Novecento Alessandro Baricco Critical Thinking

Now you think: a piano. The keys start. The keys end. You know I’m 88, nobody can care about this. They are not infinite, them. You are infinite, and inside those keys, infinite is the music you can play.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Alessandro Baricco in Novecento.

Baricco with his words composes music for mind journeys.

From the pages of Novecento an extraordinary character emerges, Danny Boodman T. D. Lemon Novecento: abandoned as a child on the transatlantic Virginian he is cared for by sailor Danny Boodman, who after only eight years dies leaving him orphaned for the second time.

The small Novecento, however, have sticking points and these are the Virginian, the sea and the music:

It always happened that at one point one raised his head … and he saw it. It’s a difficult thing to understand. I mean … We were in more than a thousand, on that ship, among rich travelers, and emigrants, and weird people, and we …

After the death of his adoptive father he disappears and for a few days nobody has heard from him. Novecento reappears in the ballroom sitting at the piano: his life begins at that precise moment.

His skill will fascinate passengers so much that they will talk of nothing else on dry land. A legend is born, the legend of the pianist on the ocean.

The words, carefully chosen by the author, play emotions.
Here the music is the one that saves, the one that gives meaning to life even when it does not seem to have it.

The music gave shelter to Novecento who has been able to crawl in space between the notes and give the back to solitude.

Novecento is a book to read aloud to hear what beautiful words sounds like.

Reading time
one night on the Virginian

Ph. Sara Cartelli
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Review

"A work of elegance, eroticism and playful make-believe." --Wall Street Journal

"Opaque, fascinating and delicate, a story that will insidiously grow roots in your mind." --Love Reading

"There is no doubt in my mind that Baricco had a fine old time giving this virtuoso literary performance. Neither do I doubt that Ann Goldstein relished translating it." --Euro Lit Network

"Baricco's novel has a dream-like quality." --Mail on Sunday

Praise for Alessandro Baricco

SILK

"Silk has the brilliant colors . . . and the enchantment of a miniature. Vividly erotic." -- Newsday

"Silk is a riveting, lyrical love story, an accomplished historical fiction, a compact, condensed . . . epic about human hearts in crisis." -- Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered

"Silk is a heart-breaking love story... A stylistic tour de force [and] a literary gem of bewitching power." -- The Sunday Times

"Deeply moving - A delicately crafted love story and an anatomy of desire." -- The Guardian

"A heart-breaking love story told in the form of a classic fable... A literary gem of bewitching power." -- The Sunday Times

"One of the most astonishing and moving novels I have ever read." -- Daily Telegraph

OCEAN SEA

"Compelling, profound and sharply funny." -- Stephanie Merritt, The Observer

"Highly romantic and breathtakingly lyrical." --New York Times Book Review

THREE TIMES AT DAWN

"Baricco has produced a beguilingly unusual, Three Times at Dawn reads like the love child of Virginia Woolf and Haruki Murakami." -- Rachel Donadio, New York Times

MR GWYN

"[Mr. Gwyn's] shifting perspectives and impressive handling of ambiguity make it an entirely beguiling read: a cerebral mystery contained with a tale of artistic struggle."-- Tobias Carroll, Star Tribune

AN ILYAD

"... a wonderful, gripping take on a story that has haunted our culture since it was first told." -- The Times

"You won't, and can't, put it down." -- The Observer

"A work of elegance, eroticism and playful make-believe." --Wall Street Journal

"There is no doubt in my mind that Baricco had a fine old time giving this virtuoso literary performance. Neither do I doubt that Ann Goldstein relished translating it." --Euro Lit Network"Opaque, fascinating and delicate, a story that will insidiously grow roots in your mind." --Love Reading

About the Author

Alessandro Baricco, beloved by readers worldwide for his innovative take on magical realism, his atmospheric novels and memorable characters, is one of Italy&apso;s bestselling and most critically acclaimed authors. His novels include Silk(Vintage, 1998), An Iliad (Vintage International, 2006), and Mr. Gwyn (McSweeney's, 2014).

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