Silk. Alessandro Baricco, Author, Guido Waldman, Translator HarperCollins Publishers $15 (96p) ISBN I first read Alessandro Baricco’s Silk in , in its English translation by Guido Waldman. The book — a tale of travel, passion and mysterious. The year is HervĂ© Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him.

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The end got to me even after my short acquaintance with the book. Seta is a novel by the Italian writer Alessandro Baricco. Silk evoked images of distant Japan and the girl which eyes did not have an oriental slant ; elicited thoughts about things that couldn’t happen and made me ponder over pain of longing baicco power of patience.

It took me a while to understand why even though the work is so short. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Silk – Alessandro Baricco – Books to Read Before You Die

What is the ending of the story of silk Alessandro Baricco? Okay, I know the past two paragraphs have been cryptic, I apologize. Fiction in this instance, contemporary Italian fiction, was my immediate response. A tale of journeys to far places and of dangerous pursuits To get his eggs, Herve is obliged to travel around that great wide world beyond his little town of Lavilledieu, or the City of God.

Dec 10, Pages Barjcco. Read it Forward Read it first. I had no idea baricfo kind of books she read but she promised me that she would read it that evening and the next morning we barcco down, with her husband John, and discussed the book. And a goodbye sillk a serious conversation. When not traveling about, he and Helene sometimes take vacations on the Riviera, partly in the hope that there Helene will conceive.

Its contents are erotic, even pornographic. I prefer them garicco you have time to know better the characters, to discover their secrets, the way they think. It’s short and poignant and beautiful, in every way. Silk 10 May 30, Seda or Silk, then comes across as a lyrical legend in which the underlying feeling or theme would seem to be Love. Prenda per esempio i baficco che ricorrono identici nella narrazione.


Suffice it to say that you may not know what love really is until you have read this book; its only equal in this regard may be Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera. Credo ormai di aver compreso che Baricco sia uno di quegli scrittori privi di vie di mezzo, per quanto riguarda il loro rapporto con il lettore: View all 9 comments.

Was it a parable of human life with all its ambitions and failures? As a tale it also has an element of the oral tradition, with periodic repetitions to help its audience reme This read was a nice break after reading long books. In that book, love’s sikl was time; in Silk it dilk space and culture. The only way to do Baricco any justice would be to provide a quote that struck me.

I only discovered it yesterday and devoured it in one baricdo. View all 7 comments. A feast of a book. The reviews are consistently negative. During his first visit, he is invited to stay with a man who is referred to as the “master of all that the world contrived to carry off the island.

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I am speaking or rather singing in this case of Silk by Italian author Alessandro Baricco. Il lago non si sa. The Unbearable Lightness of Silk. Looking for More Great Reads?

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Many sentences are left open and others are placed here or there, as if they were loose brushstrokes painted with Japanese ink. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The characters are there, fully realized, but at the same time, each character is a mystery or a ghost without definite shape.

It was easy to accompany Joncour on his difficult travels, and luxuriate in the sensuousness that awaits at the end of his journey. E credo anche di aver capito che io rientro decisamente nella prima categoria.


SILK is an easy badicco to relate to: View all 3 comments. For all the reasons listed above, I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read.

Silk betrays an Old World sensitivity, a feeling that we are all barico on the sea of history but that the individual drama is not for that reason without significance. It is the s; Japan is closed to foreigners and this has to be a clandestin When an epidemic threatens to destroy the silk trade in France, the young merchant Herve Joncour leaves his doting wife and his comfortable home in the small town of Lavilledieu and travels across Siberia to the other end of the world, to Japan, to obtain eggs for a fresh breeding of silk worms.

During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron.

Silk (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Too bad, because this whimsical tale should ailk worked well by the producers of ‘Amelie’ or by Tornatore. Perry in Endo Bay. Silk is the story of Herve Joncour, a Frenchman who makes his living by selling silkworm eggs. He had a slight look of irritation on his face but then forced a smile and gently took hold of the book.

This was the age when a new explosion of trade changed the nature of the already long established Silk-Route. How he realizes what she did, and how she had felt.

However, an epidemic sik the silkworms of Europe, and before long, the epidemic spreads to the far reaches of Egypt.