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Decyzja de Penny Vincenzi
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Decyzja (edição: 2014)

de Penny Vincenzi, (tłumacz). Anna Zielińska (Tł.)

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A tale set against a backdrop of the glossy magazine and advertising worlds of 1960s London follows a harrowing courtroom custody battle between Eliza, who gave up her writing job to marry, and her ex-husband, Matt, an edgy working-class man.
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Título:Decyzja
Autores:Penny Vincenzi
Outros autores:(tłumacz). Anna Zielińska (Tł.)
Informação:Warszawa : Świat Książki, 2014.
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The Decision de Penny Vincenzi

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Same as her other books, a page-turner of a soap opera. ( )
  NML_dc | Aug 17, 2019 |
This saga started off boring, then became too much like a soap opera; but it turned out to have good character development and an interesting story line. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
agréable à lire, mais pas au point de le conserver ( )
  Danielec | Dec 12, 2013 |
This was an interesting story to listen to as we follow the social circles of all the characters involved. Not only do we get an up close look at Eliza's life, but we also get to see things from Matt's perspective as well. Getting to know Matt and Eliza's siblings was like the icing on the cake.

After Eliza ends an engagement, she finds herself falling in love with Matt, a self-made entrepreneur. A whirlwind romance results in a wedding between the two, leaving Eliza compromising the life she led up until now. She has been very successful in the magazine industry, but Matt does not believe a wife should work outside the home. She does hold onto her job for some time, but with the arrival of children Matt demands she stay home as his children will not be raised by nannies.

Besides the relationship issues between Matt and Eliza, we also follow Matt's sister Scarlet's love life. I think the best way to describe Scarlet is to say she has been unlucky in love. She has a tendency to choose and fall in love with married men. Scarlet is such a sweet young lady and the reader can't help but desire that she finally finds a man that will give her the love she so richly deserves.

Circumstances eventually spin out of control within Eliza and Matt's marriage, leaving them both seeking a divorce. Through their marriage, they opened themselves to each other's family members, making the separation that much more painful. Things will never be the same between the two families.

Landor did a great job of narrating this novel. I loved how she took on different personalities and voices for the characters. Every now and then when a man was speaking, I thought there was a different narrator that was actually a man! With themes of love, betrayal, fashion, and high society this novel was very enjoyable to listen to. This book gets my recommendation as a great novel to pick up for personal leisure and listening pleasure. ( )
  jo-jo | Sep 2, 2012 |
I love Penny Vincenzi, though I can’t tell you exactly why.

Part of it is the rich world she delivers. I know little about London in the 1960s, or about fashion magazines, or about real estate, but I was immediately drawn into Eliza and Matt’s lives. I enjoyed reading about how they flit in and out of each others’ lives before they marry. I also liked seeing the social changes happening in the world during that time period.

A larger part of it is the dialogue. Vincenzi relies heavily upon dialogue to tell her story, with some sections having no exposition at all. It can get confusing at times — there were a few sections where it took a paragraph or two before I was certain who was speaking — but her dialogue is so natural and effortless that I couldn’t summon a care.

As for the characters, there are definitely a lot. Not only are there Eliza and Matt and their respective families, but several friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. Each of them works to show a different aspect of the story; no one is superfluous. I liked both Eliza and Matt, and could see each of their points of view, but I definitely thought Matt was a bit too boorish. I understand that Vincenzi was trying to root him solidly in out-dated mid-century views, but sometimes his bull-headedness was a bit overdone. But I guess it balances out when you consider how ridiculously helpless Eliza is at times. You can see why they were attracted to each other, but you can also see that it was doomed from the start.

That all may sound like I really have a beef with the book, but I definitely did not. I loved this, from beginning to end. It was an absolute joy to read. It made me think, and it made me feel, and I’m not sure what more you can ask for. ( )
  miyurose | Aug 7, 2012 |
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