Contents[ edit ] The Distance of the Moon, the first and probably the best known story. Calvino takes the fact that the Moon used to be much closer to the Earth, and builds a story about a love triangle among people who used to jump between the Earth and the Moon, in which lovers drift apart as the Moon recedes. At Daybreak — Life before matter condenses. A Sign in Space — The idea that the galaxy slowly revolves becomes a story about a being who is desperate to leave behind some unique sign of his existence. This story also is a direct illustration of one of the tenets of postmodern theory — that the sign is not the thing it signifies, nor can one claim to fully or properly describe a thing or an idea with a word or other symbol.

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I became aware of two facts after reading this book -Sometime people can be way over-creative -And sometime this over-creativity can be real pain in the So, what is cosmicomics? I may say it is comics of the universe; it is book of twelve short stories, with setting in all across the universe and from time even before big-bang to present day, and telling us the story of evolution of the universe.

But that is about something written on the pages of this book, but not what the book itself is. Where shall I begin? Maybe with the fact that, this book cannot be tied down to a particular genre. This book is everything ranging from magical-realism, science-fiction, and philosophy. Or maybe with the fact that, there are no humans in this book. But collecting from the stories, he is some kind of anthropomorphized shape-shifter. He is dinosaur in one story and mollusc in another. And he has been there even before universe came into existence.

What kind of name is that? Have you started realising the strangeness of this book! Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Earth. How well I know! We had her on top of us all the time, that enormous Moon: when she was full -- nights as bright as day, but with a butter-colored light -- it looked as if she were going to crush us Climb up on the Moon?

Of course we did. All you had to do was row out to it in a boat and, when you were underneath, prop a ladder against her and scramble up. Climbed up on the moon like this- Easy peasy, eh?

Not so easy. What, you got a question? We went to collect the In simple words, Calvino leaves no stone unturned. But, a big but, these are the things that surround the story, at the center of this is a love triangle. Yes a love triangle and this story has very sad and heart-breaking end. Powerful ending, that will not make you cry but make you think, what loving and being loved is about!

Calvino packs a good amount of humour in each story, and many underlying themes, one story is about a person who is too self-conscious and many stories have characters who are laggards, who refuse to accept the change that occurs in the universe. Now tell me, how much creativity, strangeness, humour, drama, philosophy can be packed in a page story. You will be surprised, that is all I can say. With so much richness in the stories and every story being completely different, it becomes hard to absorb the stories.

I read four stories on first day, and by the time I finished fourth, I did not have stamina to read a single word more. I was drained, I was puzzled. I sat wondering, what was that I just read! Well, thinking and reality are two different things, so it happened I was again wrong. I somehow finished the book that day, but ended up missing all the fun.

It will make a lot more sense when I tell you that I rated this book with 3-stars on the day I finished it, 4-stars a week later and 5-stars after penning down this review.


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