The Solitude of Prime Numbers

The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Book rating: 02 Paperback Language: English / Italian

By (author) Paolo Giordano

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Language: English / Italian
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 20mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0143118595
  • ISBN 13: 9780143118596
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 74,251

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"Mesmerizing...an exquisite rendering of what one might call feels at the subatomic level." -"The New York Times" A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both "primes"-misfits haunted by early tragedies. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. Years later, a chance encounter reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface. But can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together? A brilliantly conceived and elegantly written debut novel, "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" is a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and what it means to be human.

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By Elemillia Ucselub 07 Nov 2012 2

This is the tale of a pull and push that inevitably happens with those of an alike nature. A young man and woman drawn together for their similar natures only to realize that it's that same quality that pushes them apart. Frankly, hasn't that theme run a little too redundant?

Haven't we yet learned that opposites attract, and alike repel? Well, I guess you can already guess I wasn't too impressed by this book.

I came to own this book by way of a GoodReads recommendation. I actually stumbled on it at first by viewing someone's profile who was already 'currently-reading' it. Afterwards, that same person recommended that I read it. I liked most of their book selections, I loved the summary of the book, and finally by way of it being chosen in my Global Reading Book Club, I gave it a go. The big dissapointment came when I was quickly unimpressed by it. I didn't like it much at all.

The writing is more than stale, in my opinion. I grew to boredom often than not. I wasn't pulled into the plot at all, if maybe one time. I guess it just maybe isn't my type of book, maybe a little too 'mathematical?' Which ironically shouldn't have been a problem fom me since I come from a science background, yet it was. Go figure!

I will leave it at that since it is all I actually want to say about this book that left me dry for the most part.