Analysis Of The Book ' Invisible Lakes '

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If the depth of Jay Gatsby’s maniac love for Daisy was made known immediately, or the tension in Madame Bovary didn’t rise in such calculated fashion, or Moby Dick started with Captain Ahab’s fatal standoff with his white whale, some of literature’s most beloved works would lose a great amount of their clout. Organization is among the most potent tools in literature. Content always steals the spotlight but the manner in which ideas are conveyed holds equal weight. Invisible Cities avoids the traditional template of a logical or chronologically organized narrative. My essay Invisible Lakes is a vain attempt to mimic the novel’s eclectic organization. Italio Calvino utilizes a kaleidoscopic, narrow point of view to describe Venice in Invisible Cities, just as I do in my essay Invisible Lakes, both to achieve the goals of alluding to larger themes, developing more palpable scenes, and maintaining a phantasmagoric motif, each with varying results. Calvino aims to maintain a dream-like lens throughout Invisible Cities. “He was thinking of all these things when he desired a city. Isidora, therefore, is the city of his dreams: with one difference. The dreamed-of city contained him as a young man; he arrives at Isidora in his old age. In the square there is a wall where the old men sit and watch the young boy go by; he is seated in a row with them. Desires are already memories.” Page 8, Cities and Memories, 2 Some cities in the novel remain well rooted in the footing of reality
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