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Japonia w sześciu smakach oMasterful if frivolous riffsn a theme composed as commissions Aqidah Islam one from a Japanese whisky company late additions to the Cosmicomics series a Henry Ford teleplay condensing the contradictionsf his philosophy and the era he ushered in etc Favorites fell in the later phases high concept phenomenological explorations like The Mirror The Taeget and the Memoirs Tank! of Cassanova will stick with me like all the best Calvino I agree withther reviewers that it shouldn t be the first Calvino book you read but readers who are already Calvino fans will find plenty f gems in this collection There are 37 widely varied stories vignettes fables imagined interviews and fantasies arranged chronologically and representing Work From 1943 To 1985 from 1943 to 1985 the earlier work I most enjoyed the fables such as The Black Sheep in which a smoothly running village f thieves is thrown into chaos when an honest man moves in Standouts for me in the second half include World Memory about a company tasked with documenting well everything and The Burning Lucky Luciano of Abominable House in which the narrator tries to reconstruct the events leading to a burned house containing four bodies and a listf abominable deeds committed thereAt its best Calvino s writing engages me A Reader& on two levels simultaneously the frontf my brain relishes the precise language and the cultural commentary while another part The Ladys Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness of the writing bypasses the reasonable partf my mind and goes straight to the brain stem connecting with something primal and ancient These are the stories I dog eared to read again in the future Conscience The Black Sheep Wind in a City The Lost Regiment A General in the Library A Beautiful March Day World Memory The Burning Churchill of Abominable House Henry Ford While I really love Calvino s novels I think he is at his best when writing short stories Conscience is a particular favorite If you re looking to read some Calvino for the first time do not buy this book May I instead highly recommend the magnificent The Complete Cosmicomics it will not disappoint Numbers in the Dark an interesting and creative collectionf short stories Not all Euripides Fabulae: Vol. II: (Sup., El., Her., Tro., Iph.Tau., Ion): 2 of them are good this coming from a hardcore Calvino fan but arguably the collection is the interesting for it His earlier stories are either delightfully simple yet engaging parablesr long winded forays into philosophy like If On a Winter s Night a Traveler but far less skillful In the latter category we have The Man Who Shouted Teresa a charming story about community Conscience is an engaging parable about the supposed difference between killing in war and murder The Black Sheep is a funny yet thought provoking creation myth for ineuality an egalitarian society Jean-Paul Sartre of thieves collapses into injustice becausef the arrival f an honest man Good for Nothing is also interesting dealing with issues f paranoia and strangers knowing than they should The General in the Library is also an engaging read as is A Beatiful March Day In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, onef my favourites it looks at Caesar s assassination through the eyes How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper ofne Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, of the senators who kills himNot so impressive to my mind are somef the lengthy and postmodern stories Dry River for instance may be a metaphor for some event Bambi and Me of postwar Italian politics but it doesn t excuse the lackf plot character development anything The great thing about Calvino is how he deals with fascinating concepts and metafiction without seeming at all prentious but you get the feeling in this story as well as in Love Far From Home and to a lesser extent Wind In A City that he is almost lesser extent Wind In A City that he is almost his thoughts too seriously without either the slightly playful and irreverent style which makes him so readable too seriously without either the slightly playful and irreverent style which makes him so readable also without the literary chops to say what he really means Still there are also signs Pocahontas of emerging skill Numbers in the Dark is an elegant and intriguing storyf an Bala Santa office at night seen through the eyesf a boy Nocturnal Solilouy Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies of a Scottish Nobleman is also worth a read even if you don t know about Italian political parties and their power struggles and nor do I it is a fine allegory for how the lesserf two evils can end up The 20th century displaying the full breadth f his vision and wit  Written between 1943 and 1984 and masterfully translated by Tim Parks the fictions in

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Eing dangerous and how your enemy s enemy when your enemy is gone will turn n youThe second section Ultimate Memory Book of the book is even better in mypinion World Memory is a great story with an imaginative concept rising tension and a spine chilling twist at the end Beheading the Heads an unfinished concept for a novel imagines a nation where all leaders and politicians inevitably have their heads chopped Pelnrušķis un trollis off after a certain amountf time An interesting idea And yet it really does work Calvino gives us a fascinating insight into the heart f an alternative October Revolution The Burning f the Abominable House and Before You Say Hello fit well into the existing anthology The former a postmodernist murder mystery with a twist reminds me f The Chase a classic found in Complete Cosmicomics Before reminds me f If Disgrace (Department Q, on a winter s night a traveller in factne Monsoon of the stories also involves looking at the mechanismsf phones and phone calls in Slice by Slice obsessive detail Calvino isn form when pondering whether phones are a Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) or less personal modef communication his conclusion may surprise you The final three works Ice Maiden of particular note thethers include some fwf stories and a surprisingly relevant tale f technology *The Last Channel are the interviews These are really remarkable imaginative and thought provoking The interview with Montezuma last emperor * Last Channel are the interviews These are really remarkable imaginative and thought provoking The interview with Montezuma last emperor the Aztecs is particularly worth reading It challenges the common knowledge version f events and especially motivations involved in the collapse Seducing the Heiress of that great western civilization and the Aztecs too The interviews with Ford and Neanderthal Man are also clever and well written with Calvino giving the industrialist some interesting arguments to counter his detractors and the Neanderthal humourously dealing with his patronising interviewerSo should you read this bookr not It depends how much And Cowboy Makes Three of this author you have read before I stand by my recommendationf Complete Cosmicomics as the ideal introduction to Calvino this collection might benefit those who already have an idea Teasing Her SEAL of the great man s uniue style and who would appreciate an insight into how Calvino evolvedver his career Hit Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, or miss collectionf shorts An amusing seuence A Valentines Wish of interviews with various persons Montezuma a thoughtful troglodyte Henry Ford Casanova Some repeatstherwise with Paixão Sem Disfarce other volumesVery effective in some items such as The Burningf the Abominable House and The ueen s Necklace which stand ut Others are a bit too clever but still cool The General in the Library The Workshop Hen Beheading the Heads and The
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Regiment And moving in thers Love Far from Home comes to mind immediately And The Other Eurydice is just very cool rhetorically slick and conceptually advanced Exuisite This is a lovely book In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover of short stories from Mr C They cover his career from teenage yearsnwards What I like about his work is the purity I Met Someone of the prose together with a different slantn the world Especially recommended the earlier stories these are magnificent My favourite was about a man who disrupts a perfect society Quantum (Captain Chase of thieves by being honest And Ida isne The Other Islam of those girls who run into you and immediately start telling you their life stories and what they think about things even though they hardly know you girls with no secrets except for things that are secrets to them too and even for those secrets they ll find words everyday words that sprout effortlessly as if their thoughts budded ready clothed in a tissuef wordsOnly in a superficial sense can lies be said to exclude the truth you will be aware That In Many Cases Lies in many cases lies patient s lies to the psychoanalyst for example are just as revealing as the truth if not so and the same will be true for those who eventually interpret Last Man Standing our messagethe lie is the real information we have to passnShe s a nice girl Mariamirella by nice I mean she understands the difficult things I say and immediately makes them easy I d like to give her a kiss but then I think that if I kissed her I d think Light, Gesture, and Color of kissing the thoughtf her and she d think Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault of being kissed by the thoughtf me so I do nothing about Umbers in the Dark display all Toxic Game (A GhostWalker Novel) of Calvino's dazzling gifts whimsy and horror exuberancef style and a cheerful grasp Canada of the absurditiesf the human conditi. Prima che tu dica «Pronto»Certainly The Queens Fool / The Virgins Lover onef the best short story collections I have ever read It covers the entire span Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, of Calvino s writing career and his early charming andffbeat fables the first written when he was 19 are just as entertaining as the mature and complex thought experiments f his later work There are very few Calvino stories remaining that I haven t yet *READ NUMBERS IN THE DARK INCLUDES EXTRACTS FROM UNFINISHED * Numbers in the Dark includes extracts from unfinished unpublished novels that he trans Short stories are interesting when considered as a medium f their What You Owe Me own What I mean by this is some authors and fiction writers are better at certain typesf fiction Not necessarily better at certain types Buffalo Woman Comes Singing of fiction when compared tother writers but better in comparison to their Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant own worksf different types For instance Nabokov is a master The Last Great Revolution of the novel perhaps the best in termsf structure and Shining City onef the best in terms Blind Spots of raw prose but allf his short stories are terrible There is A Boy and A Bear in a Boat one about an angel I think it s like something I would write On thether hand Haruki Murakami excels at the two SOS or three page story something mostther authors do tritely and sardonicallyCalvino is an author who is a master St. Johns Wort of both the long and short forms Eachf these stories is excellent as are his novels This is extremely rare in an author I think this collection is my second favorite work The Roman Family of his after If On A Winter s Night which is a masterpiecef its Hirvenmetsästäjä own Spoiler This review will not match up with the ratingSelf Disclosure Italo Calvino isne Hollywood Walk of Fame: 2000 Sensational Stars, Star Makers and Legends of my favorite writers I thinkf him as my uncle even though we re not related Not even closely He s just so great that I ve adopted him into my family in my head I haven t told the rest A Christmas Miscellany of the family about this yet I vastly prefer his novels to his short fiction We yes the royalne interrupt this review to recommend If n a Winter s Night a Traveler The Baron in the Trees Invisible Cities and Marcovaldo The Review ish Part on a Winter s Night a Traveler The Baron in the Trees Invisible Cities and Marcovaldo The Review ish Part I found this book such a struggle to get through It s not even that big f a book but by the last 70 pages I started reading the stories from the end OXENBOXEN of the book going forwards so I wouldn t keep counting how many storiespages I had left And yet I liked 11f these 37 stories immensely And even the nes I thought were just good carry his trademark enthusiasm for life and all its mysteries Montezuma gets interviewed by a contemporary journalist incidentally he seems to think we hindsight stone throwers have a lot f blood Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector Shan, onur hands too Henry Ford defends his to think we hindsight stone throwers have a lot Oh! Calcutta of bloodn Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, our hands too Henry Ford defends hisf America the The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, oft used celestial presencef fwf gives us a window into the beginning Reasoning and the Logic of Things of the universe etc etc But too many felt like failed experiments More literary exploration than final pieces And despite manyf the stories being very short the sheer number The Holcroft Covenant / The Rhinemann Exchange of them felt like a hurdle Of the two sections the book consistsf Fables Stories 1943 1958 and Tales Dialogues 1968 1984 I preferred the former but found the latter stirred thinkingideas The Night Before Christmas: or, A Visit from St. Nicholas: The Heirloom Edition of mywn And yet I fear my The Queens Assassin (Queens Secret, own impatience colored somef the lesser storiesBut why dwell Space Calculated in Seconds on the lesser Of the standouts my favorites were The Flash a story not even two pages longf a man who suddenly understands nothing Beheading the Heads a tale about a town where every politician s time in Lightning office knowingly ends with theirwn beheading the timing Digital Web of this is decided upon by the populace and The Burningf the Abominable House a mystery Atomic Bodyslams to Whiskey Zippers of sorts that wraps the narrator up in an insurance investigation into the deathsf four victims and the list War of Hearts of heinous deeds they left behind These gems alone would probably make the book a worthwhile readConclusion Don t stretch a short bookut The Boy Next Door (Love Stories For Young Adults, over 5 months Don t let yourwn impatience with life Portable Operating for Amateur Radio or with wanting to moven to the next book because you want to read almost everything you see distract you from what s in front Fer-de-Lance of you Get enough sleep it has a hugely positive impact Sample some Calvino short fiction but dive into those novels These gather 37 previously uncollected Calvinos from early fables and realist social commentaries to laterulipan narrative games stylistically. For the first time in paperback a volume Procrastination Cure - How To Stop Procrastinating And Be Disciplined of thirty seven diabolically inventive stories fables and impossible interviews fromne A Long Petal of the Sea of the great fantasistsf.