The Natural Disorder of Things

The Natural Disorder of Things

Book - 2008
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Set in an Italian landscape both unchanged and deeply marked by the 20th century, this is a murder mystery, a tale of erotic obsession, and a meditation on order and disorder, on fullness and emptiness, and on fathers and the traces they leave on their children.
Publisher: London : MacLehose, 2008
ISBN: 9781847243461
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 18, 2013

This book is written by an Italian and translated into English, and it definitely shows. I always expect foreign novels not to read like original English compositions because I believe thought process are determined by the author's mother language. The perpetrator of the crime here is never revealed, and the reason for the crime is revealed almost as an after-thought. The point of the book seems to be the relationship between the designs of gardens and the interactions of people with family, clients, lovers, friends. I was tempted many times to just stop reading but persevered through by skimming, all the while trying to make sense of Claudio's obsession with Elisabetta, which seemed to have little to do with the story or the point that I thought the author was trying to make. I was just confused. Finally, at the end I knew why Claudio felt as he did about Conti and Mosca, but the dropped hints at it were agonizingly sparse and slow in coming for me.


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