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4.0 out of 5 stars Silk, 8 Jan 2003
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This review is from: Seta (Scala) (Paperback)
This is as close as a novel can come to a poem. A story of silk threads linking worlds of reality and possibility. A fairy tale poised between the 19th century silk weaving business in the south of France and the mysterious, fabled connections of silk in the orient with wealth, love, power and politics.
Hervé Joncour travels first to North Africa and then to Japan to buy healthy silkworm eggs and bring them back to his native village; in parallel with his business deals, he finds himself caught in a gossamer web of loves and desires that impel him forward into unknown and dangerous territory, both geographically and emotionally, and he is left to interpret what he sees and hears in his own way - and so are we. The eventual unravelling of these mysteries is as puzzling for him as it is unexpected for us. In his mature years he retires into solitude, to ponder his life and adventures, these no longer a riddle to be guarded in secret, but a story to be told and shared.
This book carries the reader along, as if on a quiet country walk; it is mysterious and spellbinding; it is delightful, insightful and compelling; it is full of metaphor and it is also, just a little self-consciously, a work of art.
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Seta (Scala) by Alessandro Baricco (Paperback - 13 July 2000)
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