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.
There were a few well written parts that piqued my interest, but that was about it. I found the second person perspective irritating and the interweaving storyline dull. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Craftygal
One of my favorite books ever, and one I give to many people, but only those I really respect. This is a very special and unusual book.Published 26 days ago by Julia Rosenstock
Found the title in a year end list of books! The discussion of writing craft coupled with social commentary was presented in a style that demands concentration and, for me, at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Prugh
Great for lovers of books and life alike. Engaging, funny, and gripping. Fantastic commentary on the nature of reading and writing.Published 2 months ago by Tim Lott
This is what can possibly described as an avant-garde literary experiment. A book where the chapter titles strung together make up the first sentence to a novel, multiple... Read morePublished 3 months ago by propertius
Bought this a year ago when I saw a friend's favorable review and finally decided to read it after the preface of Seconds: A Graphic Novel used a quote from it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Keith Moser
I really loved this book because it's so unique!! It reminded me of Inception but for books. I'm glad this was my first Calvino.Published 3 months ago by Samantha Mikita