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Caos calmo

Ed by the flashing lights of an ambulance the wide eyed stare of his young daughter Claudia and the terrible news that his fiancée Lara is deadLife must go on Or does it? Pietro a true iconoclast has to find his own way When he drops Claudia off for the first day of school he decides to wait outside for her all day and then every day To protect her To protect himself To wait for the heavy fist of grief to strike But as the days and weeks go by the small parking lot This was the book everyone was reading last Summmer The premise was so promising a handsome wealthy successful businessman father overwhelmed by grief when his wife dies suddenly takes his young daughter to school Hoping to help her ease back into to her first day he assures her that he'll wait for her outside the school until the end of the school day He does this every day unable to stray from the reassuring presence of his daughter across the street handling his business from the bench in front of the school getting to know all of the people in the vicinity Only problem? Instead of running with an interesting idea the author sits on it I found the pace lagged terribly mid book and I lost interest in the main character almost completely

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On the shores of the Mediterranean exhausted from an afternoon of surfing Pietro Paladini is shaken out of his stupor by a distant noise “Over there” he cries to his brother Carlo sunning beside him “Over there”So begins the adventure that will tear a hole in Pietro’s life For while he and his brother struggle to save two drowning swimmers a tragedy is unfolding down the road at his summer cottage Instead of coming home to a hero’s welcome Pietro is greet I struggled to get through this Although the premise is rather wonderful the protagonist is egocentric shallow and macho a perfect match to all my prejudices of Italian men There is also a lot of melodramic rambling and people shouting in the street while gesturing wildly Again all my preconceptions of Italians are catered toOf course Veronesi wants us to feel ambivalent towards Pietro but I almost put the book away several times I was constantly annoyed by his lack of understanding of his daughter and by him checking out every woman who happens to cross his path The writing is really good though with its long rambling sentences and its realistic portrayal of thought processes Pietro is in the eye of the storm and it’s unnerving to see how he rages internally while he remains calm on the surface Veronesi is extremely good at making us read between the lines and not trusting what people say and think Oh and the last chapters are so good that they almost make up for the rest of the book Almost

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In front of the school becomes his refuge from the world as well as the place where family and colleagues come to relieve their own suffering among them the woman he rescued from the waves And Pietro plunges deeper into the depths of his life before seeing the simple truth before his eyesSandro Veronesi makes art of every detail creating a mosaic of humor hopeprofound insight and emotional resonance uiet Chaos is an unprecedented portrayal of a life set adrift by dea A novel that moves slowly yet powerfully through a man's uiet journey through the grieving process after the sudden loss of his partner He becomes part of the microcosm of life in the park outside his daughter's school where he sets up daily camp and uietly observes the comings and goings of various characters Translated superbly from the original Italian the translator has managed to retain the specific sardonic and witty sense of Italian humour I was inspired to read this book after watching Nanni Moretti's brilliant film interpretation Warning a very graphic sex scene but well written in context to the events


About the Author: Sandro Veronesi

Sandro Veronesi born in Florence Tuscany in is an Italian novelist essayist and journalist After earning a degree in architecture at the University of Florence he opted for a writing career in his mid to late twenties Veronesi published his first book at the age of a collection of poetry Il resto del cielo that has remained his only venture into verse writing What has fol.



10 thoughts on “Caos calmo

  1. says:

    To a great extent this book lived up to the high expectations I had but it also disappointed me somewhat Veronesi is a skilled writer who can bring both action scenes the strong opening scene for example and multi layered introspective scenes to a good end a bit like Tim Parks; he's a clever narrator who offers than a funny story The interesting thing about this book is that it is a frame narrative different people approach the main character Pietro Paladini after his wife has suddenly died to tell him how they are suffering from little and great insecurities To them Pietro seems a beacon of light someone they can trust because he also suffers which is not true and everything Pietro says and does confirms them in this view Veronesi himself points to the parallel with Being There by Jerzy KosinskyVeronesi handsomely depicts the little life the messy yes chaotic way of living of most people people who are capable of great exalted acts and at the same time cherish backward thoughts and do vile things; in this book we see how Pietro gradually seems to cope with this also in his own life The underlying message of Veronesi seems to be life is chaotic but just go along with it don't resist just let goIt's also fun that Veronesi through the uestion of the merger of the telecom company of Pietro with an American company and through the character of Pietro's brother Carlo who is a jetset fashion tycoon also brings the so called higher world into his story and in an incredibly ironic way shows how hollow this bright world really isOn the other hand over time the story starts to bore a bit all these people who pass and tell their story and Pietro's patient introspective in the end it seems to go nowhere There is also hardly any evolution in Pietro's character except at the end but even that is not really spectacularMy disappointment with this novel also is connected to a personal feeling This book made clear that I still have very ambiguous feelings towards Italian culture There was a time when I devoured it and adored everything of this rich attractive and lively culture yes including the frantic media shows But over time I grew tired of it all and especially the hollowness of this world a façade world where aesthetics is only cultivated for the sake of aesthetics a world full of exuberant and noisy gestures and rituals which were on second look primarily intended to mask the emptiness of life I apologize for the generalization because I'm aware that similar characteristics can be found in many other cultures but in Italian culture the contrast between appearance and reality seems to me to be brought to the farthest point By reading this book these ambiguous feelings I have attraction and repulsion came back to me although also Veronesi conveys a critical look on his culture I suspect that this is one of the reasons why ultimately I was not completely overwhelmed by it


  2. says:

    A beautiful dreamy book Each morning the main character who has recently become a widower drives his daughter to school and then waits for her on the little suare in front of the building From this a rich multitude of stories arise some of them interconnected uite a tour de force from the author and a joy for the reader


  3. says:

    I struggled to get through this Although the premise is rather wonderful the protagonist is egocentric shallow and macho a perfect match to all my prejudices of Italian men There is also a lot of melodramic rambling and people shouting in the street while gesturing wildly Again all my preconceptions of Italians are catered toOf course Veronesi wants us to feel ambivalent towards Pietro but I almost put the book away several times I was constantly annoyed by his lack of understanding of his daughter and by him checking out every woman who happens to cross his path The writing is really good though with its long rambling sentences and its realistic portrayal of thought processes Pietro is in the eye of the storm and it’s unnerving to see how he rages internally while he remains calm on the surface Veronesi is extremely good at making us read between the lines and not trusting what people say and think Oh and the last chapters are so good that they almost make up for the rest of the book Almost


  4. says:

    The best thing about this excellent novel is its inside looking out approach Yes every first person narrator is inside looking out But this one feels different This one is deeply alienated and yet very involved in a special often contradictory way And this narrator is not just a way of telling the story He is the center of a whirlpool of people suffering in a variety of waysWhat is most important about him is that he has suddenly become a different person in the eyes of the world and sees the world differently as well But there's much than this newness Veronesi captures the way we look at others speculating about who they are what their motives may be what they are about to do This is part of the fun of life and most novelists ignore itWith this special narrator Veronesi looks freshly not only at life in general but also at grieving and others’ reactions to it and about business and the relationships it forms and distorts In fact as someone who has published several novels that take a fresh look at the business world I would say that this is one of the very bestI can’t say that this is a great ice axe of a novel but it’s a wonderful extremely well crafted novel and I highly recommend it The uality of The Force of the Past was such that I bought the French translation of this one before it was translated into English but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it There are three Veronesi novels to translate into English and I assume one soon to come out the last came out six years ago


  5. says:

    This was the book everyone was reading last Summmer The premise was so promising a handsome wealthy successful businessman father overwhelmed by grief when his wife dies suddenly takes his young daughter to school Hoping to help her ease back into to her first day he assures her that he'll wait for her outside the school until the end of the school day He does this every day unable to stray from the reassuring presence of his daughter across the street handling his business from the bench in front of the school getting to know all of the people in the vicinity Only problem? Instead of running with an interesting idea the author sits on it I found the pace lagged terribly mid book and I lost interest in the main character almost completely


  6. says:

    'uiet Chaos' I really loved the premise of this book After the death of his wife Pietro Paladini decides to spend his days next to the school of his daughter Claudia It starts out as a joke but turns into a very serious desire to stay there Subseuently Pietro's family and colleagues start showing up and they show themselves to be very open hearted A lot can be said about Pietro Paladini Some readers can't stand his behaviour apparently This is where the book becomes a matter of opinion Is Pietro really suffering or is he just an inconsiderate Italian macho who just happens to find himself in a situation that reuires some emotional capabilities? I would personally have preferred the latter and I feel as if Veronesi did as well You can say his decision to take a break from his own life and guard his daughter's school is a result of trauma and I'm sure you'd find arguments to back that statement Freud bla bla bla detachment the usual I don't want to believe it though Not every protagonist has to be perfectWhichever version you prefer it doesn't really matter much when you read the final pages The end shows Veronesi's true intentions but whether that's a good or a bad thing I'm not sure I felt as if this book had some fantastic passages but didn't really succeed to come across as a whole Apart from these small inconsistencies; some great writing here and definitely worth your time


  7. says:

    I'll admit I bought this book largely because of the gorgeous cover Nonetheless it was a meaningful and intelligent book The story concerns a man who's fiance dies while he's saving a drowning stranger A widower for all intents and purposes he's left to care for his ten year old daughter He does so by sitting outside her school for three months instead of going to the office He fills his days with various musing which can at times bore but which also provide some pretty interesting insights into the grieving process even if it is a bizarre and almost clinical form of grief I'm always happy to read contemporary works in translation especially when they offer a cadence that I'm not used to I have a feeling this is one of those books that I'll come to appreciate later on and may even bump up the star ratingIf you liked this make sure to follow me on Goodreads for reviews


  8. says:

    BrilliantLuckily I hadn't read the backflap of the book and so I was in awe right from the start The strongest first chapter I ever read I was completely swept off my feetAfter that the book takes a whole different tone Towards the end it becomes almost a farce Someone here was annoyed because it 'confirmed everything he thought about Italians' Well exactly Hysteric selfconscious but always amusing The writer storyteller is always concerned about details and that made me laugh at times But teh observations were always sharp revealing and recognizable at the same timeLike I said the finale is turning into one big farce but just as it is great danger of spoiling most of this wonderful book the writer finds the right tone again ending as an at times rather funny drama instead of melodramatic comedy Loved it


  9. says:

    A novel that moves slowly yet powerfully through a man's uiet journey through the grieving process after the sudden loss of his partner He becomes part of the microcosm of life in the park outside his daughter's school where he sets up daily camp and uietly observes the comings and goings of various characters Translated superbly from the original Italian the translator has managed to retain the specific sardonic and witty sense of Italian humour I was inspired to read this book after watching Nanni Moretti's brilliant film interpretation Warning a very graphic sex scene but well written in context to the events


  10. says:

    I found the juxtaposition of this title—uiet Chaos—to be not only beautiful but fitting to protagonist Pietro Paladino Pietro’s mindset during this time could be described as ‘uiet chaos’ Living with dichotomic feelings after the unexpected death of his soon to be wife Lara his mind seems to have taken a ‘pause’; choosing to sit outside his daughter’s school day after day after day And knowing Lara died while he was saving the life of a complete stranger encompassed a great portion of his thoughts Ironically the reader learns Pietro has not always been faithful to Lara during their decade long relationship—making my feelings towards his grief mixed Although at times presenting himself as an arrogant self centered Italian man the love he harnesses for his daughter cannot be refuted; it’s endearing to say the least Being inside the mind of this man was like experiencing the thoughts of a walking contradiction on one hand he’s a jerk for cheating on his wife as often as he did and barely showing remorse; on the other hand his devotion to daughter Claudia is heartwarmingPietro is devoted to being there for his daughter that he could care less about his job His thoughts I’ll do my work from my car and I don’t care what anyone says about it Fire me He puts his job on the line has strangers look at him with curiosity and becomes somewhat of a dumping ground for other people’s problems It reminds the reader that when we’re going through our own storms how cathartic it can be to listen to the problems of others It reminds us that we’re not alone; other people struggle as well And if we could throw all our problems into the center and see everyone elses we would snatch ours back in a heartbeat I believe the author was trying to convey that message when you’re struggling with your own storm forget about yourself for awhile and help others through their own storm; even if it’s just listening In the end life doesn’t just stop moving because you do You will always run into problems just like everyone else They cannot be avoided by not moving forwardI almost put this book down several times The tone remained the same throughout and it wasn’t keeping my attention — maybe being translated from Italian to English made it lose its original flavor Or the author intended for this monotonous tone I don’t know Either way it did start to grab my attention when complete strangers laid out their problems I was drawn into the cathartic feelings of it all The first person narration was a huge factor for my ability to turn another page I thoroughly enjoy seeing into the minds of others; gaining perspective on this non grieving stand still widower was intriguing As much as I wanted to dislike protagonist Peitro Paladino I couldn’t deny he displayed attributes I truly admire he’s a straight shooter honest and fallible He does not deny his shortcomings and loves Claudia with a fierce loyalty that every daughter deserves from a father I recommend this book if you’re looking for something different different tone plot and syntax Overall it was a good read but not something I would re readThecozybookshelfwordpresscom


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