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  • The story of Qfwfq, his deaf cousin, the captain of their ship and his randy wife, is very sweetly told.

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  • Each story starts with a fact Calvino has culled from 'science' which he then parses into stories narrated by the main character 'Qfwfq'.

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  • With a few exceptions Thomas Pynchon ' s Mike Fallopian, for example, or Italo Calvino ' s Qfwfq or Terry Pratchett ' s Bashfull Bashfullsson, contemporary novelists tend to keep their characters ' names in the realm of the plausible.

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  • At the beginning of "The Light-Years," old Qfwfq happens to notice, as he is observing the sky with his telescope one night, a sign hanging from a galaxy a hundred million light-years away.

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  • The stories in Cosmicomics are all connected by one character, our friend and usually narrator Qfwfq, who has lived through all time from the Big Bang onwards and who domesticates the cosmos for us by relating his own adventures through some of its more significant moments.

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  • Alarmed, Qfwfq quickly calculates the moment on earth two hundred million light-years previous that would date back to that sighting in the distant galaxy, checks his diary, and realizes, to his horror, that it was the one moment in his long life that he might be considered to have done something disreputable.

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  • How, for example, is one to do justice to a book like Cosmicomics (1965), that endlessly inventive re-creation of our myths of Creation, whose main character, one Qfwfq by name, remembers the passing of the dinosaurs?

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  • The moon is old, Qfwfq agreed, pitted with holes, worn out.

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  • In 'The Distance of the Moon', the first and best story and I think it is the best; although it's possible that I think so because I read it first, and its strangeness-and-charm won me over in a way that could never after feel quite so fresh with the other stories Qfwfq recalls when the moon was close enough to the earth to be reached by leaping up -- a strange scaly lunar body, from which moon-milk could be harvested.

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