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- File Size : 757 KB
- Publication Date : August 12, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 162 pages
- Publisher : Mariner Books (August 12, 2013)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B00ALJH62U
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,777 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Obviously, it's a gigantic metaphor, but all metaphor requires some key to understand. I read this, then re-read it thoroughly, then scanned it, looking for that key. It either doesn't exist or is so well hidden that it would take a dozen readings.....
Yeah, right. I'm done and would like my time back.
I read this while traveling, which I think was ideal. As you walk around unfamiliar places, I think you notice things that the locals ignore or don't think about any more, and you are very aware of how the city feels and what its personality is. Calvino takes that feeling to an extreme by making his cities as magical as possible so that you have a sense not just of the physical attributes of the city, but the more nebulous aspects, too - the atmosphere and vibe that are so hard to describe to other people.
And each chapter is such a delight. I don't want to ruin the experience of reading something so different for you, but I do want you to get a sense of what is waiting for you. There's one city that exists on a spiderweb. One that is built in men's dreams of chasing a woman. One that has only the plumbing but none of the buildings. One that is built entirely on massive stilts. So many inventive and creative places to visit!
This was a different, completely new, kind of treat, and I think if you go into the book knowing that it really is just a series of vignettes that describe cities you wish truly were in our world, then you would really enjoy it. The language is beautiful, and the cities - I wish there were accompanying illustrations for each chapter!
is an Italian, and it was written in Italian but the translation to English was done excellently. I love the authors writing style, it is so flowing, almost like
poetry, and such fun to read. In addition the words and the stories gives you something to think about even after you finish the book. It is a good book to re read. I intuitively thought this, but now it been conceptualized that every town and city is different and in different ways. That's the fun and
learning of travel especially the world where the language and culture are so distinctly different. A book not for kids, but you will just love this book.
Top reviews from other countries
This book recounts conversations between the trader and explorer Marco Polo and the emperor Kublai Khan, about real and imagined cities. The book follows a strict mathematical structure, but it is decidedly unrealistic, at times a poetic and brilliantly described past, at times contemporary elements are dropped in. It is reminiscent of the Peter Greenaway short film A Walk Through H, and is perhaps best read as an elegant musing on the nature of cities and imagination.
Reviews of this book tend to fall into two camps, on the one hand it is a brilliant piece of writing that should have earned the author a Nobel Prize, on the other it is a formless pretentious piece of ostentatious modernism that just does not work.
I rather fall between the two camps, I read the whole book in half a dozen sessions, but my reaction alternated between the above two extremes. My initial impressions were amazement at just how good it was, the next time I read it, I was wondering just what had impressed me about it. It is certainly an impressive piece of writing, sitting with Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics) and A Void as bold experiments. However for most readers the test of a bold experiment is whether it remains readable, for me The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman , Bad Day for the Sung Dynasty , The Following Story (Harvill Panther) , and The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory (Penguin Modern Classics) are equally bold but ultimately far more compelling. But each to their own, this is well worth reading, and it is the classic piece of modernist literature on cities.
And to talk about the contents -- I was recommended that book from my Architecture course, and boy, was it exciting to read. The mysterious out-of-a-fairy-tale cities truly capture the architecture enthusiasts imagination. And even people who do not care much about the buildings around them, this book will transport you in a world of fantastic Spider-Web cities, Cities made out of signs, and so many more.
Another fantastic thing about this book is the additional activity it can present for the eager reader: how about you try to depict those cities in the form of a painting, model, collage, illustration, anything really? Really joyful ride, and a quite easy read, without having to stress too much on the story, nor on keeping track of all the cities. Almost like a safari through the world of Marco Polo's cityscapes.
"From up here, nothing of Argia can be seen... The place is deserted. At night, putting your ear to the ground, you can sometimes hear a door slam."
It's a short book, but not for me a quick one. Lacking conventional plot and characterisation, it did not pull me along but left me to travel under my own steam (like Polo). But also it was as if the author lowered a barrier at the end of each city's description, a built-in and unavoidable pause for thought. For Calvino is not of course talking about mere cities, but about life, human nature, time, fate, memory and civilisation.
It's an intellectual, anachronistic fabulation, a collection of philosophical fragments rather than a traditional novel. As such, it made me think more than feel; but it's no less impressive for that.