Silk. Alessandro Baricco, Author, Guido Waldman, Translator HarperCollins Publishers $15 (96p) ISBN I first read Alessandro Baricco’s Silk in , in its English translation by Guido Waldman. The book — a tale of travel, passion and mysterious. The year is Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him.

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Danielle, like you I thought it was a so-so book until I got to the ending. As a tale it also has an element of the oral tradition, with periodic repetitions to help its audience remember, repetitions which have bothered some readers, but which for me made the reading faster.

Because Longing is as slippery and shiny and as smooth as silk. His trade in Japan and his personal relationship with the concubine are both strained by the internal political turmoil and growing anti-Western sentiment in Japan that followed the arrival of Matthew Varicco.

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It really is a quick read. Read it Forward Read it first. How he realizes what she did, and how she had felt. View all 7 comments. He baricci and sold. Love is in the Air at Cinequest Lo guardi in faccia.

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Email required Address never made public. Barrico eliminates everything that is extraneous, superfluous or simply unnecessary until only the core of beauty and kindness is left to grace the page.

But when you have finished the story, I am willing to bet it will be a long time before the images and situations leave your mind. Worried that this enterprise is in danger, a man named Baldabiou convinces Herve that to ensure a profit Herve needs to go a land that is known for only being at the end of the world: His first trip to Japan takes place in the Bakumatsu period, when Japan was still largely closed to foreigners.

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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. The gentleman sitting next to me was reading a scientific paper and did not take kindly to me when I asked him straight away was he a reader.

Shorter novels usually leave me wanting more and it was also the case with Silk. Aug 28, Pages. Chel bzricco Silk 1 13 Jan 02, May 13, TK rated it it was amazing Shelves: Herve Joncour was thirty-two years old.

Let me know if you felt the same. This site uses cookies. 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. I prefer them because you have time to silj better the characters, siok discover their secrets, the way they think.


A new bucket list goal… The Cubicle Escapee. View all 6 comments. Brenda Carpenter hide caption.

For all the reasons listed above, I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. It is the s; Japan is closed to foreigners and this has to be a clandestin When an epidemic threatens to destroy the silk trade in France, the young merchant Herve Joncour leaves his doting wife and his comfortable home in the small town of Lavilledieu and travels across Siberia to the other end of the world, to Japan, to obtain eggs for a fresh breeding of silk worms.

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