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Get A Copy. Paperback , 91 pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Silk , please sign up. I'm not ashamed to recognise this is one of the most mesmerising books I have ever read, every single image described has stayed with me for years Kevin I can understand your fascination with the book.
I only discovered it yesterday and devoured it in one sitting. What is the ending of the story of silk Alessandro Baricco? Roven Abagat Joncour went to Japan to buy silkworm egg. His father is the mayor of the town where he came from. He already went to military but as time passed, he …more Joncour went to Japan to buy silkworm egg.
He already went to military but as time passed, he was able to create a business out of silkworm eggs that was able to suffice the needs of his wife. Unfortunately, an epidemic spread through their land, which cause his bankruptcy and forced him to go overseas. He came from Rusia before he step in Japan. He met Hara Kei to buy eggs. Hara Kei wish to see him back to his land. Hara Kei said to him that the eggs that he is selling are eggs from the fish.
Joncour said he know that. He paid based on the price that Hara Kei gave. Hara Kei said if you leave here you will get what you want. See all 19 questions about Silk…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Silk. Jul 28, Nicholas Sparks rated it it was amazing Shelves: nicholas-recommends. This is another form of love story, one written in almost poetic form. It was a major world-wide bestseller years ago -- millions of copies -- and if you haven't had the chance to read it, you should do yourself a favor. It's short and poignant and beautiful, in every way. View all 10 comments.
Mar 07, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: france , historical-novel , novella , fables , italian-authors. A great historical novel focused on the production of silk in France around the time of the American Civil War. You can read its 90 pages — 65 chapters - in a sitting. The local silkworms catch a disease, so a young merchant is paid by the townsmen to leave his loving wife to go purchase larvae eggs from Japan.
He travels across Europe and Siberia by train and horse and then by ship to Japan. Japan is still close A great historical novel focused on the production of silk in France around the time of the American Civil War.
Japan is still closed to foreigners, so this is a clandestine operation. In all this time they mange to exchange two letters but the French merchant pines for her most of the rest of his life.
In later years, after he stops his travels, he discovers a shocking secret about the letters. I liked the story and the historical background about the silk industry and the disease is accurate.
Even Louis Pasteur makes an appearance attempting to corral the silkworm disease and that is true. The book is translated from the Italian and the author b. I read and enjoyed his book Emmaus. Top photo of a silk workshop in Lyon, about the time of the story, from media. View all 8 comments. May 13, TK rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary. I never imagined I would like a book where the main character makes a living by buying silkworms. But I did. In fact, I not only liked it, I loved it. SILK is easily one of the top ten books I have read in the past eighteen months or so.
It has a sparse writing style, and passages are repeated almost verbatim in no less than three different spots. The characters are there, fully realized, but at the same time, each character is a mystery or a ghost without definite shape. The prose is smooth, dr I never imagined I would like a book where the main character makes a living by buying silkworms.
The prose is smooth, dreamlike. SILK is an easy story to relate to: it is about the idea of love. Herve Joncour is a silkworm buyer who, at first, travels across Europe, past the Mediterranean, into Syria and Egypt to buy the precious silkworm eggs. However, an epidemic hits the silkworms of Europe, and before long, the epidemic spreads to the far reaches of Egypt.
Worried that this enterprise is in danger, a man named Baldabiou convinces Herve that to ensure a profit Herve needs to go a land that is known for only being at the end of the world: Japan. But Japan is closed to outsiders. In fact, it is closed off to anyone who leaves the island. Now, it would have been easy for the author, Alessandro Baricco, to bombard the reader with fascinating details about the politics of Japan, and the history of opening the island to outsiders. I would have really liked that.
But Baricco had other ideas. He knew that if he heaped detail upon detail, during this part, the mystery and intrigue of the story would become lost. Instead, Baricco uses only the least bit of detail to convey such a tumultuous time of Japanese and world history. And it is done in such a beautiful and remarkable way that this reader never felt as if important aspects of the novel were only glazed over.
It is while in Japan that Herve has a realization of love. I wish I could tell you about the woman and the impact she had upon Herve, but that would ruin the story for you. Herve replays this journey four times. Three of them are peaceful. On the fourth time, Japan is in the midst of a civil war. When Herve returns this last time, charred villages and a way of life that he remembers are black phantoms upon the landscape. Not to mention the woman that Herve loves?
Okay, I know the past two paragraphs have been cryptic, I apologize. I hate when other reviewers do that, but it seems secrecy is the only way I can explain how powerful this story is. At only a pages, this is an easy read. But when you have finished the story, I am willing to bet it will be a long time before the images and situations leave your mind. View all 7 comments. This read was a nice break after reading long books.
Silk reads like a gauzy flowing breeze. An almost fairy tale with the exotic as background and with travel and some suspense as some of its most palpable elements, it is a not an easy book to put down, precisely because it is so easy to read. The next short chapter with big print draws you immediately in until you suddenly reach the end. As a tale it also has an element of the oral tradition, with periodic repetitions to help its audience reme This read was a nice break after reading long books.
As a tale it also has an element of the oral tradition, with periodic repetitions to help its audience remember, repetitions which have bothered some readers, but which for me made the reading faster. It also has some historical pegs, such as and Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War, or the effects of the earlier Treaty that Commodore Perry forced on Japan to open up its borders to Western Trade, or the geopolitical setting of an Asia as the theatre for the colonial wars between the various European powers, when the UK was selling arms to the Japanese government, while the Netherlands supported the rebels as the Japanese civil war erupted.
We are also reminded of the opening of the Suez Canal, and more pertinent to the tale, the scientific discoveries of Pasteur related to parasites and silkworms. This was the age when a new explosion of trade changed the nature of the already long established Silk-Route. But the historical content is just pegs. A different context could have also served for these historical components seem no more than a setting made of cardboard planks.
The narration is not factual, but essentially evocative. The language comes across in a poetic mode in the Spanish translation from the original Italian. Many sentences are left open and others are placed here or there, as if they were loose brushstrokes painted with Japanese ink.
Seda or Silk, then comes across as a lyrical legend in which the underlying feeling or theme would seem to be Love. But to me it expressed the more general sentiment of Longing, the longing that is experienced in love, but also in other imaginary trips and landscapes and desires and yearnings. Because Longing is as slippery and shiny and as smooth as silk.
View all 35 comments. Mar 19, Dolors rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-ever , read-before A tale, but not a tale. A novel, but not a novel. A sad story, but not a sad story. A love story, but not a love story.
Silk is everything summed up in a few lines. A masterpiece. Mar 30, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , melancholia , worlds-lost-dead-and-dying , grand-opera , always-on-my-mind , poetry , 20th-century-postwar-to-late , owned. My advice on this book would be: do not let that, nor its slim size, nor the whispering, simple voice that it adopts, fool you into thinking that it is insubstantial in any way. The end got to me even after my short acquaintance with the book.
At times, it may feel as if you don't understand the significance of each passing "I never even heard her voice. At times, it may feel as if you don't understand the significance of each passing symbol or action. In the end, it doesn't matter if you do or not. What matters most is the feeling you experience while you absorb it.
I also recommend that you read it all in one sitting. Let it work its charm over you and don't let the world interfere. You'll miss out otherwise. View all 16 comments. I have a tendency to picking up doom and gloom books.
But not this time, not this time. Silk evoked images of distant Japan and the girl which eyes did not have an oriental slant ; elicited thoughts about things that couldn't happen and made me ponder over pain of longing and power of patience.
Was it a fable with its repetitive phrases and unreal aura? Was it a parable of human life with all i I have a tendency to picking up doom and gloom books. Was it a parable of human life with all its ambitions and failures? Or maybe just an unattainable dream?
Whatever it was it was charming. Beautifully written, surrounded by a veil of mystery, fragile like silkworms eggs and delicate as silk thread. View all 11 comments. When she awakens, she soon finds herself in the middle of a skirmish between what appear to be English dragoons and Scottish cattle raiders in the 18th century.
The Scotsmen rescue her from an attack by an English captain , suspicious of her strange dress and accent, take her with them to the seat of the clan MacKenzie, Castle Leoch. She shares a horse with Jamie , a young Scottish warrior whose multiple injuries require Claire's medical expertise. She also learns of Jamie's past history with Captain Jack Randall, the English dragoon who had assaulted her before she absconded with the Scotsmen.
The MacKenzies keep Claire captive for several months, during which time she plots her escape but fails to execute her plans successfully. All the while, her friendship with Jamie grows, and when she again finds herself on the verge of being taken prisoner by Captain Randall, she is offered no other choice than to marry Jamie, thereby becoming a Scot and virtually untouchable by the English. Claire continues to try to escape back to her old life and first husband, but after yet another failed attempt results in a dangerous rescue headed up by Jamie, followed by a turning point in their relationship, she finds herself putting less and less effort into trying to return to Craigh na Dun.
One day, while Jamie is away from the castle, Claire is herself caught up in a witch trial against the fiscal's wife, Geillis Duncan. Jamie intervenes and takes her away from Leoch, and she confesses the truth about coming from the future.
Jamie says he believes her, and takes Claire back to Craigh na Dun. After contemplating her choices for some time, Claire decides to stay with Jamie. They go to Jamie's childhood home, Lallybroch, where Claire meets his sister, Jenny and best-friend-turned-brother-in-law, Ian. Claire has barely begun to imagine building a life with Jamie there, when he is taken by the Black Watch and turned over to the English. With help from Jenny and Jamie's godfather Murtagh , and later some of her erstwhile acquaintances from Castle Leoch, Claire manages to rescue Jamie from Wentworth Prison and the sadistic Captain Randall, but not before he has suffered untold horrors, both physically and psychologically.
Successfully bringing Jamie back from death's door, the couple again begins to contemplate their future together. In , Claire travels to Scotland with her grown daughter, Brianna , seeking advice from the historian Roger Wakefield , the adopted son of an old friend. Claire soon finds herself revealing the truth about Brianna's parentage, and her incredible story of living in the 18th century.
Jamie is very reluctant to allow Claire to attend patients at the hospital, considering her pregnancy, but she eventually persuades him to come around. While in Paris, Claire befriends Mother Hildegarde , the nun who runs the hospital; Master Raymond , a strange and knowledgeable apothecary; Louise de La Tour , a French noblewoman; and Mary Hawkins , niece of a wine merchant and amoureuse of Alexander Randall.
When Jamie finds out that Jack Randall survived their escape from Wentworth Prison, he immediately starts to plan how he can kill the man once and for all, but Claire begs him to wait until Randall has fathered a child by Mary Hawkins; Claire knows that her husband Frank was descended from Mary and Jack Randall, and does not want to jeopardize his future existence. Jamie agrees for a time, but after witnessing an incident between Randall and a boy Fergus , whom Jamie had employed to steal letters from Charles Stuart, he can no longer hold back his rage and challenges Randall to a duel.
Claire tries to stop them, but she experiences a life-threatening miscarriage and has to be taken back to the hospital. Though she and Jamie both survive their trials, Jamie ends up imprisoned in the Bastille, and Claire finds herself immersed in a fog of grief. When she learns of Jamie's imprisonment, she realizes she must get him released so he can complete the plan put in train with Murtagh to foil Charles Stuart's attempts to raise funding for his rebellion.
She seeks an audience with King Louis, and subjects herself to the "king's pleasure". Jamie is freed, and she returns to Fontainebleau without seeing him. Eventually, Jamie finds Claire and they reconcile. With a pardon for Jamie in Britain, and orders from the French that Jamie must leave the country, they return to Lallybroch.
They live in relative peace for a little over a year before the Jamie is drawn against his will into the rebellion. Having failed to prevent it, Claire offers any knowledge she can muster in order to help the Jacobites win against the Crown's forces. Despite an early success at Prestonpans, it becomes clear to Claire and Jamie that they cannot change the tide of the war, and instead they do their best to secure the safety of the Lallybroch men and Jamie's family, before sending Claire back through the stones, and before Jamie faces certain death at the looming Battle of Culloden.
Upon concluding her story, Claire is distressed by Brianna's enraged refusal to believe her. With help from Roger, Claire tracks down Gillian Edgars, whom she has identified as her old friend Geillis, before the latter traveled back in time.
Claire leads Roger and Brianna to Craigh na Dun, potentially to stop Gillian from going back, but they fail. Still, the event serves its purpose in convincing Brianna that her mother is telling the truth, and erasing any lingering doubts Roger may have had — they could both hear the stones, too.
By any standard, Claire is a woman ahead of her own time in , and an outright anomaly in the 18th century. Her unusual upbringing, together with her six years as an army combat nurse, shaped Claire into a thoroughly independent woman undaunted by rough living conditions and physical danger.
She is an eminently sensible person, though her considerable personal freedom from a young age shows through in her stubborn aversion to taking orders without questioning them. When it comes to practicing medicine, Claire takes charge and keeps a cool head in dire situations. In the 20th century, she stands out as a woman in medical school, and in the 18th she draws the ire of fellow surgeons, an exclusively male profession at the time. Claire's defining physical features include her extremely curly hair and golden-colored eyes.
Her hair, when unfettered by pins or ribbons, is wildly large and curly, and frequently breaks free of its bonds when she is agitated or engaged in physical activity.
At the beginning of the series, she observes that her hair is light brown, though later in life it takes on lighter streaks of gold and silver. By her early sixties, Claire has a broad streak of white hair at her temple.
Her eyes are variously described as amber, golden, golden-brown, smoky topaz, the color of well-aged sherry or whisky, and compared to those of a hawk or leopard. Claire's Uncle Lamb told her that her mother's eyes had been the same color. She has an average modern height at five feet, six inches, though she is taller than most women and not a few men of the 18th century. Frank first met Claire Beauchamp when he came to consult her uncle, Quentin Beauchamp , about a point of French philosophy as it related to Egyptian religious practice.
After a period of time, they were married, and spent a brief two-day honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, followed by a year together before the outbreak of World War II. He was outsmarted many times and pulled through only because of some hidden cards. His victories feel deserved, because a lot of things go wrong for him and he constantly plans around inconveniences.
One of the reasons for his successes is his lack of morals or worldly desires. He can let go and abandon ships so to speak. He ignores the callings of flesh and the allure of fame. He is like an evil Buddha. It's been almost chapters translated and I have noticed no contradictions so far. Everything has a place, there is even some philosophy, obviously inspired by the Taoism.
Martin's books. Or so I felt while reading, I didn't exactly count. Be warned - people with an inflated sense of justice might die because of an aneurysm while reading. Fang Yuan is evil, he does a lot of sick shit. He doesn't feel petty and disgusting because he is not a typical power-tripping asshole, he indeed feels like a years old monster who lost his humanity. But some getting used to is required to actually root for him.
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Want to add to the discussion? Post a comment! Create an account. Did you read it in Chinese? Is there another site working on it? As a matter of fact, antagonists often seem to be the ones with plot armor. The mc having struggles is what keeps me on reading this novel.
No real tournament type stuff either. I got to like and had to give up. Not too sure I should be spoiling here. I'll PM you once I'm free. Also, no romance! Only backstabbing.