Welp. Either I'm too dumb to understand good literature, either I didn't get the purpose of this book. Either way, despite its gorgeous cover, I cannot say that I loved this book.
Rating : ☺☺☺☹☹ more of a 3.5
Do I recommend it : Depends. If you like weird classics with short stories that do not end, yes.
Would I reread it : I feel compelled to, so yes.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler is a book written in a very interesting format. The numbered chapters were chapters where we were the main character, and the book was written in the 2nd person. The titled chapters were the books that we, as the protagonist, were reading. However, none of these books had endings, because of various reasons.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
The narration confused the crap out of me. I never understood who was talking and what was happening, because of the inception that we found in the book. I like to think that I am too stupid to understand, but at some point, the amount of characters in this book was just getting ridiculous.
Another thing that I disliked is easily the short stories never ending. As a reader, I need to know the ending of a book, and a lot of these short stories were actually very good, which made me mad because I wanted to know the endings so badly. I find it cruel to be left out like this, tbh.
↗ What I liked about the book :
The writing style was amazing. This is the main thing I love about classics. They are always written so poetically and in the most beautiful way, and although they are sometimes harder to understand (at least for me), it is the kind of challenge that I am up to, and I feel like reading classics will definitely improve my writing and diction.
The concept of this book, although I was confused by it, I have to say the originality, especially for a classic, really impressed me. Not a lot of books are written this way, and this book really captured what it was to be in love with literature and reading. At many times I was able to relate to the characters, when they talked about their love for books, so reading a book about reading was pretty fun.
I'm still slightly confused as to if I liked it or not, so I might come back and alter this review. For the moment, I will say that I do suggest this book for anyone who likes to read, but if you're not a fan of classics and confusing formats, this might not be easy for you to read. I will say that I did find this book a lot harder to read than I thought, but was overall an inspiring and eye-opening read.
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend