WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m over halfway through If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino and I’ve gotten a much clearer grasp of what this novel is going for. What I mistook for breaking the fourth wall in the opening chapter was actually a case of narrative told in the second-person (though I’m sure the leaning on the fourth wall was deliberate). Chapters alternate between the protagonist’s story and what he is reading, which is always a chapter from a new book and always ends at a moment of great suspense. It’s a fascinating structure that has me continually interested, but I’m not yet sure if what it’s building towards will be satisfying for me or not.
Unfortunately, nothing this week!
I still have every intention of reading The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte next, but with Calvino’s novel still needing to be finished I have comic book plans for the nearer future. I was able to get a hold of the next couple volumes of Berserk that I need, so I will be reading Vol. 20 soon. Hopefully the arc I’m in the middle of will be wrapping up within these volumes so I can avoid being held in suspense any longer.
Until next week, thank you for reading!
6 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – February 20, 2019”
I’m enjoying your updates on Calvino. I think you are having the same thoughts I had when I read his “Invisible Cities”.
I am so tempted by the Calvino, it just sounds so different and intriguing. I may wait for your final view though 🙂
If on a winter’s night a traveler sounds very intriguing! I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts once you’ve finished it.
Wow. The structure of the Calvino sounds fascinating. I am glad it is not so much fourth wall as second person – I had some fourth wall overplay this week with My Plain Jane and was thinking about your progress on this book. Have a great week! https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-february-20-2019/
I keep seeing ‘If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler’ everywhere, but I don’t think it’s something I would like. 🙈 I really hope you do though! 🙂
I can definitely see how it wouldn’t be for everyone. It’s pretty far away from being straightforward, without being completely obtuse lol And thank you, I am enjoying it quite a bit so far.