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April 2014: Italo Calvino: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

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  1. Meadow337

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    Discussion for April..
     
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    Me too, just need to dig out the book. I know OH has it in one of the book cases. :D
     
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    I'll be there, come April. Should be able to find it on the shelf and reread it by then.
     
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    I found it, right next to the other Calvino's.
     
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    Getting into this.
     
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    Likewise. Starting now.
     
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    I'm really enjoying this novel and maybe that's because it's a book about reading which is a theme I think many forumites on here can relate to.
     
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    People might want to look at a thread we had way back in 2005 --> If On A Winter's Night a Traveler

    It pre-dates most of the current members, so could be of some interest. I loved this book and it's one of the few I'd like to re-visit.
     
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    It sounds like everyone loves it who reads it.
     
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    It's a very clever book insofar that it plays with narrative never allowing the reader to identify with any one character.
     
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    Now that I think about it that's not strictly true.
     
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    Very sorry to say, I came away from my reread disappointed. :(
     
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    No need to apologise, I wasn't a fan of Jeff Lindsay's Darkly Dreaming Dexter of Dec 13 BOTM. Not all books do it for me.
     
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    I plan to finish this before my flight.
     
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    I finished the book during the flight back home and it left an odd impression.

    Is The Reader the main character or a cipher? Italo deliberately doesn't give a name or occupation and through the narrative we the readers are identified with 'The Reader'.

    The problem with this approach as I see it is 'The Reader' is male. Sure we have 'The Other Reader' but she has a name and backstory and so is separate and distinct as a character.

    In my view then Italo pulls a neat trick but it's limited to the male part of the audience.
     

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