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Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
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Hopscotch (1963)

by Julio Cortázar

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Libro #89 en la lista de los 100 libros de Pasión por la lectura.
http://www.pasionporlalectura.itesm.mx/que_leo/los_100_rst.htm
  celia.castro | Oct 4, 2017 |
Just beginning, but this is like a car crash on the highway...You know you shouldn't stop and take it in, but you just can't help yourself.
  delta351 | Oct 1, 2017 |
Wonderful. Opened up a lot of doors for me.
  christinakr | May 8, 2017 |
It's a commitment of time and energy, but Rayuela's worth it. In the same vein as Nabokov's Pale Fire or Pynchon's V, Rayuela is really an anti-novel, breaking down not only the traditional realist narrative, but also our traditional relations with the physical object of the book. The book consists of 155 chapters, and you can read it in several different ways. If you want a semi-traditional narrative, you can read chapters 1-56 and stop. Or you can read all 155 chapters in the order suggested by Cortazar, which requires leaping back and forth between the main narrative and other chapters that might consist of quotations from other works of literature, further character development, or stream-of-consciousness narratives from the point of view of the protagonist.

There is a story here, and it's both tragic and beautiful. Horacio Oliveira is an Argentine intellectual living the bohemian life in Paris in the 1950s. He becomes enamored of a woman he calls La Maga, but a series of events, including the tragic death of La Maga's son, sends him back to Argentina shattered and lost. The rest of the novel concerns Oliveira's friendship with a married couple, Traveler and Talita, as he tries to come to terms with his own guilt. One Hundred Years of Solitude may be the most famous Latin American novel of the 20th century, but Rayuela is probably the most important, not to mention the smartest. ( )
1 vote jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Might have liked this when I was 17. Now I must just be old and boring already :D ( )
  avalinah | Sep 11, 2016 |
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Y animado de la esperanza de ser particularmente útil a la juventud, y de contribuir al a reforma de las costumbres en general, he formado la presente colección de máximas, consejos y preceptos, que son la base de aquella moral universal, que es tan proporcionada a la felicidad espiritual y temporal de todos los hombres de cualquiera edad, estado y condición que sean, y a la prosperidad y buen orden, no sólo de la república civil y cristiana en que vivimos, sino de cualquiera otra república o gobierno que los filósofos más especulativos y profundos del orbe quieran discurrir.

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Por un Clérigo Reglar de la Congregación de San Cayetano de esta Corte.
Con licencia.
Madrid: Por Aznar, 1797.
Siempre que viene el tiempo fresco, o sea al medio del otonio, a mí me da la loca de pensar ideas de tipo eséntrico y esótico, como ser por egenplo que me gustaría venirme golondrina para agarrar y volar a los paíx adonde haiga calor, o de ser hormiga para meterme bien adentro de una cueva y comer los productos guardados en el verano o de ser un bívora como las del solójicO, que las tienen bien guardadas en una jaula de vidrio con calefación para que no se queden duras de frío, que es lo que les pasa a los pobres seres humanos que no pueden comprarse ropa con lo cara questá, ni pueden calentarse por la falta del querosén, la falta del carbón, la falta de lenia, la falta de petrolio y también la falta de plata, porque cuando uno anda con biyuya ensima puede entrar a cualquier boliche y mandarse una buena grapa que hay que ver lo que calienta, aunque no conbiene abusar, porque del abuso entra el visio y del visio la dejenradés tanto del cuerpo como de las taras moral de cada cual, y cuando se viene abajo por la pendiente fatal de la falta de buena condupta en todo sentido, ya nadie ni nadies lo salva de acabar en el más espantoso tacho de basura del desprastijio humano, y nunca le van a dar una mano para sacarlo de adentro del fango enmundo entre el cual se rebuelca, ni más ni meno que si fuera un cóndoR que cuando joven supo correr y volar por la punta de las altas montanias, pero que al ser viejo cayó parabajo como bombardero en picada que le falia el motor moral. ¡Y ojalá que lo que estoy escribiendo le sribalguno para que mire bien su comportamiento y que no searrepienta cuando es tarde y ya todo se haiga ido al corno por culpa suya!

CESAR BRUTO,Lo que me gustaría ser a mí si no fuera lo que soy (capítulo: Perro de San Bernardo).
DEL LADO DE ALLA

Rien ne vous tue un homme comme d'être obligé de représenter un pays.

Jacques Vache, carta a André Breton.
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¿Encontraría a la Maga?
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Sí, pero quién nos curará del fuego sordo, del fuego sin color que corre al anochecer por la rue de la Huchette, saliendo de los portales carcomidos, de los parvos zaguanes, del fuego sin imagen que lame las piedras y acecha en los vanos de las puertas, cómo haremos para lavarnos de su quemadura dulce que prosigue, que se aposenta para durar aliada al tiempo y al recuerdo, a las sustancias pegajosas que nos retienen de este lado, y que nos arderá dulcemente hasta calcinarnos.
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Haiku summary
I don't have a plot.
Perhaps I can sell this book
with a trite gimmick.
(Carnophile)
Paris, poets, chance:
La vie de Bohème meets jazz
And pataphysics
(thorold)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394752848, Paperback)

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, free-wheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:20 -0400)

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When La Maga, his mistress, disappears, Horacio Oliveira, an Argentinian writer living in Paris, decides to return home to Buenos Aires.

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