Book Review: If on a winter's night a traveler

Tags: reading

Author: Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translator)

One sentence summary: An experimental postmodern text with a frame story, exploring the relationship of the reader to books.

Liked:

  • very compelling: lots of detailed Nabokovian-style imagery and attention to detail
  • fun to untangle mystery & relate different parts of the book
  • includes the occasional enjoyable parody and light tone

Disliked:

  • a little long for my taste, motifs felt repetitive
  • meta nature of the book was kitschy at times
  • weirdly heteronormative with shallow female characters

Personal rating: ★★★★☆

Posted on 2022-04-24