Friday, May 2, 2008
Friday Overlooked Book Club Edition 2
Here comes another edition of Patti Abbott's Friday Overlooked Book Club. This time I have to thank my buddy, the incredibly talented writer Sarah Hina who reminded me of one of my favorite books, Silk by Alessandro Barrico. Technically it isn't a novel but a novella. And yet it is so rich and satisfying, you will not be disappointed in its lack of pages. It is a love story unlike any that you have ever read.
From the inside book flap, you get this excellent description: In 1861 French silkworm merchant Hervé Joncour is compelled to travel to Japan, where, in the court of an enigmatic nobleman, he meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.
I feel I cannot say more without giving away too much of the storyline, but I can assure you, this book will captivate you with its simplicity and elegance. And at 144 pages, it will not take long to read. Let Barrico transport you to nineteeth century France and Japan and envelope you in the feel of Silk.
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