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Soie

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  25,591 Ratings  ·  1,959 Reviews
Plus que le mortel ennui d'une vie répétitive, c'est une indifférence, une absence de résistance à la vie que Baricco suggère en ouvrant son roman par quelques phrases laconiques, purement énonciatives. Au début, Hervé Joncour fait penser à un spectateur repu qui se refuserait à intervenir dans la pièce qui se joue, et qui pourtant parle de lui.

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Mass Market Paperback, Folio, 142 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Gallimard (first published 1996)
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Vitaly The protagonist lives the rest of his life in solemn tranquility and tells strangers stories about his travels to Japan

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Nicholas Sparks
This is another form of love story, one written in almost poetic form. It was a major world-wide bestseller years ago -- millions of copies -- and if you haven't had the chance to read it, you should do yourself a favor. It's short and poignant and beautiful, in every way.
TK421
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
I never imagined I would like a book where the main character makes a living by buying silkworms. But I did. In fact, I not only liked it, I loved it. SILK is easily one of the top ten books I have read in the past eighteen months or so. It has a sparse writing style, and passages are repeated almost verbatim in no less than three different spots. The characters are there, fully realized, but at the same time, each character is a mystery or a ghost without definite shape. The prose is smooth, dr ...more
Huda Yahya

أن تموت شوقًا إلى شئ لن تجربه أبدا

دع أناملك تنزلق على خيوط الحرير
دع مشاعرك تنساب نعومة لتختلط بمشاق الحياة
فتخففها حينا
وتبرزها حينا

ولا تنس
هذا الحرير أدمى قلوب يرقات صغيرات
كدّت وتعبت كي تتمتع أنت بهذا الملمس
وهذا الشعور

إنه نزيفهن وذروة كفاحهن
ذلك الكفاح الذي لا يجنين من ورائه شيئا

ولكن تذكر أيضا أن الحرير ذو متانة عالية
فهن لسن منكسرات أو ضعيفات
أنهن ينضحن قوة لا تعرف مداها بعد

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على هذه المفارقة يلعب باريكو لعبته الصغيرة تلك
ويكتب رواية بساطتها لا تقلل من جمالها أو عمقها

تبدو الرواية ك
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Chiara Pagliochini
« Dicevano che era un truffatore. Dicevano che era un santo. Qualcuno diceva: ha qualcosa addosso, come una specie di infelicità. »

Ordine, prego! Silenzio in aula. Silenzio, prego (due colpi col martelletto).
La Corte di Giustizia si riunisce oggi per decretare l’assoluzione o la condanna a pena da stabilirsi per il signor Baricco Alessandro, classe 1958.
Tra i capi d’accusa imputati al signor Baricco, ricordiamo: “faciloneria”, “faccia da ruffiano”, “spocchia”, “ammiccamenti al lettore”, “egoce
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Marita
Did I read that or dream it? No matter, it was beautiful...
Kalliope
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This read was a nice break after reading long books. Silk reads like a gauzy flowing breeze. An almost fairy tale with the exotic as background and with travel and some suspense as some of its most palpable elements, it is a not an easy book to put down, precisely because it is so easy to read. The next short chapter with big print draws you immediately in until you suddenly reach the end. As a tale it also has an element of the oral tradition, with periodic repetitions to help its audience reme
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Mike Puma
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian-author, 2015

Very briefly: After seeing the unfortunate, movie tie-in edition’s cover, I had an Oh-No! It’s a Romance moment. So I read, disregarding the cover, defiantly at times. And I read. Read more. And 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. Quotes won’t really do for this one, at least not quotes of the sort I like to liberate. It’s the absence of text, the lightest hint of language, that m

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Agnieszka
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed, ebook, 2016
I have a tendency to picking up doom and gloom books . But not this time , not this time . 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 and power of patience . Beguiled me with its ephemeral beauty and deceptive simplicity and I’m not even sure what it was . Was it a fable with its repetitive phrases and unreal aura ? Was it a parable of human life wit ...more
Algernon
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

It was 1861. Flaubert was writing Salammbo, electric light was still a hypothesis and Abraham Lincoln, on the other side of the ocean, was fighting a war whose end he would not see.
Herve Joncour was thirty-two years old.
He bought and sold.
Silkworms


Whimsical, ethereal, like air between your fingers, shimmering light reflected in the still waters of a lake at the end of the world, the flight path of a blue crane across a cloudless sky : Silk

I don't want to write a long review, scrutinizing the
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Kelly
"I never even heard her voice."
And after a while:
"It is a strange grief."
Softly:
"To die of nostalgia for something you will never live."


I finished this in a matter of hours. My advice on this book would be: do not let that, nor its slim size, nor the whispering, simple voice that it adopts, fool you into thinking that it is insubstantial in any way. The end got to me even after my short acquaintance with the book. At times, it may feel as if you don't understand the significance of each passing
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Alessandro Baricco is a popular Italian writer, director and performer. His novels have been translated into a wide number of languages, and include Lands of Glass, Silk, Ocean Sea, City, and Without Blood. His theatrical monologue, Novecento, was adapted into film, titled The Legend of 1900.

He currently lives in Rome with his wife and two sons.
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