Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names by Mario Giordano

If your feelings upset you, frustrate you, anger you, but you really can't define them, you're not alone. Mario Giordano's intriguing book of short entries, a list of feelings, is 1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names. It might make you feel better, or it could just force you to face some of your feelings.

The book is actually a list of 1000 feelings. The reader can select feelings they can relate to, or ones they've never had. Some will evoke smiles, such as "The emotion when royal weddings are shown on television." Ridiculous to feel something when watching royal weddings, right? I can't really explain why I watch with feelings of nostalgia, awe, eagerness, a little sadness. What do you call all of those feelings combined?

I've experienced #227. "The pride at helping the stranger next to you in the plane cope with her fear of flying." There's "The relief following a difficult conversation." Here are two that go together. "The bliss of slipping into a freshly made bed" and "The aversion to getting out of bed in this rotten weather." How often have you felt "The yearning for the world to stop turning and this perfect afternoon to last forever"? And, here are two that I've felt at the library: "The rage when dealing with a smart-alecky kid" and "The hope at the sight of teenagers reading." Those two are at opposite ends of the spectrum for me.

Giordano's book is a quick read if you're just skimming through it. Or, it can take forever to ponder each of the points in 1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names. This is a private book, one that can be anything the reader wants to make of it. Now, what is the feeling that comes with having a book just for your own feelings?

1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names by Mario Giordano. Penguin Books, 2014. ISBN 9780143125280 (paperback).

FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.


Karen C said...

This sounds very interesting. To answer your question - there is no name to describe that feeling!

Lesa said...

If you read it, I hope you find it interesting, Karen!