Italo Calvino is a genius of a writer. I absolutely adore his writing. Even midway through the book, all I could think was wow, wow, I love this, wow.
It's in the feel of the writing, it's in the ambiance he creates with his words. There is a sense of longing and mystery and just the feel of a person sitting down with a mug of something steaming in his hands, closing his eyes and letting the steam wash over his cheeks.
Invisible Cities is such a beautiful book for the possibilities it evokes in the mind. These snipbits of cities are endless possibilities waiting to be unraveled. The conversations between the the Khan and Marco Polo are a hint of the past and the theme that ties the book together.
I adore this book. I will have to come back to it.
It is not an easy read. It is not a book to skim through and be done. Each little paragraph is an entire city, each little paragraph is a city of thought to be discovered.
But it is beautiful.
Five stars because I love it too much, and I only give five stars to books I love. Recommended only for people who love imagination.