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.