Gilbert Silvester è stato tradito: in sogno da sua moglie e nella realtà da un mondo accademico che lo ha relegato a studiare l'influenza delle rappresentazioni della barba nel cinema. Sogno o realtà non importa: Gilbert decide di averne abbastanza e si imbarca sul primo volo intercontinentale disponibile. Destinazione Tokyo. Dall'altra parte del mondo, con l'improbabile compagnia di un aspirante suicida e il poeta Basho come guida, l'uomo inizia un viaggio in un paese lontanissimo da tutto ciò che conosce, un viaggio che gli restituirà non solo la bellezza dei paesaggi ma anche lo splendore dell'esistenza nella sua forma più essenziale. Con una miscela di caustico umorismo e lampi lirici, "Le isole dei pini" è un racconto commovente sulle trasformazioni che cerchiamo e quelle che inattese affrontiamo lungo il cammino della nostra vita.
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- Data di uscita: 17-04-2019
Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019 You have to give kudos to the German Book Prize (for which this novel was nominated in 2017) for regularly celebrating the weird and the outright grotesque - I mean, we are talking about a Prize that is awarded to books like "The Invention o Leggi tutto
While writing this review I changed my mind about the book somewhat. I would never have read this novel if it weren't for the Booker International longlist - I'd already seen the blurb a few months earlier and decided the book wasn't for me. After the longlist was announced, I requested and received Leggi tutto
After convincing himself that his wife’s cheating on him, beard professor Gilbert arbitrarily flees to Japan where he equally arbitrarily picks up a book of famed Japanese poet Basho’s and decides to visit the pine islands of Matsushima, which took Basho’s breath away when he visited them. Along the Leggi tutto
Gilbert has a nightmare that his wife is unfaithful, he awakes in great distress, later that day he confronts her about her infidelity and when she denies any such digression, he packs his bag, takes his passport and heads to the airport and takes the first intercontinental flight available. He ends Leggi tutto
Deutschland in der Gegenwart. Bartforscher (!) Gilbert Silvester träumt, dass seine Frau ihn betrügt. Auch nach dem Erwachen ist er – fassungslos – überzeugt, dass der Traum wahr ist. Also tut er das Naheliegendste: Er fährt sofort zum Flughafen und setzt sich in ein Flugzeug nach Japan. In Japan ang Leggi tutto
I don’t know how Poschmann did it but this novel captures with exquisite perfection the disorienting experience that living in Japan can be, for an attentive non-Japanese person who comes to Japan with no agenda and with some time to look around. There is such an extreme level of discernment here in Leggi tutto
Die Kieferninseln ist ein sehr poetisches Buch über eine ungewöhnliche Reise nach und durch Japan. Wie ein Gedicht so lässt auch dieser Roman vielfältige Deutungsmöglichkeiten zu, und jeder Leser wird seine ganz eigenen Interpretationen und Empfindungen beim Lesen verspüren. Es wundert mich daher ni Leggi tutto
I really did not understand what the author was trying to do with this book. I understand that Gilbert travels to Japan on a whim and decides to follow in the steps of Basho. In Tokyo, he meets a young man following a book on places suitable for suicide. At each spot in their travels, the reality do Leggi tutto
This book set in Japan has been translated from.. the German? It's a bizarre experience because you have this German narrator and it changes how I perceive the story - is he speaking in German to the Japanese man he's traveling with? Does the man understand him or is he making that assumption? Gilbe Leggi tutto
Hi from Tokyo - Cherry trees no longer bloom,only bare concrete.Gilbert read his poem through a few times and concluded he had reached the heart of the matter. The rules of the haiku, which he had learnt from the appendix of the Bashō book, had been perfectly realised within these lines: five, then Leggi tutto
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