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Doctor Brodie's Report by Jorge Luis Borges
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Though typically brief, the stories in this late collection offer few of the surreal bibliomanic delights that abound in Borges's other work. He explains in a foreword that he was inspired to write them after reading some of Kipling's early short stories. Nonetheless, the flavour of this collection remains quite Borgesian, not at all Kiplingesque. For my money, Borges's most Kiplingesque story - in its dramatic arc as much as in its characters and setting - is Blue Tigers, which does not appear in this collection.

Fine prose is my drug of choice, and Doctor Brodie's Report nicely slaked my cravings for the duration of the engagement. However, I greatly prefer the fantastic Borges to the mundane, as I am sure the great majority of his readers do. This was a pleasant read, but nothing in it can compare with such classics as 'The Library of Babel', 'The Lottery in Babylon' and 'Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius'.
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