This book is comprised of 10
story beginnings, each with its own author, genre, plot and characters -each
unfinished and abruptly ends at the apex. Binding the story together is a
reader who was drawn to follow each unfinished story in multiple
I will dare say that this
book is didactic. It vividly demonstrates various ways on how a reader should
relate to the story. There is an interdependent relationship between reader and
writer. The narration slips from‘I’,
to‘you’, and then
the reader, the other reader and the writer in different phases. In
short, the reader becomes a character reading stories of different styles,
entangling himself in interludes concerned in the quest of satisfying his
thirst to finish each unfinished story.
Italo Calvinoplayed with the concept of a non-linear structure, wherein the
endings’that most literature
deals with was pushed aside. He did his utmost best to avoid dogmatism, and
embraced the bizarre. He completely abandoned the readers’ idea of
satisfaction, and dragged them to welcome a new concept.
These unending stories were
not the problem for me; it was how Calvino pieced them all together. The
reader went through various scenarios and predicaments to get hold of the completed
copies of each story. He went through some of the most absurd situations,
unbelievably implausible. If I was reading from a printed copy then, I would
have hauled it across the room. I absolutely have no right to tell him how he
should have written this book, but I do believe that there is a more
I did my best to comprehend
Calvino’s idea of diverse literature, or at least, I think I did, but it wasn't for
me. Possibly, there is a coherent way to fully describe this book, since a lot
of readers have already given their stellar ratings. Mine probably
sound more like a mere whining of a disappointed reader.
TFG at 4, F2F at Sweet Spot, Sikatuna Village, QC. Moderated by our dearest Dr. Ranee.