Saturday, August 1, 2015

Review: "Transit Bed" by Italo Calvino

From the Postwar Stories section of his collection titled DIFFICULT LOVES, Italo Calvino gives us the story "Transit Bed," a look into the comings and goings of men from every class through the bed of Armanda, a voluptuous woman whose husband nightly relinquishes his post for the sake of her "work."

Calvino paints a vivid picture of the lengths to which one married couple will go to stay safe in the aftermath of war.  There is no emotion.  There is only necessity.  The writing matches this theme, and I like how sparse but to the point Calvino keeps the narrative.  

This one gets a 3 out of 5 for me...a lovely start to this reading project.

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