The story If On A Winter's Night a Traveler is about the immersion of a reader within a story and his determination to go on with the plot and discover what happens. This is foiled within this story when the Reader constantly encounters with books that suddenly break off and have no ending.
What makes this story unique is its depiction of the Reader, Other Reader, and its descriptions of all readers, and how they both read a story and at the same time, take part in the story and become part of it as well. It is special in the way that it talks about the Reader in a personal way, yet it applies to readers of literature everywhere and how they feel when they read.
The story begins with the descriptions of the different ways in which people read and the different positions or locations in which they do it. This section is somewhat a comical start and helps to really draw in the reader and makes you want to continue. The first novel within the story is then started and it immediately begins with a traveler in a train station that is foreign to him, much how a reader feels foreign within a new story he is reading and how he feels out of place since he does not yet know the characters within the story.
[...] This disappoints the Reader, as he thinks of this reading adventure as one involving both him and Ludmilla together. However, Ludmilla states that she does not want to go because she feels that as a reader, seeing the publishing side of things would take away some of the mystery and thrill of reading. I feel that it is at this point that Ludmilla starts to become less involved in the story directly and the Reader himself becomes the sole person involved in both the overall stories and the smaller stories. [...]
[...] In the sense of the main story, I feel that the Reader was sucked in and became part of every story he read, while Ludmilla simply took a backseat in the adventure and simply waited for the Reader and her to be together, as she probably knew he was interested in her. Since their initial meeting, the Other Reader simply wanted a fun and interesting book to read, while the Reader truly wanted to pursue his connection with her and become closer to her. In the end, both of their pursuits become fulfilled as the Reader marries Ludmilla and he becomes the thing she is truly interested in. Bibliography Calvino, Italo. If on a winter's night a traveler. [...]
[...] If on a Winters Night aTraveler by Italo Calvino The story If On A Winter's Night, A Traveler is one about the immersion of a reader within a story and his determination to go on with the plot and discover what happens. This is foiled within this story when the Reader constantly encounters books which suddenly break off and have no ending. What makes this story unique is its depiction of the Reader, Other Reader, and its descriptions of all readers, and how they both read a story yet, at the same time, take part in the story and become part of it as well. [...]
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