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Silk by Alessandro Baricco
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Mar 31, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: tami-tomes, 2009-reads, asia, yearning
Read in May, 2009

"He wasn't much cut out for serious conversations. And a goodbye is a serious conversation."

OK, for 125 pages I'm reading this thinking, "three stars, nice little story, fast read; wish more novelists could tell a sweeping romantic adventure tale with such dispatch. Vivid, enjoyable, and even educational, but no great shakes."

And then I get to the end, and realize the power of the wife's desire. What she does. How he realizes what she did, and how she had felt. How she knew about his inner life, and didn't want to be a surrogate. Goddamn it hit me hard. Made me cry, it did.

I'm trying to say why it was good without being too specific and giving much away.

(KR@KY, with slight fix in 2016)
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i cried, too. x

Evan Yeah, I mean I was blindsided by it. When I got to the epiphany moment I started tingling all over and then the waterworks...

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