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I m a reader who experiences her books, rather strongly, via the location in which they re read and I read the majority of this book in one of the most inhospitable places I ve ever been like, if you believe in bad vibesI think I found their source Something magic still shone through.I am so, so excited to readCalvino, this being my first adult introduction to him His prose is difficult, but stunning, and rewarding, and precise The stories in this collection are perfectly crafte I m a reader who experiences her books, rather strongly, via the location in which they re read and I read the majority of this book in one of the most inhospitable places I ve ever been like, if you believe in bad vibesI think I found their source Something magic still shone through.I am so, so excited to readCalvino, this being my first adult introduction to him His prose is difficult, but stunning, and rewarding, and precise The stories in this collection are perfectly crafted especially The Chase, fucking brilliant , emotionally resonant especially Night Driver , philosophically challenging every last one , and have not dated I actually had to double take on the 1967 copyright This kind of writing is directly up my preference alley, and I said it already, but I can t wait to get my hands on.A quick note for marginalia writing readers I got my copy used on , and was sad to see blue pen scribbled throughout the ENTIRE COPY I was even sadder when I realized this person was a moron So please, please if you ever plan to sell your copy, if you ever plan to lend it out write in pencil so it can be erased Please PLEASE Unbelievably bad, the worst book I ve read since joining Goodreads, and one of the worst books I ve read in my life I got suckered into this one because Invisible Cities is one of my all time favorites, and because I d enjoyed The Baron in the Trees and Italo Calvino is the cats pyjamas.If you are unsure of what exactly this means,so am I.He has the ability to embellish,to get behind and ahead at the same time,and if you can bear with the astounding way he constantly pulls the rug out from under the reader,you may find yourself helplessly rolling around laughing,on the bus What counts is communicating the indispensable,skipping all the superfluous,reducing ourselves to essential communication, to a luminous signal that moves in a given directi Italo Calvino is the cats pyjamas.If you are unsure of what exactly this means,so am I.He has the ability to embellish,to get behind and ahead at the same time,and if you can bear with the astounding way he constantly pulls the rug out from under the reader,you may find yourself helplessly rolling around laughing,on the bus What counts is communicating the indispensable,skipping all the superfluous,reducing ourselves to essential communication, to a luminous signal that moves in a given direction,abolishing the complexity of our personalities and facial expressions,leaving them in the shadowy container that the headlights carry behind them and conceal p133 The first two sections of this book serve as a kind of sequel to Calvino s wonderful Cosmicomics , narrated again by the amorphous Qfwfq Calvino s stories, both in this collection and in Cosmicomics , somehow manage to simultaneously function as postmodern literary experiments, science lessons, philosophical inquiries, cosmic mythologies and love stories Another delightful treat from one of my favorite minds of the twentieth century. To me, there s virtually no doubt that Italo Calvino is a literary genius Each one of his works create either a beautiful compendium of light and airy magical fables or tricky Borgesian fictional puzzles I read the first collection of Cosmicomics earlier in the year and was blown away, the lucidity of his prose and the wit of his storytelling are something that very few writers can match Signore Calvino s follow up Cosmicomics collection, Time and the Hunter, is characteristically imaginative To me, there s virtually no doubt that Italo Calvino is a literary genius Each one of his works create either a beautiful compendium of light and airy magical fables or tricky Borgesian fictional puzzles I read the first collection of Cosmicomics earlier in the year and was blown away, the lucidity of his prose and the wit of his storytelling are something that very few writers can match Signore Calvino s follow up Cosmicomics collection, Time and the Hunter, is characteristically imaginative.The book is broken up into three parts The first carries on where the previous collection left off, following the celestial being Qfwfq s adventures throughout space and time The lighthearted and witty prose of the first four stories are a perfect addition to the previous Cosmicomics In particular I loved the story The Origin of Birds in which Qfwfq describes his encounter with the first ever feathered creatures a sort of avian love story through a prose representation of a comic strip Now these stories can be told better with strip drawings than with a story composed of sentences one after the other To begin with, you can read a lot of exclamation marks and question marks spurting from our heads, and these mean we were looking at the bird full of amazement festive amazement, with the desire on our part also to sing, to imitate that first warbling, and to jump, to see the bird rise in flightHere we can see the exercises in style that Calvino will become renowned for in his later works Invisible Cities and If On A Winter s Night A Traveller The utilisation of the comic strip form reminds me of Alan Moore s famously long winded comic book scripts in which he outlines, down to the last detail, every aspect of the page that the illustrator will have to draw There was definitely no coincidence that these stories were entitled Cosmi comics Both in the humourous sense and in Calvino s admiration for the comic book format.The second section I didn t enjoy quite as much It describes Qfwfq s love of a being named Priscilla through a rather dense storied explanation of a singled celled organisms journey through Mitosis, Meiosis, and Death Although this part is still extremely clever, especially the beginning descriptions of a being with no knowledge of the concept of Other suddenly urging to become two beings, I feel it lacked some of the magic that Calvino showed in the earlier tales.The final section abandons Qfwfq as a narrator and takes us through a journey of extremely Borgesian stories that focus on the infinite divisibility of space and time To me I saw these stories as a modern fictional rendition of Zeno s paradoxes In particular t zero representing Zeno s Arrow , and The Chase representing Achilles and the Tortoise In fact, others such as literary critic and huge Calvino fan, Gore Vidal, have mentioned that this final collection focuses too much on it s literariness In Cosmicomics Calvino makes it possible for the reader to inhabit a meson, a mollusk, a dinosaur makes him for the first time see light ending a dark universe Since this is a unique gift, I find all thealarming the literariness of Time and the Hunter I was particularly put off by the central story t zero, which could have been written and rather better by Borges.And to me some of the stories seemed to readlike an analytic philosophy paper than a work fiction Take the first paragraph of t zero for example In a second I ll know if the arrow s trajectory and the lion s will or will not coincide at a point X crossed both by L and by A at the same second txHowever, in The Night Driver Calvino is back to his best, and with an air of melancholy that is unusual to find in such a fun and lighthearted collection It describes the never ending chase of a broken hearted man trying to find his estranged lover but, in an almost Kierkegaardian sense, being infinitely resigned to the idea of never reaching her due to the infinite divisibility of the space he will have to cross from point A to point B.In conclusion, I will always be mesmerised by Calvino, and I still thoroughly enjoyed Time and the Hunter although it became a little bitof a slog for me that the first collection had been Calvino, much like his predecessor Jorge Luis Borges, has the ability to play with logic and fiction in a way that most storytellers can only dream of I ll give the last word to Gore Vidal who thought of Calvino as a perhaps the most inventive and brilliant writer of the 20th century, and if it were not for my admiration for Borges who came before him, I may have to agree.During the last quarter century Italo Calvino has advanced far beyond his American and English contemporaries As they continue to look for the place where the spiders make their nests, Calvino has not only found that special place but learned how himself to make fantastic webs of prose to which all things adhere In fact, reading Calvino, I had the unnerving sense that I was also writing what he had written thus does his art prove his case as writer and reader become one, or One Not to broach Calvino s greater works, but this one here should not be reduced to a mere number in Calvino s output of numeric nods to literature They are simply stories and should be contained within the specialized imagination as simply stories to be contained, pondered, and in a most uncommonly dark way, laughed upon as if their black comedy has not yet found its crux in mathematical disposition When Calvino compares the angry jump of a lion with Zeno s motionless arrow in fact the arrow i Not to broach Calvino s greater works, but this one here should not be reduced to a mere number in Calvino s output of numeric nods to literature They are simply stories and should be contained within the specialized imagination as simply stories to be contained, pondered, and in a most uncommonly dark way, laughed upon as if their black comedy has not yet found its crux in mathematical disposition When Calvino compares the angry jump of a lion with Zeno s motionless arrow in fact the arrow itself that the narrator of that story tries with all his might to shoot at and stop the lion s jump IS Zeno s reasoning we cannot say he fails when he does not succeed The arrow may have stopped, for all intents and purposes, any movement in science that science cannot dissect But it doesn t mean that the lion not having any sense of science or a mind at all had its heart pierced without first landing on its intended target, nor even if it did, stopped for a moment to consider its heart being pierced as it dove unto its enemy, to tear his heart out first You can choose which side of truth you wish to agree on simply by envisioning each character s fate, or like most blind readers, simply by agreeing to the truth our foreign speaking author appears to lay before us as the answer Here time is ticking, here life passes right before your very eyes, as any cliche would pass if it had to, only it is you who is the foreigner and not the author who sees it still in motion, for if it is still there as it may be seen, as only what it once was, you may have forgotten the sea was once blood and blood was once everything but skin A series of short stories that require careful reading to understand the underlying concepts and to experience his masterful manipulation of words and logic to achieve an effect The first set of stories is good, the middle biological process group is weaker, and the final three are good Calvino must have carefully studied math, logic, physics, and biology to determine what makes them tick and used their conceptual basis to write these very entertaining stories Complete side note If you are A series of short stories that require careful reading to understand the underlying concepts and to experience his masterful manipulation of words and logic to achieve an effect The first set of stories is good, the middle biological process group is weaker, and the final three are good Calvino must have carefully studied math, logic, physics, and biology to determine what makes them tick and used their conceptual basis to write these very entertaining stories Complete side note If you are looking for a visual to go along with these stories, mine was the weird and other worldly backgrounds that haunted the 1960s animated Spiderman cartoons in the later part of the series End side note The best stories The Soft Moon The moon descends towards Earth and drops lunar material It is revealed that the plastic, enamel, rayon etc of our modern world is the original material that composed the Earth and that the natural material we currently see is really from the moon However, there is some original Earth material on the moon, but it is old and has suffered from asteroid strikes, etc A humorous aside is the narrator s friend who decries how pathetic the moon is and how superior the Earth is She also points out that while some of the descending moon material may damage individual lives or portions of cities it s all for the best and all perfectly logical and normal no problem Crystals The world is a battle between tightly disciplined crystals with their atoms lined up and the disarray of imperfect materials that are not crystal Crystal is losing The crystal remnants, like diamonds, are prisoners on silver and platinum chains, lying in velvet coffins in jewelry stores an exceptional description Order versus chaos and chaos is winning.t zero Maybe the best An archer is shooting an arrow at a lion leaping through the air to attack him The scene is frozen in time but the archer seems to have infinite time to analyze his situation Will the arrow kill the lion or will it miss and the lion will kill him Using pseudo mathematical analysis to wonder what will happen as the scene progresses, he ponders time and space He also uses analytical language that depersonalizes the scene and makes the predicament very abstract before then getting into the gory details of being torn apart and left for the vultures or images of the arrow striking the lion It s a nice, often humorous contrast No one asked me, but I think the scene never changes the archer, lion, and arrow are still stuck in time zero forever.The Chase The hunted becomes the hunter The protagonist is in a car being pursued by an armed assailant in another car but they are stuck in city traffic The protagonist thinks through how to improve his relative position so that his pursuer can t shoot him He has three types of adversaries the pursuer, the line of cars that are in front of him and go too slowly through the green light, and the cross traffic that blocks his column of traffic from moving The protagonist then goes on to rationalize that in the system he is in all cars are both pursued and pursuer that he is pursuing someone else and that person is desperate to avoid him and move forward in the traffic jam He finds his opportunity and shoots the person he is now pursing The person pursing the protagonist, who seems to be pursuing him to prevent him from killing the person in front of the protagonist, no longer has a mission and halts the pursuit &DOWNLOAD KINDLE ⇨ Ti con zero ⇦ Secondo i calcoli di H Gerstenkorn, sviluppati da H Alfven, i continenti terrestri non sarebbero che frammenti della Luna caduti sul nostro pianeta La Luna in origine sa rebbe stata anch essa un pianeta gravitante attorno al Sole, fino al momento in cui la vicinanza della Terra non la fece deragliare dalla sua orbita Catturata dalla gravitazione ter restre, la Luna s accost sempre di pi , stringendo la sua or bita attorno a noi A un certo momento la reciproca attra zione prese a deformare la superficie dei due corpi celesti, sollevando onde altissime da cui si staccavano frammenti che vorticavano nello spazio tra Terra e Luna, soprattutto frammenti di materia lunare che finivano per cadere sulla Terra In seguito, per influsso delle nostre maree, la Luna fu spinta a riallontanarsi, fino a raggiungere la sua orbita attuale Ma una parte della massa lunare, forse la met , era rimasta sulla Terra, formando i continenti Parte prima Altri Qfwfq La molle luna L origine degli uccelli I cristalli Il sangue, il mareParte seconda Priscilla I Mitosi II Meiosi III MorteParte terza Ti con zero Ti con zero L inseguimento Il guidatore notturno Il conte di Montecristo Italo Calvino is just a really good storyteller As in, someone able to make any seemingly incongruous or dead end idea come alive entirely through the telling, through the details he brings in Here, somehow he s able to take all these very conceptual scientific fact seeds and turn them into often oddly affecting personal dramas with neat formal tricks and thrilling narrative cartwheels Cosmicomics worked on similar lines, okay, bascially exactly the same, but these are a little later and a fe Italo Calvino is just a really good storyteller As in, someone able to make any seemingly incongruous or dead end idea come alive entirely through the telling, through the details he brings in Here, somehow he s able to take all these very conceptual scientific fact seeds and turn them into often oddly affecting personal dramas with neat formal tricks and thrilling narrative cartwheels Cosmicomics worked on similar lines, okay, bascially exactly the same, but these are a little later and a few of these outshine much of that material The Soft Moon drawing from some abortive 18th century theory that the Earth s continents were fallen moon chunks, Calvino dives into the implications of a moon pliable enough to spill matter onto us, making it sound totally disgusting And sets this cleverly at odds with his fictional earth origins and just runs and runs with this It s great, economical, weird, lavishly described, totally surprising.Blood, Sea The circulatory system allows us to take saline blood, our ocean origins in miniature with us This is a love story whose long sentences flip acrobatically between primordial waters and automotive present It s hilarious and reads aloud excellently.The Chase a car chase in stalled traffic based on, I don t know exactly, field theory or something It s pretty great.And so on, the mathematics of the universe and the human heart Calvino typically manages to write about real things through his games, which tethers these despite about the most playful touch that I can handle in fiction But it totally works, marrying this to almost Borges like post modern cleverness at times Only the middle section lags a bit not as magical or charming as Cosmicomics ain t nothin like the real thing, baby but all this talk about cosmology and supersonic highways made me think of aromantic Jetsons.