I'm starting to think Calvino has invented a new perspective, the omnicient author. The speaker can know everything and even a character, but Calvino is demonstrating a new type of perception...which is coming straight from his eyes.
To begin, I must say that Ruedi (the Swiss) is my favorite character. He is hilarious and I don't even feel bad for Jojo since Ruedi is so funny. Or is that Calvino's intention to want me to feel no sympathy for Jojo?
I keep coming up with multiple conclusions about why Calvino has written this book the way he did. I'm starting to think he wants us to know that sometimes you cant control what happens next, not even in a linear structured book. So why does this writing technique bother you? I got this vibe from a few different quotes, "Anyway, the conclusion to which all stories come is that the life a person has led is one and one alone, uniform and compact as a shrunken blanket where you can't distinguish the fibers of the weave (Calvino 104). And then Calvino comes right out and says, "I'm producing too many stories at once because what I want is for you to feel, around the story, a saturation of other stories that I could tell and maybe will tell or who knows may already have told on some other occasion, a space full of stories that perhaps is simply my lifetime... (105).
As contradictory as it sounds, Calvino's book is more realistic than a traditional story plot. Fiction or non-fiction conversation, events and stories do not happen in order. I think he just being very, very blunt about this point.
And then, there are several references to truth of writing and storytelling which reminded me of the bibliography chapter in Darnton. "This is a true book, even if its author has written so many false ones. So it comes to us" (126). [This coming from Marana's writing]. Then, another example when Calvino is inside of our minds again, offering options, "Your eye falls on the beginning of th ebook. 'But this isn't the book I was reading...Same title, same cover, everything the same...But it's another book! One of the two is fake'" (155).
I take these quotes as the readers of this book assuming the Calvino is writing an imposter. It's not a real book because it follows strange conventions. And if we want to get extremely philosophical, it is the book of our lives, which will always be ever-changing due to past, present and future events. If I am totally off the wall on this one, I'm sure we'll be finding out the real answer soon. Or maybe not. He's fairly unpredictable.