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The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel (original 2008; edition 2011)

by Paolo Giordano

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Title:The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel
Authors:Paolo Giordano
Info:Penguin Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
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The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano (2008)

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The two main characters are very damaged people and the author does an amazing job of telling the story from their views. I felt such empathy for them, and wanted a different outcome for both of them. Very well written and totally absorbing, also heartbreaking. ( )
  carolfoisset | Dec 19, 2016 |
I read very positive reviews about this book, and maybe that's the reason I was a bit disappointed. Not bad, far from bad, but it didn't meet my expectations.
The story is well-told, but - being a child- and adolescentpsychiatrist - the way the main characters were drawn couldn't always convince me.

I must say that the last pages of the book surprised me in a positive way.
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  AnneTanne | Jun 19, 2016 |
Ik had misschien te hoge verwachtingen van dit boek. Twee karakters, getekend door een gebeurtenis uit hun jeugd, die al worstelend met trauma's en persoonlijkheidsproblemen nét niet samen door het leven gaan. De uitvoering was echter niet erg diepgaand, waardoor het boek mij op bepaalde punten een klein beetje aan een chick-flick deed denken. Ik weet niet of dat de bedoeling is geweest, maar dat genre ligt mij persoonlijk niet zo.
Het einde is erg open, misschien iets te open, want alhoewel er twee levens voor een groot deel gepasseerd zijn aan het einde van het boek, echt veel ontwikkeling is er niet geweest en de situatie is niet zoveel anders dan aan het begin. Toch maar drie sterretjes vanwege het mooie personage van Mattia. Alice daarentegen vond ik op een erg oppervlakkige manier omschreven, evenals haar anorexia die ook een beetje als een foefje uit de trukendoos van de schrijver overkwam. Geen aanrader, tenzij je houdt van iets dat een kruising is tussen makkelijk verteerbaar en zware jeugdwonden. ( )
  AlexandraWD | May 24, 2016 |
I don't know what it was about this book that made it so difficult to read. I must have picked it up and put it down a hundred times before I finally got to the last page. It wasn't that it was a horribly written book. In fact, just the opposite. It was so beautiful in a haunting, painful way that I could only read it in short bursts.

Alice and Mattia are two misfit loners who accidentally find each other as teenagers at a birthday party. Despite the fact they are thrown together on a malicious dare, they develop a bond of solidarity. To quote Pink Floyd, they were "two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl" recognizing the loneliness in each other. Except, their friendship does not develop as one normally would. They remain just as singular (primary, as the title suggests) as if they had never met. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Feb 2, 2016 |
Alice is anorexic and Mattia cuts himself. Both have emotionally unresolved tragedies from childhood and parents who neither coped well nor helped them through thing well. They meet and form a form of friendship that lasts from high school through college when Mattia, brilliant in mathematics, takes a job in northern Europe. Alice ends up married to a doctor, and eventually they meet again, nine yeas after Mattia leaves.

It was extremely difficult to connect with these characters because they hate themselves and are unable to truly love or like anyone else. They choose to be misfits as both have opportunities for friendships and other relationships that they shy away from. I had to look up the longevity of anorexics, because I found it hard to believe someone could still be alive so many years with so little food, but apparently those who become anorexic as young as 15 can live to be in their 50s.

However, there are a lot of strengths to Giordano's writing, so I couldn't give it a 2, and I still love the title (that last one is no reason to like a book, but it's what drew me to it.) ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
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Ik heb blijkbaar een voorkeur voor Italiaanse schrijvers die de Premio Strega winnen. En de 26-jarige Paolo Giordano is met zijn boek De eenzaamheid van de priemgetallen ook nog eens de jongste Premio Strega-winnaar aller tijden!

Het verhaal pakte mij vanaf het begin.
De briljante Mattia schaamt zich voor zijn achterlijke tweelingzusje Michela. Onderweg naar een verjaardagsfeestje liet hij dat lastige zusje eventjes achter op een bank in het park. Ze is nooit teruggevonden.
Alice wordt door haar vader gedwongen te skiën. Zijn obsessie voor de lange latten maakt haar opstandig en als zij tijdens een mistige afdaling haar skiklasje verlaat, breekt ze haar been. Sindsdien loopt ze mank.

Mattia omschrijft zichzelf en Alice als twee priemgetallen die afwijken van hun omgeving zoals priemgetallen dat doen ten opzichte van de rest van de getallen:
”Alleen en verloren, vlak bij elkaar, maar niet dicht genoeg om elkaar echt aan te raken”.
Giordano beschrijft heel mooi hoe twee jonge mensen hun draai in het leven proberen te vinden; van hun traumatische jeugdjaren tot ze bijna dertigers zijn. Alice en Mattia voelen zich vanaf de dag van hun ontmoeting verbonden, maar merken al snel hoe moeilijk het is om wezenlijk contact met elkaar te krijgen.

Het is een roman die je bijna filmisch meesleept, je hebt geen idee hoe het zal eindigen. Het enige dat je kunt doen, is hopen op een happy end, maar de vraag is of dat er wel komt. Wat mij betreft mag deze jonge schrijver nog heel veel meer moois uitbrengen!
Waarschuwing: dit boek is moeilijk weg te leggen als je begint te lezen!
The Solitude of Prime Numbers hints at the scientific background of its 27-year-old Italian author. Paolo Giordano is completing a PhD in Physics in Turin, while also winning the country's most prestigious literary prize, Premio Strega, selling over one million copies all over the world, and writing short stories and columns for the Italian press.

Giordano's first novel tells the story of two solitary adolescents: he compares them to "special" prime numbers such as 11, 13, 17, 41 and 43. These numbers can only be divided by one and themselves – they live parallel lives without ever touching. This is the story of Alice and Mattia, two extraordinary beings who will live parallel destinies, developing a friendship without ever becoming romantically involved.
"La solitud dels nombres primers", la novel·la més venuda a Itàlia el 2008, relaciona solitud, geometria i literatura a mans del seu autor, Paolo Giordano, un llicenciat en Física teòrica de 25 anys que ha aconseguit l'èxit amb la seva primera publicació literària, segons que ha dit en una entrevista amb Efe.
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Alice Della Rocca hated ski school.
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Alice é obrigada pelo pai a frequentar um curso de esqui para ser forte e competitiva, mas um acidente terrível deixará marcas no seu corpo para sempre. Mattia é um menino muito inteligente cuja irmã gémea é deficiente. Quando são convidados para uma festa de anos, ele deixa-a sozinha num banco de jardim e nunca mais torna a vê-la. Estes dois episódios irreversíveis marcarão a vida de ambos para sempre. Quando estes "números primos" se encontram são como gémeos, que partilham uma dor muda que mais ninguém pode compreender. Ganhou o prémio Stregga e a menção honrosa do Campiello, os dois prémios literários mais importantes de Itália, e está a ser traduzido em mais de 20 países.

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Alice and Mattia are both misfits who seem destined to be alone. Haunted by childhood tragedies that mark their lives, they cannot reach out to anyone else. When Alice and Mattia meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. When Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, the two are forced to separate. Then a chance occurrence reunites them, forcing a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface.… (more)

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