the birthday of italo calvino ... i post some sentences from seniors
as they finished reading If on a winter's night a traveller
... they sound like high school students ... imagine that ...
and they go like this ...
book had some ups and downs for me.
If you think
about it we get some kind of closure in the end--the reader finally
gets the girl.
This novel allowed me to realize
how readers read and writers write.
I found that
during this novel I had to finish so many of my own stories that
I actually ended up writing (or imagining) about half of the book.
I'm probably going to have to reread a few parts
of it before I can come to a real conclusion about it.
agree that it had ups and downs, (the whole Aguitanian infiltrating
infiltrators chapter bugged me to no end), but looking back on
it, I can only think of it with positive feelings.
was sort of annoyed by the ending because for me the book didn't
Give me some free time and a quiet
space to read, and I will probably enjoy the book alot more.
This book ended up being probably one of my favorite
books I have read for a school assignment.
understand that the unfinished parts of the book helped to emphasize
the overall message that reading is never ending, but I just wish
that I could somehow get my hands on the ten endings to the ten
It is the kind that really
keeps you on your toes.
I began to feel a bit
desensitized by the lack of endings.
like Novakov said, make no generalizations about what a book should
be like or what it is like, and I think along with that statement
should also be, Make no assumptions and have no expectations.
It was a far stretch from my favorite Wall Street
Journal and boring nonfiction reading that most people who are
fond of novels would find incredibly boring.
as the book went on, I found that I liked the book for most of
the reasons that others hated it.
I gave up totally
understanding it pretty early on, this did not determine my enjoyment,
I am not the most diligent and attentive
reader, ... so if a plot gets too complicated, confusing or mind
bending, I am inclined to not like it.
see people saying they liked the book, I wonder if they liked
the story, or liked the meaning that they got out of it.
And, while I give Calvino credit for putting the
named chapters in so we could see what the Reader in the novel
was reading, I found those sections to be more distracting than
Serious points for originality, first
of all, because I've never read a book quite this interactive
So, in fact, it is probably my fault
I didn't enjoy it because I went against Nabokov's rule of coming
to a novel with no preconceived expectations.
doesn't really make sense to me that all of the named chapters
lacked "traditional" endings, but then the conclusion
of the novel as a whole provided the ultimate closure.
setup of the book kept me interested and was nice to get a different
Calvino was able to force me into playing
the game he created with this story without me realizing what
he was doing.
It's purposes were to frustrate
and confuse and to somehow personify that frustration into a novel.
I probably would have liked to hang out with Calvino
though. He was probably a really cool guy.
was so caught up in analyzing the thing that I never really asked
myself whether I liked it or not.
in the numbered chapters just got on my nerves, and the weirdness
of it by the end really bugged me.
it was lovely.
The only thing I did not like
the book was that it confused me.
the general gist of things--the reader's on a quest for the book
and Ludmilla..., but I'm pretty sure I missed a lot.
must say this is one of the first papers that I have enjoyed writing,
the thinking, and processing that the book puts you through is
so ... well I guess I could describe it as exhillerating.
I really enjoyed this book, it was so different
than any book I've read, and I love finding books completely original
and even weird or mind-warping.
This book was
perfect for a person like me. I tend to have a very short attention
span at times.
It seems to me that some of what
calvino was doing was purely so that he could say "look how
different i'm being."
I pretty much hated
Calvino definitely wins the originality
prize; however, I felt no emotional connection to this book whatsoever.
Personally, i had some issues with the book.
As I was reading, I could tell that he had fun writing
the book, so I tried to have fun too.
pinter anecdote ... i've been telling this to my classes so i
might as well tell it to the world ... i've never met harold pinter
but in my soph year at
marquette my best friend convinced me to try out for a student-directed
production of something or other ... his attempt i believe to
help get me something like a life ... as it went i got the part
& he didn't ... i played what's his name ... the truckdriver husband
in pinter's The Room ... which meant i was onstage nearly the
whole time ... had virtually no lines to memorize ... and i got
to commit bloody murder before the lights went down ... altogether
great fun ...
... and i kept
a kindness in my artistic soul for anything pinter from then on
... despite the fact that i never ever understood hardly anything
he wrote ... well ... never understood to the degree that i could
write a paper on it ... but his stuff was like music to me ...
i didn't need to formulate it ... had a ton of his books (where
are they now? left behind on one of those moves) ... did Silence
as a directing class exercise ... finally saw a professional production
in 76 ... richardson
& gielgud in No Man's Land
at the kennedy center ...
without students (mostly) ... helped all morning in a room of
juniors with the PSAT ... then the afternoon with two colleagues
... trying to do our duty with the sophomore UbD document ...
uncovering more complexities (& complications) ... what it is
... could be ... should be ...
it seems the old z-pack anitbiotics of last week have only pushed
the buggers out of sight for awhile ... today is day 10 of that
round and yesterday the sore throat bounced back all happy to
be here ... i been trying to ignore it with a bit of motrin ...
which also keeps my recent sensitive dental work under control
... and maybe helps a little with the knee ... i wish it would
also help me with this pile of paper that needs processing ...
and these classes that need planning ... but i'm not complaining
... not a whine to be heard around here tonight
Merton for the week:Love
is the revelation of our deepest personal meaning, value, and
identity. But this revelation remains impossible as long
as we are the prisoner of our own egoism. I cannot find
myself in myself, but only in another. My true meaning and
worth are shown to me not in my estimate of myself, but in the
eyes of the one who loves me; and that one must love me as I am,
with my faults and limitations, revealing to me the truth that
these faults and limitations cannot destroy my worth in their
eyes; and that I am therefore valuable as a person, in spite of
my shortcomings, in spite of the imperfections of my exterior
'package.' The package is totally unimportant. What
matters is this infinitely precious message which I can discover
only in my love for another person. And this message, this
secret, is not fully revealed to me unless at the same time I
am able to see and understand the mysterious and unique worth
of the one I love.
Love and Living
by Thomas Merton
by Naomi Burton Stone and Brother Patrick Hart
Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, Inc. 1979)
Thomas Merton Foundation