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Questa storia

by Alessandro Baricco

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Ingenieus gecomponeerde roman over de zoon van een garagehouder die in plaats van een passie voor auto's een hartstocht voor wegen ontwikkelt. Zijn droom is een volmaakt circuit te bouwen. Aan een jonge vrouw, met wie hij een tijdje samenwerkt, vertelt hij die droom. Daarna verdwijnt hij in het niets. De vrouw ontdekt na een levenslange zoektocht dat hij die droom tenslotte ook waargemaakt heeft. Geschreven in zeer verscheidene stijlen en met wisselend perspectief. Hallucinant zijn vooral de bladzijden die gewijd zijn aan de slag van Caporetto tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog. ( )
  joucy | Feb 11, 2013 |
Ultimo Parri est un jeune homme qui vieillit en s'efforçant de remettre de l'ordre dans le monde. Il a cinq ans lorsqu'il voit sa première automobile, l'année de la course mythique Versailles-Madrid de 1903, dix-neuf ans le jour de la grande défaite de Caporetto en 1917, vingt-cinq ans lorsqu'il rencontre la femme de sa vie, et beaucoup plus le soir où il meurt, loin de sa campagne piémontaise natale. Cette histoire-là est son histoire, qui nous emporte dans une course effrénée à travers le vingtième siècle. L'histoire d'une vie qui s'apparente à un destin. Car si la Terre - avec ses guerres sanglantes - tourne sans but autour du Soleil, un homme peut, s'il le désire, donner un sens à son existence.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
Damn it. Daniele was right again. I was looking for a good italian writer, someone that had something to tell, and know how to tell it, and he pointed me to Baricco, especially this book. Well, this is it! The only temporary laps of fantasy is in the title. The rest is just sublime.

This story is about Ultimo, the first (!) son of an italian farmer. It's a memorable account of life, located in the early 1900, across the World Wars. It is a sublime rendering of how special human beings are. It's a story about passion and meaning.

Greatest highlight is the rendering of the Caporetto retreat; when I read it I could not refrain myself from thinking what a great subject History would be, if thought that way. It's in the words of a novelist, not in the ones of a historian, that true history is written.

Or maybe the missing final climax, when the final meeting between all characters is lost, because Ultimo is too busy making love with a bar tender. ( )
  Peppuzzo | Jun 8, 2011 |
Un bon roman, où un une intrigue chemine au gré des pages, pour notre grand plaisir ( )
  maroni | Apr 17, 2008 |
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