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Storia parziale delle cause perse

Storia parziale delle cause perse Leningrado Il giovane Aleksandr Bezetov diventato il nuovo campione di scacchi E con questo entrato nel mirino del Partito che gli promette una vita di agi in cambio della sua collaborazione Al

  • Title: Storia parziale delle cause perse
  • Author: Jennifer duBois Silvia Pareschi
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  • Page: 253
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Leningrado, 1980 Il giovane Aleksandr Bezetov diventato il nuovo campione di scacchi E con questo entrato nel mirino del Partito, che gli promette una vita di agi in cambio della sua collaborazione Aleksandr sceglie invece di unirsi ad alcuni amici per dare vita a una rivista clandestina, iniziando la sua attivit di dissidente Sa di avere scelto di giocare una parLeningrado, 1980 Il giovane Aleksandr Bezetov diventato il nuovo campione di scacchi E con questo entrato nel mirino del Partito, che gli promette una vita di agi in cambio della sua collaborazione Aleksandr sceglie invece di unirsi ad alcuni amici per dare vita a una rivista clandestina, iniziando la sua attivit di dissidente Sa di avere scelto di giocare una partita senza possibilit di vittoria, ma una profonda convinzione nei propri ideali, e l a per una donna misteriosa, lo spingono ad agire Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2006 Irina Ellison ha trent anni e sa di aver ereditato dal padre nte la corea di Huntington, una grave malattia degenerativa Facendo ordine tra le sue carte trova una lettera da lui scritta anni prima al grande scacchista russo Aleksandr Bezetov, in cui gli poneva un unica domanda come si gioca una partita quando si capisce che gi persa in partenza Aleksandr non rispose mai Vedendo progredire i sintomi della malattia, Irina decide di partire per la Russia alla ricerca di Aleksandr, per avere la risposta che il padre non aveva mai ottenuto Ad attenderla c una strada segnata da sconfitte irrimediabili la malattia, la partita a scacchi contro un invincibile avversario, la Russia del sottomarino Kursk, della scuola di Beslan, dell omicidio della Politkovskaja Eppure tutti i protagonisti di questa storia sembrano mossi da un incrollabile fiducia perch , come Aleksandr, credono che a volte c bisogno di difendere una cosa realmente importante, e non solo il simbolo di una cosa importante A soli ventisette anni, Jennifer duBois ha scritto un romanzo che ha impressionato il mondo letterario americano quando era ancora un manoscritto nelle mani di uno dei pi prestigiosi agenti letterari Storia parziale delle cause perse colpisce per la sua maturit , una padronanza che raramente si trova nei giovani esordienti, la profondit emotiva e la consapevolezza naturale dello stile E quando il libro finito non lo si pu chiudere con la stessa tranquillit con la quale lo si era aperto.

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    1. This debut novel got under my skin and took me to surprising mental places in its tale of people facing lost causes. Irina experiences the decline of her beloved father from Huntington’s Disease and knows from a genetic test that this neurological degenerative disorder is her fate. Not long before her decline is predicted, around age thirty, she discovers a copy of a letter her father sent to a Soviet chessmaster he admired, Aleksanr Bezikov, asking his advice about the “proper way to procee [...]

    2. This book made me confront some pretty uncomfortable feelings. It’s not at all what I bargained for, and I’d venture to say that’s true for a fair number of other readers as well, yet at the same time it’s far more. I was initially torn on how to rate the story but ultimately, I felt that the challenges presented here were worthwhile and added to the experience, for better or worse. Discomfort is not always a bad thing and in this case it landed the extra star. As you may have already su [...]

    3. I definitely like this book, but its main thrust is not even alluded to in the book description! One of the two main characters is both a world chess champion and a Russian political activist. This character is Aleksandr. He hates Putin. The most interesting part about this story is that Aleksandr is modeled on a real person, Gary Kasparov! His name should have been mentioned in an author’s note. The philosophical question of how or why or even if one should try to battle against a lost cause [...]

    4. Imagine that you’re right in the prime of life – 30 years old—and discover that you are living under the shadow of Huntington’s Disease, a degenerative disorder that killed your father and will destroy your body and then your mind.As you’re struggling to cope, you come across a letter from your now deceased father to the world chess champion Alexsandr Beztov who is now on a quixotic quest to unseat Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In it, your father asks for guidance on what to do when the e [...]

    5. Cosa fare quando si realizza che si sta per perdereLa domanda centrale del libro è: cosa fare quando si realizza che si sta per perdere. Il problema può essere discusso in termini filosofici ma è anche piuttosto concreto: cosa fare se si sa di contenere una bomba ad orologeria che smantellerà progressivamente la capacità di gestire il proprio corpo; cosa fare quando si è travolti da un meccanismo iniziato senza sapere quale sarebbe stato il costo in termini personali: così alto che comunq [...]

    6. Con che spirito possiamo giocare una partita quando sappiamo fin dall’inizio che perderemo? Che cosa si fa quando si sta affrontando una causa persa in partenza? Ha senso per noi combattere sapendo che comunque saremo sconfitti? Quali stimoli, quali obiettivi, quali storie bisogna raccontarsi per andare avanti quando la certezza della sconfitta incombe su noi stessi?Il romanzo “Storia parziale delle cause perse” tenta di rispondere a queste domande e lo fa raccontando due storie molto dive [...]

    7. How should we conduct ourselves when victory is impossible? A Partial History of Lost Causes is a moving exploration of this question on several levels. From playing an unbeatable opponent in chess, to running against an unbeatable opponent in an election, to living life in the shadow of a debilitating disease . . . Everyone's life is filled with lost causes and since, SPOILER ALERT, every one of us is going to die, our very lives are essentially lost causes. So: how should we go about losing?Ma [...]

    8. 2 starsIt's not that this book wasn't good enough. It was a wonderfully written story, in fact. But you'd have to have an extremely sound mind and strong heart to go through it and like it entirely. And that's something I don't have much at the moment. This book was depressing, so depressing in fact that it affected my mood for the entire week. Even now I feel like my brain has been fried, both by the complicatedly illustrative narration and the plot that lasted decades. And the chess. I love pl [...]

    9. Loved this. One of the many parts that caught my attention, which I then read over and over again. 'And then I told him something simpler and just as true: sometimes there are things we don't understand even about ourselves. Sometimes we run out of the time to keep trying to unravel them, and we have to sit back and content ourselves with a shrug. But I think there are some things that we'd never understand even if we had forever to wonder. There are things that - even if we had unnumbered lifet [...]

    10. After a series of less than wonderful reads, I wanted to read a book that just called out to me from my shelves. I chose this book for its title. Also because it is set partly in Russia and I am a sucker for books set in any time period of that country. I was so rewarded!It is not a perfect novel, whatever that means. Ms duBois is young, named one the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" for 2012. This is her first novel though according to her bio she has studied hard and practiced much. All [...]

    11. How do you rate a book where your love for the writing and the ideas exceeds your love for the book itself? Where the characters' conflicts are interesting but the characters are somehow less so? It's a strange experience when some aspects of the book deserve 4-5 stars while others are more of a 2. But that was this book.The premise of this book was very interesting, and kind of a slow burn where you gradually come to fully appreciate it as you approach the finish line and even more once you're [...]

    12. First, a disclaimer: I know the author, as I have taken writing courses from her. She's lovely, and insightful, and possesses an enviable and incredible talent.Her debut, at its best moments, is both heartbreaking and profoundly intelligent. Dubois distills the essence of experience in such a way that it resonates emotionally, regardless of our interest in or attachment to her characters, or even our investment in the storyline. And therein lies the problem: nothing much happens. The action does [...]

    13. A Partial History of Lost Causes alternates between two points of view - Aleksandr's and Irina's. Aleksandr is a chess genius extraordinaire who arrives in Leningrad to attend a chess college and gets tangled up in the opposing party's quest against the Party, eventually launching his own doomed presidential campaign a couple of decades later. Irina is a lost young woman wrestling with her own mortality - she watched her father deteriorate slowly due to Huntington's disease and a genetic test ha [...]

    14. I have only read good reviews about this book so far, so perhaps I am alone in my assessment, but I had a really hard time getting in to the characters. As someone who really loves the game of chess, I thought I was going to really like this book - former chess champion Alexander, is one of two main protagonists, but I had a hard time following why he was always so sad. His daughter, Irina, the main character, suffers from an insurmountable fear that someday her brain will give way to Huntington [...]

    15. The writing in this book is beautiful, assured and smooth, sometimes even skirting close to poetry in its startling use of metaphor. I loved it. The story was interesting, mixing real characters and fictional ones. With the chess player based on mostly on Gary Kasparov, and Vladimir Putin as himself, I often wondered how much was real and how much could just as well be real.I had to suspend my disbelief in the protagonist’s rush to contact the chess player after learning she would most certain [...]

    16. Quite close to the end I still could not predict how the story would be resolved, but DuBois closed the novel quite beautifully - almost literally beautiful and with a stunning precision plotwise. Among other things, the novel is about chess, Russian politics and state corruption under Putin, Chechnyan terrorism (Beslan, the theater hostage crisis, bombings), love, courage/cowardice, how we know and understand another person (or persist in misunderstanding), and the terror experienced by a certa [...]

    17. 3 ½ stars out of 5. Knowing full well that authors often don't choose, or even have much say, in the titles of their books, I got this book partially because of the fabulous title. Whether Ms. Dubois chose this title, I can't say, but I love it.A complex chess prodigy in brutal Russia, a woman condemned to a slow and horrible death, and their intertwining fates and that of the Soviet Union, Russia, Communism, were all spun together to make a lovely story. The characters have depth, sometimes in [...]

    18. This was a bit of an uneven story for me so my review, I’m afraid, is going to end up the same. The author has a great command of the written word and uses it to its greatest strength. Description, dialogue, word choice all of it flows with wonderful effortless as you read. I did not care for the parallel story lines. Irina’s story was engrossing and involving and kept me reading. However, Aleksandre’s was slow, plodding and just generally uninteresting. It was a chore for me to read those [...]

    19. Jennifer duBois, statunitense, classe 1983, esordisce alla grande: “Storia parziale delle cause perse” è un romanzo splendido, con due protagonisti… del genere “indimenticabili”, l’americana Irina e il russo Alexandr. Le loro storie, raccontate con scrittura superba, scorrono inizialmente distinte nei rispettivi paesi d’origine e poi s’intrecciano, lo scenario dominante e fondamentale essendo costituito dalla Russia comunista e post-comunista, uno sfondo che protrude e spesso in [...]

    20. Modern-day St. Petersburg is the setting for two characters who are both doomed to fail. Irina, an American professor, knows that she will die of Huntington's disease. Alexandr, a Soviet-era chess champion, knows that he cannot beat Putin. I came close to giving this five stars--fascinating setting, perfectly imperfect characters, and one gorgeous sentence after another.If you have any interest in Russia, this is an amazing book. St. Petersburg comes alive: Brezhnev-era dissident cafes, grungy h [...]

    21. I loved this novel. It was extremely intelligently written, and it kept my interest from start to finish for various reasons. This book made two things that aren't necessarily things that interest me, Russia and chess, seem like things that I not only was interested in during the course of the novel, but things that I now want to learn more about. How much of this novel is taken from history? How much of it is fiction? These thoughts plagued me as I was reading, but in the interest of not wantin [...]

    22. It has been a while since I liked a book as much as I liked this one. This was really a masterpiece… and Dubois’ first novel?! Unbelievable! Here’s what I loved about this book in order from most to still a lot….1. The writing…. Wow! Example of a sentence that really spoke to me for whatever reason: “The sentiment was real enough, I suppose, but the rest was composed of gestures imitating the behavior of other people, people who had an entire future to love and fail one another.”2. [...]

    23. How does one proceed in a lost cause? What's your strategy to keep going when you know you're going to fail? These are the central questions in Jennifer DuBois's debut novel. Two stories are interwoven: in 1980s Russia, Aleksandr Bezetov is a chess prodigy and champion. In 2006, Irina Ellison is an English professor who suffers from Huntington's disease. Irina's father, who also suffered from Huntington's, was a fan of Aleksandr and once sent him a letter. Irina jets off to Russia to talk to Ale [...]

    24. When one knows one's facing a lost cause -- whether on the chess board, in one's personal life, in the political realm, etc. -- how does one proceed? So ask Dubois's characters in this ambitious, confident, and assured debut novel. The novel is at its best when it's ruminating on the injustices (cosmically speaking) of life, on "all the lofty questions about grace and catastrophe," and on the desperation and "frustrated energy" attending a lifetime truncated by illness. There are moments of pene [...]

    25. It is hard to process that this is the debut work of an author. She has taken what is traditionally been a heavy involved subject, life in Russia and created a dirge to the Cold War era, embracing the “interminable stretch of a Russian winter” evoking the cold and dark weather and showing life in Eastern Europe as Dostoyevsky did. Her mind pictures are dramatic, each paragraph as if a postcard into the sole of her characters.She takes the well-worn subject of Russia’s mastery of modern-day [...]

    26. This was a first novel by a young author who has the sensitivity of an old soul. It is about a young woman who watches her father fall apart from Huntington's disease till he is but a shell of his former vibrant self. Knowing that it is hereditary, she has herself tested and learns that she has the genes for it. Her father taught her chess, which she enjoys and at one point early in his disease, her father writes to the soon-to-be Russian world chess champion and asks him how to live with a lost [...]

    27. I was surprised to see that this is a debut novel; I felt in very experienced and competent hands throughout reading this book. It's beautifully written, lots of lovely adjectives and adverbs but none of them get in the way or draw undue attention to themselves. The two storylines, that of a Russian chess prodigy, Aleksandr, and that of a young American woman, Irina, who may or may not have a hereditary disease, are told in alternating chapters. They eventually merge when Irina sets off on a que [...]

    28. This book was only so-so for me. Had I not been reading it for a book club, I don't think I would have pushed through and finished it. My lack of affection stemmed largely from two things: 1) the two main characters' lives were strewn with difficulty and little hope, painting a bleak landscape and 2) duBois' writing was lovely and lyrical, but there was way to much of a good thing. Someone needed to tell her to kill her darlings because I ended up skimming many descriptions from word fatigue. Ha [...]

    29. I first want to say that I won this book on Goodread First Reads. I loved this book. It is a wonderful story about a young women that finds a letter from her dad to the world champion chess player asking some questions about life. Her dad is terminal with Huntington's disease and she also has been diagnosed with it. So she goes off to Russia to find out the answers. Heartfelt story that will stay with one long after the story is finished.

    30. This book has such an interesting cover. I am glad to have won this book and look forward to getting it and reading it!

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