"And if she was meant to be curious, did that mean she could take no credit for her own discoveries, her accomplishments? Had she nothing of her own, only what Joseph Schall decreed she should have?"
This is a book that works its magic in silence. You don't expect it to be what it is, to give you what it gives you. This is a subtle book; a book that sneaks up on you when you least expect it, and that, for all that it gives, expects something in return. The breath that more than once you couldn't catch? It's because it catched it before you. All the times you felt swept off your feet? Here you have the thief of your balance. All the times you were so engrossed and lost and caught up in this story that you could not think, could not even remember your name? Yes. Its fault.
•Rarely have I encountered a more mesmerising, beguiling story. And it is not about the plot; the role the plot has in all this is but minimal. It is about perception, about the atmosphere, about all those little things that are only hinted, implied, unspoken, and that yet form the truest framework of any story worth its salt. If you are planning to read this book, please do so as I did: in the dark. Don't spoil yourself the littlest detail, not even the characters' names. I promise the journey will be a thousand times more impressive and astounding.
•The characters are each one of them more compelling and developed than the other. No room left for clichés nor banalities. Each one of them has his own motives, which makes them all the more believable and relatable, and each one of them is so skillfully fleshed-out it was as if all they needed to come to life was me to blow on the page to let them out. Moreover, the way their lives become more and more intertwined as the story goes on reminded me of a choral novel, even though the number of characters is not nearly as high. But I adore choral novels, and for this reason I soaked up the magnificence of this book twice as gladly.
"All of us are lonely at some point or another, no matter how many people surround us. And then, we meet someone who seems to understand."
•The themes: this book deals with many issues, primarly concerning diversity and ethnic differences. And I am not able to exactly put my finger on why it happened, but it won me over. The author managed this topic in such a professional and honest and sensible way that I was defenseless. This is how you craft a fabulous background for a fabulous story.
•What is more, this is one of those cases in which the writing perfectly complements the story. The style is neat, clean, pure. The only word that comes to my mind is perfection. Sheer perfection.
➽ Basically, there is nothing in this book that I did not adore to pieces. I am sorry if my total lack of complaints (knowing me, complaints are probably what you would expect; I know, it's sad) sounds too good to be true, but trust me, please, trust me: this book is a jewel. I recommend it to everyone and anyone, wholeheartedly, no regrets whatsoever. Read it. Buy it and read it. And don't do it for me, do it for you. The world, later, will taste different....Continua
Ci ho messo un mese e mezzo a leggerlo, questo da un’idea dell’amore travolgente che è nato fra me e questo libro. L’idea di prendere una creatura delle leggende arabe e una di quelle ebraiche e seguirle nel loro percorso di conoscenza e adattamento alla città di New York, come fossero due qualsiasi dei tanti migranti che sbarcavano all’epoca, mi è piaciuta , così come mi è piaciuto l’inizio del libro. Poi è arrivata la parte centrale del romanzo e lì mi sono incagliata. Troppe pagine in cui si continua a girare intorno ai soliti argomenti, troppo pagine in cui si ripetono le stesse cose, gli stessi gesti. Probabilmente è un mio limite personale, negli ultimi tempi faccio fatica a mantenere alta l’attenzione quando le pagine superano un certo numero, mi annoio, mi distraggo. Dopo questa stasi il libro riprende a scorrere, a correre quasi, verso il finale. Bella la narrazione della leggenda dei geni, meno approfondita quella sui golem. Per essere un libro con due protagonisti “magici”, la magia scarseggia un po’...Continua
Bellissimo romanzo, uno dei migliori che ho letto negli ultimi tempi. Abbiamo:
- scrittura mainstream, mai noiosa;
-personaggi approfonditi e molto umani, sia i protagonisti che i comprimari;
-storia intrigante e corale, in cui tutti i tasselli si incastrano;
-affascinante ambientazione spazio temporale (New York inizio secolo, migranti, comunità siriana ed ebraica);
-elementi romantici mai sdolcinati e finale thriller con un po' di azione.
Che altro chiedere a un libro? Autrice da tenere d'occhio!