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Mr Gwyn by Alessandro Baricco

Mr Gwyn (2011)

by Alessandro Baricco

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    thorold: Writers who stop writing

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A Bartlebyesque tale about a moderately famous British novelist who decides that he would rather not publish any more books or articles, and says so publicly in an article in the Guardian. To everyone's astonishment, he means it. However, after a while he finds that hanging around in launderettes is not enough for him: the craving to express ideas by putting words on paper is too strong. He is forced to look for a new release for his literary energy. Baricco shows us, with infinite patience and elaborate attention to detail, how Gwyn comes up with his great idea and puts it into practice, and what happens. Along the way there's a good deal of good-humoured teasing of writers, publishers and readers in general and British ones in particular, and Baricco gets to to set out a few theories of what literary narrative is supposed to do and how far it succeeds in that. Nothing very profound, perhaps, but it's all very nicely done and quite agreeable, and there are some memorable images: not least Caterina de' Medici e il maestro di Camden Town. ( )
1 vote thorold | Feb 10, 2015 |
Affascinante e misterioso, anche in questo libro Baricco stupisce scrivendo di niente. Le frasi più belle sono a mio avviso quelle che si riferiscono alla musica, ma le intuizioni sulla luce e sulle storie - sul senso delle storie e delle persone, le ultime due pagine, per intenderci - sono ampie e intelligenti.

Tuttavia, rimango stupito per come questo autore scateni cosi' tanto livore. Fosse Coelho, capirei. Questo onestamente - oserei dire anche oggettivamente - non è un brutto libro. Non ci trovo banalità, è scritto in un italiano corretto e in alcuni punti anche bene, c'e' spesso un senso musicale nelle frasi: davvero non me lo so spiegare.
Dormiro' uguale, ma a volte mi viene il dubbio che mi sfugga qualcosa. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Pi� da 3,5 che da 4 stelle: lettura molto piacevole, scorrevole, a tratti divertente, anche se in certi momenti sembra essere solo un esercizio di stile. Per circa met� libro sembra non prendersi nemmeno troppo sul serio, poi scade un po' nell'autocompiacimento. Ma del resto, quando uno legge Baricco conosce i rischi... ( )
  Marco_Soldo | Jul 9, 2013 |
Bijzonder en rustgevend boek over een schrijver die niet meer wil schrijven. Hij bedenkt dat hij kopiist wil worden en portretten van mensen wil maken, niet als schilderij maar met woorden. Het maken van die portretten gaat niet zomaar; daarvoor moet heel uitgebreid ruimte en tijd worden gemaakt. Grappig zijn de perspectiefwisselingen in het boek, soms geschreven vanuit Mr Gwyn en soms vanuit zijn assistente, vriendin Rebekka. Ik krijg zin om meer van Baricco te gaan lezen. ( )
  elsmvst | Mar 28, 2013 |
Verhaal over de zin van het schrijven. Een succesvolle auteur besluit op te houden met het schrijven van boeken en zich toe te leggen op het 'schrijven' van portretten. (dia.) ( )
  joucy | Feb 12, 2013 |
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Terwijl hij door Regent's Park wandelde - over een laan die hij altijd koos, uit de vele - kreeg Jasper Gwyn ineens het duidelijke besef dat wat hij elke dag deed om de kost te verdienen niet langer bij hem paste.
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After celebrated author Jasper Gwyn suddenly and publicly announces that he will never write another book, he embarks on a strange new career path as a "copyist," holding thirty-day sittings in a meticulously appointed room and producing, at the end, brief but profoundly rich portraits in prose. The surprising, beautiful, and even frightening results are received with rapture by their subjects--among them Gwyn's devoted assistant, Rebecca; a beautiful fabric importer; a landscape painter; Gwyn's own literary agent; two wealthy newlyweds; a tailor to the Queen; and a very dangerous nineteen-year-old.… (more)

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