Author: Alessandro Baricco
Summary: : The year is 1861. Herve Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country legendary for the quanitly of its silk and its hostility to foreigners: Japan
The Joncour meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his own country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.
My Rating: 9/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was a beautiful, elegantly written and poetic. The entire story (a short novella) is written into tiny little poetics chapters. Almost like a free style poetry, but written to tell a story. Alessandro Baricco, does a fantastic job at creating a lovely read and a forbidden love story. For the most part, the story isn’t what caused me to be unable to put the book down, it was the beautiful pose, poetic words that vibrated off the pages, which disallowed me to put it down for any period of time.
This isn’t a book that has some sort o exciting love forbidden love story, little information is interaction is seen between characters, it is a lot of metaphors descriptions and small poetic phrases that create the story. Overall, it was a beautiful and poetic novella pulling the reader in and to experience a forbidden story of love. If you’re looking for a good, poetic read and elegant writing, this is defiantly for you.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes I would. It is also one of the books on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list. I can see a lot of people not enjoy this book, because it concentrates on a poetic descriptions and metaphors, phrases etc. To tell the story, there is a lot of vivid imagery in it, but don’t except a trawling love story and adventure. Although it is very short, (132 pages) and the pages (because of font size) are only partially filled in. It won’t take long at all. Two – Three hours at most if you’re a slow reader. So give it a try, even if it isn’t your usual style book.
What to read next: Atonement or Fugitive Pieces. They’re not that related to the book, but Fugitive Pieces has elegant poetic style to it.