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Mr Palomar by Italo Calvino
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Feb 16, 2012

really liked it

Calvino's particular brand of literary play is close to its most mature in Mr. Palomar, but it's not quite as delightful for the reader as in masterpieces like If on a winter's night a traveler or The Baron in the Trees. He gets a bit abstruse at times, but other moments (particularly his observation of the blackbird) are incredible. This is a must for fans of Calvino, and highly recommended for everyone else; if you haven't read anything by him, however, you should probably start elsewhere.

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