A list of books. – Italo Calvino

November 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

     I recently read Italo Calvino’s 1979 book  ‘If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler‘ . It was a very unique book to say the least. it can be said that the book is about reading. But it is also about the reader – you. And it is also about another reader. Along with that it is a book in fragments that makes a whole at the end. Or you might find it does not come together for real. Each chapter can be read individually. Or in continuation.
     In one instance, the author is describing a list of books you might find at the bookstore, while you rummage through them trying to find his book. It’s marvelous. Anyone who reads will appreciate this.
-Books You Haven’t Read
-Books You Needn’t Read
-Books Made For Purposes Other Than Reading
-Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong To The Category Of Books Read Before Being Written
-Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
-Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
-Books Too Expensive Now And You’ll Wait Till They’re Remaindered
-Books ditto When They Come Out In Paperback
-Books You Can Borrow From Somebody
-Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too
-Books You’ve Been Planning to Read for Ages
-Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success
-Books Dealing With Something You’re Working on at the Moment
-Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case
-Books You Could Put Aside Maybe To Read This Summer
-Books You Need To Go With Other Books On Your Shelves
-Books That Fill You With Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
-Books Read Long Ago Which It’s Now Time To Re-read
-Books You’ve Always Pretended To Have Read And Now It’s Time To Sit Down And Really Read Them
-New Books Whose Author Or Subject Appeals To You
-New Books By Authors Or On Subjects Not New (for you or in general)
-New Books By Authors Or On Subjects Completely Unknown (at least to you)
Also, I really like the book cover on the top. Unfortunately I have the new one. Which is this…
But the new one is good too now when I see it.
In case I have piqued your interest in the books….heres an excerpt- at the beginning…
You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door; the TV is always on in the next room. Tell the others right away, “No, I don’t want to watch TV!” Raise your voice–they won’t hear you otherwise–“I’m reading! I don’t want to be disturbed!” Maybe they haven’t heard you, with all that racket; speak louder, yell: “I’m beginning to read Italo Calvino’s new novel!” Or if you prefer, don’t say anything; just hope they’ll leave you alone.
Its an interesting read. Maybe a little frustrating. It breaks the idea of a book in your mind. Worth a read at least for the novel idea of a different book.
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