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The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino
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it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, fantasy, sci-fi, short-story, anthology-collections

This is an adorable little book that my daughter was going to get rid of. Before donating it, I wanted to give it a go. And as soon as I started the first story, I was enthralled.

THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON is a charming & whimsical tale about a time when the moon was close enough to get to via a ladder, and it was possible to harvest moon milk.

This is the story of a particular group of people who go out every month to get on the moon, and the hidden desires they have. For there is one woman married to a man, wanted by another, and she has eyes for neither.

The wicked twist made the tale.

WITHOUT COLOURS is such a surreal story about the time when our planet was colourless & what happens when colour appears, but it isn't what everyone wants.

But at the heart of this tale is the unrequited love one man has for a woman who doesn't want change. And what can happen if you try to trick your heart's desire.

It's very peculiar.

AS LONG AS THE SUN LASTS is a little story that made me laugh! It's all about surviving in a constantly-changing universe. A family moving and adapting to new stars in order to survive.

But that's not what made me laugh. The funniest thing about this tale is the way the married couple relates to each other and seem to provide a blazing fire hotter than the sun.

Very clever.

IMPLOSION is an iteresting take on black holes. On time and space and everything in between. How things relate to each other, and the way things move.

Another nice little tale with a cool ending.

I REALLY enjoyed this collection of short stories. Every single one of them begins with a scientific fact about astronomy, and ends on a very human note.

The way these stories are written gives every story a whimsical, almost dreamy feel that swept me away and kept me intrigued, very much interested.

There are so many quirky features about the way Italo Calvino writes. And I especially liked the bizarre names, like Vhd Vhd and Xlthlx, or Qfwfq. Not to mention the humour. I giggled quite a few times. Or the wicked streak that caught me by surprise. But nothing is better than the human quality added to such SciFi-ish tales of wonder and wisdom.

I didn't expect to love these little stories as much as I did, but these little gems, combining scientific fact with fiction, are keepers. And enough to make me look into more of this author's mystical writing.
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Reading Progress

February 1, 2019 – Shelved
February 1, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
February 1, 2019 – Shelved as: classics
February 2, 2019 – Started Reading
February 2, 2019 –
page 23
35.94% "THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON: What a charming & whimsical tale about the moon, with an added wicked twist."
February 3, 2019 –
page 38
59.38% "WITHOUT COLOURS: a surreal story about the time when our planet was colourless & what happens when colour appears, but it isn't what everyone wants. Peculiar."
February 9, 2019 –
page 50
78.13% "AS LONG AS THE SUN LASTS: This one made me laugh! It's all about surviving in a constantly-changing universe, but the way the married couple relates to each other provides the real fire. 😊"
February 9, 2019 –
page 64
100.0% "IMPLOSION: Interesting take on time and space and everything in between."
February 9, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
February 9, 2019 – Shelved as: sci-fi
February 9, 2019 – Shelved as: short-story
February 9, 2019 – Shelved as: anthology-collections
February 10, 2019 – Finished Reading

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