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The Solitude of Prime Numbers

The Solitude of Prime Numbers
Paolo Giordano
Pamela Dorman Books
Publish date: 2010-03-22
$25.95
9780670021482
Hardcover

Review:

"Mattia thought that he and Alice were like that, twin primes, alone and lost, close but not close enough to really touch each other." Mattia was never able to get over the loss of his sister and felt at fault. Alice was never able to come to grips with her disablility after a ski accident. The two of them, conflicted with their own issues, are drawn together throughout high school, relying on each other for company. They lay quietly for hours, watch endless television, have pretend weddings, and take long drives. However, soon, their time together is brought to an end.

Using his mathematic skill Mattia is offered a major research position thousands of miles away from Alice. Soon, both of their lives slowly fall in place without each other. When a chance occurrence brings the two back together their emotions are brought to the surface and the realization of what it means to be alone comes forth.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers is a beautifully written yet simple book that is easy to get lost in. The commentary on the people in society who are labeled "prime numbers" (those who are destined to be alone) by the majority is lovely and wound into tale of hope. After winning multiple awards in Italy including the prestigious Itialian literary award the Premio Strega, it was published in the United States in March and is definitely a worthy read for anyone. It is Paolo Giorando's first novel.

   
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