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."
Calvino's writing is brilliant and incredibly versatile, adopting each new style very clearly.
A charmer from the very first paragraph, "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" makes readers feel good about reading and writers feel good about writing.
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 strange little tome, a virtuoso meta examination of what it means to read and be a reader, deserves the highest marks just for the sheer audacity of its structure (the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jennifer Grey
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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Dan Harlow