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This is a strange and creative work. This review or rather my gushy ramblings might convey a little about this book and more about my love for Calvino, so I highly recommend a more definite and fantastic review by Stephen M along with reading this book.

Calvino’s tale parallels the type of world in which we now live. The stories he wrote were direct attempts to assimilate new thinking in cosmology in recognisably human – and comic – dimensions. View all 21 comments. The entire book follows poor Qwfwq, if read literally, he is some sort of shape shifter—across species as well as subatomic particles—as he experiences the universe at varying times from the moment of its creation, to the development of matter, to the formation of the earth.

Calvino takes scientific facts and theories and gives them a human perspective without any human charactersand does it all in the most simple, quirky way you could imagine. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Those jealousies, those prejudices, and most of all those proud insecurities were allowed to reach a boiling point and bubbled into the external world. There had never been things to play with before. Jan 22, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Even though this was my 8th Calvino, he’s like a jack-in-the-box that never gets boring, no matter how many times you open the lid!


In simple words, Calvino leaves no stone unturned. Maybe with the fact that, this book cannot be tied down to a particular genre. In an interview within a book called The Uses of Literature: This would not be the first and I sincerely doubt the last time I couldn’t help but apply Calvino’s vision to a real-world occurrence.

I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language. I think of them as bedtime stories for adults — they have the enchanted feel of a bedtime fairy tales, but not really the story structure, nor necessarily the happy endings. I am overcome with gratitude and astonishment for having a brain and consciousness capable of appreciating this ever-confounding reality we call home and Calvino, for making it so damn wonderful and fun.

Mar 01, Daniel Villines rated it really liked it. The scope and the way this was written kinda blew my mind. Sure I know a few things about the speed of light, planets around other stars, and the composition of comets, but what I don’t know is so immense within the context of my view, that I become a believer of my own imagination.


I loved cavlino one of them. Calvino imagines a strange tribe of some sort of half human, half fish type creatures that harvest the moon for the milk that it has.

Fortunately you can then just skip to the next story and that’s likely better – there are several very good stories in the collection. Cosimcomiche must add that past and future were vague terms for me, and I couldn’t make much distinction between them: It was the first time. Review based on the Finnish translation.


He looked back and went medieval and talked about tarot cards in A Castle of Crossed Destinies. Dec 12, Andrea rated it it was amazing Recommended to Andrea by: I somehow finished the book that day, but ended up missing all the fun.

Italo Calvino: Tutte le cosmicomiche (Cosmicomics)

The close proximity of the moon and earth reminded me of the local legend told to us by our teachers here in the Philippines: Qfwfq points out that just the process of making the first sign itself involved considerable leaps of thought.

This is my third book by Italo Calvino and he still to disappoint me. Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Oe.

What was truly amazing about this collection is that, rather than concentrating on facts as Borges didCalvino concentrated on characters and their interaction. More than just that, however, is what permeates through all of these stories. Calvino packs a good amount of humour in each story, and many underlying themes, one story is about a person who is too self-conscious and many stories have characters who are laggards, who refuse to accept the change that occurs in the universe.

Just Six Numbers – Stephen Webb: And as imaginative writers go, Calvino was up there with the best of them.