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"your dominant passion is the impatience to erase the disturbing effects of that arbitrariness or distraction, to re-establish the normal course of events" pg. 26 Calvino

The author seems to have the uncanny abiltity to get inside of the reader's heads. He is correct: I am wondering when the book is going to get back on track. What is the connection between that first chapter with the man in the suitcase and the rest of the story? Moreover, why is there an interruption of "real life" at the end of every chapter. At this point in time, I don't know where the story is going ("you don't know yet in which direction it will carry you" pg. 26). The only solid thing thusfar is that the "reader" has a thing for Ludmilla. More towards the beginning of the novel, I was thinking of how jumpy and scattered the direction the book seemed to be heading towards when Calvino wrote "a bit unfocused his way of telling a story, too much so for me" (28). There seemed to be hope that one of the stories had a bit on continuity, the one with the boy leaving the Kauderer's, but that hope fizzled out for me several dozens pages later.

What is going on, who is Jan, why was he killed, and what on earth does the man with the suitcase have to do with the man who lived with the Kauderer's or Jojo? Maybe in the end all will come together.


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Kayla Sawyer said:

It's a strange read. It helps to be detached.

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