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Mr.Palomar

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Mr. Palomar, whose name purposely evokes that of the famous telescope, is a seeker after knowledge, a visionary in a world sublime and ridiculous. Whether contemplating a cheese, a woman’s breasts, or a gorilla’s behavior, he brings us a vision of a world familiar by consensus, fragmented by the burden of individual perception. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kur

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Paperback, 130 pages
Published June 8th 2002 by Key Porter Books (first published 1983)
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Garima

The thought of a time outside our experience is intolerable.

Had I met someone like Mr. Palomar before reading this book, I’d have easily passed him off as just another middle aged man on the verge of senility with nothing better to do with his time or at the most a mad wannabe scientist who realized about his true calling when it was too late with no one interested about his observations or findings. But trust Mr. Calvino when it comes to make seemingly weak characters strong and one of the m
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Michael
This is a sprightly and accessible tour of the mind of an ordinary man on a quest to see the world in simpler, truer terms and thereby reduce his anxiety with its confusion and paradoxes. In a series of 27 vignettes, he takes his common experience from the natural and human world as a series of problems in looking and interpreting the nature of reality. These little episodes or essays sometimes have the flavor of whimsy, sometimes of spiritual mediation, and other times of what you could be cons ...more
Nate D
Mar 26, 2014 Nate D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: observers of internal and external landscapes
Recommended to Nate D by: The unabating stimuli of the surrounding world
Calvino's bittersweet final "novel": a series of reflections on humanity's relationship to the universe, to the world, to itself. Mr. Palomar, named of a telescope is a perfect observer, always alert and alert to his own alertness, seeking a maximum of receptivity to his surroundings, attempting with a modest diligence to make sense of existence. The question of how best to do this is, of course, complicated -- its nuances, broken in so many sub-examples, compose this book. Encyclopedic and rigo ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Palomar, Italo Calvino
عنوان: آقای پالومار؛ ایتالو کالوینو؛ مترجم: آرزو اقتداری؛ تهران، کتاب خورشید، 1389، در 131 ص؛ شابک: 9789647081801؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ایتالیایی قرن 20 م
این داستان نخستین بار با عنوان «دو داستان در یک کتاب آقای پالومار و نوه چنتو» در سال 1377 در 220 ص تهران، انتشارات موسسه ایران؛ منتشر شده است
البته که داستان دوم اثر: الساندرو بریکو هست
Tony
Mr. Palomar, as the name suggests, is an observant soul. When he goes on vacation, to the beach, he contemplates a wave, thoroughly. He notices a woman sunbathing topless, and strolls back and forth in front of her, trying out different postures to appear not to be observing her. She is ultimately not amused. He then waits till the sun starts to sink, and observes himself dive in, and knife toward the horizon.

He observes his lawn, an albino gorilla, a gecko. He, Calvino, is at his best when Mr.
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Özgür
Calvino, Kendi Yer ve Gök tanrısını yaratma fikrini fazla ütopik bulmuş olacak ki Palomar ile yetinmiş. Bu bile fazlasıyla yetiyor aslında. Palomar, kitap boyunca size doğadan hayvanlara, yemek kültüründen seyahate kadar türlü mecraya kendi gözlem ve eleştiriyle anlatmak istiyor ama kendi çalıp kendi söylüyor da diyebiliriz.
Bölümler, alıntılar karmakarışık bir anlatıma sahip. Palomar'ın durduk yere yerden türeyen bir derviş edası var ki o en komik olan. Son bölümde bir serbest fikir geçişi v
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Nahed.E
Jan 21, 2016 Nahed.E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: إيطالي

القراءة الأولي لـ إيتالو كالفينو .. ولكن
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علي الرغم من كونها رواية تأملية وفلسفية للغاية .. إلا أنني صراحة لم اندمج كثيراً مع أفكار السيد بالومار !!
فالرواية بأكملها تتحدث عن رجل يحيا في عالمه الخاص .. وتأملاته الشخصية التي لا تدع له مجالا للتفكير في شئ أخر سوي هذه الأفكار الفلسفية والساؤلات التي لا يجد لها إجابات شافية !
فالعالم كله بكل ما فيه من كائنات وأصوات ومواقف هو غابة من التساؤلات المتشابكة ... ولكنها يا سيدي لم تجعلني أتشابك معها في دوامات الفكر والتأمل ..
فلقد كنت بعيدة طوال الكتاب . أق
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Ben Winch
Nov 04, 2014 Ben Winch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to Calvino late. As a curious/voracious young adult I read If on a winter’s night a traveller, thought it pointless, and aside from fragments didn’t try him again for twenty years. The density, the language, the playful intellectualness – none of that was the problem. But I was a Borges fan and I demanded some heartshock with my mindgames – some dizzying vertigo or glimpse of the abyss. Whether, in other works, Calvino offers this I can’t say: since my two-decades hiatus I’ve read only Mr ...more
Alex Teplitzky
Aug 25, 2008 Alex Teplitzky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I pick up an Italo Calvino book I am torn between two poles: on one hand, I am initially intensely disinterested: how to get involved in a book that has no overarching plot? But on the other hand, Calvino chooses his words so carefully and wisely that not one sentence seems superfluous. His love of lists for example seems to parallel the mind thinks. And, provided I give him a chance, my mind begins to think that Calvino is some kind of god who has the blue-prints to the human conditi ...more
Neal Adolph
I wonder if, sometime before I was born and sometime before he died, Mr. Calvino and I had a meeting where we decided we would become friends, or perhaps we simply agreed that I would admire him a great deal and would go to him in those moments of need when I wasn't even aware of my need. I wonder if Mr. Palomar was the result of this meeting, the product of the contract, if you will. It is, of course, a silly thing to wonder. Entirely unlikely and, some would say, entirely impossible. How would ...more
Emily  O
Jan 26, 2012 Emily O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: European Literary Classics (ENG 202)
I don't usually like blurbs. I find that they often misrepresent the books that they are supposed to be describing. That said, I don't know that there is any better way to describe Mr. Palomar than "a vision of a world familiar by consensus, fragmented by the burden of individual perception. This books isn't plot driven, or even character driven, so much as it is a book of images, thoughts, moods, and ideas. Contemplative and deliberately paced, Mr. Palomar is different from almost anything else ...more
MJ Nicholls
I'm not one of your starry-eyed prose-droolers who appreciates beautiful writing on its own terms. I need formal innovation or structural complexity or dazzling dialogue or knee-snapping humour to keep me amused amid the lexical contortionism. This makes Calvino an infuriating bedfellow: his Oulipo-era prose is constructed with tight mathematical rigidity, yet what comes through in this work is the shiny artifice of his prose, the sparkly poetics of the Cosmicomics. Not good.

Well . . . I don't k
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Michael Mejia
Jan 10, 2009 Michael Mejia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved the idea of Calvino, his books of ideas, the idea of the book in Calvino, though I've not always loved everything of his. This is a great one. I mean, there is a plot in the sense that one's life is a plot, that the evolution of Mr. Palomar's thinking is a plot. Not that plot matters much to me. Palomar is less a character than a sequence of systems of thought, subtle differentiations between them, always leaning toward the balancing of the visible and invisible, the finite and ...more
Paul
May 14, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd started reading this book a long time ago but didn't get very far for reasons long since forgotten. Having just re-read the brilliant 'If on a Winter's Night a Traveller', I picked it up again. Being by Calvino, one of my literary heroes, I knew it would never be less than interesting.

The book has no story as such at all, comprising a series of reflections. That rules it out for all of those readers who like their fiction to be plot-driven. And in the hands of another writer, this might be
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Arwen56
Non so perché mi sia venuto in mente di leggere Calvino, dato che so benissimo di non andare per niente d’accordo con la sua scrittura, che è eccellente dal punto di vista formale, ma che non mi soddisfa quasi mai, comunque. Troppo “fredda” per i miei gusti. E questo “Palomar” non fa eccezione.

Vabbè, ormai è fatta.
Farhan Khalid
Nobody looks at the moon in the afternoon

And this is the moment when it would most require our attention

Since its existence is still in doubt

The moon is the most changeable body in the visible universe

And the most regular in its complicated habits

Who fear it is too beautiful to be true

Perhaps the first rule I must impose on myself is this: Stick to what I see

[Jupiter] Effects of immense atmospheric storms are translated into a calm, orderly pattern

What can be more stable than nothingness

This obs
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M. Sarki
Feb 24, 2013 M. Sarki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to M. by: Garima
I wanted to give this book one star as I "did not like it", but out of respect for many admiring readers of it here, give it two stars instead. I am now finished with my subjection of Italo Calvino. He just does not do it for me. Sorry.
Rosa Ramôa
Apr 03, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Italo Calvino,Itália,1923-1985
Escritor

"O conhecimento do próximo tem isto de especial: passa necessariamente pelo conhecimento de si mesmo".(Palomar)
Inderjit Sanghera
Dec 06, 2013 Inderjit Sanghera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True art opens our eyes to the beauty of the world-to its inexorable effervescence and inescapable sadness. Mr Palomar, who appears to the world to be an eccentric crank, discombobulating beneath the dissonances of his mind, is a true artist and poet: that he is able to recognize the beauty of a piece of cheese, which the colorless, grey crowds ignore in their desire to go nowhere fast, is a symptomatic of how willfully understood most artists are-it is only after we open the minds and eyes of o ...more
Capodepedra
Apr 29, 2013 Capodepedra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mango
Aug 02, 2015 Mango rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
คัลวีโนมาแบบคอนเซปตเปะอีกแลวในงานเขียนแบบ 3x3x3 เลมนี คัลวีโนแบงเรืองออกเปน 3 หมวด คือ Palomar's Vacation, Palomar in the city แลวก The Silence of Palomar แตละหมวดกแบงเปน 3 สถานที และแตละสถานทีกซอยเปน 3 เรืองยอยอีก ซึงแตละหมวดกพัฒนาการสังเกตของปาโลมารจาก 'ขางนอก' ใหเขาสู 'ขางใน' เรือยๆ นะนะ

คุณปาโลมารแทบจะเปนตัวละครทีไรตัวตนอยางทีสุด ทัง 27 เรือง เขาวางตัวเองเปนคนนอกตลอดเวลา เปนเพียงผูสังเกตการณทีใสใจรายละเอียดรอบตัวเกินกวามนุษยทัวไป เปนตนวา อยากอานใหขาดวาคลืนแตละลูกในหนึงระลอกกระฉอกตางกันยังไง,
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Brent Legault
Dec 01, 2011 Brent Legault rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this were a novel (it isn't), it would have the rare distinction of being entirely characterless. (Which is not to say it is without character. Character it has. In fact, it's a real charmer.)

Many books lack plot (as this one does) but few find themselves without a character to follow around. Calvino, however, despite having named his book after a person (the "main character"), has made a world that is populated by things like giraffes and tortoises and waves and meat and cheese and even sta
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Natalie
Sep 16, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jenelle, Derick Dupree
Book simmering with that Aristotelian flavor: endearing list-making, whimsical archiving. It can be a bit tedious and indulgent at times, like Calvino is spewing out of his vault just to spew, but I have a habit/fault of being an invested and flattering listener, anyway, so I don't mind. In any case, P.'s system of order stresses me out -- it's so intentionally myopic it is smothering. There's no motion to this book at all, but the language is so so beautiful; it was a real pleasure to luxuriate ...more
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
The eponymous Mr Palomar, much like his namesake telescope, trains the lens of his mind's eye directly at the particularities of his Universe whether it be listening to the birds in his garden or buying cheese from his local Fromagerie, visiting the zoo or spending a day at the beach; the complex, semiotic Eco-system (Umberto, that is) in which everything is a sign: a world doubled-up and doubled-over in metaphysical doubt. Reads rather like being inside the head of Barthes on summer break.
Yehia Nasser
Oct 05, 2015 Yehia Nasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If time has to end, it can be described, instant by instant,” Palomar thinks, “and each instant, when described, expands so that its end can no longer be seen.” He decides that he will set himself to describing every instant of his life, and until he has described them all he will no longer think of being dead. At that moment he dies
Raiya
Mar 26, 2011 Raiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
السيد بالومار..
استمتعتُ كثيراً بصحبته.. رجل يفكر بطريقة مغايرة
قد يخيل إليكَ أن هذا الرجل غبي.. يهدر وقتهُ في التفكير
لكنك ما إن تُمعن النظر/ حتى تدرك تماماً بأن تفكيره منطقي..

قرأتً الكتاب إلكترونياً.. ولم أنهيه
ولم تفارقني الإبتسامة أثناء قرائته =D

الكتاب جيد للذين يفكرون خارج الصندوق..
mohammad
Apr 09, 2011 mohammad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حيــن تجتمع "الفكاهة" مع "الفكر" ،، مزج رائع من الــوان الحياة ،،

لقد أدخلت في نفسي السرور يا بالومار . .
لقد أظهرت لي جوانب خفية من طرق التفكير ،،

اشتريت مرة خفين غير متجانسين كما تكرر الحدث معك
و لكن لم تراودني تلك الأفكار الرائعة المتناثرة
التي لا تتبع تصنيفا محددا
Raffaella Foresti
Cari alieni,

il nostro viaggio alla scoperta della letteratura postmoderna e delle sue origini, guardando alla nostra Italia, non poteva che passare da Italo Calvino, grande innovatore della narrazione – e non solo – del secondo ‘900.
Tra le molte sue opere qui si tratta, in particolare, di Palomar, pubblicato dalla casa editrice Einaudi nel 1983. Un romanzo che è anche un’esperienza, il viaggio avventuroso di un uomo ossessionato dalla ricerca di una chiave di pensiero, potremmo chiamarla, che gl
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Abby
Nov 10, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italian-lit
“The idea that everything in the universe is connected and corresponds never leaves him: a variation in the brightness of the Crab nebula or the condensation of a global mass in Andromeda cannot help having some influence on the functioning of his record player or on the freshness of the watercress leaves in his salad bowl.”

What might we be like if we were more observant? Italo Calvino puts this question to us in Mr. Palomar. Calvino has perhaps never written a novel, in the conventional sense o
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Karlo Mikhail
Mr. Palomar consists of meditations on perception rather than present a narrative in the traditional sense.

What aroused my interest is how Mr. Palomar trains his vision on the city which he describes simply as a point of consumption. Strolling like a flaneur into different shops, he acquaints us to the minutiae of the market made cultural as a self-referential linguistic system (a la Saussure) with no outside. The city of people and laborers creating products is hidden from view. Material social
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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).

His style is not easily classified; much of his writing has an air of the fantastic
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“A person's life consists of a collection of events,
the last of which could also change the meaning of the whole,
not because it counts more than the previous ones
but because once they are included in a life,
events are arranged in an order that is not chronological but, rather,
corresponds to an inner architecture.”
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“What remains uncertain, rather, is whether this gain in evidence and (we might as well say it) splendor is due to the slow retreat of the sky, which as it moves away, sinks deeper and deeper into darkness, or whether on the contrary, it is the moon that is coming forward, collecting the previously scattered light and depriving the sky of it, concentrating it all in the round mouth of its funnel.” 4 likes
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