A Certain Idea of ​​the World by Alessandro Baricco

Review and notes of A Certain Idea of ​​the World by Alessandro Baricco

I read Silk y Crystal lands by Alessandro Baricco many years ago. The first I have reread many times, the second has been lost in my memory, but I hold this author in high regard. So when I saw this review book in the library I didn't think about it. I like to see what people I read read :)

A certain idea of ​​the world it's a book of book reviews. Not from the books that you like the most, but from books that you have liked in a period of approximately 1 year. between 2011 and 2012.

There are 50 books, each with a review of about 3 pages, where he tells us his impressions, the plot or a story related to the book. It is a book of books, a genre in which we can include 84, Charing Cross Road.

All written and told in a really delicate way.

I am not going to extend myself. I only write down the books that you review and which ones have interested me in case I find them in the library or at a good price.

Subscribe to our mailing list

What do intellectuals know how to do?

They know how to name things

Christa Wolf

Books that have interested me

  1. The roots of Romanticismby Isaiah Berlin
  2. American Dustby Richard Brautigan
  3. Spiritual Exercises and Ancient Philosophyby Pierre Hadot
  4. The visit of the chamber doctorby Per Olov Enquist
  5. Democrazia: Cosa può fare uno scrittore?, by Antonio Pascale and Luca Rastello
  6. Women in the XNUMXth centuryby Edmond and Jules Goncourt
  7. Come down, Mosesby william Faulkner
  8. Bees and Spiders: The Quarrel of the Ancients and the Modernsby Marc Fumaroli
  9. Magellan: The man and his deed, by Stefan Zweig
  10. The engaged princessby William Goldman
  11. Misfortuneby JM Coetzee
  12. Nowhere. Somewhereby Christa Wolf
  13. The Gatoperdoby Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  14. The Complete Western Storiesby Elmore Leonard
  15. The Parthenonby Mary Beard
  16. A touching, amazing and great storyby Dave Eggers
  17. At home. A brief history of private lifeby Bill Bryson
  18. Discourse of the methodby Descartes
  19. Breakfast at Tiffany'sby Truman Capote
  20. In the court of the wolfby Hilary Mantel
  21. Die Kultur der Niederlageby Wolfgang Schivelbusch
  22. Melancholyby jon Fosse
  23. The heretic and the courtier. Spinoza, Leibniz and the destiny of God in the modern worldby Matthew Stewart
  24. Storiesby Herodotus
  25. 2666by Roberto Bolaño
  26. The irresistible empireby Victoria de Grazia
  27. Napoléon à Moscouby Anka Muhlstein

Books that have not interested me

  1. Open. Memoriesby Andre Agassi
  2. Olive Kitteridgeby Elizabeth Strout
  3. Fantozzi totaleby Paolo Villaggio
  4. Anatomy of an instantby Javier Cercas
  5. Storia delle idee of calciumby Mario Sconcerti
  6. The Peloponnesian Warby Donald Kagan
  7. The Adamsberg trilogyby Fred Vargas
  8. The Sage of the Century Trilogy: The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, Cousin Rosamund, by Rebecca West
  9. Bangkokby Lawrence Osborne
  10. Divine Suzanne Lenglen, the world's greatest tennis playerby Gianni Clerici
  11. The house of the sleeping beautiesby Yasunari Kawabata
  12. Padre Pio. Miracoli and politics nell'Italia del Novecentoby Sergio Luzzatto
  13. The shadow fighterby Inka Parei
  14. The skinby Curzio Malaparte
  15. A Romance on Three Legs. Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Pianoby Katie Hafner
  16. Hard timesby Charles Dickens
  17. Chesil Beachby Ian McEwan
  18. The Devil's Dictionaryby Ambrose Bierce
  19. Claus and Lucasby Agota Kristof
  20. Nazi culture. Intellectual, cultural and social life in the Third Reichby George L. Mosse
  21. Le scimmie sounded inadvertently uscite dalla gabbiaby Dario Voltolini
  22. Saturday's payby Beppe Fenoglio
  23. Autobiography, by Charles Darwin

Other Notes

It amuses me when he gives his point of view on crime novels or thrillers and comments that he does not see the humor in having to wait to read an entire book just to find out who the murderer is.

And when he says that he will not read novels again, only essays, that he wants books that teach him something. Although, as we see in his history, he continues with the novels. But that phrase brings back many memories because it is the one our philosophy teacher used to tell us in high school. Also read things that teach you something. And with age, I have gone from not reading any essay to being the genre that dominates my reading.

Something that I liked a lot and that I still put in my "reviews" is that it begins by saying how it came to that book. Because someone recommended it to you, because you saw the cover and liked it, because you read it in a magazine, etc. I was very interested in this mini anecdote with which he begins to talk about each book.

Leave a comment