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Force of the Past


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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Fiction
  • ISBN-10: 0060936614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060936617
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)


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Veronesi's book is two stories in one. First is a novel about coming to grips with the possibility that the people you think you know best -- your father, your mother, your siblings, your spouse, your child, and most importantly, yourself -- may not be at all what you think. Real people have layers and depths which even a lifetime together might not reveal. To a very large degree we are all putting up fronts of how we want to be seen, and like the facade on a building, our 'public face' may or may not reflect the actual construction beneath.
Veronesi's second story is the interior monologue we all perform, questioning ourselves and the events around us in a constant assessment of the world and our place in it. This Proustian 'stream-of-consciousness' has never been so well depicted as in Gianni Orzan's story, as the central character effortlessly glides between the here-and-now and remembrances of things past. It 'illuminates' (in the Medieval sense) the story of his life (story one), giving the reader a rare first-person glimpse into the depths of the soul.
Working your way through the novel is like being on an archeological dig, digging down through buried layers to bring up something tangible, something that can be held up as truth. It is a process of discovery which both satisfies, and unsettles you as you begin to think about the unseen history around you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Force of the Narrative July 19 2003
By Robert Carlberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Veronesi's book is two stories in one. First is a novel about coming to grips with the possibility that the people you think you know best -- your father, your mother, your siblings, your spouse, your child, and most importantly, yourself -- may not be at all what you think. Real people have layers and depths which even a lifetime together might not reveal. To a very large degree we are all putting up fronts of how we want to be seen, and like the facade on a building, our 'public face' may or may not reflect the actual construction beneath.
Veronesi's second story is the interior monologue we all perform, questioning ourselves and the events around us in a constant assessment of the world and our place in it. This Proustian 'stream-of-consciousness' has never been so well depicted as in Gianni Orzan's story, as the central character effortlessly glides between the here-and-now and remembrances of things past. It 'illuminates' (in the Medieval sense) the story of his life (story one), giving the reader a rare first-person glimpse into the depths of the soul.
Working your way through the novel is like being on an archeological dig, digging down through buried layers to bring up something tangible, something that can be held up as truth. It is a process of discovery which both satisfies, and unsettles you as you begin to think about the unseen history around you.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
good, not great Feb. 7 2010
By Michele Valsecchi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
the book was new, but there was a little pen mark on the side and the pages were cut irregularly like if not everything went as it was supposed to be in production. no problem to read though and I paid about nothing for it

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