The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Hardback)
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DescriptionA bestselling international literary sensation about whether a "prime number" can ever truly connect with someone else A prime number can only be divided by itself or by one--it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia, both "primes," are misfits who seem destined to be alone. Haunted by childhood tragedies that mark their lives, they cannot reach out to anyone else. When Alice and Mattia meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. But the mathematically gifted Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, and the two are forced to separate. Then a chance occurrence reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface. Like Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," this is a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and the weight of childhood experience that is set to become a universal classic. Watch a Video
- Published: 18 March 2010
- Format: Hardback 271 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780670021482 ISBN 10: 0670021482
- Sales rank: 431,884
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Reviews for The Solitude of Prime Numbers
Review of The Solitude of Prime Numbers
You know, I haven't run across much contemporary literature that renders me completely speechless after I put it down. This book is... wow.
Let me start with Alice. My heart broke reading just the beginning of her story. With sharp, clear writing Paolo Giordano gave description of places, of feelings, of fears and then he ripped my heart out with an event that tore Alice's life apart. It's important to remember that not all disorders begin with the "typical" traumatic experiences and Giordano gut-punched me with that reminder at the beginning of Alice's story.
And then there's Mattia. Sweet, smart Mattia. How could such a smart boy possibly go wrong? It's impossible not to empathize with him and understand his actions, his abuse toward himself. Over and over I felt my heart being wrung from the concern I felt, the desire to reach in to the pages of this book and just haul this character out of it and give him a hug.
The secondary characters in this book were powerful as well. Every character held so much intricate detail. My mind is spinning right now and all I can think is.. people need to read this book.
This book doesn't need me singing its praises. It stands firmly on its own two feet and is one of the most powerful, masterful debut books I've read. by Lydia Presley