Look Inside. With Ocean Sea , he has been acclaimed as the successor to Italo Calvino, and a major voice in modern literature. In Ocean Sea , Alessandro Baricco presents a hypnotizing postmodern fable of human malady—psychological, existential, erotic—and the sea as a means of deliverance. At the Almayer Inn, a remote shoreline hotel, an artist dips his brush in a cup of ocean water to paint a portrait of the sea. A scientist pens love letters to a woman he has yet to meet. An adulteress searches for relief from her proclivity to fall in love.
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Look Inside. With Ocean Sea , he has been acclaimed as the successor to Italo Calvino, and a major voice in modern literature. In Ocean Sea , Alessandro Baricco presents a hypnotizing postmodern fable of human malady—psychological, existential, erotic—and the sea as a means of deliverance.
At the Almayer Inn, a remote shoreline hotel, an artist dips his brush in a cup of ocean water to paint a portrait of the sea. A scientist pens love letters to a woman he has yet to meet. An adulteress searches for relief from her proclivity to fall in love. And a sixteen-year-old girl seeks a cure from a mysterious condition which science has failed to remedy. When these people meet, their fates begin to interact as if by design.
Enter a mighty tempest and a ghostly mariner with a thirst for vengeance, and the Inn becomes a place where destiny and desire battle for the upper hand.
Playful, provocative, and ultimately profound, Ocean Sea is a novel of striking originality and wisdom. Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in and still makes his home there. Both are originals; both weave patterns of myth and human story and the airy and earthly connections between them.
Read An Excerpt. Category: Literary Fiction. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Paperback —. Also in Vintage International. About Alessandro Baricco Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in and still makes his home there.
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Book review: Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco
Its narrative revolves around the lives of a group of people gathered at a remote seaside hotel. The novel won the Viareggio Prize. Baricco is a literary cubist, a stylist who looks simultaneously at the several sides of things. He switches from one rhetorical mode to another, from a kind of symbolist poetry to grand adventure narrative to picaresque comedy.
Really tough book to read, Labelled post modern fiction on the cover, I found it more like magical realism with a lot of pertinent details left to the imagination. The author evokes stunning images A philosophical fable about the anomaly in the world that man is: people disturb, act, are guilty of betrayal and murder, suffer, die, tell stories and lies, while nature, represented by the sea, is Ocean Sea. Alessandro Baricco.
There are two imperfectly connected stories here: the first takes place at the Almayer Inn a nod to Joseph Conrad? The character who links the two stories is Adams, a ghostly mariner whose long journey ends at the Almayer Inn in a confrontation with his old enemy whom Baricco has indirectly, and quite ingeniously, worked into both plots. Silk was remarkable for its haunting clarity; Ocean Sea is a metaphysical-symbolic miasma in which the intrigued reader can only flounder. A touching family drama that effectively explores the negative impact of stress on fragile relationships. A middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing father, confronting many painful secrets from her past. Gone is the rebellious young person she remembers, and in his place stands a compassionate, accomplished adult. As Jack and Mallory chase down answers, Mallory also tries to repair her rocky relationships with her two sisters and determine why her father has always been so hard on her.
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