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Silk by Alessandro Baricco
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Feb 17, 2008

really liked it

** spoiler alert ** alessandro baricco. i'll remember his name.

enter silk, page 1, paragraph 3:

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.

(apparently, this is the way to trick me into reading historical fiction.)

an example of another clever little trick he pulls, also on page 1, last three lines:

Herve Joncour was thirty-two years old.
He bought and sold.

(i bought the book. i'll buy another... he's quick and surprising, like a bird, or like a buttery belgian chocolate you finish in 5 minutes and sneak back, 5 minutes after that, for another.)
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message 1: by Tom (new)

Tom What a wonderful review! I can't wait to read it.

stacy tom, i'd like to know your thoughts after you finish it.

message 3: by David (new)

David Tussman I read the book in French 10 years ago. I learned lots of good words. I still remember quite a few of them, but I can't speak French that well. Tant pis! I enjoyed the book but I'm not sure how it would translate into English. Certainly the movie was a disaster, I hear.

stacy tant pis, certainment.

the english is quite nice. it's got a strange standing-on-one-leg thing happening, maybe because of the frenchiness.

like it's dislocated from the world, floating. just connected enough, through minute winks, that it's in the world.

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