The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table


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ISBN-13: 9780805210415
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1995
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 191,110
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)

About the Author

PRIMO LEVI was born in Turin in 1919 to an Italian-Jewish family. Arrested as a member of the anti-Fascist resistance, he was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. After the war, Levi resumed his careers as a chemist and a writer in Turin until his untimely death in 1987. During his writing career, Levi won every distinguished prize in his native Italy. The Periodic Table, the first of his books to appear in America, was selected as one of the Best Books of 1985 by The New York Times Book Review.

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Saul Bellow

After a few pages I immerse myself in the Periodic Table gladly and gratefully. There is nothing superfluous here, everything this book contains is essential….

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The Periodic Table 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
EricC7E More than 1 year ago
"Troubles overcome are good to tell." -Yiddish Proverb The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi, is about a Jewish chemist, who was hired by a German lieutenant during World War II. Each chapter of the book is titled after an element from the Periodic Table, which is important to that chapter. The Periodic Table is a collection of memoirs and short stories. Overall, the book is a series of important events that influenced his life, and his career as a chemist. For example, Nickel, a chapter in the book, is about the time he tried to find nickel deposits in a mine. Nickel starts out by him getting hired by the lieutenant. "That I was a Jew the lieutenant apparently knew (in any event, my last name left little room for doubt) but it didn't seem to matter to him." The lieutenant asked him to find Nickel in an old mine he bought. While working in the mine, Primo Levi uses many different methods to try and separate the Nickel from other elements attached to it. I thought that this book was OK, I found some parts dull, but some parts good. Although, I thought that some chapters had a lot of unnecessary detail, and moved slowly, I really liked the two short stories that Primo Levi wrote, and inserted into the book, Lead and Mercury. For example, the very first chapter, Argon, was mainly full of Italian translations, ".the attribute barba ('uncle'), or, respectively, manga ('aunt')." pg. 6. These translations aren't used anywhere else in the book, so it's unnecessary information. The Periodic Table is the last of his three memoirs to come out, (If Not Now When, and The Drowned and The Saved are his older works), and though The New Yorker says, "Every chapter is full of surprises, insights, high humor, and language that often rises to poetry," I disagree. I wouldn't recommend this book for other Middle School kids, but I'm sure that this book would be good for some, like those who are interested in chemistry, and science in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great. It helped me with my research if I had to rate it. It wouldnt be a five it would be a star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star star (get the PIC)I love science and People like Primo Leva rule (Yeah BAby)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Periodic Table caught me, as my favorite books always have, after thinking 'what's all this?' for the first few pages. Each chapter stands alone as a short story. A young man turns to science to make sense of life, hoping to answer the impossible question. Levi's gentle voice leads me into a world I couldn't otherwise understand.