The Periodic Table
The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levi’s transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew.
It recounts, in clear, precise, unfailingly beautiful prose, the story of the Piedmontese Jewish community from which Levi came, of his years as a student and young chemist at the inception of the Second World War, and of his investigations into the nature of the material world. As such, it provides crucial links and backgrounds, both personal and intellectual, in the tremendous project of remembrance that is Levi’s gift to posterity. But far from being a prologue to his experience of the Holocaust, Levi’s masterpiece represents his most impassioned response to the events that engulfed him.
The Periodic Table celebrates the pleasures of love and friendship and the search for meaning, and stands as a monument to those things in us that are capable of resisting and enduring in the face of tyranny.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
Never heard of this book and I was actually expecting to read about chemistry. I spent the first few chapters scratching my head but I quickly accepted and liked what I found there instead. The best kind of life story. Not a linear chain of events but a series of flashes and tangents. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - GeoffSC - LibraryThing
A really interesting and enjoyable read. I thought it was going to be about the Periodic Table of elements, but no, it was about his life, family, work as a chemist ... He named the chapters after ... Read full review
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