Book Review | Il Silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave) by Gianrico Carofiglio

book cover Il Silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave) by Gianrico CarofiglioTold with alternating focus between a man and a boy, The Silence of the Wave is a story about a man’s struggle through a tough time in his life. After working for many years as an undercover agent involved in international organized crime, Roberto suffers a breakdown that renders him unable to continue his work. While frequenting a psychiatrist during his health leave in Rome, he meets a woman patient in whom he becomes interested. As they get to know each other, details from his past resurface while he deals with issues during therapy. The woman’s son Giacomo is the boy character with whom the protagonist is linked.

I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was a well written and interesting novel. The story of Roberto was a mostly straightforward, clear path to follow with events that were real and emotions that were understandable. Giacomo’s story was more surreal with him receiving information in his dreams. Carofiglio did an excellent job of describing those dreams realistically and I was even reminded of previous Haruki Murakami works I have read. The story constantly kept my attention and I would definitely consider reading other works by this author. Check a library near you for The Silence of the Wave.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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