Calvino Ch. 1 - 6

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"You can't wait to get your hands on a nondefective copy of the book you've begun." - (p. 26) Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

It's a book about a book and the whole book is an interruption. Don't get too interested in any of the stories because they are never completed.

The titles form a complete sentence, did you notice?

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oh my god. The titles give clues as to how the story fits together. Wow. what an epiphany.

"If on a winters night a traveler outside the town of Malbork leaning from the steep slope, without fear of wind or vertigo, looks down in the gathering shadow in a network of lines that intersect on the carpet of leaves illuminated by the moon around an empty grave; what story down there awaits its end?"

genius.

Awesome observation, Kayla. I never even considered that possibility.

I feel a little puzzled by Calvino's writing style; he draws you into the story very well, but as you pointed out, he never really seems to lead you anywhere in the end.

It was intentially that each story is interrupted, it goes along witht he point Calvino is trying to mak.e

Calvino is a master at playing with the reader's mind. He has the ability to keep you wanting more and just when you think you are going to get it he rips it away again. It is pretty ingenious when you think about the book is about a reader trying to read a book called If on a winter's night a traveler, meaning that essentially it is our story as the reader.

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