Fridays are for readers: The solitude of prime numbers

Prime numbers are divisible only by 1 and by themselves. They hold their place in the infinite series of natural numbers, squashed, like all numbers, between two others, but one step further than the rest. They are suspicious, solitary numbers, which is why Mattia thought they were wonderful.

It’s been ages since I read a book all in one breath. The words sliding easily under your skin and the story creeping into your mind, lingering in your thoughts, filled with unanswered questions.

The whole meaning of this novel can be entirely summarized into these few lines, as if mathematics could hold the ultimate secret of existence. And in some ways it really does. Yet the questions in your head are still there, a disturbing presence recalling you that there’s something more than just formulas and theorems.

I loved the book, but to be honestI loved more the story then the writing. Or maybe I loved thee book because of those two contrasting elements combined together: a plot questioning the darkest sides of human soul opposed to a simple (almost aseptic) and flowing style. No misplaced adjectives nor long and tortuous sentences, no details except for those strictly necessary to the plot, as if human darkness was still enough.

People took what they wanted, they clutched at coincidences, the few there were, and made a life from them. . . . Choices are made in brief seconds and paid for in the time that remains.

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About Marta Favro

Full time employee in an online marketing agency, photographer and traveller (not necessary in that order). Graduated in English Literature. Passionate of long walks in the Nature, cats, books, music.
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4 Responses to Fridays are for readers: The solitude of prime numbers

  1. mariadario says:

    Thanks a lot, Marta.
    Nice to meet you.

  2. I must admit, I had to read this book for school, and did not love it. However, I had to read it in French, so maybe the translation takes something away…

    • Marta Favro says:

      I think that reading books for schools takes some of the pleasure away because you feel obliged to read. It’s much better to choose a book on your own, depending for example on the mood you’re in, and discover it at your own pace.

      About this particular novel, I admit I hace contrasting feelings about it. I liked the story very much, but still there’s something that doesn’t convince me at all, and I guess that “something” is the language and his style of writing. I feel like this novel only remains on the surface, as if the language he uses were not capable of digging down dip into the souls of the two main characters, into the dark sides of the story itself. Yet, I do think it’s a very good novel.

      Good point about the translation, it could possibly be a reason why you did not loved the book. Translation is an art, and it so difficult to convey the same meanings and feelings, as every language has its own structures and nuances.

      Thanks a lot for you comment, and if yoiu happen to read the book again let me know your thoughts about it!

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