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The main characters, who are designed to resemble fairy-tale figures, can be found in this novel which contains a great variety of characters and different perceptions: Mr. Rile, who suddenly leaves and comes back even more unexpectedly; Mrs. Rile, whose mouth gave God the "weird idea of sin", according to local rumours; Pekish, inventor and operator of a strange device; Pechd, an orphan who experienced life through numbered notes and is waiting to grow up so that his jacket fits him; Hector Oro, an architect who claimed that he could ameliorate the world by constructing buildings made of glass; Mormy, the illegitimate child of Mr. Rile, with the dark complexion; Aberg, a widow who had never been married and Bonetti an engineer, a character that combines rationality and irrationality in a unique way.


Used availability for Alessandro Baricco's Lands of Glass

Hardback Editions

August 2002 : UK Hardback

Title: Lands of Glass
Author(s): Alessandro Baricco, Alastair McEwen
ISBN: 0-241-14174-5 / 978-0-241-14174-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

1999 : UK Paperback

Title: Lands of Glass
Author(s): Alessandro Baricco
ISBN: 0-14-029329-9 / 978-0-14-029329-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin UK
Availability: Amazon UK