The real Calvino intersperses 10 different pastiches--stories of menace, spies, mystery, premonition--with explorations of how and why we read, make meanings, and get our bearings or fail to. Meanwhile the Reader and Ludmilla try to reach, and read, each other. If on a Winter's Night is dazzling, vertiginous, and deeply romantic. "What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space."
If you've never read Calvino, this is a very good book to start with.
It is the first book I've ever run across in which the author tells the reader what the reader is doing, making the reader the lead character in the story.
Calvino's writing is brilliant and incredibly versatile, adopting each new style very clearly.
What can I say? Its a classic. I will say this: this edition has a WONDERFUL intro with a historical timeline putting history, events, other books, and Calvino's life in a... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Edward C. L. Hommedieu
This book was annoying and there really is no storyline to follow. To me it seemed like a literary indulgence by the author. I did not like it at all. I did not finish it.Published 1 month ago by Diane Lee
I was hedging between a 4 and a 4.5 as I came to the end of this book.
The last two pages pushed me into a 5. Read more
To say I've never read a novel like this one before would be a silly thing to write since there isn't another novel like it; it's unique. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Harlow
As other reviewers have described more eloquently than I, this book is sort of a story within a story written in the second person. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julian Wyllie
One of my friends was writing her dissertation on metafiction and recommended me this book. It was not a light read nor what I usually enjoy but I loved it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by lynngoldie
I'm not sure if that's the point of the book, as Calvino has book throwing in his book. If so, then bravo. Also, I don't get it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BronxRev