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شاه گوش می‌کند

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"Un libro che sto scrivendo parla dei cinque sensi, per dimostrare che l'uomo contemporaneo ne ha perso l'uso. Il mio problema scrivendo questo libro è che il mio olfatto non è molto sviluppato, manco d'attenzione auditiva, non sono un buongustaio, la mia sensibilità tattile è approssimativa, e sono miope". (Italo Calvino)
203 pages
Published 2002 by انتشارات مرواريد (first published 1986)
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Ned Rifle
Before reading any Calvino I had noted with dismay that none of his novels ever really get much beyond the 200 page mark, how foolish I was to worry. From what I have read stories of any size can satiate and I am now happy for their warm abundance. These are three stories about three senses - do not listen to the quibbles about how the two other senses were to have stories and that it would all be housed in an elaborate frame story, these are illusion, they never existed. These stories do, and ...more
Nadia
I think Calvino is interested in what people can say to each other, the finite limit of signals that makes it impossible to really know another person. The stories of Under the Jaguar Sun are about taste, hearing, and smell, but a common thread throughout each is using these senses to try and compensate for what gets lost in direct verbal communication.

However, the words on the page necessarily run into the same problem. Since the reader cannot taste, hear, or smell what each story goes on to de
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Sandra
Tre racconti che coinvolgono i sensi; nell’intento dello scrittore avrebbero dovuto essere cinque, ma la morte glielo ha impedito. Comunque i cinque sensi sono coinvolti ugualmente nella lettura, i due mancanti nei racconti, la vista e il tatto, li mettiamo in opera noi lettori mentre leggiamo il libro.
Il mio preferito è stato il secondo, che dà il titolo all’opera, “Sotto il sole giaguaro”, il cui protagonista è il gusto. Siamo in Messico, con la sua cucina ricca di sapori forti e contrastanti,
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Mahrya
Normally, I hate the word "sensual" because it reminds me of essential oils and the phrase "taking a lover," and lying about on the divan whilst eating succulent grapes dripping with the juices of summer, but this collection contains essays about the senses, so I think the word actually applies in this case. If I'm remembering correctly, this is Calvino's last book. He was going to write five essays for five senses, but he died before he got there. The essay on taste is my favorite. It's about s ...more
Inderjit Sanghera
Under the Jaguar Sun is Calvino’s exploration of our senses; sensuous and salacious, Calvino is able to render even the most mundane of smells into something magical, our tongue and mouth become receptacles to the most titillating of flavours and the silver cadence of a woman’s voice is transformed into a symbol of love.
The set of stories starts with Under the Jaguar Sun, a story about a somewhat disaffected couple and their holiday to Mexico. The couple gradually become fascinated with a canni
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Andrew
Rather shamefully, this the first time I've read Calvino (I have some of his other books on the shelf), but being a short story afficionado it seemed a good place to start. Three seperate stories (in both subject matter and style), the link here are the senses: taste, hearing, and smell. Apparantly there were to form a larger work containing the remaining senses, plus a possible overstory, however these can be enjoyed in their own right. Calvino died before it was completed.

"Under The Jaguar Sun
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Alice Lippart
This book contains fascinating and disturbing, captivating and vivid portrait of three of the senses.
Amin
اونقدرا نپسندیدم. از بین بیست داستانش : همبستگی، سرهنگ در کتابخانه، گوسفند سیاه،گرفتار سکون در انتی لس و بازی خیلی خوب بود بقیه معمولی رو به پایین بود به نظرم.
یه قسمت هایی از شاه گوش میکند هم خوب بود.
ایده داستان ٬بازی٬ رو خیلی پسندیدم.
همین
Karlo Mikhail
Under the Jaguar Sun is my first book by Italo Calvino, the Italian fictionist that has been much recommended to and highly anticipated by me. According to some sort of preface, Calvino originally planned a novel that puts together narratives on the five senses but he died before finishing it. So what I got are three incredible short stories that each center on a single sense – taste, hearing, and smell. I happily chanced upon Under the Jaguar Sun in a secondhand bookshop back in Iloilo.

In the f
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Janet
Master storyteller Italo Calvino set out to write a book about the five senses but died before completing that project. He did, however, complete the three stories that comprise this collection. Set in Mexico, and following the culinary adventures of a couple on holiday, “Under the Jaguar Sun” is about the sense of taste and how taste comes to define the couple’s relationship. “A King Listens,” perhaps the most fully developed of the stories (and certainly the most memorable), explores the conse ...more
Melanti
An unfinished anthology about the five senses. And just my luck, the two of the three senses included are senses that I either lack or sense differently from everyone else. While I still enjoyed the stories, it's just kind of difficult to appreciate a story that's all about the sense of smell when I have no idea what a flower smells like - or the garbage pail for that matter.

I don't think it's coincidence that the story I liked best was the middle one which focused on hearing. I really enjoyed t
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Nate D
In typical Calvino-form, each of these three stories is entirely involved in the wealth of detail, characterization, and storytelling that can be drawn from a single sense (taste, hearing, smell, no boring old sight). This was one of his last (and unfinished) projects before his death in the 80s, but it is the oldest story here, "The Name, the Nose", written in 1972, that most thoroughly captivated me. This was entirely rewarding throughout, though, even if I prefer his more involved storytellin ...more
M. Mastromatteo
Senseless

This was my first reading of Calvino -- an author that my trusted friends have raved about. And I get it. He writes beautifully. I wish the library had this book in Italian. I think I might have enjoyed it more.

Alas, the main problem was the lack of a story (in the first two). It came across as a creative writing exercise. It was a never-ending description, which of course, becomes extremely aggravating. It was like someone was describing a painting. I saw the whole painting and it was
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Brandon
I came to this book after several other of Calvino's works. Of its stories the first one on taste was probably the most conventionally structured. The second one on hearing was my favorite, as I think it complements many of Calvino's earlier stories, in particular Nonexistent Knight and Castle of Crossed Destinies. The third on smell was very, very different than what I have come to expect from Calvino. It tells two loosely related stories whose relation is so loose as to be almost incidental or ...more
Serge Pierro
Seeing as this is my first exposure to the artistry of Italo Calvino, I must say, I'm impressed. Originally this work was to be of all five senses, but he had died before completing it, thus only taste, hearing, and smell are featured.

Each of the stories were very interesting in their own way.

The first one, "Under the Jaguar Sun" was dripping with sensual undertones and vivid forays into spicy Mexican food and chile peppers… that is, before it ventured into the realm of … well, you'll have to
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Adam Calhoun
Originally intended as a collection of stories each emphasizing one sense (smell, sound, etc.), Calvino died before he could finish them. He probably didn't even fully finish editing them. The title story (Under The Jaguar Sun, taste) is a little banal, though of course the writing is great. This short collection of stories is worth reading, though, for the story about sound. Never have I read anything that gives such a great feel for hearing through the written word.
Karl
There are three stories in this book. Two are excellent and one is less so.

The stories deal with three of the senses. Taste Hearing Smell.
The stories deal with three emotions, Love Paranoia Lust.
All of them include death.

Story 1 - Under the Jaguar Sun or Taste/Love - concerns a couple on a holiday to Mexico and explores sensuous Mexican cuisine. Have you ever wondered why the food there contains so many varied hot peppers ?? This
story may answer that question.

Story 2 - A King Listens or He
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Daniel Simmons
This collection of three short stories about the senses (five total were intended, but the author died before he could get around to the final two) was an artful and thought-provoking read. The middle story, about a paranoid king sitting enthroned and mostly immobile in his audience hall while trying to interpret the manifold sounds all around him (are they murmurs of appreciation or whispers of dissent?), was the best, although I also loved the pungency of the language in the final story, about ...more
Patrick McCoy
I have been a fan of Italo Calvino since college when I read the fascinating If On A Winter's Night A Traveler, so when I read in the Mexico Lonely Planet that he had written a story that was an ode to Mexican food I knew I would have to read Under The Jaguar Sun (1986). This collection of three stories was meant to be a larger collection of stories about the five senses, however Calvino died before the completion of the series. The first story, "Under the Jaguar Sun," delivered and then some wi ...more
Bbrown
In three stories dealing with the senses of taste, hearing, and smell, Calvino once again demonstrates his ability to use a seemingly simple jumping off point to explore more interesting topics, like the nature of relationships, the pointlessness of power, and the way desire connects to loss.

The first story, the one that gives this collection its name, is the best of the three. Concerning itself with taste, Under the Jaguar Sun does a great job evoking the lush atmosphere of Oaxaca and the surro
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Emma
I don't know if I would refer to my reading experience of this collection of short stories as enjoyable, but it was interesting and unsettling. 'Under the Jaguar Sun' is a collection of three stories, each of which focuses on a different 'sense'. This is an unfinished project as Calvino sadly passed away before its completion.

I found the first tale, the one from which the collection's name is derived, was my favourite. This opening story deals with taste and it's ability to drive hunger for foo
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Meghan Fidler
"Under the Jaguar Sun" contains three short stories, the first of which was released in the New Yorker in 1983.
In this collection Italo Calvino again produces a mind boggling array of diverse narratives. By relying on different senses as placeholder each short is a breathtaking journey into different worlds as experienced through the body. 'Under the Jaguar Sun' focuses on taste, 'A King Listens' on hearing, and 'The Name, The Nose' on smell.
The sensescape Calvino produced in me favored taste,
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Rhys
Not the finest Calvino book by any means. That's because it's a slight piece of art in the sense that it's an unfinished project... But in her Afterword, Esther Calvino asks for readers to regard this book not in that manner but rather as three standalone (though connected) short stories. That's exactly how they would be read if they were included with other stories in a larger collection (maybe they should have been part of the *Numbers in the Dark* collection?)

The truth is that the very act of
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Bryan Serwatka
This is a compilation (or so it seemed) of three short stories Calvino wrote in his final years. I hadn't ever read anything of Calvino's and only really picked the book off the shelf because of the title and shocking description. I found his (translated) style rather flowery and almost painfully educated to the point of being simultaneously impressed by the vocabulary and depressed by my own.

I found the first story, Under the Jaguar Sun, completely enthralling, but I couldn't decide if I was so
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Trin
This was, I belatedly realized, rather a poor place to begin reading Calvino. I chose it because it was what my library had, but as the afterword reveals (why not the foreword? That would have been much more helpful), it’s an unfinished work. Calvino had originally intended to write five short pieces, each about one of the five senses, but only three of the five were completed before he died, none received a polish, and the framing device he had intended to include wasn’t even begun. In short, t ...more
Trevor
"You are wise to listen, not to let your attention lapse even for an instant; but you must be convinced of this: it is yourself you hear, it is within you that the ghosts acquire voices. Something you are incapable of saying even to yourself is trying painfully to make itself heard."
-from "A King Listens".

The stories in this book, like most of Calvino's work, moved me at surprising times, came at me from unusual angles, and reminded me to never assume I have figured anything out.
Miguel Soto
Por lo que he leído de otros lectores, al parecer este no es de los mejores textos de Calvino. Sin embargo, me gustó y mucho. La idea de dedicar un texto a cada sentido es interesante, y más cuando a través de tal sentido se pierden las fronteras de lo temporal, como en "El nombre, la nariz"; o cuando por dicho sentido se teoriza sobre las posibilidades culinarias de ciertos ingredientes, y hasta de la dignificación de los mismos, o de cómo esto se relaciona con ser una persona insípida, como en ...more
Janet
Not sure how to "rate" this book--three short stories centering on three senses, taste, hearing, scent by the master, Italo Calvino. This small book was going to be expanded by two more stories, naturally, sight and touch, plus a frame to present them all in a certain light, when he contracted his fatal illness. The first story, Under the Jaguar Sun is five stars hands down. On taste, surprisingly enough--what I would imagine the least literary of all the senses. The second, the King Listens, wa ...more
Zach
Calvino is unsurpassed at exploring an idea within a narrative. He bouces around the idea, distills it, magnifies it, looks at if from far away, spins twists distorts it, until all angles, including those on the inside observable only from a place beyond the bounds of conventional three-dimensional thinking, have been examined and a seemingly inevitable conclusion has been reached. In this book, for example, smell is a story. There is a story to the sense of smell, and only Calvino could discove ...more
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Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979).

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“When the olfactory alphabet, which made them so many words in a precious lexicon, is forgotten, perfumes will be left speechless, inarticulate, illegible.” 3 likes
“I was living and dying in all the fibers of what is chewed and digested and in all the fibers that absorb the sun, consuming and digesting. Under the thatched arbor of a restaurant on a river-bank, where Olivia had waited for me, our teeth began to move slowly, with equal rhythm, and our eyes stared into each other's with the intensity of serpents'—serpents concentrated in the ecstasy of swallowing each other in turn, as we were aware, in our turn, of being swallowed by the serpent that digests us all, assimilated ceaselessly in the process of ingestion and digestion, in the universal cannibalism that leaves its imprint on every amorous relationship and erases the lines between our bodies and sopa de frijoles, huachinango a la vera cru-zana, and enchiladas.” 2 likes
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