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Discussion in 'Book of the Month' started by Meadow337, Mar 1, 2014.
Discussion for April..
Me too, just need to dig out the book. I know OH has it in one of the book cases.
I'll be there, come April. Should be able to find it on the shelf and reread it by then.
I found it, right next to the other Calvino's.
Getting into this.
Likewise. Starting now.
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.
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.
It sounds like everyone loves it who reads it.
It's a very clever book insofar that it plays with narrative never allowing the reader to identify with any one character.
Now that I think about it that's not strictly true.
Very sorry to say, I came away from my reread disappointed.
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.
I plan to finish this before my flight.
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.
Separate names with a comma.