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After the Divorce

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After the Divorce by Grazia Deledda is a poignant and powerful exploration of the aftermath of a failed marriage. The author delves deep into the emotions and struggles of the characters as they navigate the complexities of divorce and its impact on their lives.

Deledda masterfully captures the turmoil and heartache that comes with the end of a relationship, portraying the characters' grief, anger, and eventual acceptance with sensitivity and raw honesty. The story is rich with detail and emotion, drawing the reader into the inner lives of the characters and their journey towards healing and self-discovery.

The prose is beautifully crafted, with vivid descriptions and well-developed characters that feel incredibly real and relatable. Deledda's writing is both poetic and insightful, offering a deep meditation on love, loss, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Overall, After the Divorce is a compelling and moving read that will resonate with anyone who has experienced the pain of a broken relationship. It is a testament to the power of love, forgiveness, and personal growth in the face of adversity. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant novel.

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Giovanna and Costantino Ledda are a happily married couple living with their young child in a Sardinian country village close to their extended family. Costantino is wrongly convicted of murdering his wicked uncle and with no way of supporting herself, Giovanna reluctantly divorces him and is driven to marry Brontu Dejas, a wealthy but brutish drunkard who has always lusted after her.
As well as enduring a marriage amounting to slavery, Giovanna is derided by villagers for having two husbands. When Constantino is freed after the real murderer confesses to his crime, he and Giovanna are together again, but this time their relationship is outside the law, and sets both on a path of destruction, at the mercy of religious and social forces they cannot control.
The author, Grazia Deledda, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, for writings which show passion and sympathy for the people of her native Sardinia, and ‘After the Divorce’ is one of her finest works. - Summary by Tom Denholm

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