst of this confusion he meets an eleven year old girl, Tommie, who both disgusts him and arouses some kind of paternal instinct when he sees that she is the butt of a joke made by her savvier friends His interest awakened, Lamb finds himself drawn back to Tommie again and again, and a plan begins to formulate in his mind he will liberate her from the drudgery of her life, take her on a trip to the country, teach her about nature and the great outdoors.So this is a story about a seemingly ordinary man in the grip of a mid life crisis making a strange, rash, confused, risky decision It is also a story about an extremely manipulative fiftysomething man grooming and then kidnapping a pre pubescent child and taking her halfway across the American Midwest to a remote, snow bound cabin.There have been and I m sure there will continue to be the inevitable comparisons to Lolita, but Lamb is a far opaque story The slippery, shifting narrative is like a voice whispering in the reader s ear, inviting them to be complicit in Lamb s actions there was nothing wrong with that, was there but crucially, the story is not actually told from his point of view view spoiler Or is it hide spoiler


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    The Silence of the Lambs niente di tutto questo sar mai successo David Lamb e Tommie partono insieme dai sobborghi di Chicago lasciandosi alle spalle la lunga Roosvelt Road abbandonano il Midwest, attraversano il North Dakota, lambiscono il Wyoming, solcano il west fino ad approdare in una baita desolata alle pendici delle Montagne Rocciose.Lui vuole prendersi cura di lei lavarla, vestirla, insegnarle a ridere, a parlare, a pensare, proprio come se fosse una bambola.Lei, imbambolata, che fa spallucce e dice Mm mh , oppure Uoo a qualsiasi cosa lui le racconti, lo segue con curiosit , a volte spaventata, altre soggiogata, altre ancora inerte.Potrebbe essere una qualsiasi storia di lui e lei che da est vanno a ovest, una qualsiasi road story, se non fosse che lui, David, un uomo di poco pi di cinquant anni che ha appena seppellito il padre, ha incontrato Tommie solo pochi giorni prima quando lei, per strada, lo ha abbordato per chiedergli una sigaretta Potrebbe essere una storia qualsiasi, quella di una sigaretta qualsiasi e di una scommessa qualsiasi fatta con delle amiche qualsiasi, se non fosse che Tommie, il viso cosparso di lentiggini e il corpo ancora senza forme di una bambina, ha soli undici anni Quasi dodici, dice lei, quando lui la invita a seguirlo in questo viaggio lungo una settimana, lungo tanto quanto una fuga da tutto pu essere, senza che nessuno ne conosca intenzioni o motivazioni Diciamo che il giorno successivo non c erano tutte quelle torri fatte d acciaio zincato ai bordi della statale Niente pali del telefono Niente cavi Diciamo che il furgone di Lamb e la statale erano le ultime vestigia del mondo reale La strada era sommersa d erba e fiori aromatici, cipolle selvatiche e sempiterni Dalle morbide bocche dei penstemon e dalle sonnolente teste viola delle clematidi Fu in un paesaggio del genere che oltrepassarono la linea del Midwest oltre la quale il cielo si spalanca, all improvviso infinito, all improvviso di un azzurro quasi spaventoso.Tommie sedeva a gambe incrociate sul sedile del passeggero e Lamb le lanciava occhiate di sbieco, pensando che, se avesse voluto davvero uscire dal furgone, l avrebbe lasciata andare.Desiderare plasmare qualcuno, modellarlo a nostro piacimento, scoprirlo ancora tenero come un virgulto in fiore, vergine e inesplorato, anche se gi segnato da un imprinting che potrebbe minarne lo sviluppo dalle radici, diventarne burattinaio, deus ex machina, quello che succede a David Lamb, in una storia e in una escalation di avvenimenti che Bonnie Nadzam, qui al suo esordio, tratta con estrema cautela, in una versione contemporanea che alla Lolita di Nabokov debitrice di molto.La materia incandescente, cos come la tensione emotiva che, come la neve che cade fuori dalla baita durante i giorni che Tommie e Lamb trascorreranno l , si accumula pagina dopo pagina e incrocia quella dei protagonisti a quella del lettore.Chi veramente Lamb, ci si chieder alla fine del romanzo, e cosa sar stata Tommie per lui E per Tommie, cos avr significato lui, Lamb Chi sar stato il vero agnello sacrificale, alla fine della storia, fra David e Tommie Io ho le mie risposte, che non sono affatto certezze, ma ciascun lettore, secondo la sua propria sensibilit o visione, sapr trovare le sue.Da Lamb a Lions, comunque, Bonnie Nadzam ormai una certezza, la sua una scrittura potente, capace di sovvertire certezze e di scuotere nell intimo.Esiste un film omonimo tratto da questo romanzo presentato al festival South by Southwest nel 2015 che spero possa esserne all altezza edit 19 08 2018 ora che l ho visto, posso dire che il film merita il romanzo concluse lei alzando gli occhi al cielo Lo so.


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    Bonnie Nazdam s dual degree in literature and environmental studies shines in her debut novel about human desire and dependency, and about the beauty and decline of the landscape, resplendent in its rawness and fragile vulnerability Nature and humanity form a synergistic elixir that permeates the pores of the story.David Lamb is a disturbed fifty something man whose private aches are both diminishing and conquering him His life collides with Tommie, who is only eleven years old, when she approaches him on a dare in a parking lot Soon after that, he has abducted her through his calculated and unctuous intrusions, but she believes in her prepubescent mind that she has consensually agreed to his proposals He offers to show her the true beauty of nature, and they abscond on a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies without Tommie informing her mother He promises to return her in a specific amount of time.What follows is an account, from an unknown narrator, of their trip The intimacy of the narrator, and the almost oblique and quiet ferocity of narration, brings the reader to a suspenseful, uncomfortable place that is both familiar and alien It is appalling and suggestive at intervals the question of personal boundaries lurks on every dangerous, winding road.The rack and pinion relationship between Tommie and Lamb is both complex and ineluctable Tommie is not even developed yet, but matures biologically day by day David Lamb regresses, and his sickness reduces him to predictable behaviors as an outgrowth of his need and desires He uses reverse psychology and mimics a state of innocence and wonder through his delusion and grandiosity How powerful she was as long as she asserted no will of her own is the theme of this book, a dynamic conundrum that blends nature, the human need for connection, the question of will, and the paradoxical power of relationships Nature and people are like that sometimes leaving us and Mother Earth alone allows a ripe bloom, aggressive intervention can wither us However, ignoring our personal and physical landscapes can lead to decay There is a balance and a tipping point Nazdam s awareness of the environment s impact on nature and humanity and vice versa is psychologically and scientifically acute.Suspenseful drama and murky territory keeps the reader edgy and off balance, but there were some pages that stagnated and recycled the drama a bit Fortunately Nazdam usually aimed in a steady and ultimately propelling course Even when the human drama occasionally crawled, nature s way continued to pivot and flourish from the narrative.The narrator is an enigma, and it is left to the reader to decide who is telling the story However, the voice was also vague, with an ambiguity that was equivocal and unintended In lesser hands, it would have undermined the story itself But the author kept us gripped to the characters and events of the story s time period, enough to give less weight of importance on the storyteller.Similarities to Lolita are shallow and inadequate, easily a first observation but dispensed with as this story is deeply analyzed The names of many characters are provocatively utilized, also, in all their androgyny This book merits discussion and debate there are no concrete, handy answers only steep steps to further examination and inquiry.


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    This is a sick making book It s about a child molester named David Lamb who kidnaps an eleven year old girl named Tommie It s inevitable that with this theme Nadzam s Lamb will be compared to Nabokov and his Lolita It was a daring choice that Nadzam made She had guts to invite the comparison Shoot maybe she even welcomes it She doesn t live in Nabokov s literary neighborhood though she sure lives in his same small town She can write Unlike Lolita Lamb is almost exclusively about how a molester slowly, carefully grooms his victim, how he gains her trust and attempts to trick himself into believing the crime s he s committing are normal interactions between a 50 something man and an eleven year old girl It makes your flesh crawl Each step Lamb makes is small You keep hoping that he ll do the right thing Maybe he ll wake up and forget his own needs and let Tommie go He also has a young girlfriend he entices to play a role, manipulating her as well as a nosey elderly neighbor, into playing along with his game Lamb reflects on his superior level of intelligence He feels entitled to hurt Tommie because others have hurt him We get a window into his sad childhood He s been hurt so he s justified in hurting Tommie I did mention this book is sick making right He s protected by how sinister his actions are Normal people can t conceive that Lamb would do such things and Tommie s long past sticking up for herself Though her theme is ugly Nadzam is a wonderful writer I m sure she s done a service by showing us how molesters groom their victims but I hope she has a different theme for her next book Come on Bonnie..give us some murderers or drug dealers or sumpin.


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    Closing the last page of Lamb Bonnie Nadzam s psychological thriller I realized I had been holding my breath for the final half hour It s that kind of book similar to a one act play where the narrative keeps getting racheted up and screwed tighter, and the audience can never, ever even conceive of an intermission.David Lamb an innocuous and gentle name if I ve ever heard one is a seductive, narcissistic, and damaged man on the sunny side of 50, who is experiencing a heck of an existential crisis He turns his attention to a young barely adolescent girl named Tommie, a pale little freckled pig with eyelashes , who is awkward and socially inept He advises her and questions her and the girl answered all of his inquiries as if Tommie were some other person in whom they were both extraordinarily interested in By weaving mind pictures of a fantasy life in the Rockies, he manipulates her into taking a road trip to the Rockies with him And there was nothing wrong with that, was there It was good for her It was just a little tonic for his poisonous heart Right The book never crosses over to the physical dark side David Lamb is not your traditional pedophile he wants something far dangerous from Tommie He wants her to absolve him, to testify to his goodness, to give him back some of the innocence of his lost adolescence He says to her, haven t always had nice people in my life It makes me behave a little erratically, right In the Rockies, David calling himself Gary continues his manipulation and mental seduction of the young Tommie Bonnie Nadzam wisely makes a plot choice of briefly interjecting David s girlfriend, Linnie, into the scene The reader can then contrast how the mental seduction plays out with an adult and with a child One of the very creepiest scenes in the entire book is one in which the three come together, Linnie and Tommie intertwined far than either of them know I m afraid everyone s in on something really wonderful, Linnie, David says to her and I don t know what it is and I can t be in on it Another bold choice Ms Nadzam makes it to get out of voice increasingly as the novel progresses Whose voice is it The author s David s Or the grown up Tommie s There is evidence that points to the last theory, especially when we briefly learn what grown up Tommie thinks about her transformational experience.Once the story takes hold, this book is unputdownable Anyone who has ever had experience with a narcissist will immediately understand the self centered, self focused seduction techniques You re my twin, David says to Tommie Your heart is hewn to mine Isn t it Don t you see And that s the scariest line of all.


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    Lamb was a very disturbing book to read On the surface it appeared to be a story about a connection between a middle age man and a 12 year old girl There was no overt sexual abuse involved But under the surface, Lamb was a pedophile He stalked and subsequently took a vulnerable 12 girl to groom for his obsession Their 7 days on the road discovering exciting places was in fact a slow preparation of Lamb s ulltimate plan In the end Lamb, for some reason, did not complete his plan Instead he returned the girl home.Lamb knows he changed this girl s life, but he thinks he changed it for the better Even though there was no overt sexual abuse, there was implied sexual contact for the girl Each time there would be a whisper of sexual contact Holding her, kissing her, having her sleep in the same bed with him Yes, this child s life has changed But not for the better He has changed who she is and it is a change that will follow her the rest of her life Abused children and she was one never get over their abuse Sometimes they get beyond it, but never over it.


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    I m not sure words can accurately depict how I feel about this novel, other than to say that I really liked it DESPITE its severely disturbing nature Nadzam s literary voice is stunning I ve never read a novel that so accurately characterized its cast through mostly short, snappy dialogue It was utterly genius because the purpose it served was to truly illustrate the manipulative nature of child predators That Nadzam was able to get into the mind of someone this twisted, and illustrate his beguiling nature is rather incredible to me.I was equally awestruck by the lovely, moving descriptions of the Midwest and the Rockies such beautiful, literary prose, it took my breath away The mix of gut wrenching dread I felt for the 11 year old girl, Tommie, combined with the natural beauty of the surroundings, created a seesaw of emotions that kept me off balance, never really sure if Lamb, the main character, was a bad guy or good guy though my gut was guiding me in a particular direction throughout the novel How could it not This is a story about a middle aged man who thinks he s doing the right thing by rescuing a girl from her mundane urban experience in a loveless home surrounded by concrete The book s focus on the erosion of our natural landscape to buildings and progress and the loss of innocence that children suffer as a result resonated with me Again the environmental descriptions were lush.Warning this is NOT an easy read, especially because of the themes of child abuse abduction I have no psychology degree, but I have to think, from what I ve read researched, that this is an accurate portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome in which abductees form emotional attachments to their abductors All books that shed light on the horrific realities of child abuse are important books, even if they are extremely difficult to read This novel leaves so much gray area that I am still scratching my head Thought provoking and disturbing I couldn t put it down Many have compared this book to Nabakov s Lolita.


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    La letteratura non dovrebbe proporre ma indagaretrovo che se non si accetta questa verit non si possa apprezzare pienamente la lettura di libri unici come questo Estremamente complesso a livello emotivo ed etico Lamb indaga appunto una relazione di amicizia ed a non convenzionale tra un uomo adulto e una ragazzina troppo giovane, quando si sconfina in qualcosa di non accettabile Chi decide cosa meglio per qualcuno Sarebbe troppo semplice dare un giudizio morale bianco o nero bene o male, e di certo Bonnie Nazdam non lo da, lei comunque bravissima a creare queste atmosfere ambigue, quasi sognanti, ha inoltre una capacit stilistica eccelsa sia nel tratteggiare i personaggi, nei dialoghi e nelle descrizioni degli ambienti


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