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The Periodic Table

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Being a science nerd, I used

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Patrick, 2 years ago
Being a science nerd, I used to know the periodic table off by heart, and Primo Levi (who has a degree in chemistry and used to work in the field) cleverly integrates the properties of various chemical elements with the themes of his chapters, so I loved this book. Although written by a concentration camp survivor, and in part chronicling his trauma when contacted many years later by one of the camp staff, the style is extraordinarily gentle. The final chapter, the final paragraph, and in fact the final few words, are literally breathtaking and one of the most astonishing ways to end a novel I've come across; yet perfectly in keeping with the overall theme.
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