L'ultimo alchimista
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L'ultimo alchimista

3.09 of 5 stars 3.09  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  26 reviews
"Sono tornato all'Aberdeen perché speravo potesse restituirmi quello che mi aveva sottratto tanto tempo fa. Ma mi sono accorto che luoghi del genere non rendono mai quel che hanno perso. È il pedaggio che richiedono, e quando il debito è stato saldato capisci che il tuo tempo è scaduto non dal rintocco di una campana ma dal fruscio lieve dell'apatia..."
Ed è con apatia che...more
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published 2006 by Sonzogno (first published 2005)
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Some of us have a warped idea of ivy-covered private colleges in the Northeast. At least, I hope my idea of spoiled rich kids driving cars that cost more than my 401K and spending more time partying than researching is distorted. But the perspective in Gods of Aberdeen matches my preconceived notions. Even worse, the novel manages to take an underage inner-city orphan who has excelled due to both natural acumen and work ethic and turn him into a drunken, drug-ingesting, sexually promiscuous part...more
Non c'entra niente... Devo dire che il libro mi è piaciuto abbastanza anche se non c'entra nulla con il titolo e la recensione del risvolto di copertina, infatti è un testo sul disagio giovanile di un ragazzo che si trova ammesso in un'importante università e soprattutto in un gruppo di studenti eccezionali (di cui subisce il fascino malsano) e non ha ancora il carattere e la maturità per accettare il suo posto nel mondo e soprattutto prendersi delle responsabilità. Incidentalmente parla anche d...more
I picked this up at a library's friends book store, mostly intrigued if it was set in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is not.
Anyway, I'm a sucker for any coming of age book and/or books set in small college towns. Needless to say, I finished it in one sitting.
If you need a book for a 2 hour plane ride, this is for you.
Or maybe a few rides on the subway?
I don't know. I really liked it.
Rick Ross
Feb 18, 2009 Rick Ross rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literary hounds
Crazy about this book. Never tire of coming-of-age novels and this does more than the average. Good characters and a satisfying, deep narrative.
Nancy Oakes
First: do I recommend it? Yes. I think maybe others might enjoy it much more than I, and it does have an average 4-star rating on Amazon.com. Not that I always agree with the bulk of the Amazon reviewers. So maybe someone else will get more out of it than me.

Set at a small college in Connecticut, the main character of the story is Eric Dunne, who lost his parents at an early age and went on to live with a foster family in the NJ tenements. Deciding that he needed to make something of his life or...more
Nilo Di Stefano
Tra altri e bassi
Primo libro dell'autore de L' ultimo alchimista e devo dire che e' un romanzo scritto bene, intrigante in molti punti, che pero' sono stati poco approfonditi. Ottime le descrizioni dei vari ambienti in cui la storia si svolge ed anche i personaggi sono ben caretterizzati.
Credo che il libro sia pero' un po' inconcludente e le parti migliori lasciate un po' sospese , mentre si avverte una certa ridondanza quando si parla di certe tematiche. Dilungarsi spesso non equivale ad appro...more
Is so much like _The Secret History_ and _Special Topics in Calamity Physics_ that I was mentally shouting, "No, no, no," to the narrator from the beginning. He's a brilliant orphan attending an elite college on scholarship. He's taken up by rich smart peers working on a special project who also have a secret hobby of alchemy, involving mysterious texts and hallucinogens and forest purification rites and there's a lot of sexual tension and a death...you get the picture.
the author seems competant enough when it comes to writing, it's just such a shame that the story itself feels like such a milque toast version of donna tarte's 'a secret history'. so much so that i couldn't even get more than 100 pages in before giving up out of boredom. i like to give the benefit of the doubt however and chalk this up to perhaps the author having this idea previous to THS or simply his ignorance of TSH... still, very unfortunate.
Trama interessante, un po' simile all'inarrivabile (almeno finora, per quanto mi riguarda) "Il Dio di Illusioni" della Tartt, ma purtroppo la resa narrativa è ben al di sotto delle aspettative. Lentezza e una debole caratterizzazione dei personaggi fanno sì che il libro non decolli e non riesca a catturare l'attenzione o a coinvolgere sufficientemente.
it started off with an interesting premise, but soon began to lag. i kept thinking, wait, it'll get better, but it really didn't. the climax was lacking, and i felt it was a waste of time. the author was a great writer, it was the story that was poor.
An very bright young orphan works his way into Aberdeèn college with his talent for languages. Typical coming of age type story thrown in with mysteries and murder. Interesting characters, fellow students and the surrounding adults. OK story.
Gods of Aberdeen was better than i expected it to be.......very similar to The Secret History. Good smooth read with a little twist of mystery in it. i would recommend it - but if you can - pick it up used, bargain, or at the library.
It was interesting to be reminded that even very smart people do very dumb things...in life as well as in stories. It kept me entertained for a couple of days.
This book is what you'd get if you crossed an updated version of Frankenstein with a Dan Brown book that was actually well written, and then covered it with ivy.

This book is a lesser version of The Secret History. I could not believe how similar they were in all plot points. It was uncanny, almost like a first draft.....
I finished this a few days ago so it's less fresh in my head but overall it was pretty good. Parts were weird, parts were slow, but I enjoyed it.
Started slow, middle caught my attention and really drew me in. The end was disappointing and overall, the book really left me wanting more.
Marie Vasquez
Read this after "Losing Graceland" (which I loved) and I could not put it down. Heady at times but perfectly atmospheric.
Interesting to read a book by an author you knew as a child. I liked it, and now I'm off to find more.
Thorne Clark
Fun read. More references to "cable-knit sweaters" in one place than I've ever seen before.
Jessica Waltera
Delightful. Bought this years ago and forgot I owned it. Thank God for cleaning out the closet!
Starting to get bored with this. And I'm worried about the dog. Don't think I will finish.
Lots of loose ends and unsupportable story settings and character antics.
Empezó bien pero al final mucho ruido y pocas nueces.
A bit slow moving but a good story
Kate marked it as to-read
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