“a language as precise as possible both in choice of words and in expression of the subtleties of thought and imagination.”
– Italo Calvino
The quote above is Calvino’s third and final meaning for exactitude. This is the meaning that I found applicable to my selection for the Learning Screen, “Old School” by Tobias Wolff. The story is told by a narrator who just happens to be the main character of the story. The only perspective you get is that of the boy. This means that some of the thoughts were not full sentences. Thoughts and ideas usually come to mind in the simplest form. This is where Tobias Wolff is able to inject exactitude into”Old School”. The way in which the narrator conveys each event is in the most exact form of language, thought. It is the most basic form of communication. If the story was narrated by a third-party, the story wouldn’t be able to convey exactitude in the same sense because the speech of the narrator would be in full sentence and most likely not exact langauge.
My ‘blox’ for exactitude consists of a view through the eyes of the narrator. This aspect of the story is what embodies the quality into the work. Through the view of the narrator, the viewer of the ‘blox’ sees specific thoughts that the boy had throughout the story. These thoughts and simple language are the traits of the book that convey exactitude as explained by Calvino.