I love reading books! And now that it’s cold outside and snowy it’s wonderful to get into bed early with a good book. Don’t you agree?? I usually read books in my own language, Dutch. But once in a while I do read them in Italian. A book, written by an Italian writer, that absolutely deserves a post is La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi (translated into English: The Solitude of Prime Numbers or in Dutch: De Eenzaamheid van de Priemgetallen).
This young author Paolo Giordano (1982) living in Piemonte close to Torino was able to write a book that has been translated in 30 languages, won the most prestigious literary award of Italy Il premio Strega and was most sold in Italy in 2008, the year the book came out. And that for his first novel!
This book tells a story about Alice and Mattia and their remarkable friendship. Mattia has a twin sister Michela who is mentally retarded. When both are invited to a birthday party of a friend, he’s so ashamed of her that he leaves her behind in the park telling her to stay there. He will pick her up later. When he comes back she disappeared and was never found again. When Alice is only 7 years old her father forces her to take ski lessons. One day she falls and she remains paralyzed on one leg. In highschool Alice and Mattia meet and that’s the start of their remarkable friendship. More than this I’m not going to tell you. You just should read it for yourself. It is worth every page!
Have fun reading and oh….in 2010 the film based on this novel came out: didn’t like it at all!!