- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 Una edition (24 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145266448X
- ISBN-13: 978-1452664484
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,901,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Invisible Cities MP3 CD – 24 Jun 2013
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
"so important for thinking about the rich layers of life around us, our frailties, how we question and how we find meaning." (Red)
"Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose... The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island" (Jeanette Winterson)
"Whole chapters of unforced poetic prose in which insight and fantasy are perfectly matched-an exquisite world" (Observer)
"'Invisible Cities is perhaps his most beautiful work-the artist seems to have made peace with the tension between man's ideas of the many and the one" (New York Review of Books)
"The most beautiful of his books throws up ideas, allusions, and breathtaking imaginative insights on almost every page. Each time he returns from his travels, Marco Polo is invited by Kublai Khan to describe the cities he has visited-Although he makes Marco Polo summon up many cities for the Khan's imagination to feed on, Calvino is describing only one city in this book. Venice, that decaying heap of incomparable splendour, still stands as substantial evidence of man's ability to create something perfect out of chaos" (Paul Bailey Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'A subtle and beautiful meditation' Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Inside This Book(Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
If you like to combine "thought-provoking" with sensual - a very unusual and wonderful combination.
Each chapter has the name of a town, which is described by Marco Polo. In addition, there are many dialogs between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo that are, in my point of view, the most exciting part of the book. The dialogs are so intelligent and stimulating that I read some of them many times. They can trigger our natural curiosity about the way we see things around us, the future, the past, the present, etc. It is a book to be read in a slow pace so we can reflect upon each part. It helped me to slow down my frequently rushed rhythm of life. How conscious are we while we write the pages of our lives?
However, it is possible that you will not feel the same about this book if you have never visited Venice. Calvino's beloved city is described hundreds of times over in "Invisible Cities", and for me each description was equally accurate, beautiful and stirring - so anyone without a knowledge of the manifold charms of Venice may miss the point of this book entirely, through no fault of their own.
So, since this book struck me on a particularly personal level, it's not necessarily recommended to all.
Oh, and on a point of information, I thought this was almost infinitely better than "If on a Winter's Night a Traveller...", which I found to be rather gimmicky and contrived. For me "Invisible Cities" was neither of these.
For me there is something so hauntingly beautiful about Calvino's words that it really gets under my skin. There's something that really gives the gut a good twist with this book that evokes a strange mix of longing for the future and helpless nostalgia for the past.
I understand why some won't like this book. There's no definite plot, no heros to follow, just an aimless drifting through some potentially non-existent cities broken up by some narrative between two men, possibly high and possibly not even speaking to one another. I can understand that it is boring for some; that it doesn't have much point, even that it can come across as quite pretentious.
What annoys me is that some of those who have turned their nose up at this book seem to feel that all the other reviewers who have read and enjoyed it are all rather pretentious and are desperately attempting to appear more well read and intelligent than they are.
Why? Because it's under Vintage Classics??
I know I'm not particularly intelligent or well read, and to be honest I don't really understand it, I just enjoy the words.
I agree that this is not ideal for those looking for a conventional story...or well, a story at all. However this isn't just a book for 'polite folk;' if you enjoy travelling, or dream of travelling, or are just stuck floating along somewhere and you like beautiful imagery I'd definately recommend Invisible Cities. The only thing that has prevented me from giving it a five star is that I haven't finished reading it yet....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
AMAZING BOOK. if you like to imagen anything, or think things up, this book is a must read, it stimulates your creative mind to heckPublished 2 months ago by Callum wilson
Cant give it no stars so it will have to be one. 3 weeks after i placed my order I'm still waiting for it to download. Think I'll just buy the book in futurePublished 3 months ago by David Stirrup
One of my favourite books. Have had a print copy for years but it's the kind of thing you also need to duplicate onto the Kindle!Published 3 months ago by Ms. Jameela Siddiqi
excellent short stories, imaginative beyond belief, fantastic inspiration.Published 3 months ago by Mr. T. Millward
This is more a selection of poems than a novel. You could read it backwards, if you wanted to. I read it forwards.Published 5 months ago by Rev