Inverno, campagna inglese. Rebecca Shaw ha tredici anni ed è in vacanza, quando scompare misteriosamente. I volontari del paese cominciano le ricerche, la polizia indaga e i giornalisti accorrono, stravolgendo la calma e il silenzio abituali. Eppure la vita lentamente riprende, assorbendo il dramma nel falso movimento delle stagioni che si succedono, nel periodico allungarsi e accorciarsi dei giorni e delle notti, nel ritmico mormorio della natura vegetale e animale che fa il suo corso. Nei tredici anni che seguono il vuoto lasciato da Rebecca, anche gli altri accadimenti umani che hanno luogo nel paesino – il lavoro nella campagna, le dinamiche famigliari, l’amicizia fra adolescenti, gli amori e i disamori, la malattia, la morte – appaiono come piccole accelerazioni all’interno di un ciclo che inesorabilmente perdura. E il vuoto piano piano si riempie, quasi, si direbbe, per il solo effetto del tempo, grande protagonista di questo romanzo.
- ISBN: 8823520096
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 304
This is the first novel that I have read by this author and I loved it. This is less a novel about crime and more a reflective meditation of the flow and rhythms of nature, the lives and actions of characters throughout a period of years. It is a story of ordinariness, the reality of how life is in
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend . Lovely descriptions of nature are insufficient compensation for an uneventful plot and a slew of forgettable characters.
I loved this wonderfully written novel with it’s beautifully detailed prose and unusual style. Winner of the Costa Book Award and Booker nominee, Reservoir 13 was such a fulfilling read. The book is considered a mystery of sorts as it starts with a 13 year old girl going missing when vacationing in a Leggi tutto
I'm not sure that the world needs another review of this fine novel, so I'm going to keep this short. I think by now most of you may already know the basics: the novel opens as a search begins for a teenage girl, Rebecca Shaw, who has gone missing while her family was vacationing in the village for
This is my kind of book. Slow moving like the surface of an undisturbed river, yet with currents underneath prepared to carry one away, toss a person like dross in its swirling, or pull one into subterranean depths. From the beginning, we know that a young girl of 13 goes missing and the village wher Leggi tutto
Top 13 Alternate Titles for 'Reservoir 13': 13. Stone Sisters Vs. Millennium Milestones: Discuss 12. The River Rushed Under the Packhorse Bridge, or At the Allotments 11. Cathy & Richard: On Again, Off Again, On Again, Off Again ... 10: A 325 Page Shaggy Dog Story 9. Mundane Minutiae of Village Life 8. He Leggi tutto
”She could have walked high over the moor and stumbled into a flooded clough and sunk cold and deep in the wet peat before the dogs and thermal cameras came anywhere near, her skin tanned leather-brown and soft and her hair coiled neatly around her. She could have fallen anywhere and be lying there Leggi tutto
Beautifully written, with an ever-present sense of the narrator being less of a person or a being, and more as the all-seeing village that overlooks all, and looks over all. It looks over the landscape that surrounds them, the village and the villagers, watching as life changes with the seasons and
I finished this yesterday mid-morning. I’m still thinking about it. I had a few discussions already. No paragraphs - at all!!!! Creative unique writing. It works - kinda lovely. However - I began to tire of the repetitiveness . (Great beginning). Then even color of clothes kept being repeated ... The Leggi tutto
This is my second book from this year's Man Booker longlist, and for me it already looks like a potential winner. I had been intending to wait for the paperback but decided to buy the hardback as soon as the longlist was announced, since it was the one I was most looking forward to, especially after Leggi tutto
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