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t zero by Italo Calvino
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it was amazing
bookshelves: literature, oulipo

As usual, when I see a different cover on the GoodReads entry & a different # of pp from the edition I've just read I get irritated - but, then, the ISBN's the same so.. Oh well.. Calvino has never done it for me.. until now. I'm reading 6 bks at the moment PLUS the usual plethora of other things that somehow don't qualify for GoodReads inclusion. But none of them are doing it for me. & even "t zero' was pretty tedious for me for almost the entire time I was reading it.

Sure, I was impressed by his describing mitosis as a love story. That's quite a challenge. & such challenges exemplify this bk. But what can I say? It's all just so damned clever. He crams so much into such a short space. He takes a history of the formation of the world & anthropomorphizes it & turns into borderline pulp fiction. & he's damned good at it. He takes things & slows them down & twists them around & analyzes them & displaces them & metamorphoses them in unexpected ways.. It's almost unbelievable that someone who writes like this can even get published. He probably comes from a privileged class (oh well). This is a truly inspired bk.
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Started Reading
January 28, 2010 – Shelved
January 28, 2010 – Shelved as: literature
January 28, 2010 – Shelved as: oulipo
January 28, 2010 – Finished Reading

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