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EL-336. Calvino, Not All Italians are Mobsters

"Reading is a discontinuous and disrupted fragmented operation."(Calvino,p.248)
If On A Winter's Night A Traveler was never meant to be read from beginning to end, the story was in the chapter's titles. I felt as thought the author put my mind at rest, as what I perceived the books underlying meaning was that everyone has a different agenda when approaching a book. no one is right, as everyone is wrong, there's no real answer. The novel is a non-traditional one, Calvino leaves it to the reader to come up with their own conclusions. It seemed as though the author knew that the reader would look for key words or phrases, in the attempt to solve the clues; while some went straight to the last chapter to find their answers. I never felt interrupted or disrupted during this read, only satisfied.


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Yes it seems the intention of the novel is that he wishes the reader to reach their own conclusions, and in a similiar sense, learn certain fundamental truths that pertain to their own lives. A book about everything, nothing, life.

This novel doesn't feel like a passive form. It seems to evolve.

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