Day 28 – Favorite title
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordono
I cannot really exactly explain why I like the title of this book. Unlike other books, which I choose because of the plot or the genre, I pick this up because I found the title interesting. How many books have something connected to math in their front covers? Plus, it made me think as to why it was entitled like this. What is it with the prime numbers and what could be its connection to the characters? And that’s when I realize, prime numbers seem to be really the loneliest numbers. They don’t really fit into other groups of numbers because they are only divisible by 1 and itself.
It may be very geeky but I think it could be a good description of me. I mean, I am not sure but at times, I can feel that I do not fit in into any group of friends, that somehow, I don’t belong. That could also be said about my relationship with my family. I feel out of place and a bit of an outcast. Sometimes, I can see the way they look at me like they just don’t understand why I am the way I am. It’s not a good thing but well, it happens.
Okay, enough about the personal babble. Let us go to the book again. The story of this book is about two people who are “primes”, misfits and haunted by the tragedies they experience when they were young. They met again as teenagers and both of them recognized each other’s kindred, lonely and damaged spirit. As their lives intertwine again after a few more years, emotions were revealed. But can two primes ever be together and fit the way they cannot with others? It really is a good read. A very nice view of how it is to be human despite all the difficulties we face in life.