Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino
Invisible Cities Cover

Invisible Cities


Don't read this book. Don't read it if you have any illusions of being able to write decently yourself. Because you will immediately realize that you will never, ever be able to write even one sentence that is half as beautiful as any sentence written by Calvino.

Don't read it if you think you've ever had an original idea for a story. Because if you live to be 1,000 years old, you will never think of anything as unique as the ideas in this collection.

Don't read it if you want things you read to be neat and tidy. Because rather than a tight plot with a clear beginning, middle and end, this is a series of loosely connected concepts and philosophical ideas that is closer to Waiting for Godot than it is to any science fiction you have ever read.

This little book blew my mind. I can't wait to read it again.

[I listened to this as an audio book impeccably performed by John Lee.]