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The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino
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Jan 14, 2011

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It's sort of like the Canterbury tales or Decameron with Tarot cards. A bunch of people try and communicate their stories by assembling the cards into different configurations, and while Calvino's discussion about the construction and inherent multiplicity in any story are interesting, the stories themselves just don't have that uber-precise spark that so much of his other writing contains. And even the theoretical tone he takes when trying to explain the different meanings and cross currents is nowhere near as engaging as when he just examines the idea directly in his non-fiction.

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