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Rayuela

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  12,270 ratings  ·  781 reviews
Rayuela es una novela del escritor argentino Julio Cortázar publicada en 1963. «De alguna manera es la experiencia de toda una vida y la tentativa de llevarla a la escritura», respondió Cortázar cuando le preguntaron qué significaba para él. Rayuela es una de las obras centrales del boom latinoamericano. El estilo que se mantiene a lo largo de toda la obra es muy variado,...more
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Published 1963 by Sudamericana
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Jimmy
Table of Instructions

This 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 (...more
MJ Nicholls
Original Review:

Hopscotch, a sort of Argentinean Finnegans Wake, is noted for its “hopscotch” structure. If read the second way, the reader finishes up on Chapters 57 and 131, locked in an endless cycle of reading that ends only when his brain explodes. This method also omits Chapter 55, parts of which are embedded in Chapter 133. It’s complicated. Unfortunately, Cortázar’s incomprehensible and atrociously written novel could be read upside-down in any order, and the reader would still want to d...more
Andrea Carolina
Rayuela, libro terminado muy despaciosamente, releído muchas veces por partes, leído al revés y al derecho, de la mitad en adelante o hacia atras. Este si es el libro de mi adolescencia, este es el libro de mis amores imposibles, este es el libro de mis obsesiones, es el libro que refleja mi estupidez, mi terquedad, mis deseos más profundos, mis imposibilidades, este libro soy yo. El libro que refleja mis trastornos, mis alegrías, mis pasiones, mis penas, mis terquedades, lo que quiero ser y lo...more
karen
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. Cortázar also leaves the reader the option of choosing a unique path th...more
Mariel
Sep 21, 2011 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: magical thinking
Recommended to Mariel by: oriana
I've been looking for symmetry in places, likely as not unlikely. Counting every crack in the ceiling OCD, counting the walls to see if there's a third wall to break, carpet burn for the crawling knees. Missed one and have to go back and start from the beginning OCD. Hopscotch is about thinking. The ugly patterns (rug burn patterns? Probably ugly orange carpet that was recalled in the 1970s) and perverted loops. Don't think that, take two steps back or one leap forward. I found break your mama's...more
Richard
Aug 29, 2007 Richard rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: uptight wannabeatnics
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 gotten more for 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...more
Jonfaith
He went back to sleep like a person who is looking for his place and his house after a long road in the rain and the cold.

I should pen an untimely aphorism detailing my experiences with Hopscotch. This is not that effort. It appears that I read the linear, sequential version of this novel in my mid-20s. I suspected such about midway through my more spirited reading of this last week. A phone call to Stephen J. Powell confirmed it. Apparently I gave Mr. Powell a copy of the novel and raved about...more
Geoff
Jun 03, 2013 Geoff marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Guido
La nota di Cortázar all'inizio di Rayuela spiega come questo libro possa essere letto in almeno due modi: il primo tradizionale, ordinato, dal capitolo 1 al 56 e senza capitoli aggiuntivi; l'altro apparentemente molto sperimentale, partendo dal capitolo 73 e seguendo di volta in volta le indicazioni per saltare da un capitolo all'altro. Lui stesso ha scritto il libro in modo quasi involontario, rendendosi conto soltanto dopo la stesura di diverse parti che queste potevano essere raccolte per for...more
A.J. Howard
Coming up with an adequate reaction to Hopscotch involves a bit of a paradox. For instance, try this: Hopscotch is a really great book, but I would have liked it more if I didn't hate it so much. How about this, Hopscotchis a bore and a struggle to get through, but it's also one of the most brilliantly breathtaking books I've ever read. The best analogy I can think of to explain this reaction to Cortázar's novel is that Hopscotch like an incredibly great computer or device application with an in...more
Lau
No es sencillo escribir sobre Rayuela porque éste definitivamente no es un libro común ni para todo el mundo. Por empezar, hay dos formas posibles de lectura: siguiendo la guía del principio del libro que nos hace saltar de atrás para adelante entre los 155 capítulos, o leyendo de corrido (y en versión más breve) del 1 al 56.
Me pareció una genialidad el sistema y un lío bárbaro también. Es muy original e inteligente, y me gustó aún más cuando, mirándolo con más atención, me di cuenta de que ese...more
Simon King
Cortázar has always been a favourite of mine, and 'Hopscotch' was a novel I pored over at the age of sixteen... Though, approaching it again at the more mature age of twenty, and also reading the even denser supplementary section, I... had mixed feelings.

The novel's purpose is to subvert the form of the novel and to create an open-ended narrative... Ok, the idea for the structure is admirable, I just think that the actual writing, especially in the first section, is pretty passé by today's stand...more
Martin
I read this book when living in Madrid in 1982-83 and carried it around with me in my pocket for months, dipping into it whenever I had a spare five minutes, and hoping it would never end. It was one of the books, together with Camus' The Plague and some of Samuel Beckett's late prose pieces, that shaped my life in my early 20s. The translation has something of a 60s feel to it, with the constant "che" rendered as "man" in a way that sounds more hippy in English than in the original. At the hear...more
Nathaniel
As Cortazar's Table of Instructions will inform you, "Hopscotch consists of . . . two books above all." Do not read the second one.

A reader can volunteer to be launched after nearly every chapter of the relatively conventional narrative contained in chapters 1-56 (the first book) into a grab bag of unimpressive quotations from good authors, awful literary theory attributed to "Morelli" and scattered narrative chapters that the plot can do without. This disruptive method of reading "Hopscotch" i...more
Nate D
Sep 12, 2010 Nate D rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: calculating cats, expats with too many ideas to act on any
Recommended to Nate D by: incoming used books at the Strand
This is my first Cortazar, and I'm convinced of his talent without being especially sold on the particulars of this novel itself. I loved plenty of instances of it, while remaining unconvinced that they formed an especially worthwhile whole. On the other hand, it's a densely philosophical work, and when the characters dove deep into theory as befits their Parisian ex-pat intellectual status (the aspect of this that I found most overwhelmingly tiresome), I often found myself letting the words str...more
Claudia Glezz Cisneros
Rayuela, ese mito, ¿es desmontable? Qué importa si se puede visitar a Horacio Oliveira como a un amigo de toda la vida que vuelve después de mucho tiempo y al que se le perdona cualquier cosa, asistir a su me narcotizas inaceptablemente, a su soledad terrible vagadora de emigrante acomplejado por las calles de París, a su soledad terrible vagadora de regresado que no se halla por las calles de Buenos Aires. Rayuela es la novela audaz que leemos maravillados sin entender cuando somos adolescentes...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘There is no such thing as a general idea’.
‘Hopscotch’ is a series of journeys through interconnected lives. It is simultaneously a reminder that we each read the same words and form different conclusions.

I have read ‘Hopscotch’ twice: following the instructions provided by Mr Cortazar. I will read it again in the future when I will try to be less concerned about where I am going and more interested in why I am undertaking the journey.
None of the characters appealed to me and yet I found myself...more
Jeff Jackson
One of the great novels, period. The extended set pieces on Berthe Trepat's piano concert, listening to jazz records on a rainy night, the fate of Rocamadour, and building a bridge between two windows are among the most humane and exhilarating prose I've read. Structurally the book seems diffuse until you get to the end and everything snaps into place. Of course the end here is relative, since you can read the chapters in several different orders, hopscotching about, as suggested by the author.
Kinga
It's an amazing book! You can read it page by page or according to the code from the back of the book or even according to your own system and it will never make sense!
Teresa

GAME OVER
Perdi...
Não cheguei ao céu...
Nas casas em que pulei com as duas pernas, fui conseguindo apanhar a pedrinha e manter-me equilibrada. O problema foi nas casas em que saltei ao pé coxinho; nessas entortava-me toda e dava cada cabeçada nas paredes que me punham a dormir...
Ou seja, esta leitura foi uma grande macacada...

Estou armada em engraçadinha e a ser desrespeitosa com Rayuela e Julio Cortázar.
Sinto-me tonta e um pouco envergonhada por ter lido este livro de uma forma um pouco selvagem...more
Virginia
If you do not like this book, you will not find Argentinean literature very pleasing. And that is fine, no one is forcing you to enjoy the literature of every single country. I can understand why this book is disliked by many - Some argue it is too much of a chaos to be enjoyed, but this chaos is part of what being Argentine is, and there is some symmetry hidden in the book anyway. I had the privilege of reading it in its original language, being a native from the same country as the author, so...more
Daniela Medina
"¿Cuál es tu libro favorito?" Te suele preguntar la gente que sabe muy bien que te gusta tanto leer que en tu cartera puede faltar el celular, o el peine, o el espejo, o el polvito iridiscente, pero jamás de los jamases va a faltar un libro (o dos).

La verdad es que no tengo uno sólo, sino varios. Hay decenas de libros que de alguna manera u otra:

a) me marcaron.
b) me conmovieron.
c) me cambiaron la vida.
d) todas las anteriores de manera simultánea.

"¿Cuál es tu libro favorito?" Es la típica pregun...more
Kotb
Rayuela ti cambia. Può piacere come inquietare, eppure è praticamente impossibile arrivare alla fine del "gioco" senza sentire che ciò che abbiamo appena letto mette in serio dubbio molte delle nostre certezze. Il potenziale destabilizzante di un libro come questo è sconfinato. All'improvviso tutto quello che ci circonda diventa una palestra dell'"assurdo", la quotidianità, la routine perdono qualsivoglia significato: la semplificazione offertaci dalla "società" è solo un illusione.
La particolar...more
Adrian
Just a bunch of losers moping around discussing jazz so that every reader will know how cool the author is. And then some more moping around: this book is long, repetitive, meandering, like a mental patient mumbling to himself for days and years on end. The chapters can be re-arranged not so much because there's a second story as that there's no story at all. It's one of those books that people fear they don't "get", a fear made worse by so many people making the bold claim that they do get it,...more
Alejandra Bernal
Mientras la historia en sí me gusta, creo que el encanto peculiar de este libro reside en ese juego que propone Cortázar de las múltiples maneras de leerlo.
Ciertamente no es mi obra favorita de Cortázar, pero está exquisitamente escrita. Sus múltiples referencias literarias, cinematográficas, filosóficas y musicales pueden hacerlo difícil de comprender para ciertos lectores, pero dan un carácter precioso a los diálogos.
Aidan Watson-Morris
from the start this book resonated with me in a way that no other book has, including all time favorites. this makes me contemptible in the eyes of certain other reviewers, i guess, but it seems less evident everyday that moral judgments w/r/t fictional characters are at all useful. losers.

metaphysical quandaries interest me in the same way that, say, a car wreck might. in other words, i'm not there for the long haul. i'm a rubbernecker, a tourist in tragedy who will wake up the next morning per...more
Carmo Santos
3.5*

Paris, anos 50. Um grupo de boémios estrangeiros com pouco dinheiro e muito tempo livre.
O básico da história centra-se no argentino Oliveira, na sua relação problemática com Maga e nas reuniões do Clube da Serpente, onde passam horas intermináveis a debater questões filosóficas, literatura, ou musica. Devidamente regadas por álcool de qualidade duvidosa e doses industriais de café e nicotina.
E jazz! Jazz a toda a hora e em todo o lugar, diria mesmo que é o fio condutor da história e das per...more
Scott Gates
Hopscotch reads like an endless treatise on the sophomoric.

The details about the cool characters are not there to communicate or enlarge your sense of the world they live in: The information is there purely to come off as interesting or cool. Because of this, the details evaporate the moment you move on to the next paragraph. There is zero resonance to the descriptions.

The characters suffer from paranoid delusions of importance, and Cortazar is at pains to make us understand that we are dealing...more
Magdelanye
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