Silk by Alessandro Baricco, 1997
Baricco writes in a simple straightforward manner that I found sometimes humorous and other times deeply moving. The main character Herve Joncour's personality and actions perfectly mirror Baricco's writing style. This novel follows Herve's travels back and forth from France to the end of the world, Japan, to trade for silkworm eggs. Central to the story are the relationships Herve has with his wife, the Japanese man he trades with for silkworm eggs and a mysterious woman he meets in Japan.
The movie adaptation for this book perfectly captures the mood of Baricco's novel as well as the dialogue almost to the word. I thought the actors chosen for the characters of this book were also well matched. I recommend this serene book and movie to all.
Submitted by Paula N. @ MPL Central