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If On A Winter's Night A Traveller
If On A Winter's Night A Traveller | Italo Calvino
You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You like it. But alas there is a printer's error in your copy. You take it back to the shop and get a replacement. But the replacement seems to be a totally different story. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative again. This remarkable novel leads you through many different books including a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary and a quest. But the real hero is you, the reader.
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Louise
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What a clever romp through the landscape of literature— what it is, who reads it, who studies it, teaches it, censors it, publishes it, interprets it, writes it, and so on. It is meta fiction on steroids! It is a delight for lovers of literature. It is funny, philosophical, disorienting, & incisive. Even if you only pick it up to read chapter one on the life of the reader settling down with a new book, it‘s worth it! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Italy

Emilymdxn This is one of my fave novels ever! 4mo
Billypar Read it about a year ago and loved it! Calvino is one of my latest favorite authors- read Invisible Cities a couple months ago and that was excellent too. 4mo
Blaire This is my favorite Calvino. 4mo
Louise @Emilymdxn @Billypar @Blaire I discovered Calvino through Litsy and have really enjoyed how freely he plays with the possibilities of what a novel can be. I plan to read all his books! #blameitonlitsy 4mo
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AmyStewart
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Italo Calvino, where have you been all my life? Imagine, in the few days since I turned 50, I have discovered both granita di caffe con panna AND this amazing novel. How is that possible? What other pleasures await me in my fifties? I‘d better stay in Italy for a few more years to find out.

EchoLogical 🤤 5mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love this book so much! It‘s the only one I‘ve read by him but I have more in my stack! 👍 and that looks delicious, btw!!! (edited) 5mo
Lindy Sounds like a great plan. Che bella idea. 🇮🇹 5mo
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AlaMich I knew I did 50 wrong...I was supposed to be in Italy for that birthday!! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Booknerd2 That looks delicious!!!! 5mo
emtobiasz Isn‘t Calvino wonderful? I first read this book on a transatlantic flight, and it was every bit as disorienting and exciting as my first time abroad ❤️ 5mo
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merelybookish
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I'm a sucker for metafiction like this novel where how to tell a story IS #thestory.
#lilithjuly @cinfhen @KarenUK

KarenUK Stacked! 💕📚👍 (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen Well done 🙌🏻❤️ 5mo
vivastory One of my favorites ♥ 5mo
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Ruthiella Oh this book made me crazy! But I am willing to give Calvino another shot...Maybe Invisible Cities. 5mo
Bookish.SAM Love this! Tried to bring it to book club, but that didn‘t go over well 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
merelybookish @vivastory I loved it when I read it but don't remember much now. Need to re-read it! 5mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella I read another by him and didn't love it. 🤷 I think his books vary a lot! 5mo
merelybookish @Bookish.SAM Somehow that doesn't shock me! 😂 5mo
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eraderneely
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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A reader in her natural habitat. Also there was cake.

BookishMarginalia Great pic (and caption). Also: What a lovely edition of the Calvino! 6mo
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 6mo
squirrelbrain 😋🍰 How are you doing?! 6mo
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eraderneely @squirrelbrain I‘m really busy with work at the moment, but otherwise doing really well. I‘m trying to get myself outside for a walk whenever the weather is tolerable. 6mo
scripturient I love this book. Hope you and baby are doing well! 5mo
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eraderneely
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I‘ve been swamped with work all week, but this morning I snuck in a few chapters. After all this rain, I had to sit out in the sunshine for at least a little while.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book. So clever. It just struck a chord with me. 👍 6mo
eraderneely @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I picked it for my book club this month, so it‘s good to hear someone loved it! 6mo
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Croissonter
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“...as long as I know there is a woman who loves reading for reading‘s sake, I can convince myself that the world continues” (p.240)

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SweetAngst
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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#ThriftBooksHaul Part 1 of 2 recent orders.
? Finished - 84, Charing Cross Road
? Starting - If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
? New Author to Me - Borges - Not sure what to expect yet, but already disappointed in the quality of this one. It was stated as being in "Good" cond. ? #bookhaul

Cinfhen Have u ever bought from #BookOutlet??? Their prices are great and the books are all new❣️❣️❣️ 9mo
SweetAngst @Cinfhen I've been on their site before, but I don't think I've ever bought anything. I had a "free book" credit on the other site I was trying to use and then got distracted ? I don't like how ThriftBooks has changed to a "free book under $5" instead of just a $5 credit though, so I might start shopping around a bit more now. 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m also a total sucker for anything that says “free” & “credit” 😛‼️ 9mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Unconventional. The reader (you) is the protagonist. It‘s about ‘you‘ trying to read Italo Calvino‘s If On a Winter‘s Night a Traveler but discover the book is incomplete. So ‘you‘ went to exchange for a complete copy but this leads ‘you‘ on an adventurous search because each time ‘you‘ thought you‘re on the right track to get the complete copy, it‘s another story altogether! Stories of varying genres- detective, murder, science fiction, western.

erzascarletbookgasm (cont).. Stories that begin but stop abruptly. Interesting and fun to read, it‘s an examination of views on reading and the nature of writing. I‘m pretty sure some of the profound meanings went right over my head, but the ending is cool! #Booked2019 Summer #genrebusting 10mo
HKGirl This sounds really interesting! 10mo
Cathythoughts I love it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻♥️ 10mo
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merelybookish Loved this book!! 10mo
Cinfhen Sounds completely #genreBusting 🤪 10mo
mrp27 I've read several of his books in college and Calvino is definitely a unique author. 10mo
CouronneDhiver Interesting premise... 🤔 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wowza. Sounds really unique! 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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"You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveller. Relax. Let the world around you fade."

That‘s the opening line. I‘ve not read any book quite like this. It‘s proving to be a really unusual read, written in second person narrative, with interrupted stories, and lots of quotes that touch on interesting things like reading preferences.

(DeviantArt by Para0Doll)

Trashcanman I haven't received it but I'll check on the morrow. 😊 10mo
Billypar I read this last year and loved it: so much fun 😃 10mo
Tanisha_A Sounds good! 10mo
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Cathythoughts Love this opening line .... beautiful 10mo
neet_reads Had someone request this at the library today! I‘d never heard of the book before but the blurb definitely sounded interesting 10mo
Weaponxgirl I loved this when I read it 😊 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Trashcanman I don‘t know what‘s happening, not only yours, I have a bunch of cards sent to the US but not arrived. The ones I sent to the UK already did. 🤷‍♀️ I hope they‘ll turn up eventually 🙂 10mo
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Avanders
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Awwww thanks @Chrissyreadit for such a wonderful & generous pkg!! I‘m soo excited to read that book — it‘s right up my alley! And the abc book for buggy is perfect — we have the 🎃 and 🎄 versions & we ❤️ them!! The mug is spot on, I love the pouch, & the socks, keychain, mailbox, tissues, & bookmark are 😍!! Now that candy... 🤤 so. Good. Inhaled the marzipan & chewies (I shared ;)), & am sure the truffles will be amazing. Thank you!! ♥️🥰♥️🥰♥️

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled LOVE that book! 10mo
Chrissyreadit Yay! I loved the valentines book and am so glad it was a good Choice. Your book was on your TBR and sounded intriguing. I love our local chocolate/candy store. And am so grateful for of Of your help! THANK YOU!!!! 10mo
BethM How lovely! The book sounds fun! 10mo
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Parvez
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Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.

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Parvez

If one wanted to depict the whole thing graphically, every episode, with its climax, would require a three-dimensional, or, rather, no model: every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.

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Parvez
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Currently reading!!

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aquariusnat
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This was a really good novel. It is a satirical ode to being a reader . Half of the chapters tell the story of a man on a quest to finish reading a book . He get interrupted in the oddest manner several times. The other half of the chapters tell the various stories that he is trying to read . If you enjoy unusual storytelling , then give this a chance.

SqueakyChu I loved this book! What a reading experience!! It took me two tries to read this novel, but it was so worth it. 11mo
aquariusnat In the last few years , I've gotten into exploring world fiction . Definitely interesting novels from non- english speaking writers . 11mo
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aniriya
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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First book of 2019!

Libby1 I loved his book Invisible Cities. Enjoy! 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved this book. Want to read more Calvino in 2019. 11mo
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EadieB
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BookwormM Loved this book 11mo
vkois88 👍👍👍 11mo
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writerlibrarian
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This is on my TR list for 2019.
#winterwonderland
#awinterstale
@TrishB
@Cinfhen

TrishB Looks interesting 👍🏻 11mo
Bookish.SAM I really enjoyed this book, and intend to re-read. That said, I‘ve shared it with others who couldn‘t get into it at all. Seems to be a love it or hate it kind of thing 🤷🏻‍♀️ 11mo
Cinfhen Cool premise 11mo
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aquariusnat
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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I couldn't find an Xmas book that interested me this year. So I picked a winter themed novel instead.

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Aliking1986
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Persevered but this was a challenging read. Not only did I feel like I had to fight to get inside the story, I found that the author took all the things I love about reading and twisted them to create his own warped experience. Some of the prose is absolutely stunning but if this hadn't been on my book club list, I might have given up-frustrating and unusual in equal measure, unfortunately this just wasn't for me.

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GatheringBooks
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Mehso-so

#31BookPics Day 18: Definitely a #ThoughtProvoking read, I admit this book did not find me at the right time nor the right headspace. If you‘ve seen the movie Inception – then that is probably the best way to describe this experimental novel that brings the reader from one book to the next as apparently the book you are reading is not the one you‘ve read the day before. My full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-dt9

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jmofo
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Randomly, somehow, @Trashcanman has crossed my path and I am so glad he has. Also, randomly, he‘s doing a giveaway called (less randomly) #randomgiveaway He‘s got random shoes which is a fun thing to think about! 👓👾

jmofo Also I love seeing all this love for TCM! 1y
Trashcanman Thank you Jesse! Thanks for entering and I'm happy we crossed paths too. 😊 1y
jmofo @Trashcanman happyish hugs! 1y
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Billypar
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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I'm convinced that every thought you and I have ever had about the nature of reading and the labor of writing is contained in some form within this playful and often bewildering gem. It's hard to say more about this, and I never typically link to other reviews in my own, but Michael Wood's 1981 NY Times review is really something: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/may/22/fiction.italocalvino

batsy That sounds lovely! I should move it up the TBR 1y
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LeahBergen What @batsy said! 👍🏻 1y
Liz_M Such a wonderful, fun read 1y
Billypar @Liz_M Agreed- there's a light-heartedness to it that you don't see in all postmodern fiction. 1y
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Prithu_reads
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I have to be happy with this mini Bookhaul. At least for a while. Would eagerly wait for the binge reading till the this semester ends.
#bookhaul #the_white_tiger #the_golden_notebook

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thatotherlisa
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver

“...the position books occupy in your life, if they are a defense you setup to keep the outside world at a distance, if they are a dream into which you as if into a drug, or bridges you cast toward the outside, toward the world that interests you so much that you want to multiply and extend its dimensions through books.”

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thatotherlisa
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver

“Long novels written today are perhaps a contradiction: the dimension of time has been shattered, we cannot love or think except in fragments of time each of which goes off along its own trajectory and immediately disappears. “

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thatotherlisa
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SqueakyChu
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I finally finished this book. OMG! What an experience!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

parasolofdoom Invisible Cities was really good too! 1y
SqueakyChu @parasolofdoom Thanks for the recommendation. I stacked it, but I‘m going to need to take a little break before I settle down with my next Calvino book. 😃 1y
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SqueakyChu
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Help me! I‘m falling down, down, down, into the labyrinths of this novel. We‘re good, though. I only have a very few chapters left to get through...

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SqueakyChu
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“Don‘t tell me any more. Let me read it.”

Ha! That‘s what I always say!

bell7 I enjoyed that book so much! Hope it's a good one for you 😁 1y
SqueakyChu @bell7 This is my second try at reading it, and I‘m enjoying it a lot this time. 1y
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SqueakyChu
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“...you cut your way through your reading as if through a dense forest.”

Indeed!

arubabookwoman I love this book! 1y
SqueakyChu I‘m finding it really fun to read. It‘s so full of surprises!! 1y
SqueakyChu @arubabookwoman Parts of this book are funny. Some of the lines really make me laugh. 1y
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SqueakyChu
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What?! I found some notes in my book from when I tried to read this book before. I have no recollection of writing these notes, but this is my handwriting! I‘m determined to finish reading this book this time even though I‘m up to page 42, and it still makes no sense.

However...I‘m intrigued! 😲

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SqueakyChu
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Next up...this book for a reading challenge on #LibraryThing to read a book whose title suggests a journey.

I started this book once before, but I‘m starting over since I have no recall of what I read before. 😊

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thatotherlisa
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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“[H]aving your feet up is the first condition for enjoying a read.”

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vivastory
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I've been jumping from book to book all afternoon. The first paragraph of this immediately pulled me in...

ephemeralwaltz 😱😱👏 1y
Leniverse This is a very strange book that does a lot of jumping around for you! Perfect really, if you‘re finding it hard to stick to any one story. I do recommend reading it in as few sittings as possible. It can get very confusing if you leave it for a while. 1y
vivastory @Leniverse I'm definitely planning on not reading anything else. I think it was just a matter of finding the right book. 1y
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Moray_Reads I loved this book. It's utterly brilliant 1y
Leftcoastzen Cool! Need to read that ! 1y
arubabookwoman Wait til you get to the description of navigating a bookstore!🤣 1y
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smccallum
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ADVICE TIME: do I re-read or start a new book and my first ever Woolf?

TheBookStacker That‘s a pretty copy of Woolf 1y
Reviewsbylola That Dalloway cover is lovely so I say go for it! 1y
2BR02B None of these could be a bad decision. ❤ 1y
saresmoore I agree with @2BR02B , but I‘d say I‘m partial to Mrs. D. 1y
Billypar Not sure, but IOAWNAT is coming up on my list sometime soon- I'm looking forward to it. 1y
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Astroneman
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Dear reader, what a frustration not to know how a book is going to end! If the author were there, what would you do?
A book for all kind of readers!!!
Love it!
#leggere #libro #book #litsybook #italocalvino #toread #leggere #readingchallenge #lettura

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Astroneman
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Astroneman

"The authors are never incarnated in people in the flesh, they exist only in the published pages..."

#book #books #litsybook #booklover #booklovers #italocalvino #leggere #toread

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Astroneman

"The silent voice that speaks through the books, this ghost with a thousand faces and without face..."

#book #books #litsybook #italocalvino #toread #leggere #booklover #booklovers

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wanderinglynn
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#QuotstMay18 | May 7: need

Because we‘ve all needed bookstore sections like these.

BookishMe True true.. The tagged book made me insane trying to keep up with the multiple narration! Lol 2y
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pri1110
Pickpick

I enjoyed reading this because it had a completely new premise, that of the reader being the main protagonist or hero of the novel.

RaimeyGallant Was it told in second person (you?) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! New book friends are the best! We hope you‘re loving it here! Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. 2y
pri1110 @RaimeyGallant yes it was 2y
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Jess7 Welcome! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 🎊🎉 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊👋🏻 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
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TheBookKeeper
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"What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?" Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller

#italocalvino #ifonawintersnightatraveler

http://thebookkeepersite.wordpress.com/if-on-a-winters-night-a-traveler/

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Xeroaa13
Mehso-so

Tough read - interesting and unusual plot, but it was difficult for me to stick to the pages. Still think that Calvino is a genius and might go back to this book when I'll be wiser.

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Melwilk
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There are books I read where I long to be back in college to have the opportunity for discussion and support. This is one of those books. The book is unlike anything I have ever read. There were times when I know I missed meanings, and there were other times where the brilliance of the writing blew me away. The seeds planted in me about the relationship between the reader and the work make me think and will stick with me.

brendanmleonard I need to read this one! 2y
Jess_Read_This Between your review and the plot synopsis I just read... I am so intrigued to read this now! I haven‘t heard of it until your review. I completely agree with the wish to be in a classroom while reading certain books. 2y
tjwill I have started this one a couple times but never seem to be in the right frame of mind, so I‘ve never finished it yet. I think you are right about the benefit of discussion. I know I will read it some day, but I‘ll probably need some support. 😊 2y
DGRachel I struggled with this one and ended up bailing, but I felt the same way - I would have loved it in college and would have loved the opportunity to discuss it, in depth, in a group. 2y
SqueakyChu I bailed once on this book but knew enough to save it for another reading. I‘m doing that second reading now and appreciating this work much more than on my first try. 1y
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Felso
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My new listen! I‘ve tried reading this so many times, but I can‘t get through it. I always go back to read the very beginning of the book, I LOVE the beginning! So I believe listening to it will help.

BookishMe Yes, the beginning is so enchanting before leading us through an insane labyrinth! Completing this is surely an achievement for me 😅🤣😆 2y
SqueakyChu I can‘t even imagine trying to follow this book on audio!! 1y
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bernadette
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It feels a little weird to read this in a state where you don't have a snowy winter but it's been one I've been meaning to read for years. Looking forward to it.

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Leniverse
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Yes! This is why I am sometimes a slow reader. My mind goes off on a tangent, sometimes because the book is boring, frequently because it is anything but boring. (And often because I google something and get lost down the internet rabbit hole for an hour. 😆) It is also one of the reasons I don't always get along with audio books.

batsy Yes to all of this. 2y
tpixie Yes!! 2y
Crowcrumbs I feel ya. This is especially true for my current reads! 2y
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merelybookish Love this book! 2y
diovival YES 2y
SqueakyChu 💕 1y
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Katiesbookishlife
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SqueakyChu I love the introduction to this book so much! 💕 1y
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Leniverse
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This is a very strange book. Very. 😵 Strange.

JenP I loved it 2y
Leniverse @JenP After a hundred pages I think I'm finally starting to understand the structure and some of what is going on. 😂 But I keep wondering at which meta layer the real me as Reader comes in. 🤔 2y
DeborahSmall I love this book 💕 2y
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ParkerGray
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My first line of defense against my reading slump is this beauty. 🌸🌿

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