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Invisible Cities Kindle Edition
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That said, the Kindle edition is an embarassment. The publisher rushed a part-time intern into a room with a scanner and an OCR program and made sure they clocked out on time. Maybe they should have thought about proof reading? Italicized words appear randomly throughhout the text, obviously not intentionally. Perhaps that's supposed to be a tribute to the author's first name? But the words that are simply mis-recognized by the OCR software are the worst: "faces" becomes "feces" tipping us off to the standard of quality the publisher had in mind for this edition. Come on you cheap bastards, just hire someone to proofread it before you throw it out there as a Kindle edition.
Too much has been written about the structure, the symbolism, the meaning of the work but not enough about how the story inflames the reader's imagination. In short, how it affects the reader in an aesthetic sense. The closest comparison would be to Umberto Eco and Borges, where Eco is the theoretician and Borges is the story teller.
Calvino is a story teller first and his works do intrigue both the sensual imagination and the analytical intellect, which is why this book as with all great literature should be experienced and examined several times. The more of yourself you put into this book, the more you will get from it, and the more it will change you. I suppose this is why children never get tired of having the same bed time stories read to them. I only wish that Italo was still around to tuck me in at night.
What's really interesting is hearing what other people have to say about Invisible Cities. Though it's not a complicated book, the few friends I've talked to seem to have gotten something different from it. This novel is easy to love, easy to share and discuss, and yet I feel that it's my own. Any book is different depending on who reads it, but none more so than Invisible Cities.
The main appreciation I gained of Calvino while reading this was of his profound imagination in creating these settings as well as of his ability to convey a great deal of information about each unique setting in only two or three pages. You could almost say he paints scenes rather than simply describes them.
This type of passive novel isn't for everyone and truth be told, I probably wouldn't have been much of a fan myself if it'd been much longer than the 165 pages it is. Kind of like visiting a museum for a few hours: At some point I've had my fill and now want to go see or do something involving a bit more activity!