Friday, March 14, 2008

Other People's Trades - Primo Levi

Primo Levi is one of my favorite authors, but this collection of essays was not up to my expectations. From the few sentences of the first essay I read while still at the bookstore, it seemed to me that this book would be similar to The Mirror Maker. It was, in a way. But while in The Mirror Maker each and every essay was eye-opening, amusing and interesting, a lot of the stories in Other People's Trades were not as interesting or revealing. But every prolific author has some books that are better than others. I still think that Primo Levi has an amazing way of portraying life, nature, and human nature and he always amazes me with the wide knowledge he has in so many aspects of science.