Do not expect unity, simplicity nor homogeneity in this collection of essays in this sadly final work by one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Compiled posthumously by the author's widow the book has five excellent reasons for reading. They are the five chapters.
Chapter one, "The Road to San Giovanni" is a reminiscence of the author's relationship with his father and tonw. Chapter two, "A CinemaGoer's Autobiography" concerns itself with the author's youthful fascination with the movies, his perceptions of them his obsession with them and what I find most endearing, his love for American movies (it is worth at least books written by critics of that field). Chapter three, "Memories of a Battle" is a recollection of one of his wartime experiences. Chapter four, "La Poubelle Agreee" ruminates about taking out the trash in Paris. Chapter five "From the Opaque," is a Borges-like concoction concerning his place in the universe, using a mesmerizing array of mathematical, and geometrical ideas in a very experimental exercise.
This book is unique becasue the first four of the chapters are complete in the sense that we do not feel the author would have gone further with them. The final one seems to be the most intriguing, not because it seems to be so obtuse (obtuse angle?), but rather a personal exercise by the author to develop this into a major work and as such, gives us an important glimpse into his creative genius.
This collection is a curious oddity since it his last work and could be a primer for all his works. So if you have not read him, this may be a good starting point. If you are an afficiando of his works, this will enthrall you.