Author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, THE EMPTY ROOM, OUR DAILY BREAD, and others. Find out more at www.LaurenBDavis.com. I read as if my sanity depended upon it.. . . oh, wait, it does! Snort.
A piece of literary whimsy, an intriguing curiosity from one of the world's best fabulists.
From the back of the book: "In a fairy-tale setting -- a castle and a tavern in the heart of a dense wood -- a company of men and women are brought together by chance. Distraught and speechless after strange adventures, they communicate their experiences--love affairs, betrayals, battles, conquests--by playing a game of tarot, whose configurations reveal their fates, which are at once unique and universal."
The book struck me as an examination of the way story works, and how essential the concrete image is to narrative. While it's true the novelty of the tarot pack soon wore off and got in the way of the actual stories, it's still worth reading. Few writers took the risks Calvino did.