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Quiet Chaos

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  1,355 ratings  ·  108 reviews
On the shores of the Mediterranean, exhausted from an afternoon of surfing,Pietro Paladini is shaken out of his stupor by a distant noise. “Over there!”he cries to his brother, Carlo, sunning beside him. “Over there!”

So begins the adventure that will tear a hole in Pietro’s life. For while he and hisbrother struggle to save two drowning swimmers, a tragedy is unfolding dow
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Ecco (first published 2005)
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S©aP
Peccato che un romanzo intenso, e intimo, come questo si ritrovi a cadere su qualche stereotipo di gusto incerto e su artifici commerciali narrativi di lega minore. Peccato, perché è scritto da una penna intelligente, profonda, brava nel trasporre l'essenzialità del monologo interiore. Peccato che abbia prevalso il desiderio di ammiccare, qui e là, a lettori che nulla hanno a che fare con il 'genere' (chi ama i romanzi d'azione o i feuilleton resta a bocca asciutta). Peccato. Perché in fondo è u ...more
Karel-Willem Delrue
Ik beken. Ik hou van al wat Italiaans is. Niet in het minst van Italiaanse literatuur. Sandro Veronesi wordt door zijn uitgeverij op de achterflappen van zijn boeken voorgesteld als de belangrijkste Italiaanse auteur van het moment. Ik moet dus wel van zijn boeken houden.
Net als XY begint Kalme chaos met een opvallende premisse. In Kalme chaos geen gruwelijk verminkte lijken rond een bloedrode boom, wel een man die zich als het ware aan het leven onttrekt. Veronesi laat zijn personages, net zoal
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Jasperzelf
I struggled to get through this. Although the premise is rather wonderful, the protagonist is egocentric, shallow and macho, a perfect match to all my prejudices of Italian men. There is also a lot of melodramic rambling, and people shouting in the street while gesturing wildly. Again, all my preconceptions of Italians are catered to.

Of course, Veronesi wants us to feel ambivalent towards Pietro, but I almost put the book away several times. I was constantly annoyed by his lack of understanding
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Jennifer
This was the book everyone was reading last Summmer. The premise was so promising: a handsome, wealthy, successful businessman-father, overwhelmed by grief when his wife dies suddenly, takes his young daughter to school. Hoping to help her ease back into to her first day, he assures her that he'll wait for her outside the school until the end of the school day. He does this every day, unable to stray from the reassuring presence of his daughter across the street, handling his business from the b ...more
tinne
Kalme Chaos is een heerlijk boek waarvan ik genoten heb en ik raad het iedereen aan. Vooral aan fans van Radiohead! ;)

De schrijfstijl is vloeiend en uitdagend, er wordt gegoocheld met perspectieven en als lezer weet je soms niet wie of wat je moet geloven. Het boek heeft me echt zin gegeven om meer Italiaanse schrijvers te ontdekken. Naast Cesare Pavese en Italo Calvino had ik nog niet veel geproefd van de Italiaanse literatuur. Het boek is een ode aan de vertelling: er wordt een verhaal vertel
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Lauma
Wow! Ģeniāli!Tas itāļu Veronēzī ir satriecošākais pļāpa, ko esmu lasījusi! Tik spilgti domu un apziņas apraksti, līdzības, paralēlie domu sižeti, iekšējie dialogi un monologi reti grāmatās gadās, pat no Dostojevska īpaši neatpaliek. Un tai pašā laikā nav nogurdinoši, garlaicīgi vai pārgudri. Gultas aina (tas gan eifēmisms,jo gultas nebija) gan mani reāli traumēja,taču galvenā varoņa tai sekojošās izjūtas bija izlīgums ar lasītāju. Noteikti lasīšu arī X un Y. Un tulkotāja Dace Meiere izdarījusi v ...more
Gloriagloom
Io un libro di Veronesi non lo toccherei neppure col forcipe, ma ero immobilizzato in un letto senza niente da leggere e il mio vicino non sembrava in condizione di poter leggere alcunchè, quindi l’ho preso in prestito dal suo comodino e mi ci son buttato dentro. Devo ammettere che ero prevenuto e devo convenire che la mia prevenzione era giustificata. Mi sono trascinato faticosamente fino a circa pagina cinquanta e dopo aver buttato uno sguardo al mio vicino e dopo aver constatato che non aveva ...more
Tom
'Quiet Chaos'. I really loved the premise of this book. After the death of his wife, Pietro Paladini decides to spend his days next to the school of his daughter Claudia. It starts out as a joke, but turns into a very serious desire to stay there. Subsequently, Pietro's family and colleagues start showing up, and they show themselves to be very open-hearted.

A lot can be said about Pietro Paladini. Some readers can't stand his behaviour, apparently. This is where the book becomes a matter of opi
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Arwen56
Siccome "inciampavo" un po' ovunque nei commenti dedicati al film, ho deciso di leggere il libro. Era parecchio tempo, d'altronde, che non leggevo qualcosa che appartenesse alla narrativa moderna.

Diciamo che, personalmente, non credo che questo romanzo entrerà mai nella storia della letteratura, nonostante abbia vinto il premio Strega 2006, tuttavia, benchè lo abbia trovato piuttosto "sciapo" in generale, ha sicuramente parecchi pregi.

Ad esempio, non è niente male l'idea di fondo ... quest'uom
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Robert Wechsler
The best thing about this excellent novel is its inside-looking-out approach. Yes, every first-person narrator is inside looking out. But this one feels different. This one is deeply alienated and yet very involved in a special, often contradictory way. And this narrator is not just a way of telling the story. He is the center of a whirlpool of people suffering in a variety of ways.

What is most important about him is that he has suddenly become a different person in the eyes of the world, and se
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Margherita Dolcevita
Mi è -incredibilmente- piaciuto ma non so dire il perchè.
Intanto è bene sgomberare la mente dalle immagini del film (che non ho ancora visto, ma insomma so che il protagonista era Moretti e che lui si inchiappettava la Ferrari, l'attrice, non la macchina eh), secondo me Moretti non era adatto, mi sono immaginata Pietro in tutt'altro modo.
Poi non so, ho trovato vagamente incomprensibili le parti relative alla fusione dell'azienda, ma il resto mi è piaciuto, ma non saprei dire esattamente cosa mi
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Dan
I'll admit I bought this book largely because of the gorgeous cover. Nonetheless, it was a meaningful and intelligent book. The story concerns a man who's fiance dies while he's saving a drowning stranger. A widower, for all intents and purposes, he's left to care for his ten-year-old daughter. He does so by sitting outside her school for three months instead of going to the office. He fills his days with various musing, which can, at times, bore, but which also provide some pretty interesting i ...more
Fortunata
A novel that moves slowly yet powerfully through a man's quiet journey through the grieving process after the sudden loss of his partner. He becomes part of the microcosm of life in the park outside his daughter's school where he sets up daily camp and quietly observes the comings and goings of various characters. Translated superbly from the original Italian, the translator has managed to retain the specific sardonic and witty sense of Italian humour. I was inspired to read this book after watc ...more
Nina J. Kors
Ho letto tutto d'un fiato questo libro che però non mi ha pienamente soddisfatto. La trama è bellissima e perfetta, l'inizio coinvolgente e memorabili alcune scene (come quella del salvataggio).
La lettura scorre veloce come la scrittura ma poi si impiglia in alcune pagine di "flusso del pensiero": parecchie le ho saltate a piè pari perché le ho trovate inutilmente pesanti, come per esempio quelle delle mail stampate al computer.
In sostanza lo ho trovato un libro datato: dal 2006 ad oggi pare sia
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Surymae
Deve essere dura, essere quarantenni. Non lo so di persona, essendoci ancora piuttosto lontana, ma suppongo proprio di sì. Lavoro, famiglia, cavoli vari... un bel calvario, non c'è che dire. Ma per fortuna esiste una cosa chiamata "tempo libero" che si compone anche di libri come "Caos calmo". Libri che sembrano fatti apposta proprio per togliere pesi dalle spalle dei poveri quarantenni di cui sopra; e badate bene, non è esattamente un complimento...

Come ogni buona recensione che si rispetti, pa
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Eline Rootsaert
De bestseller "Kalme Chaos" (Caos Calmo - 2005) won de prestigieuze Premio Strega en ook de verfilming van het boek (2008) werd een internationale hit. De film heb ik (nog) niet gezien en omdat ik geen Italiaans spreek, las ik de Nederlandse vertaling.

Sandro Veronesi mag dan Italie's meest prestigieuze schrijver van het moment zijn, "Kalme Chaos" kostte me toch enige moeite om vol te houden. Ondanks het originele opzet waarmee hij het thema 'verlies' aanpakt, de vaak heel ingenieuze en bij tijd
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Mauro Minenna
Perchè scrivere un inizio così sensazionale, avere per le mani un'idea sviluppabile pressoché in qualsiasi modo in natura e sciuparla trascinandola in lungo e in largo fino a un finale sostanzialmente inconcludente?
Marie
Ok so this would have been 5 stars but for the fact that Veronesi does go off topic at times. The opening chapter was fabulous and had me instantly hooked. I felt I was right there on the beach watching the drama unfold. Description is piled upon description and the whole thing comes alive. It is hardly surprising that this cannot be maintained throughout the book.

The book examines how Pietro and claudia deal with a grief that does not develop as you or they would expect..at any moment he is exp
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Louis
Prêté par mon ami Daniel et recommandé à lui par son libraire personnel (pas par Amazon ni par Costco, ils en seraient bien incapables malgré leurs prix imbattables -- ne l'oublions jamais), un monologue de 500 pages qui filent comme de l'eau, où s'entrelacent sauvetages, deuils, la fusion de deux multinationales, la Sainte Trinité, un père qui fait tout pour protéger sa fille, Radiohead, le cinéma, l'école, la vie, quoi. Le style évoque Joyce (en bien moins cryptique cependant), mais aussi Pere ...more
Prospero
Ha tradito le mie aspettative. Lento nello sviluppo e nella creazione delle personalità dei protagonisti che non sono state esposte ed esplorate in maniera completa.
Madeleine
Er gebeurt weinig, kalm dus, maar fascinerend meeslepend verhaal.
Yoy
Pietro Paladini, directeur in een belangrijk telecombedrijf, is weduwenaar geworden (op een vreemde manier). Hij brengt zijn dochter naar school. Voor dat gebouw, in de omgeving met een mooi parkje, een koffiebar en zijn auto zal hij voortaan iedere dag blijven wachten tot zijn dochter uit school komt. Buren, vrienden, familie en collega’s komen bij hem langs om deelneming te betuigen maar mettertijd vooral om hun eigen zorgen te vertellen. Niemand lijkt te weten hoe hij moet leven. Op het werk ...more
Francesco Martini
"Ti dico che è l'oppio. Oh, ma allora sei fissato. Ragiona, quando sono entrato non lo avevo ancora fumato. Non importa, l'oppio ha effetto retroattivo, cambia il passato: lo fumo per quello. Macché effetto retroattivo, ti dico che l'oppio non c'entra - anche perché tra parentesi non mi sta facendo proprio nessun effetto, se lo vuoi sapere. Che cazzo ridi, se ti dico che non mi fa effetto non mi fa effetto."
Ecco, questo libro sembra stato scritto in una circostanza analoga a quella descritta in
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GONZA
La storia è quella di un vedovo con figlia decenne, la morta improvvisa di Lara compagna del primo e mamma della seconda mette le due persone alle prese con un dolore/non dolore da lasciare esterefatti. Sempre in attesa che uno dei due pianga fino allo sfinimento assistiamo allo sfasamento dei valori di Pietro Paladini e e di quelli della sua vita raccontata in prima persona. Dalla decisione improvvisa di passare il primo giorno della 5 elementare sotto la scuola della figlia all'impossibilità d ...more
Kimberly
Originally posted on Fancy Terrible:

That’s actually a pretty stellar summary right there, so let’s be frank. A big fat MEH to this book.

Within the first few pages, we get that this is one hell of a macho Italian man. I will save the drowning woman, I will not die, oh, by the way, I’m getting a hard-on as I’m pressed against her in the water. You know what, though? I like Pietro a lot. He loves his daughter fiercely, which is always endearing, but he’s also a straight shooter. After the death of
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Lucas Leite
The Apparent Anesthesia of Everyday Life

Pietro Paladini saves Eleonora Simoncini from drowning while his wife, elsewhere, dies struck by a sudden illness. Starting from this fateful coincidence, Veronesi develops the story of the successful executive Pietro and his little daughter, Claudia.

How to overcome the premature and unexpected? How to deal with the irreversibility of certain events, when what is wish to for life events and actions are reversible? How to handle with death and its conseque
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Marjet
Kalme Chaos is een geniale roman, weliswaar honderd bladzijden te lang, maar dat vind ik al snel. Er is zoveel te lezen dat ik graag opschiet.

Na de dood van zijn vrouw, en moeder van zijn elfjarige dochter Claudia, houdt Pietro de wacht voor Claudia's school. Hij gaat niet naar zijn werk. Aanvankelijk omdat hij lijdt, later blijkt dat het bedrijf waar hij een topfunctie bekleedt in een fusie verwikkeld is met een Amerikaans bedrijf waardoor het 't grootste telecommunicatiebedrijf ter wereld zal
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Mark Bennett

A splendid and breathtaking novel. I highly recommend it.

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Pirate Jack Lamplough, at Overlook Press, recommended this in a tweet. He was over the top in his praise. There was an ebook version so I went for it. The pirate was right. The first 10th of the book was breathtaking, a whirl of language, insight and high emotion. Couldn't stop...

My second book on the Kindle App for Macs. Instead of page numbers you're told how much you've read in percentages. I'm at 9%.

Veronesi's first pages s
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ila
molto bello, scrittura moderna, bei personaggi; spettacolari alcuni brani, il primo capitolo ad esempio, ma anche l'epilogo... lo consiglio.
"al centro del mondo" sembra essere Pietro, il protagonista, fermo in un luogo fisico ma comunque presente in diverse vicende; solo dando un diverso peso alle cose, pi giusto.
...certo, ci sono anche motivi personali che me lo hanno fatto apprezzare - ma alla fine non sempre cos?
un ringraziamento a chi mi me ne ha parlato... :-)
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Eelco Kraefft
Great book. To his surprise television executive Pietro Paladini (43) finds his way to enjoy the 'quiet rythms of life' after the sudden death of his wife. He attracts a colorful line of people to the place outside his daughter's school where he decided to spend his days for now. He experiences that other people tend to tell about their own troubles and emotions when you are in a dfficult situation yourself. Pietro (the writer) reflects on corporate games people play, the intentions and motives ...more
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