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  • Hardcover
  • 600 pages
  • Klasīšu spēle
  • Julio Cortázar
  • Latvian
  • 14 October 2019

About the Author: Julio Cortázar

Julio Cort zar, born Julio Florencio Cort zar Descotte, was an Argentine author of novels and short stories He influenced an entire generation of Latin American writers from Mexico to Argentina, and most of his best known work was written in France, where he established himself in .



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  1. Jimmy Jimmy says:

    Table of InstructionsThis review consists of two reviews The first can be read in a normal fashion Start from 1 and go to 12, at the close of which there are three garish little stars which stand for the words The End Consequently, the reader may ignore what follows with a clean conscience.The second should be read by beginning with 1 and then following the sequence indicated at the end of each sentence or paragraph For example, if you see 24 , then proceed to paragraph sentence 24 whi Table of InstructionsThis review consists of two reviews The first can be read in a normal fashion Start from 1 and go to 12, at the close of which there are three garish little stars which stand for the words The End Consequently, the reader may ignore what follows with a clean conscience.The second should be read by beginning with 1 and then following the sequence indicated at the end of each sentence or paragraph For example, if you see 24 , then proceed to paragraph sentence 24 which is conveniently labelled and bolded.From The Other Side1 I expected this book to beinventive than it turned out to be, based mostly on how much hoopla there was around its experimental form I had it in my head that the book could be read in an infinite variety of ways While it certainly can be, the instructions at the beginning specifies only 2 official ways of reading it And besides, they are subsets of each other with slight inconsistencies, for example chapter 55 is left out of one version It seemed almost like watching a movie on a DVD and having the ability to watch it with or without the deleted scenes.But as I progressed, I felt that the flipping of pages had a different effect on me 17 2 It lent a physical structure to the route that the book was taking Having the expendable chapters wedged in between the normal chapters instead of at the end would have resulted in pretty much the same novel, but would also have had a slightly different, lesser effect The need to flip constantly back and forth made the enterprise into a kind of personal search, with a possibility of getting completely lost 273 This is an exciting possibility Unlike in a normal book where I could gauge my progress by the heft of pages in my right vs left hands almost like a subconscious scale , in this book it was clear that the page I was on meant nothing at all In parts, where the narrative took me on a whole string of hopping around among the expendable chapters, I felt completely disoriented, but in a good way Like I was swimming with no sight of the shore 234 What s , the expendable chapters can be seen as a sort of appendage to the main book In this way, the book is not a thing with defined borders, but one that flows and overflows in soft focus Because the novel talks constantly about literature itself, it is inevitable to think of all the works that the novel references and there are many Oblomov, The Man without Qualities, Bouvard and Pecuchet, Under the Volcano, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, The Confusions of Young T rless, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, to name just a few off the top of my head as expendable novels that are part of this one if you were to just expand those fuzzy borders slightly 145 So that another way of reading this book not included in the instructions at the beginning would be to read it straight through but at any mention of another novel, you must go immediately and read it in its entirety, then come back to this book where you left off 296 Similarly, one could expand the borders even further to works influenced by this book including Cort zar s own 62 A Model Kit, inspired by chapter 62 of this book Or even further into fictional works that exist only in the book, like Morelli s novels, and Ceferino s writings One could keep going until this book included all of literature, or you die of exhaustion, whichever comes first guess 7From This Side7 But maybe all this bullshit about form is way overblown Maybe it s all an elaborate distraction so that the book itself can be hidden underneath a quilt with its little hopscotch squares performing its exquisite covering over nature 208 Because the form of the book is so dazzling, its shimmering surface attracts the reviewers full attention They can t look away What ends up being ignored are the things hidden underneath, which sheds light on the whole reason for the circuitous form to begin with 169 Throughout the book, Cort zar is concerned not only with literature and writing itself, but with the possibility of writing at all Is it even possible to say a thing, to communicate with an other If the person you are communicating with is truly an other , then communication would not be possible at all For how can you talk unless you have some kind of shared experience And yet if the other person was not an other then they are the same as you, and you are in essence just talking to yourself And what is the point of that Mental masturbation Therefore, is not the only worthy venture for language to communicate the impossible To attempt interactions with an other who will always misunderstand 2410 Then again, isn t it sometimes harder to communicate with someone you re close with 3111 At the center of this question is a deliberately silly scene It s morning and Oliveira wants some fresh mate as well as some straight nails His best friend Traveler and wife Talita are just across the way, also on the same floor, but in an opposite apartment building It would be easy for him to go downstairs, then go back up the stairs in Traveler s apartment building, get the mate and nails, go back downstairs, then go up the stairs in his own apartment Instead, they build an elaborate bridge from planks of wood and rope, weighing it down with the bed and the dresser and their own bodies like a scale On this precarious contraption, Talita is asked to deliver the goods by crawling across the planks, risking a fall to her bloody death This is a circus act made onlyfunny by its inelegant obviousness Traveler and Talita actually work in a circus 2512 Even the simplest communications require a circus act And yet, we all carry within ourselves some morsel of deep understanding about everything, some essence that is impossible to share Is Cort zar saying it is not worth trying No, he obviously went through the circus act of writing this book, and made you go through the circus act of flipping through the pages Because, for Cort zar, this bridge across what he calls the unbridgeable distance is never achieved elegantly but so humanly in its inelegance , and never completely And precisely because of that, we should try all the harder He seems to be saying Look what fun can be had along the way but watch out, you can also fall to your death 21 From Diverse Sides Expendable Sentences 13 page 307 The unbridgeable difference, a problem of levels that had nothing to do with intelligence or information 3314 At the center is the metaphor of imaginative numbers Torless learns of them in math class, and spends some pages thinking about how we can start with something completely real, apply an element that does not exist to it but we pretend it does, temporarily, just for the sake of conjecture and that the logical result of that because the imaginative numbers eventually cancel each other out on both sides of the equation is a real result But that the bridge between the two real worlds is one that s completely made up from my Goodreads review of The Confusions of Young T rless 2615 All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one Walter Benjamin 316 page 438 Feeling that Heisenberg and I are from the other side of a territory, while the boy is still straddling with one foot in each without knowing it, and that soon he will be only on our side and all communication will be lost Communication with what, for what 917 By any literal definition, this book can be called a page turner 218 page 281 that you would have given me such an urge to be different 1219 In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland the game is called Himmel und H lle Heaven and Hell although there are also some other names used, depending on the region The square below 1 or the 1 itself are called Erde Earth while the second to last square is the H lle Hell and the last one is Himmel Heaven The first player throws a small stone into the first square and then jumps to the square and must kick the stone to the next square and so on, however, the stone or the player cannot stop in Hell so they try to skip that square Wikipedia 2820 page 287 This all seemed perfect to Talita and at the same time there was something like a bedcover about it, or a teapot cover, or some kind of cover, just like the recorder or Traveler s satisfied air, things done or decided, to be put on top, but on top of what, that was the problem and the reason that everything underneath it all was still the way it had been before the half linden, half mint tea 821 For me, literature is a form of play But I ve always added that there are two forms of play football, for example, which is basically a game, and then games that are very profound and serious When children play, though they re amusing themselves, they take it very seriously It s important It s just as serious for them now as love will be ten years from now I remember when I was little and my parents used to say, Okay, you ve played enough, come take a bath now I found that completely idiotic, because, for me, the bath was a silly matter It had no importance whatsoever, while playing with my friends was something serious Literature is like that it s a game, but it s a game one can put one s life into One can do everything for that game Julio Cort zar 1222 p160 The actors speak and move about no one knows why or for what reason We project our own ignorance into them and they seem like madmen to us, coming and going in a very decided way 1923 I m about half way through the first part side, and I remember what frustrates me about Cort zar His prose is so delicious, but I find myself enjoying the back and forth of the characters dialogue much less Especially in some sections in here I just want to be reading Cort zar s hypnotic prose where he s inside one of his character s head, describing a feeling or idea rather than the constant chatter between characters Within this chatter, the rhythm drops off, and my enjoyment does too 2224 page 279 one draws back, from his best friend, no less, who is the one we have the most trouble telling such things to Doesn t it happen to you, that sometimes you confide muchin just anybody 3125 In this picture, Oliveira and Traveler are two faces in a mirror, and yet Talita is the bridge that joins them Only through her is communication possible The whole scene is ridiculous and ridiculously obvious, but this awkwardness is precisely its charm No, this is not an elegant metaphor with a poetic flourish It s a messy one, with all these extra appendages 1826 With all the deliberate fragmentation going on in here, Cort zar seems unusually obsessed with the rather old fashioned idea of unity, or shall I say whunity That coherent scheme, an order of thought and life, a harmony p 291 527 page 442 What good is a writer if he can t destroy literature 3028 Sometimes these characters and their philosophical prattle annoy me, but I think Cort zar doesn t always like them either, and is kind of making fun of them, which makes it suddenly OK to read 600 pages of it Or does it It does if you love Cort zar s prose to begin with I guess Like all big books this is a flawed one, but one which is so willing to make fun of itself, it seems Even though on the surface it seems muchpretentious the talks in the cafe about literature and philosophy might give this impression underneath it all, there is a voice that never takes itself too seriously, a voice of loving laughter that is intensely self aware of its own pretensions but realizes that those pretensions need to be said, that there is some limited though dangerous truth in them also 3429 page 179 Gregorovius had given up the illusion of understanding things, but at any rate, he still wanted misunderstandings to have some sort of order, some reason about them 630 page 286 It couldn t be there s a reason for logic that Horacio was interested and at the same time was not interested The combination of the two things should have produced a third, something that had nothing to do with love something that was close to being a hunt, a search, or rather a terrible expectation, like the cat looking at the canary it cannot reach, a kind of congealing of time and day, a kind of crouching 1531 page 279 The burden is the fact that real understanding is something else We re satisfied with too little When friends understand each other well, when lovers understand each other well, when families understand each other well, then we think that everything is harmonious Pure illusion, a mirror for larks 3232 page 291 What is being compared between Pola and La Maga There seems to be always some kind of measurement between two people, and perhaps not only of lovers That we put them on a scale This side, the other side, and beyond it a race or to a people and a language at least 1333 You re just like Horacio, Talita says to Traveler And while we re at it, what is the comparison being made between La Maga and Talita, whom Horacio mistakes for the former several times Can a person serve as a bridge to be crossed over to another person Or is the true metaphor here a scale, and not a bridge Or is a bridge always a type of scale When the scale tips over, the bridge crumbles 1134 It s ironic that in all their talking about literature, the Club refers to a lazy reader as a feminine reader For all the blatant sexism in this novel, none of the male characters ever do anything They talk a lot, but even an empty threat to take the sardines away from Celestin is never followed through the most active thing done by a male character in this novel, that I can recall, is when Traveler fetches a hat for Talita from another room It seems all they do is talk and travel and drink mate , while the women do all the work 4

  2. Hugh Hugh says:

    I wanted to read this because I had seen it included in some lists of the twentieth century s great novels It is a very interesting book, quite entertaining in places but I can t pretend it is an easy read Before one even starts there is a preamble which explains that you have at least two choices either to read the first 56 chapters in sequence presumably ignoring the rest or to follow an alternative path through the book which is listed at the start and misses out Chapter 55 I opted for I wanted to read this because I had seen it included in some lists of the twentieth century s great novels It is a very interesting book, quite entertaining in places but I can t pretend it is an easy read Before one even starts there is a preamble which explains that you have at least two choices either to read the first 56 chapters in sequence presumably ignoring the rest or to follow an alternative path through the book which is listed at the start and misses out Chapter 55 I opted for the latter, and I think it was a wise decision, but there is enough logic to the second path to deduce what the straight path would have been like, since it does respect the ordering of the core chapters, with frequent and sometimes long digressions into the additional material, some of which is very odd and of limited relevance to the core story.The core plot is fairly simple it explores the world of Horacio Oliveira, an intellectual drifter The first part of the book is set in Paris in the 1950s, and although it seems quite episodic and random, the nature of this appears to reflect Oliveira s own experiences and his state of mind, and those of his friends there are also lengthy digressions on music jazz, classical and popular , literature, philosophy and much else, with a lot of surreal episodes reminiscent of some of the pataphysical Oulipo writers of the time.After a bizarre episode in which Oliveira is arrested after befriending a tramp, he is deported back to Argentina, and the remainder of the book charts his mental disintegration The writing is fragmented and often wilfully obscure though not as obscure as Joyce, who is clearly an influence and there are chapters which are literary games, for example a chapter in which the odd numbered lines follow one story and the even numbered lines another with breaks in mid sentence My impression was that as long as one does not get too obsessed with following everything in detail or understanding the many references, the whole is a pleasurable and stimulating reading experience, so not without a little reluctance I am awarding a full five stars, paff, the end Expendable appendices i I realised about halfway through that there were a lot of unfamiliar words in addition to much quoted French, Spanish and Latin I made this list of unfamiliar words that appear after this point antinomy, aulic, auscultation, cadastral, catoblepas, chitterling, chryselephantine, cinerary, coenaesthesis, columbarium, coprolite, cuniculture, cuspidation, echolalia, eclogue, elution, epistomology, epithelial, exordium, extravasation, geometrid, gnoseologist, helicoid, incunabula, macaronic, mana, mantic, mnemotechny, nebiole, nephelibate, obolus, oneiromancy, palmiped, promissoration, propedeutic, rotogravure, ruleman, satori, serape, soteriology, stupa, teleleological, tragacanth, trismegistic ii Chapter 55, which is omitted from the hopscotch path is effectively reproduced elsewhere, but without the lengthy but entertaining digressions on a bizarre treatise postulating an idealistic system of world government, which a character is reading while the action goes on around him iii I found that when following the hopscotch path I still wanted to know where I was in terms of overall progress, so I put the chapter lengths into a spreadsheet so that I could say how much I had read at any stage Since this may be useful to other readers, here are the numbers Chapter, Pages, Total, Percent73, 3, 3, 0.531, 10, 13, 2.302, 5, 18, 3.19116, 2, 20, 3.553, 5, 25, 4.4384, 4, 29, 5.144, 6, 35, 6.2171, 5, 40, 7.095, 4, 44, 7.8081, 1, 45, 7.9874, 2, 47, 8.336, 2, 49, 8.697, 1, 50, 8.878, 2, 52, 9.2293, 4, 56, 9.9368, 1, 57, 10.119, 4, 61, 10.82104, 1, 62, 10.9910, 2, 64, 11.3565, 2, 66, 11.7011, 3, 69, 12.23136, 1, 70, 12.4112, 6, 76, 13.48106, 1, 77, 13.6513, 3, 80, 14.18115, 1, 81, 14.3614, 3, 84, 14.89114, 1, 85, 15.07117, 1, 86, 15.2515, 6, 92, 16.31120, 2, 94, 16.6716, 3, 97, 17.20137, 1, 98, 17.3817, 6, 104, 18.4497, 1, 105, 18.6218, 4, 109, 19.33153, 1, 110, 19.5019, 5, 115, 20.3990, 5, 120, 21.2820, 11, 131, 23.23126, 1, 132, 23.4021, 5, 137, 24.2979, 3, 140, 24.8222, 3, 143, 25.3562, 3, 146, 25.8923, 25, 171, 30.32124, 2, 173, 30.67128, 1, 174, 30.8524, 5, 179, 31.74134, 1, 180, 31.9125, 2, 182, 32.27141, 3, 185, 32.8060, 1, 186, 32.9826, 3, 189, 33.51109, 2, 191, 33.8727, 4, 195, 34.5728, 33, 228, 40.43130, 1, 229, 40.60151, 1, 230, 40.78152, 1, 231, 40.96143, 3, 234, 41.49100, 4, 238, 42.2076, 2, 240, 42.55101, 2, 242, 42.91144, 2, 244, 43.2692, 3, 247, 43.79103, 1, 248, 43.97108, 6, 254, 45.0464, 3, 257, 45.57155, 6, 263, 46.63123, 3, 266, 47.16145, 1, 267, 47.34122, 3, 270, 47.87112, 2, 272, 48.23154, 6, 278, 49.2985, 1, 279, 49.47150, 1, 280, 49.6595, 3, 283, 50.18146, 1, 284, 50.3529, 5, 289, 51.24107, 1, 290, 51.42113, 1, 291, 51.6030, 2, 293, 51.9557, 5, 298, 52.8470, 1, 299, 53.01147, 1, 300, 53.1931, 6, 306, 54.2632, 4, 310, 54.96132, 2, 312, 55.3261, 2, 314, 55.6733, 2, 316, 56.0367, 2, 318, 56.3883, 2, 320, 56.74142, 3, 323, 57.2734, 7, 330, 58.5187, 1, 331, 58.69105, 1, 332, 58.8796, 4, 336, 59.5794, 1, 337, 59.7591, 1, 338, 59.9382, 1, 339, 60.1199, 11, 350, 62.0635, 4, 354, 62.77121, 1, 355, 62.9436, 15, 370, 65.6037, 7, 377, 66.8498, 1, 378, 67.0238, 2, 380, 67.3839, 2, 382, 67.7386, 1, 383, 67.9178, 4, 387, 68.6240, 4, 391, 69.3359, 1, 392, 69.5041, 30, 422, 74.82148, 1, 423, 75.0042, 2, 425, 75.3575, 1, 426, 75.5343, 4, 430, 76.24125, 3, 433, 76.7744, 5, 438, 77.66102, 1, 439, 77.8445, 4, 443, 78.5580, 2, 445, 78.9046, 6, 451, 79.9647, 5, 456, 80.85110, 1, 457, 81.0348, 5, 462, 81.91111, 3, 465, 82.4549, 4, 469, 83.16118, 1, 470, 83.3350, 3, 473, 83.87119, 1, 474, 84.0451, 7, 481, 85.2869, 2, 483, 85.6452, 2, 485, 85.9989, 3, 488, 86.5253, 4, 492, 87.2366, 1, 493, 87.41149, 1, 494, 87.5954, 10, 504, 89.36129, 6, 510, 90.43139, 1, 511, 90.60133, 11, 522, 92.55140, 2, 524, 92.91138, 3, 527, 93.44127, 2, 529, 93.7956, 23, 552, 97.87135, 1, 553, 98.0563, 1, 554, 98.2388, 1, 555, 98.4072, 1, 556, 98.5877, 1, 557, 98.76131, 1, 558, 98.9458, 2, 560, 99.29 131 again 55, 4, 564, 100.00

  3. karen karen says:

    8 years after i read this book, i finally understand why i didn t like it apparently, this is an either or book , but i read it as an and then book.dr wikipedia claims An author s note suggests that the book would best be read in one of two possible ways, either progressively from chapters 1 to 56 or by hopscotching through the entire set of 155 chapters according to a Table of Instructions designated by the author Cort zar also leaves the reader the option of choosing a unique path th 8 years after i read this book, i finally understand why i didn t like it apparently, this is an either or book , but i read it as an and then book.dr wikipedia claims An author s note suggests that the book would best be read in one of two possible ways, either progressively from chapters 1 to 56 or by hopscotching through the entire set of 155 chapters according to a Table of Instructions designated by the author Cort zar also leaves the reader the option of choosing a unique path through the narrative. WHERE WAS THAT AUTHOR S NOTE WHEN I READ THIS BOOK because i read the whole 600 page book front to back the way one does, AND THEN i went back and hopscotched through it, thinking that there would be some secret doorway that opened or something that would illuminate why i was doing this second pass but there s no doorway spoiler alert and i resented that i seemed to be reading the whole fucking book again for no fucking reason, and i was so baffled about why people seemed to value this book so much when, to me, it just seemed like an elaborate nose thumbing time wasting prank and i assumed that people liked it because they were trying to be all douchey elitist and pretending to like something just because it was difficult or challenging or whatever, and they cherished their shiny gold star for enduring the tedium of repetition but it s not difficult it s a playful and lyrical schtick if you only have to read it through once, whichever way you choose but reading it twice, back to back, just with the scenes all shuffled in a different order is not something i recommend because it will just be infuriating and you will howl dude, i KNOW WE JUST COVERED THIS WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THE SAME SHIT ALL OVER AGAIN, FORGETFUL GRANDPA and afterward, all you will remember is the howling, and not the reading so there that s my explanation discovery psacome to my blog

  4. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Maga WorldTrying to make a living by breaking through the barrier of language is called art Hopscotch is about a community of such labourers It s not an easy job fighting against language but someone has to do it The life style is necessarily unconventional, but that s an effect not a prior condition The battle with language makes a personthan slightly mad It requires seeing everything as if it were nothing This, of course, is what God does Making everything out of nothing is his sp Maga WorldTrying to make a living by breaking through the barrier of language is called art Hopscotch is about a community of such labourers It s not an easy job fighting against language but someone has to do it The life style is necessarily unconventional, but that s an effect not a prior condition The battle with language makes a personthan slightly mad It requires seeing everything as if it were nothing This, of course, is what God does Making everything out of nothing is his specialit de la maison And every true artist has divine ambitions Artists are essentially Mormons they create their own scriptures and then aspire to the scriptural ideals about becoming god like This is the only real wayTo find out what s behind somethingDefine it yourself.The circularity of language is thecausus belli artists hate the fact that words are defined in terms of other words endlessly So they rebel against it, biting the hands that feeds themAt some given point the callus, the sclerosis, the definition is born black or white, radical or conservative, homo or heterosexual, the San Lorenzo team or the Boca Juniors, meat or vegetables, business or poetry Language is a prison they want to escape.It s not just writers who want to push into that Neverland beyond language Painters, film makers, and musicians have the same obsession They all want to find the new surrealism, the next jazz, that perfect story which undermines all stories or isshocking than anything seen before They won t of course But lost causes have their attractions Failure is a foregone conclusion, and therefore technically impossible This is the consolation of artistry.What really fascinates an artist, and what they find infinitely annoying, is a person who already lives beyond language They are attracted to these people as to strange scientific phenomena But they despise them because they have what the artist wants but cannot value it In Hopscotch La Maga is simultaneously adored and reviled, seduced and marginalised She cannot be taught about art because, were she to learn, she would no longer exist beyond language She would no longer be the work of art the artist craves.For the writerthe great Logos is watchingFor him, words always precede thingswithout the verba there isn t any res La Maga on the other hand ispneuma and not logosShe is pure spirit The writer treatsLife as a commentary of something else we cannot reach, which is there within reach of the leap we will not take La Maga has already leapt Or rather she never really existed in the world of language Although she can use language, she has no delusions about its reality or lack of itF or people like her the mystery begins precisely with the explanationThis is the result of inexpressible personal tragedy.Naturally La Maga, that is to say, Reality, has to be abandoned This is the inevitable fate of the artist as well as reality since La Maga World is fundamentally uninhabitable

  5. Chris_P Chris_P says:

    Julio Cortazar HopscotchDon t read this book For real now, don t Throw it away or, better still, burn it Either you will burn it or it will burn you Seriously, it will tear you open and feast on your guts while all you ll be able to do is look around in over saturated numbness I envy those who weren t moved by it I envy and pity them at the same time, for the same reason I ve felt something they have not.I ve talked before about books that read you as much as you read them, but this is Julio Cortazar HopscotchDon t read this book For real now, don t Throw it away or, better still, burn it Either you will burn it or it will burn you Seriously, it will tear you open and feast on your guts while all you ll be able to do is look around in over saturated numbness I envy those who weren t moved by it I envy and pity them at the same time, for the same reason I ve felt something they have not.I ve talked before about books that read you as much as you read them, but this is a whole other thing It strips you bare and puts you under close examination while holding a mirror in which you cannot help but look Have you ever looked into the mirror while listening to Miles Davis Do that and you ll get the idea somewhat If you ve read it but didn t feel it, I envy and pity your ability to look away If you ve never read it at all, I envy and pity your ignorance Five and zero stars Just like everything that s worth our while will ever be

  6. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    Rayuela Marelle Hopscotch While reading this dizzy making book the word vertiginous occurs very frequently in the text , a book that requires the reader to hop back and forth between the 155 different sections instead of turning the pages in the usual order, I found myself latching onto certain images in the text as if to steady myself the description of a leaf, for example, or an old umbrella dropping from a height, or stars in the night sky, or revolving Japanese sunshades, or the Rayuela Marelle Hopscotch While reading this dizzy making book the word vertiginous occurs very frequently in the text , a book that requires the reader to hop back and forth between the 155 different sections instead of turning the pages in the usual order, I found myself latching onto certain images in the text as if to steady myself the description of a leaf, for example, or an old umbrella dropping from a height, or stars in the night sky, or revolving Japanese sunshades, or the flight pattern of a fly as it circles a lampshade, or blood spatters on concrete But since the images that attracted my attention see updates often described falling or floating or revolving or spiraling, I felt I was constantly in motion just as my fingers were constantly flicking pages back and forth searching for the next chapter number in the seemingly random sequence recommended at the beginning, while at the same time my mind was swirling with the multitude of ideas tossed back and forth by the characters as they sat around smoke filled midnight rooms listening to jazz improvisations, or wandered the rain soaked streets of Paris in the company of a colorful tramp, or the sun filled streets of Buenos Aires in the company of a circus cat, or played a kind of ultimate hopscotch in the courtyard of a mental asylum where finishing on frame number 8 could equal soaring towards brightness as in the hole at the top of a circus tent, or alternately, could mean diving towards darkness as in disappearing down a plughole or falling down the pit of a lift shaft And although the many movement related images that caught my eye in the text seemed quite random, together they began to build towards a pattern of meaning, and even of prophecy, though I couldn t have known that when I focused on them initially The experience left me identifying a little with Lucia, the character in the text who was something of a blind visionary Lucia is the partner of a character called Horacio he always refers to her in his thoughts as La Sybille at least in the French edition Horacio that name means time keeper spends a lot of time discussing the meaning of life with the Jazz loving group described above je swingue donc je suis Interspersed with the group s discussions are odd passages from a writer called Morelli who seems to be compiling his own hopscotch of a work, a kind of literary compendium that a reader would have to find their own way through according to how affected they are by what they have read At times, it felt as if the story I was reading about Horacio and Lucia was actually Morelli s book but at one point Morelli becomes a character in the main story, and crosses paths with Horacio, quite randomly of course, so I realised we weren t in Morelli s book Randomness is a big theme throughout, needless to say Horacio and Lucia meet by accident too, and then rely on mere chance to continue their relationship, always finding each other in the streets of Paris even when they aren t looking for each other Exception seems to be their rule, especially in the case of Lucia who has the ability to find meaning in thingseasily than do the others in their group, and often concerning matters that her education and background would not have prepared her to understand And just as Lucia is a random finder of odd meanings, a blind visionary as it were, Horacio is a conscious seeker of specific meanings, and thearcane the better j acide donc je suis it seems certain acids have a role in the act of thinking However, for Horacio, the dizzy making hopscotch of his life cette vertigineuse marelle , never seems to let him reach the square where meaning might reside Horacio remains the seeker and can t seem to become the finder though the ultimate absurdity of this wonderfully absurd book is that Horacio did find what he was looking for early in the story but was unable to recognize it If there was a term which meant the opposite of a blind visionary, Horacio would be it I loved that This was a book that appealed greatly to my imagination I might even say I watched itthan I read it, heard itthan I comprehended it, indeed I basically lived inside its pages for 3 weeks It spilled over into my life and my life spilled over into the book so that I found myself dreaming about it during the night and wasn t sure later what had been in the dream and what had been in the text I wish books like this came along oftener They make reading muchthan an eye stroll down a page Je lis donc je suis

  7. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    I have never beenwrong about a novel I was about Hopscotch A baffled first reading took place seven annums past, and a vexed and unfair one star review lingered on my profile for a half that period until three years ago the shame , when I suspected there to beto Cort zar and issued a partial retraction for the slander Recent encounters with Cronopios and Famas and A Manual for Manuel showed me that Cort zar was in fact an essential writer of some magical powers, and a cheap encou I have never beenwrong about a novel I was about Hopscotch A baffled first reading took place seven annums past, and a vexed and unfair one star review lingered on my profile for a half that period until three years ago the shame , when I suspected there to beto Cort zar and issued a partial retraction for the slander Recent encounters with Cronopios and Famas and A Manual for Manuel showed me that Cort zar was in fact an essential writer of some magical powers, and a cheap encounter with this Harvill edition in a Chipping Norton bookshop 2.50 urged me to reappraise this masterpiece And on the second reading sheer bliss as I hopped from chapter to chapter This is a full retraction, and if you will accept my grovelling apology, I would be honoured to receive acceptance into warm impish bosom of the Cort zaristas

  8. Richard Richard says:

    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH I had to read this for a book club I read about 80 pages of this and threw it across the room Wish I didn t Maybe I could ve gottenfor it when I traded it in pretentiousness wrapped uptight faux beatness What I remember expat intellectuals crying over jazz records having an artistic time in paris Well read guy pines for girl who doesn t catch all his references but, you know, feels things The cover blurb makes it look like it will change your life and then mak AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH I had to read this for a book club I read about 80 pages of this and threw it across the room Wish I didn t Maybe I could ve gottenfor it when I traded it in pretentiousness wrapped uptight faux beatness What I remember expat intellectuals crying over jazz records having an artistic time in paris Well read guy pines for girl who doesn t catch all his references but, you know, feels things The cover blurb makes it look like it will change your life and then make sandwiches for you Is this book pretentious or just about pretentiousness I couldn t tell Is either worth reading

  9. Geoff Geoff says:

    Here s a link to the Quarterly Conversation review of Hopscotch, it s really a very good review, and does a fine job elucidating this book s qualities and its value in the realm of literature, if I were to write a proper review of the book it would be a shadow plagiarization of this you could go read Jimmy s review, which, as I ve said below, is one of the finest and most fun reviews here on Goodreads do yourselves a favor and get to know Jimmy s wri Here s a link to the Quarterly Conversation review of Hopscotch, it s really a very good review, and does a fine job elucidating this book s qualities and its value in the realm of literature, if I were to write a proper review of the book it would be a shadow plagiarization of this you could go read Jimmy s review, which, as I ve said below, is one of the finest and most fun reviews here on Goodreads do yourselves a favor and get to know Jimmy s writing me, this second go at reading Hopscotch was a wonderful lesson in not trusting my first impressions, which, as we should all begin to realize, are at the very least always revisable as we get closer to a thing or a subject, and are often utterly overturned or reversed, and we are proved not only mistaken in our initial judgment, but sometimes laughably in the wrong altogether Here I was altogether in the wrong when I gave up early on this book a few years ago After finishing this reading, I feel Hopscotch is an essential book there were so many mysteriously beautiful moments, so many freshly sculpted images immune to cliche, so many passages that exhaled great gasps of Life, so much vitality and energy vibrating on each page It enters the pantheon as one of the Great Books of Failure really, all books are failures, but very few books are Great Books of Failure I hopscotched through Hopscotch, meaning, I took Cortazar s recommended leapfrogs through Oliveira s labyrinth Read in this manner, the structure itself is a bliss of fragmented puzzling, where correspondences float beneath seemingly disparate sections, doublings and multiplications of resonances are given voice, illuminations rise like will o the wisps in the dusk of reading, and the mind is kept off kilter and at attention and attuned to receiving many tones at once thus the obsession with jazz, how we listen to a line from Dizzy announce the theme but completely transmuted, later on in the tune, recognizableby a feeling and instinct than explicitly drawn.It is said of Hopscotch that it is a young man s book , I guess meaning that it is one of those books better read early in life, when one isopen to oddities and playful impressionism, elements that read as whimsical or seem to lack the seriousness or gravity expected of maturity I totally disagree, or, I disagree that losing the love of play should be considered a mark of maturity Sure, I wasn t prepared the first go round for the originality of Cortazar s writing, which resists categorization and cliche so strongly it often feels loose improvised , and gives the false impression of not holding its center again, as does great jazz, here I think Ornette Coleman comes to mind as a good analogy, his compositions feel precarious and about to spin to pieces but are pinned by the tightest of tonal structures This book is precisely Janus faced see the quote in the QC review , a forward and backward , upward and outward oriented gaze that seems not attached to a youthful perspective as much as it imparts the wisdom that the secret to timelessness is in keeping young eyes And as a Great Book of Failure, it came to me, 38 years old, at what seems an ideal time an age when it is tempting to ease into habits, narrow our lives, stabilize our personas, stultify and ride inertia out into oblivion Janus faced Hopscotch reminds us to resist this at the very core of our being, that all the paths we take will be equally mistaken we look back and can only decide on whether we have been made crooked or straight nails chapter 41 is of the utmost importance to the book as we know, straight nails have always known their destiny and slide easily into their purpose, while crooked nails must find unique forms to fulfill themselves Hopscotch reminds us of the inevitability, and thus the worth, of our mistaken path, that our failures are our only possible successes, because there only failures, false starts, misdirections, and that the one thing that seems to be consistently true in life is that questions are farvaluable than answers Cortazar not only incorporates these notions into the plot and characterization of Hopscotch, the structure he invented for his book makes it a literal part of the reading experience he has made a labyrinth for us to hold in our hands, live with, carry beside us another labyrinth, of pages and print, to accompany the labyrinth in our skulls.It gets my highest recommendation It is a favorite Play Hopscotch it s a game, it s only meant for play and what is art but the most serious of playtimes all you need is a toe and a pebble and some chalk and little square opening up to Heaven It s simple Below is some extraneous crap better avoided, but it got some licks so, like, whatever Mais une autre UPDATE Below is some dumb shit I wrote a long time ago, that somehow 21 people liked or licked , not sure about that I lick things I like all the time, how about you sometimes licking leads to liking and vice versa about this book Hopscotch which I never really gave a proper chance and which I am jumping into again Let s say I m jumping aboard, to counteract the update below Any case, I ain t no Real Good Art Critic heaven forbid actually, I have learned to not trust my instincts, to play with opposite inclinations, and to sink slowly with a lascivious enjoyment in the warm bath of the oh so many times I have erred To err is human, to lick divine So in the service of divine reversals, back I go into Hopscotch, avast, aboard, ahoy, sails amast UPDATE I m jumping ship on this one This has nothing to do with the quality of the writing, which is high quality wordsmanship, and I m enjoying the leapfrog structure but the Ultra Amplified Bohemian Paris atmosphere is too drunk on its own Bohemianeninity for me right now It s just not where my head is at I am feeling nothing but contempt for these characters who wander rubbish piles at midnight to find trash boxes and throw away coat hangers and paint them yellow to make mobiles for their disorderly apartments they somehow afford even though they don t work and every second reference in their conversation is to an obscure Hungarian silent film and they re always bringing gifts of Surrealist or Post Impressionist post cards or when they can t afford those just leaves of trees thanks and having very deep conversations in abandoned parking lots and wine stained cafes once again, if you can t afford a postcard how are you eating in cafes much less paying rent and doing coy things like destroying umbrellas as some gesture of infinity I would hate these people if I knew them The book is written very well, and I have kept it as a to read , but I want to give it the reading it deserves, which I am not capable of at this moment Perhaps being juxtaposed with reading i ek these characters just feel enormously frivolous MJ Nicholls and Richard give this caustic one star reviews, while Jimmy supplies an ecstatic 5 bright superterrestrial polygons accompanied by one of the greatest reviews ever to grace the digitized pixels of the Goodreads continuum Ever stalwart Nate D seems to stride the star poles, gifting us a review that intrigues as well as cautions Here s what Alexander Theroux has to say on the subject I love that novel Now that is a book that is full of puzzles and codes I wish I could have been a member of The Serpent Club What amazes me is that Cort zar invariably received praise and admiration for the high style, lists, loquacity, boldness, ingenuity, and encyclopedic invention in his fiction, particularly that book, while the mediocre book reviewers and invidious drabs to whom I am inevitably assigned by the New York Times drab and hateful ink stained failures, for the most part only scowl at my work I attribute this to envy and the ham handed convention that nowadays seems to prevail everywhere in this business that asks, Who does he think he is Wait, that was clearly muchTheroux s own invective against reviewers than about Hopscotch as a book Apologies Perhaps I can square the circle Reconcile the divergences Give at least one insight approaching validity We shall see

  10. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Double Entendres Galore Hopscotch by Julio Cort zar Original Review, 1981 05 15 If you like your novels simple and straightforward, don t read Hopscotch.If you have an allergy to extended brainy digressions and convoluted debates, you better avoid Hopscotch.If you abhor puns, double entendre and wordplay, I most seriously advise you to stay clear of Hopscotch.If you can t stand literary, philosophical, musical and artistic ref If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Double Entendres Galore Hopscotch by Julio Cort zar Original Review, 1981 05 15 If you like your novels simple and straightforward, don t read Hopscotch.If you have an allergy to extended brainy digressions and convoluted debates, you better avoid Hopscotch.If you abhor puns, double entendre and wordplay, I most seriously advise you to stay clear of Hopscotch.If you can t stand literary, philosophical, musical and artistic references cramming your narrative, I sincerely prompt you to veer off taking Hopscotch from the bookseller s shelf.If you like your narrative to be free of phrases, expressions and vocabulary from languages you don t know and don t care for, maybe Hopscotch is not a book for you

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