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review 2013-10-09 00:00
Rayuela (Letras Hispánicas, #625) - Julio Cortázar,Andrés Amorós Pfffff thank god for that!

The majority of South American literary-ture that I've read (sans Borges, Marquez and the other obviousers) has been about bohemians dicking about and occasionally having sex, and Hopscotch is no different. It claims to be two books, one which is read left to right until the end of chapter 56, and another which is read in a crazy order all the way up to chapter 155. I read 1 1/2 of those books, and every time I deviated from the normal chapter order, all I found was a page-long quote which was somewhat related to the chapter I'd just read, and not often anything more- seemed to me to be one book with some glorified endnotes!

Also felt locked out of lots of the content too, just because I'm not South American. From Andrés Amorós' introduction exclaiming that Hopscotch is 'even studied in Spain, now!' to the occasional footnote with a layman's biography of Samuel Beckett, I had no doubt that this was targeted at its natural South American audience. And I can imagine that if I was from Argentina, vicariously dicking about in Paris would be quite a seductive prospect :D

Wouldn't recommend this, but 3* -let it be remembered that a book read in a second language is valuable even in spite of its content, so if you ever want to take a chance on a new author, genre etc, do it in another language if you have the possibility :-)

And if you are in the mood for some South American dicking about with a pseudopostmodern flair, you can't go wrong with [a: Bolaño|72039|Roberto Bolaño|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1260522528p2/72039.jpg]! :)
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quote 2013-06-12 17:23
Człowiek żyje przeświadczony, że nie umknie mu nic interesującego, aż do chwili, gdy jakieś drobne przesunięcie ukaże mu na przeciąg sekundy, niestety nie pozostawiając czasu na zrozumienie, o co chodzi, ukaże mu jego rozczłonkowane ja, jego nieregularne nibynóżki, podejrzenie, że tam dalej, gdzie teraz widzę tylko przejrzyste powietrze, albo w tym braku decyzji, na rozdrożu wyboru, w reszcie rzeczywistości, o której nie wiem nic, sam siebie daremnie oczekuję.
Gra w klasy - Julio Cortázar,Krzysztof Ligota,Jan Szymanowski,Piotr Szymanowski

"Gra w klasy", Julio Cortazar

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review 2013-06-02 00:00
A Hopscotch Summer - Annie Murray ebook> nutty nuutbr eng> birminghamsummer 2013pub 2009TBR Busting 2013families> incestFor Ruth Marywith love and gratitudeRIPOpening: 1931 'That's it Joyce!' Em was jumping up and down, clapping her hands with excitment. 'You can do it!'Abandoned at the incestial child rape point.NEXT!
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review 2013-03-30 00:00
Hopscotch - Julio Cortázar,Gregory Rabassa Liked:

It is a book that explores form through both form and content.
I am like the characters in that I am reading a book that explores form and so are they.
Octavio Paz, Ferlinghetti, Coleridge
jazz, art, philosophy, alcohol
repetition of words, ideas, characters
the form of chapter 34
the unreality of defecation
binary linguistics versus simultaneous wave/particle form of light
Thorough. So many different forms were questioned: musical, narrative, societal and government structures and organization, employment and wealth, relationships (parenting, friendships, romantic relationships), acquisition of knowledge...

Didn't Like:

long passages in French - Can I get a footnote, please?
From time to time I would realize I was thinking of something else as my eyes moved across and down the page; some parts were not engaging.
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review 2013-03-23 00:00
Hopscotch - Julio Cortázar,Gregory Rabassa I planned to read this twice: First time in the 'normal' chapter order (chapters 1-56); second time using the 'hopscotch' order (starts with chapter 73, then 'hopscotches' through the 56 chapters read previously along with many additional chapters that are not included in the 'normal' linear reading). In reality, I finished the normal order reading, plus a chunk of the hopscotch order.

At this point, I think I just have to set Hopscotch aside for the foreseeable future. I feel like I've been wading through it forever & still have a long way to go. I'm just not into it anymore (at least at this point)....

A few thoughts...

Reading it in the 'normal' order: It's a dense read w/ many references that probably whizzed right past me. Parts were good, the prose is gorgeous (sometimes), & I loved the few ending chapters. But, overall, I didn't like any of the characters & didn't really care for the story (not really much of a plot). It has a rather pessimistic view on life, imo. I'm so-so on the novel in that version.

Reading it in the 'hopscotch' order: It's still a dense read, but more interesting w/ the extra chapters interspersed. I can really appreciate the talent needed to create a book that can be read in various orders & still have some semblance of sense. It reminds me of all the little details in a surrealist painting by Dali -- so many little pieces & touches to make it one picture or a different one depending on how you view it. Really it takes a massive amount of skill, dare I say genius, to pull it off correctly. So, I see the beauty of the structure. I love the beauty of the structure. I also like that flipping to the various chapters in the hopscotch order actually interrupts your reading flow enough that you have a few extra seconds to mull over what you just read while you're searching for the next section. The slight mental breaks work wonderfully within this framework. However, I still don't like the characters & I still don't like the story. And, really, why does it bug me that these folks are in their 40s & behaving these ways? I don't know, but it does; it seems like they're acting like 'intellectual' & pretentious 20-somethings, but it gives me a different view to find that at least some of them are in their 40s during this story. So, though I love the structure, the framework, it's just not enough to keep me compelled to read. Total between both readings (the completed 'normal' order & partially completed 'hopscotch' order), I've probably read over 500 pages. I feel like I have a lot invested in the book but that I'm not getting much in return at this point. Shrug.

So, I'll have to call it a partial success with very cool execution, but not a story that I like.
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