Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: One More Day by Fabio Volo

One More Day

Fabio Volo

With almost five millions copies sold in Italy, Fabio Volo’s books have made him the unquestionable king of Italian romantic comedy. Experience his wonderful novels, for the first time, in English.

Giacomo cannot lead a more enviable lifestyle. He is young, has inherited an apartment, is doing well at work, is good with women, and always manages escape any sort of commitment. But he feels trapped in a monotonous life that shows no signs of changing . . . Who knew success could be so boring? 

His routine is finally interrupted when a captivating young woman invites him to coffee, and so begins a modern love story that takes into account the realities of modern relationships.
Publisher: Open Road, Mondatori
Publication Date: September 24, 2013


Kat's Review

I was very excited to read this novel because I love branching out to discover authors who write in other languages. Fabio Volo is a best-selling author in Italy, and his books are finally being translated into English. While I can read some Italian, I doubt I would be able to read an entire novel without it taking forever, so I love it when I can get my hands on a translation.

That being said, it can sometimes be hard to completely "get" translated novels for a few reasons. The translation doesn't always capture the feel of the original, or the culture is difficult to understand, or the style of writing is completely foreign. What is beloved in one country might be absolutely misunderstood in another.

I like this book. It took a while to get used to the writing style, and I will admit that at times I could tell where the translation probably didn't flow as smoothly as the original. The narrator wasn't entirely likeable the whole time, but he was honest, and original. Basically, it's the story of a man who is bored with his everyday life, and begins to fantasize about a woman who takes public transit with him each day.

Interestingly, his fantasy moves into the realm of reality when the woman asks him for coffee one day, only to announce that she's moving to New York the next day. It's only when she leaves and Giacomo is faced with the realization that he had wasted so much time fantasizing about a relationship when he could have been living one, that he decides to make a drastic decision and take a vacation to New York.

This is where I felt the book picked up. having watched some Italian movies and read novels by Italian authors, I have to say that this story feels very Italian in nature. It's about passion, and freedom, and living life to the fullest. It's a little bit of fantasy woven into the everyday. If you're looking for something a little bit different but based on the universal theme of love, you just might like this book.

Kat's Rating: Worth a Look

Despite the slow start, I enjoyed this book. It's made me curious enough to seek out some of the author's other book as well.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

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