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I barbari. Saggio sulla mutazione by Alessandro Baricco
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Jul 28, 2011

did not like it
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as much as I like Baricco's novels, I disliked this would-be 'essay'. The book consists of a series of personal reflections on change that lack clear structure and, largely, a sound conclusion - there's a plain discrepancy between the initial aim of the author and the final outcome. Perhaps this is because, initially, each chapter was published weekly on one of the daily papers thus the writing is colloquial and the logical thread fragmented. The idea of looking at specific socio-cultural changes, as these are happening, is certainly a clever one but in my view Baricco, sadly, didn't succeed in guiding the reader through the web of his perceptions on 'barbarian' culture.
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