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 Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him.

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Baicco all of the sudden, the airiness of the text, the nice use of iteration and variation, and as much as I hate to say, the plot, began working in my favor. The effect is of being told a story by a bona fide bard who just happens to be passing by, charging a fee of a florin or a Euro or about sixteen Euros, roughly the price of the book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Silk – A Story of War by Alessandro Baricco – Canongate Books

But finally the letter beseeches Herve to forget its author, ” who now says to you, without regret, farewell. A tale, but not a tale. Dec 10, Pages.

Another reader commented that the length of this story allows you to read it one sitting and this is how I am recommending it. This page was last edited on 30 Juneat You’ll miss out otherwise. I wish I could tell you about the woman and the impact she had barcico Herve, but that would ruin the story for you.


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Constantly repeated phrases and consecutive passases of it are simiral in riff or refrain to the music. Three of them are peaceful.

The Unbearable Lightness of Silk

In time he began to yield to a pleasure that in the past he had always denied himself: Entri il primo testimone! Storia di viaggi per mare, di treni a vapore, di un uomo che narra la propria vita come mai prima d’allora.

Not only had Baricco made that sorrow palpable, he had done it in less than bariccco pages. Silk is the story of Herve Joncour, a Frenchman who makes his living by selling silkworm eggs.

We had differing opinions, especially on the letters and the two aviaries. It also has some historical pegs, such as and Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War, or the effects of the earlier Treaty that Commodore Perry forced on Japan to open up its borders to Western Trade, or the geopolitical setting of an Asia as the theatre for the colonial wars between the various European powers, when the UK was selling arms to the Japanese government, while the Netherlands supported the rebels as the Japanese civil war erupted.

Mar 19, Dolors rated sipk it was amazing Shelves: Loy Krathong Thailand Kenneth Champeon. Perry in Endo Bay. At only a pages, this is an easy read. They said he was a saint. American paperback edition cover. Your faithfully Djuza Radojicic. In fact, I not only liked it, I loved it. Made me cry, it did.


The narration is not factual, but essentially evocative. It was like grasping in your fingers… nothing.

‘Silk’ Luxuriates In The Bittersweet Pain Of Love And Longing

Taking secondary roads, he crossed the provinces of Ishikawa, Toyama and Niigata on foot, entered the province of Fukushima, and reached the town of Shirakawa, passed to the east of it, waited two days for a man in black who blindfolded him and brought him to a hill where he spent the night, and the following day he negotiated the purchase of the eggs with a man who did not speak and kept his face covered with a silken veil. At times, it may feel as if you don’t understand the significance of each passing symbol or action.

Was it a parable of human life with all i I have a tendency to picking up doom and gloom books.

Explore Other Destinations China. I lived in an imaginary world of far-away loves that threatened the life I had chosen — even the hearts that I now minded as the mother of three daughters. Alas, on his final trip to Japan, Herve is led to believe that the concubine may have died in the civil war. Prenda per esempio i brani che ricorrono identici nella narrazione. Related Links Visit the official movie site: A glance takes the place of a kiss.