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The solitude of prime numbers

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1pingdjip
Editado: Ago 14, 2011, 4:13 pm

I just finished Paolo Giordano's The Solitude Of Prime Numbers. It's a saddening story about damaged people, but quite beautiful, because their misery is conveyed in such a precise and empathic way.

One passage i don't understand. Could someone help me out?

In chapter 26 Mattia asks his friend Denis for advice: should he leave to go study abroad, or should he stay to be with Alice? Denis implicitly advices him to stay, doesn't he? And Mattia agrees. But next chapter, he tells Alice he will leave anyway.

Why?

2FFortuna
Ago 15, 2011, 2:23 pm

I've never read the book, but sometimes people change their minds?

3Dilara86
Ago 30, 2011, 12:35 pm

In my copy (translated into French), Alice convinces him to leave. She tells him to go. It's obvious to us that she doesn't mean it, and that she's simply testing him, being her usual sulky, contrary self, but Mattia being Mattia, he takes her at her word. Or that's how I interpreted the chapter anyway...

4figsfromthistle
Fev 26, 2016, 2:40 pm

Yeah she definitely asks him to stay. " I'd imagined the next four years differently. I'm twenty-three and my mother's about to die...but none of that matters to you. Go ahead and worry about your career."

5alco261
Fev 29, 2016, 9:16 pm

Hmmm...the solitude of prime numbers....doesn't that thought strike you as odd? :-)

6jnwelch
Mar 1, 2016, 1:52 pm

>5 alco261: Not even, for a minute.

7alco261
Mar 2, 2016, 10:41 am

All right >6 jnwelch:! I wish there was a thumbs up button for these things - I would certainly give one to your post.

8jnwelch
Mar 2, 2016, 10:54 am

>7 alco261: Ditto for yours. :-)

9Mr.Durick
Mar 2, 2016, 4:50 pm

The smallest even prime number...

Robert

10nemoman
Mar 2, 2016, 5:49 pm

Play Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash backwards; an answer will emerge.

11alco261
Editado: Mar 2, 2016, 9:59 pm

>9 Mr.Durick: it's true, two is prime....but two is company and the idea that company would be thought of as solitude is odd.... :-)

12jnwelch
Mar 3, 2016, 12:15 pm

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do. And two can be as bad as one. It's the loneliest number since the number one.

I have a feeling it's going to be a three dog night.

13krazy4katz
Mar 3, 2016, 11:10 pm

It's just the two of us…