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Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino
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Difficult Loves (original 1970; edition 1984)

by Italo Calvino

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Title:Difficult Loves
Authors:Italo Calvino
Info:Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1984), Hardcover, 290 pages
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Non sono riuscita ad andare avanti. Probabilmente, in questo periodo mi coinvolge troppo. Verrà un tempo per finirlo, spero.
  Eva_Filoramo | May 3, 2018 |
Calvino scriveva davvero in maniera eccezionale! questo libro di racconti ne svela la incredibile capacità di scrittore. Come sa descrivere i dettagli che raffigurano i personaggi, le situazioni, i pensieri, gli stati d'animo è cosa davvero rara. E' uno di quei libri che ti fa apprezzare la bellezza della lingua italiana, senza ricorrere a neologismi; perchè la nostra lingua non necessita di questi.
I racconti non hanno a tema gli amori, nonostante il titolo, ma ogni racconto descrive una situazione dove c'è un uomo (il protagonista è sempre il maschio) che si rapporta a una donna; uomo identificato da un aggettivo che ne precisa la condizione (bandito, viaggiatore, lettore, fotografo, ecc..).
I racconti sono scarni, brevi, sembrano scritti come appunti messi in bella copia; e sono pure scritti, come detto, benissimo con una capacità di introspezione dei personaggi. Ma non entusiasmano, non trovo memorabili questi racconti.
La seconda parte poi riporta due racconti ben più lunghi di quelli della prima - racconti molto veloci - ma anche questi due non sono testi che mi hanno entusiasmato. Personalmente sono rimasto infastidito dalla volontà di vivere una vita misera che i personaggi dichiarano apertamente, il voler rinchiudersi in una banalità e in una routine vuota, volutamente vuota. Il racconto poi della formica argentina poi è angosciante, senza speranza.
Ma quando un libro è scritto così bene posso apprezzare a prescindere. Se avesse scritto un racconto sui movimenti di un lombrico sarebbe riuscito a farmelo leggere tutto fino alla fine.
Quindi le 4 stelle se le becca.
Poi, particolare basilare e imprescindibile, il libro mi è stato regalato dalla donna più spettacolare che io conosca. E solo per questo merita il mio più totale apprezzamento. ( )
  SirJo | Sep 4, 2017 |
Difficult Loves is a collection of short stories split into four sections: Riviera Stories, Wartime Stories, Post-war Stories, and Stories of Love and Loneliness. I’ve heard that each story is supposed to deal with some form of love, but I’m not sure this is true. Regardless, these stories are fine and unexpected. I’m particularly fond of the Riviera Stories section-- in one story, a gang of young boys explore a crab-infested ship; in another a young man tries to woo a girl by giving her a cornucopia of slimy animals. Not all stories are so carefree-- the Wartime section in particular. A man must navigate a mine field in one story, and in another a soldier must hide from a sharpshooting young boy. The Stories of Love and Loneliness are also excellent and emotionally rich.

This book’s writing is not as mature as If on a winter’s night a traveler or Invisible Cities, more in line with The Baron in the Trees perhaps, but there are still gems that predict what is to come in Calvino’s writings. It’s a good collection with some memorable stories, and some aren’t. But these stories still shine with Calvino’s talent; they are filled with love and truth. ( )
  danlai | Sep 1, 2014 |
Not as good as the Roald Dahl collection and I'd recommend a novel or Invisible Cities before this but still Calvino overall doesn't disappoint in many of these. ( )
  kirstiecat | Mar 31, 2013 |
A great short story collection - I feel that Italo Calvino brilliantly describes those everyday parts of life that we don't pay enough attention to. At the same time, there were also stories that were hilariously out-of-the-ordinary, such as one about a man's quest to find enough prostitutes to save his wife. ( )
  alexnisnevich | May 21, 2011 |
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One of the warmest and gentlest collections of stories by Calvino, and one of the most grounded in the real world. Lovely and elegant prose that lolls in your imagination like a story whispered into your ear on late spring day.

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In a collection of stories written during the 1940s and 1950s, the author captures moments of revelation in the lives of ordinary people, instants blending recognition and alarm as deceptions and illusions are laid bare.

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