The Solitude of Prime NumbersBook - 2010
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.
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A prime number is divisible by one or itself, it never fits with another. Alice and Mattia are primes, two misfits destined to be alone. Both Alice and Mattia have suffered tragic accidents in their childhoods but meet at a high school party and recognize a kindred spirit. They develop a strong friendship but when the mathematically talented Mattia accepts a position at a university thousands of miles away they are forced apart. A chance encounter causes a reunion between them years later. Can two prime numbers find a way to be together?
The Solitude of Prime Numbers is author, Paolo Giordano’s debut novel. It has been very well received in his home country of Italy and has been translated into thirty languages. It is a story of loneliness, love and the weight of childhood experience. I highly recommend this novel for both adults and young adults. Reviewed by KH.
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Mattia deliberately made all his movements as silently as he could. He knew that the chaos of the world would only increase, that the background noise would grow until it covered every coherent signal, but he was convinced that by carefully measuring his every gesture he would be less guilty of that slow ruin.
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