I've read Mr. Palomar and enjoyed it well enough. There are some quite funny passages.
This is the third Calvino novel I've read. The other two are Invisible Cities and If on a winter's night a traveller. If on a winter's night... was probably the most entertaining for me. Invisible Cities seems more like a book of prose poems and it seems to me that liking or disliking the book or one of the cities depends on your enjoying the concept of that city. Of course, If on a winter's night... is a bunch of first chapters. Mr. Palomar is a series of vignettes about one character, so it seems somewhat more focused than the other two.
I think I chose this because of some comments of James Wood. I'll try to find time to look for them and post them.
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