The Young Bride by Alessandro Baricco
What’s it about?
A young bride of eighteen returns after three long years to marry the man she loves. He is away from home so she awaits his return with his very unusual family.
What did it make me think about?
This book was lyrical, magical, erotic, and almost always just beyond my grasp. I felt like I was reading through quicksand, and almost always a hair’s breath away from totally understanding what the author was getting at.
Should I read it?
Mmmm…. I wish someone else would read this book so I could discuss the many things I am perplexed about. Patience will be required.
“He had to tell me that the weave of destinies that the loom of our families had worked on for years had been made with a primitive, animal thread. And that, however we might strive to seek more elegant or artificial explanations, for all of us our origin was written in our bodies, in characters engraved with fire- whether it was the imprecision of a heart, the scandal of reckless beauty, or the brutal necessity of desire. Thus we live in the illusion that we are putting back in order what the humiliating or marvelous act of a body has thrown in to disarray. In a final marvelous or humiliating act of the body, we die.”
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Antiquarian by Gustavo Favaron Patriau
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
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edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!