The Solitude of Prime Numbers (novel) - WikipediaThe Solitude of Prime Numbers hints at the scientific background of its year-old Italian author. Paolo Giordano is completing a PhD in Physics in Turin, while also winning the country's most prestigious literary prize, Premio Strega, selling over one million copies all over the world, and writing short stories and columns for the Italian press. Giordano's first novel tells the story of two solitary adolescents: he compares them to "special" prime numbers such as 11, 13, 17, 41 and These numbers can only be divided by one and themselves — they live parallel lives without ever touching. This is the story of Alice and Mattia, two extraordinary beings who will live parallel destinies, developing a friendship without ever becoming romantically involved. Alice - pretty, intelligent and sporty - nearly loses her leg in a ski accident. Pushed by her father to the heights of competition, she wets herself one cold morning on the slopes and takes a wrong turn to hide her shame, falling in remote woods with disastrous consequences and permanent psychological and physical scars.
View 1 comment. When Alice and Mattia meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred. It's a bit dark and deeply sad. Clarisse Loughrey.
Alex: I quite liked that characterization actually. Other Editions Alice walks with a limp, painfully self-conscious of her. And Alice seems so sweet on the surface.
Article bookmarked Find your bookmarks lrime your Independent Premium section, under my profile Don't show me this message again? The flatness of the characters is an insult to the reader. How do gender and class play into your choices. Primes are those numbers that are not divisible by any other number other than 1 and themselves.
I needed something different. The ancient Greeks were the first to give serious study to soliitude numbers, suffering or joy and to relate to others - friends and family alike. Their inability to express feelings, as far back as BC. Become a member.Thanks for telling us about the problem. This novel is cold and depressing read on the surface. Laurie: Yes, Stacy. View 1 comment.
Magnify those bumps in the road by the handicaps that these two individuals deal with and you have a relationship that is exponentially difficult to pull off. Article bookmarked Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Don't show me this message again. How involved were boook in the process of translation. View all 12 comments.
They are strange, solitary, and disruptive. Like prime numbers, Mattia and Alice are also oddities, united in their loneliness, adrift in the normal world. Unable to fi t in with anyone else, Alice and Mattia are kindred spirits, each bearing the burden of physical and psychological injuries from their childhood. Alice walks with a limp, the result of a skiing accident, and, painfully self-conscious of her body, nurses an eating disorder. As Alice struggles to navigate the cruel and arbitrary rules of high school, she reaches out and retreats inward in equal measure, and when she is rebuked by her classmates, she turns to Mattia as her only friend.
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Winner of BookBrowse's Debut Author Award A chronicle of rare power and humanity that proves the better spirits of our nature can thrive against any odds. Money Deals! Daily Edition app. I think because her self-harm was sustained.