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The Watcher and Other Stories (Harbrace Paperbound Library)

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He spoke about how this titular short story was the perfect depiction of representative democracy and told us all we need to know about how it functions. Maybe the most moving piece here is "On The Rainy River," about a draftee's ambivalence about going, and how he decided to go: "I would go to war—I would kill and maybe die—because I was embarrassed not to. Book fine; jacket slightly rubbed, with some mild creasing and one small closed tear, but still very good.

But Calvino's rich, slightly dreamlike writing style is very much intact here, and the more optimistic tone can be found in the socialite, who sees beauty where her boyfriend sees only squalor. Front board has a 3/8 inch abrasion and a 1/8 inch light stain on edge of top board--both visible in last photo. Two of the watchers were women: one, wearing a little orange sweater, seemed a factory worker or a clerk, about thirty, with a red, freckled face; the other was fiftyish, with a white blouse, a large locket with a portrait hanging over her bosom, perhaps a widow, an elementary school-teacher, to judge by her appearance.Not only were they written at different points in Calvino's career -- "The Watcher" is from 1963, "Smog" from 1958 and "The Argentine Ant" from 1952, but they don't even get the continuity that a single translator might have been able to provide. The Watcher" helped form my little tag line on outreach that once you are aware of somes situations, one is compelled to do what one can to help. The story contains references to all of these things, so it's all but impossible to parse, a fact not made any easier when Calvino introduces the specter of nuclear war as well.

He spends most of his spare time feuding with his pregnant girlfriend) As he watches during the voting time, the nuns bring by people who are mentally retarded, deformed, horribly ill, or all three.

In those years, Amerigo’s generation (or rather, that part of his generation that had lived in a certain way during the years after ’40) had discovered the resources of a previously unknown attitude: nostalgia. Bumped corners and the usual signs of circulation, adhesive and paper remnants to front pastedown and rear endpapers, stamps to title page, TOC and a few other pages with a couple blackouts. If you're Italian and came of age after WWII you might like it; and "The Argentine Ant" I haven't got to. is about a flirtation between a Thai teenager who keeps a pet pig named Clint Eastwood and an American girl who wanders around in a bikini.

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