A review by farbooksventure
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

adventurous challenging reflective slow-paced


This book is like nothing I ever read before.

Beautifully-written, there are so many layers to the narration that I'm sure i haven't fully understand/ appreciate yet. Absolutely intrigued to read more from this author. Invisible Cities is definitely that type of book that one would appreciate more if one know what to expect. I highly recommend taking a little peek at the book wiki page first!

I marked quite a few quotes that I love from this book. Here are two of them:
  • On Death
"... You reach a moment in life when, among the people you have known, the dead out number the living. And the mind refuses to accept more faces, more expressions: on every new face you encounter, it prints the old forms, for each one it finds the most suitable mask." - page 82.

  • On Storytelling
"... "I speak and speak" Marco says, "but the listener retains only the word he is expecting ... It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear." - page 115.