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Quiet Chaos by Sandro Veronesi

Quiet Chaos (original 2006; edition 2011)

by Sandro Veronesi

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Title:Quiet Chaos
Authors:Sandro Veronesi
Info:ECCO Press,U.S. (2011), Edition: Org Tra, Paperback, 432 pages
Collections:SMI - ZWI
Tags:Italy, tbr

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Quiet Chaos by Sandro Veronesi (2006)

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I abandoned this one after about 100 pages. That's pretty unusual; normally if I get past page 30 or so, I like something about the work enough to read the entire thing. But here, the narrative was too annoying. The author was replicating the chaos and emotional turmoil through the craft on the page. After a time, it was simply wearing. It kept me too distanced from the characters, oddly enough, because it was meant to take me deeper into that world. ( )
  Laine-Cunningham | Feb 22, 2015 |
'Quiet Chaos'. I really loved the premise of this book. After the death of his wife, Pietro Paladini decides to spend his days next to the school of his daughter Claudia. It starts out as a joke, but turns into a very serious desire to stay there. Subsequently, Pietro's family and colleagues start showing up, and they show themselves to be very open-hearted.

A lot can be said about Pietro Paladini. Some readers can't stand his behaviour, apparently. This is where the book becomes a matter of opinion. Is Pietro really suffering, or is he just an inconsiderate Italian macho who just happens to find himself in a situation that requires some emotional capabilities? I would personally have preferred the latter, and I feel as if Veronesi did as well. You can say his decision to take a break from his own life and guard his daughter's school is a result of trauma, and I'm sure you'd find arguments to back that statement. (Freud, bla bla bla, detachment, the usual.) I don't want to believe it though! Not every protagonist has to be perfect.

Whichever version you prefer, it doesn't really matter much when you read the final pages. The end shows Veronesi's true intentions, but whether that's a good or a bad thing, I'm not sure. I felt as if this book had some fantastic passages, but didn't really succeed to come across as a whole. Apart from these small inconsistencies; some great writing here, and definitely worth your time. ( )
  WorldInColour | Oct 12, 2013 |
Doeschka Meijsing vatte het werk van Veronesi verrassend goed samen: 'Hij is geestig, luchtig over de meest bezwarende dingen, houdt zich maar met moeite staande.'
Misschien is dat de essentie van literatuur die ik mooi vind: geestig, luchtig, zich met moeite staande houdend.
De succesvolle zakenman Pietro Paladini heeft een onvergetelijke surfervaring: hij voelt zich weer even kind, spelend in de golven met zijn broer. Daarna wordt het nog onvergetelijker, als hij een vrouw van de verdrinkingsdood redt. En net als je denkt dat het niet beter kan...
De ironie van het leven, de onmogelijke mogelijkheden van de werkelijkheid, die grijpt Veronesi bij de kladden.
De onvergetelijkste passage is die waarin de schoonzus van Paladini zich beklaagt, nee, woedend wordt over 'jullie':
'Zijn jullie weer begonnen,' zei ze, en ging weer huilen.
'Om niet meer te glimlachen.'
'Over wie heb je het?'
'Over jullie, de mensen. Iedereen.'
De mensen zijn opgehouden te glimlachen wanneer haar kinderen 4 werden. Daarvoor glimlachten ze naar moeder en kind, samen op pad: '..., ze glimlachen naar wat je samen bent (...) en je raakt eraan gewend dat je erover kunt beschikken, je begint te denken dat, hoe chaotisch je leven ook is, jou in de buitenwereld, wanneer je met hem bent, de brede glimlach wacht, de energie, dat stelt je gerust.'
Ah, die observatie. Het vermogen dat zó raak op papier te zetten. En zo is bijna het hele boek. Wat zeg ik, zo is bijna Veronesi's hele werk.
  Lotoverboeken | Feb 2, 2012 |
Dramatische omslag in vele levens door het overlijden en tegelijkertijd een voorkomen van overlijden. Hoe de wereld tot stilstand gezet wordt. Het zich in het oog van de storm bevinden in een kalme chaos.
Prachtig geschreven, zelfs in vertaling is elke zin een genot. ( )
  musicmeeth | May 4, 2011 |
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"On the shores of the Mediterranean, exhausted from an afternoon of surfing, Pietro Paladini is shaken out of his stupor by a distant noise. 'Over there!' he cries to his brother, Carlo, sunning beside him. 'Over there!' So begins the adventure that will tear a hole in Pietro's life. For while he and his brother struggle to save two drowning swimmers, a tragedy is unfolding down the road at his summer cottage. Instead of coming home to a hero's welcome, Pietro is greeted by the flashing lights of an ambulance, the wide-eyed stare of his young daughter, Claudia, and the terrible news that his fiancée, Lara, is dead. Life must go on. Or does it? Pietro, a true iconoclast, has to find his own way. When he drops Claudia off for the first day of school, he decides to wait for her all day, and then every day. To protect her. To protect himself. To wait for the heavy fist of grief to strike. But as the days and weeks go by, the small parking lot in front of the school becomes his refuge from the world as well as the place where family and colleagues come to relive their own suffering..."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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