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Saturday, December 02, 2017

SIlk (1996) by Alessandro Baricco

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The movie version of Silk starred Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley
Book Review
Silk (1996)
 by Alessandro Baricco


  Another example of the 1990's era "International Best Seller: Now a Major Motion Picture" genre, translated from the Italian, about a French "silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler" who travels to 19th century Japan to secure supplies of silk worms for a consortium of silk manufacturers in southern France.  While there, he meets a girl-woman with "European eyes" who becomes his obsession.

  There really isn't a whole lot to it besides that description.  Baricco has a poetic/elliptical prose style that obviously attracted readers.  Also, Silk clocks in at 130 pages with wide margins and triple spacing between lines, so it's a fast read for anyone with a junior high school education or up.  I wasn't moved.  Inexplicably, this is a core book of the 1001 Books list, having survived all revisions. Baffling. 

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