Plagiarism or not, it's a deep, delicate, catching description of human life. Apart some pages before the ending, which disappointed me a bit, it's a wonderful tale...
Delicata, profonda riflessione sul destino umano. Non vedo perché privarsi di un tale piacere, su cui tornare più e più volte, anche nelle proprie meditazioni, quando in giro ci sono letture montate e deludenti... Poetico
I give it a 3 stars. It is not bad, but didn't leave me much. The story is interesting, good the locations and the characters setting. Easy to read and flowing well.
I have some doubts about the use of the language. The author mixes the language and thoughts of a well educated oxford student of philosophy with the encoding of a newborn. A mouse not able to define a sink but able to identify the material it is made of. Not able to describe the sorrounding but using metaphores of things impossible to be known by a mouse (what is the feeling of a walk on mars??).
I have to say that I could be impartial as just recently I read the novel 'how to write a bestseller in 57 days' that has a similar subject about 4 funny beatles. That I really liked it!
Firmino... well... I actually found more useful the reviews on it then the story itself... It is like going at the tate modern and watch a painting of a line or a point or a colour... there are critics able to add all sorts of meanings to it, love, peace, war, society... and then you feel to have discovered an amazing thing and you feel smartier, inst't it?...Continua