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Half-read "If on a Winter's Night a Traveller" by Author

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This is an unusual post: today I did not finish a book, but I decided to consciously stop reading it. And yet, I give it a 3 stars out of 5, which, for me, doesn’t mean it’s bad. It means it is good, but it is still lacking something for me.

Last month, a friend of mine showed me this video that accompanies the song “bachelorette” by bjΓΆrk, and I was immediately interested. The video follows this cyclic nature that was captivating to me. Having then shared this video with another friend, I was recommended “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller”.

I ordered the book, whose edition was releasing the next day I had been suggested to read it, thinking it was a sign that I must read it. I read around half and I must say that I understand why it is considered a masterpiece and why it can be very nice.

Without spoiling, I was definitely captivated by the story of The Reader. On the other hand, it was quite tiring to read the stories that The Reader was reading. So much that I considered skipping them, but then I would be skipping half of the book. In the end, I just decided to stop. Stop, and focus on other things I want to focus at the moment.

I have always tried to read a book from beginning to end. And maybe that’s where this book also gives me some issues: it is a book full of beginnings, but no ends. And beginnings of books I would likely not read at all, which does not make it easy to focus.

So, for now, I give it a 3 out of 5. I understand why it can be very good, but it did not cut it for me at this moment in time. Maybe I will come back to it at some point in the future? And then manage to read the whole book? Who knows?


  • If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • isbn: 9780099430896