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The author of the book: Italo Calvino
Date of issue: 1993
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People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
You, Mr. Calvino! I’ll never forget how this book made me feel.
An immensely gifted writer, Calvino displayed his genius in this collection by plucking the ignored or trivial fragments of moments we experience at one point or another in our lives and weaved them together to present these gems of short stories. How vividly he captured the minute happenings around us and served us some riveting tales makes me revered in awe of him.
There is some confusion in regards to the edition of this book as I gathered from other reviews here that most of them have read the edition containing following four parts:
Riviera Stories, Wartime stories, Post-war stories, and Stories of Love and Loneliness.
Mine edition however has three sections namely:
Difficult loves (Stories of Love and Loneliness), Smog and A Plunge into Real Estate.
Difficult Loves is the highlight of this collection containing 11 short stories ranging between 4-10 pages and every single one of them wowed me by their brevity and impactful writing. And kindly don’t compare this book with Italo’s other works like If on a winters’ night…, or Invisible Cities. There is no wild imagination on display here but rather simple, accessible writing about simple people. With each story, Calvino gracefully unearths the most complicated emotions buried deep inside various characters and talks about loves that are difficult to embrace in the world driven by conventions and morals. A married woman desires to have a good time without her husband, a reader who wants to read, just read, a near-sighted man’s adventure to adjust and accept the inevitable changes a piece of accessory brought to his personality and consequently his life, a photographer who wants to capture every single moment in his camera, so on and so forth. The underlying theme remains the same. Love. Love for someone and for something and difficulty to proclaim that love and carrying on one’s life with or without such proclamation.
Smog revolves around a man who re-locates to a different city which has for long been victimized of industrial pollution and how he got used to the so-called polluted air around him and consequently made him see the difference between human beings he had known for life and those whom he had known for a short period of time and how in the process he started noticing things he had long ignored throughout his life. Calvino has beautifully captured the love story between two characters which again is not according to the conventional standards of love. A passage I particularly liked:
"In other words, I loved her. And I was unhappy. But how could she understood this unhappiness of mine? There are those who condemn themselves to the most gray, mediocre life because they have suffered some misfortune; but there are also those who do the same thing because their good fortune is greater than they feel they can sustain."
A Plunge into Real Estate depicts the story of a family who in order to better their economic conditions gets involved in business with a real estate agent and how Quinto, the protagonist started experiencing the implication of material world in his life. This story in my opinion is a generalized take on Italian Economy during 1950’s in general and bourgeois class in particular but again it’s an engaging tale that entails that society builds character and shapes our beliefs in the most unlikely circumstances.
Calvino lovingly carries his readers alongside him, and makes them experience the world through his words and makes them experience their own world through his creativity. After reading Difficult Loves, I can easily say that he’s one of the most versatile Writers I’ve read. An ideal companion, who understands you and makes you understand him by displaying virtuosity of a master story-teller.
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Read information about the authorItalo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979).
His style is not easily classified; much of his writing has an air of the fantastic reminiscent of fairy tales (Our Ancestors, Cosmicomics), although sometimes his writing is more "realistic" and in the scenic mode of observation (Difficult Loves, for example). Some of his writing has been called postmodern, reflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply "modern". He wrote: "My working method has more often than not involved the subtraction of weight. 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."
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