Throw the Book out the Window, I dare you.
At such an early point in Calvino's book, I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I can confidently say that I like his writing style. There aren't many authors who can pull off addressing the audience quite like he does. Having said that, I don't always find myself agreeing with his statements. I get that he's exaggerating a lot, like when he says you'd want to throw the book out the window if it repeated a page, but I can't remember a single time when I've ever thought of throwing a book out the window, let alone in the trash. I'm a bit of a horder--that is, I don't like to give my stuff up, which explains why I'm not keen on using the library much. I like to keep my books around, even if I've already read them once. And, instead of throwing a book in the trash, I'd be more inclined to donate it to Goodwill, or resell it on half.com. But this is kinda off topic, so let's get back to the book, shall we?
Wait a minute! Look at the page number. Damn! From page 32 you've gone back to page 17! What you thought was a stylistic subtlety on the author's part is simply a printers' mistake: they have inserted the same page twice.
The beginning of chapter 2 made me think back to a couple of things:
First: I thought about our recent discussion concerning erratas in printed documents. I guess it's a bit of a sore spot for me, since I couldn't even find the word on the page when I was asked to explain it's meaning. Anyways, I feel like the erratas mentioned in Writing Material were miniscule compared to this type of errata. Who prints the same page twice? While I've been fortunate enough to never come across such an atrocity, I can say that even the slightest typo--such as writing "the the" drives me up a wall. I'm not saying I'd take Calvino's suggestion and throw the book out the window, but I would definitely be making a trip back to the bookstore to complain.
Second: Before Calvino revealed that the reason the text looked so familiar was because of the reprinted page, I found myself thinking back to 9th grade, when my Honors English class had to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I'm going to be honest right now and admit that I didn't read the whole thing. One of the things Dickens was famous for in that book (aside from the best opening and closing lines ever--in my opinion) was the fact that he repeated the same details over and over again, which made for a very monotonous reading experience. I get that he was paid per word back then, so it only made sense to write an incredible abundance of words, but seriously? I'm pretty sure Dickens could've shortened that book to about half its size and it still would've been successful. Sometimes I wish I had the time to reread it (well, read it for real this time), but I don't as of right now...
Back to Calvino. As I said earlier, I haven't developed much of an opinion concerning his book, but I like his writing style. And, I like the fact that he's making me think and reflect so early on in the book. I hope this continues.