Jimmy’s review of The Invention of Morel
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Aug 09, 2012 06:51AM
Great review. I liked the footnotes too - they were a nice additional touch of humor. As for the title, I thought from the beginning that it referred to the narrator's invention; I still do.
Aug 09, 2012 06:53AM
I agree, but I find the potential for double meaning very interesting and fortuitous. I wonder if the original Spanish title has this double meaning also, or if it's just in English.
Aug 09, 2012 06:59AM
I wonder too. Really liked your book, btw.
Aug 09, 2012 07:02AM
Thanks :D! That means a lot to me
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Aug 09, 2012 07:44AM
Nice review! I've heard that this truly was the inspiration for
Last Year at Marianbad
, though it's all been somewhat repurposed and personalized there. Incidentally, the lesser Brothers Quay feature
Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
was also begun as a Morel adaptation, but they never got the rights and it mutated into present form.
Aug 09, 2012 07:50AM
Thanks Nate! I didn't know that about Marienbad/Earthquakes... interesting.
Aug 09, 2012 09:21AM
I've been really wanting to reread this again lately. Wonderful review.
And funny about the Brothers Quay/
connection, as just yesterday I was editing an interview with them and they talked about it:
"In a sense, the film is an homage to [Adolfo] Bioy Casares and his La invención de Morel [The Invention of Morel]. Even though we wrote to him and he said we could have the rights, he wrote back the next day and said, ‘I forgot, I’ve already given the rights away.’ So we decided to work around it and make it an homage. We’d never read it in English, only bits in French. My French isn’t particularly good. I tried to tackle it one day and I went, ‘This is tough. I can’t be bothered!’"
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