The Wrench (Abacus Books) Paperback – 1 Mar 1988
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A beautiful book by a beautiful man. Not a word he has written should be missed. (INDEPENDENT)
A masterpiece of quiet patience (London DAILY News)
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A better divsion would be lovers of life and whatever their antithesis may be. Read his poem, "Some other Monday" for an insight into the simple pleasures of life that Levi held so dear. From the depths of his suffering at the end of the war, Levi absurdly imagines the voice of the tannoy announcer at Turin Station bellowing out "I'll tell you who's going to heaven/hell", the former being those who innocently love life, the latter, the cynics and smart-arses.
The Wrench it is a reflection of Levi's other life, the one before and after his encounter with the extraordinary. The simple, unheroic one in which he found peace, contentment, fulfilment and the odd mundane adventure in his day-to-day business. The original Italian title, a much more subtle play on words than "The Wrench" perhaps suggests something of Levi's simple philosophy: "La Chiave a Stelle" - "The Key with Stars", the Italian term for a Monkey wrench, but maybe also the key TO the stars?
Faussonne is an ordinary man, performing an ordinary job, but in this book he transcends the ordinary in his love and devotion for his everyday tasks. Maybe there is no heroism in this, but the satisfaction of a simple thing, done to the best of one's ability is, in Levi's experience the key to happiness.
A beautiful, simple and profoundly unheroic book.
You can take The Wrench on many different levels, but at it's most basic level it is a charming well written, amusing narrative where the tales of the rigger are retold by the chemist. I'll leave the other levels for the prospective reader to discover.
One would not have thought that the technical detail would be interesting. However,as the book progresses the rigger talks more and more about the people he encounters, including his two aunts, who are always trying to fix him up with girlfriends.
Some parts of the book are very funny, and the rigger's observations of humanity are full of insight and have certainly made me think.
By the time I'd finished it I realised that this was a remarkable book. Primo Levi wrote in Italian, so they're all translations, but like all great writers, the translated version is excellent. I shall read more.
.A series of stories related by narator and theme that builds into an experence in itself. It is, as usual, beautifully written, totally engaging, funny and slyly subversive. Fantastic.
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All books by Primo Levi should be read by people of all ages. Perhaps a must for high school level.Published 10 months ago by Greg M
Couldn't get on with the slow inconsequentialness of the narrative - there are gems of insight but the lack of plot and development lost my interestPublished 11 months ago by judywele
There is always something sad in Primo Levi's works. The Wrench is a sad book. On the surface a collection of hilarious tales about building cranes told under Levi's supreme... Read morePublished on 8 July 2012 by Dan Smith