You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door; the TV is always on in the next room.
Actually, you’re about to begin reading my review of a book written by Italo Calvino, so do relax and concentrate, but forget what you expect from a book because this one is nothing like you’ve read before.
Before I talk about it, between the lines…
Why should you read this book? — Because it’s different. Because you enter a maze of a story within a story where you are the character. Because if you want to know the work of Italo Calvino, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with his writing if you start with this book.
now, to the book…
Well, first of all, like I said, the main character of the novel is you, the reader. It all starts with you, reading the book, and being influenced by Calvino’s suggestions that work like a neurolinguistic program where you not only believe you’re reading a book inside a book, but you also embrace and breathe the art of reading through the art of writing.
I know it’s crazy.
That narrative begins with your behavior as a reader. And it’s like you’re psychologically induced to believe you’re reading a book and that you’re getting hooked to it, and now you become that reader, and you’re reading If On a Winter’s Night A Traveler.
The pages of the book you’re reading in the book you’re reading are out of order. That creates a problem for you to solve within the story, and you want to keep reading what you’re going to do about it. You go to a bookstore, and you meet a girl who becomes a character in your story or the book. I don’t know anymore.
You both share the love for books, she’s beautiful, and you start getting along, and before you can think about it, you definitely are the character of the book, and your story is the story underneath the pages.
Do you get this? You have to read this book. I can’t get any better at this. Believe me.
Italo Calvino‘s narrative is brilliant and hypnotic. And now I want to read everything else he wrote.
What amazed me the most was that usually, we begin reading a book with a lot of expectations and when it hooks us, we get more curious, and that was one of the rare books where that feeling perpetuated until the very last chapter.
Have you read this book? Share your thoughts in the comments.