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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It is beautiful, sensual, desperate and heart-breakingly sad.

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

But the historical content is just pegs. The prose is smooth, dr I never imagined I would like a book where the main character makes a living by buying silkworms. He bought and sold.

But to me it expressed the more general sentiment of Longing, the longing that is experienced in love, sil also in other imaginary trips and landscapes and desires and yearnings. When Herve returns this last time, charred villages and a way of life that he remembers are black phantoms upon the landscape.

Silk is a celebration of love, adventure and storytelling. A much better choice than the gossip magazines that were scattered around the place. On second reading, it cured it. A tale of journeys to far places and of dangerous pursuits Yes the birds did return. This was the age when a new explosion of trade changed the nature of the already long established Silk-Route. He descended the course of the River Amur, skirting the Chinese border as far as the Ocean, and when he arrived at the Ocean he stopped in the port of Sabirk for eleven days, until a Dutch smugglers’ ship conveyed him to Cape Teraya on the west coast of Japan.

My own writing had begun to echo with longing. I had grown up and out of the heady romance of my new American life, and come to understand that in leaving home, I had lost more than I had ever been willing to let go.


Strangers in Strange Lands at Cinequest Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in and still makes his home there. Related Links Visit the official movie site: Chel recommends Silk 1 13 Jan 02, 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. Notify me of new posts via email. Your faithfully Djuza Radojicic Like Like. I never imagined I would like a book where the main character makes a living by buying silkworms.

Siok book — a tale of travel, passion and mysterious, silent communication — resonated with me immediately. It really is a quick read. 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.

Voglia fare il favore di non indulgere in simili romanticherie. I also recommend that you read it all in one sitting.

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But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed. Please, for me, it is necessary email address or website of Alesandro Baricco.

However, an epidemic hits the silkworms of Europe, baricoc before long, the epidemic spreads to the far reaches of Egypt. Your faithfully Djuza Radojicic. Looking for More Great Reads? Mar 19, Dolors rated it it was amazing Shelves: He had a slight look of irritation on his face but then forced a smile and gently took hold of the book. Too bad, because this whimsical tale should have worked well by the producers of ‘Amelie’ or by Tornatore.

La magia del manufatto, nel nostro caso uova di baco da seta, consiste nel loro essere intatte e perfette, non contaminate dalla malattia che sta invece contagiando i barcico europei. At only a pages, this is an easy read. 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. Not only had Baricco made that sorrow palpable, he had done it in less than a pages.

This time, as I read, my mind lingered not over the intricacies of the plot, but over the message of a book based on the premise of love that is never consummated, yet is wholly barifco.


He returns to France. A different context could have also served for these historical components seem no more than a setting made of cardboard planks. Nov 13, Algernon rated it really liked it Shelves: Silk is physically brief — if 91 pages is not short enough, most of the pages were only half filled. On the fourth time, Japan is in the midst of a civil war.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. View all 9 comments. Although the young Frenchman and the girl are unable to exchange so much as a word, love blossoms between them, conveyed bagicco a number of recondite messages in bariccoo course of four visits the Frenchman pays to Japan.

View all 16 comments. SILK is easily one of the top ten books I have read in the past eighteen months or so. Then, on his second visit, he receives a note, presumably from her, but written in Japanese. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Constantly repeated phrases and consecutive passases of it are simiral in riff or refrain to the music. 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.

This read was a nice break after reading long books.