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review 2017-01-09 23:44
Typical Calvino, but not his best...
Οι δύσκολοι έρωτες - Ανταίος Χρυσοστομί... Οι δύσκολοι έρωτες - Ανταίος Χρυσοστομίδης,Italo Calvino

3.5 / 5

A typical Calvino book, characterized by his excellent descriptive style and unique eye for all those cultural and behavioral details that make his writing so unique. Most of the stories are very interesting and varied. There are some that were not such big hits with me but I feel that they don't affect the whole quality of the book negatively in any way. In short, if you're a fan of Calvino then this is another must-read. If not, you might still find it very interesting and easy to read. Recommended!

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review 2016-11-14 09:04
You Are About To Embark On A Journey...
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino

You are about to read Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveller that you bought from your favorite book store. As you turn to the first chapter, you realize you are reading you. You begin to read a description of you and what you would do in the book. You realize you are going through the book and wonder what are you reading. You realize this book has two different sections - one that you read about you doing the things Italo Calvino wants you to do and the other, all pieces of chapters that has nothing to do with the story itself but you have a grand fine time reading adventure, romance, mystery, a satire, an erotic, a diary and a quest piece. You wonder where it will take you and then, in the end - you realize how good this story is by the time you are done.

 

It took me a long time to read this and why such a long time is due to 1). Work, 2). there is so much to absorb in this book and 3). I am trying to figure out what it all means. Towards the end of the book, I realize how ingenious this book was written for the reader. Its unique, its weird and its interesting unlike I have ever read before. While the story do take different turns in many ways, its so inventive that what I had read is enjoyable in many ways. Although at times I was confuse, it does took me a while to like it. I have never read any thing from Italy but this is one of the interesting ones that I do enjoy and thankful on a whim when I pick this up, is worth a read.

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review 2016-07-01 00:00
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler - William Weaver,Italo Calvino Well, it's what you always wanted: to be part of the book you are reading, to read about yourself.
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review 2016-01-10 00:00
Invisible Cities
Invisible Cities - William Weaver,Italo Calvino The book includes Marco Polo's descriptions to Kublai Khan of faraway places (though it's unclear if these parts are fictional, true, or fiction-based-on-truth). It's poetic, heart-warming, and soul moving. There is more to be felt in these short, simple descriptions of settings than many authors convey or achieve with entire novels. I urge any writer struggling with settings to study this book. The philosophy included in these pages is on par with Socrates.

Modern descriptions are woven in with the ancient ones. The underground trains of Zirma are mentioned, when trains did not exist until 500 years after Marco Polo. That is the first clue that this book means to transcend time, to travel back and forth through it without regard. Sophronia has a rollercoaster, carousel, Ferris wheel, motorcycles, and factories — all of which were, obviously, never encountered by Marco Polo. Leonia, a city with refrigerators, radio, toothpaste, and light bulbs— is a city that sounds like the whole of America.

I find myself wishing there was a videogame with the objectives of building and maintaining the cites described in this book. Something along the lines of Sid Meier's Civilization series, or the Anno games, or even another version of The Sims and Sim City would be wonderful to bring this book to life.
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review 2015-10-29 07:51
Całość
Wicehrabia przepołowiony - Italo Calvino,Barbara Sieroszewska

Trochę nie wiem na co najpierw skierować czytelniczą uwagę i od czego zacząć swoje zachęty.

 

Jest świetny język.

 

Jest baśniowa historia od której słuchania bezwiednie otwierają się usta:

Wicehrabia stracił na wojnie połowę ciała.

Udało mu się przeżyć i wrócić żywym do domu.

Szybko jednak okazało się, że przeżyła jego gorsza połowa.

 

Ale wszystko to jest dopiero początkiem historii.

O czym pisze Calvino?

O dobru i złu.

 

Spokojnie – to nie jest tanie moralizatorstwo.

Jest inteligentnie żartobliwie, ale w żadnym momencie nie prostacko.

Za to bardzo prosto i naturalnie.

 

- E, wbiłaś sobie coś do głowy, przesadzasz – odpowiedzieli, jak to zwykle starzy odpowiadają młodym; o ile to nie młodzi odpowiadają tak starym”

 

O tym dobru i złu, które siedzi w człowieku.

Razem z autorem przyglądamy się, co je rozgranicza?

I czy da się żyć będąc tylko połową siebie samego?

 

Italo Calvino tworząc swoje baśnie zachwycająco opowiada historie o nas samych.

Żartobliwa gawęda w niejednym miejscu potrafi gwałtownie zatrzymać czytelnika (jak wprawny jeździec osadza konia w galopie).

Nie ma się gdzie śpieszyć.

Zanim zrobimy krok dalej – poznajmy siebie lepiej.

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