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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
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Aug 23, 10

bookshelves: italian-literature

This was the first Calvino book I ever read, and the first time I don't think I managed to finish it, largely because I didn't really know how exactly to read it. Revisiting it now, I find myself thinking that it's still just too high-concept for it's own good. The dense layering of the various narratives and framing story almost feels like something Cervantes would have come up with, but unlike Cervantes, this quickly gets too muddied down by it's own overly-intentional complexities. That being said, there are some really gorgeous passages in it, especially the delightfully musing part where we see into Silas Flannery's diary, but overall the book can't really support the idea behind it. Ultimately I think it lacks the light, razor sharp elegance of works like Invisible Cities, Cosmicomics, etc.
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message 1: by SW (new)

SW I got bored and irritated reading the synopsis on Wikipedia.

I didn't finish.


message 2: by Jeremy (new) - added it

Jeremy haha


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