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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
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Sep 30, 2011

it was ok
Read from January 30 to September 30, 2011

This is another one of those books that I've had on my shelf forever, and couldn't seem to power through. After a concentrated effort, I've done it! And even though I know Borges is a widely-respected artist, I only somewhat enjoyed this book. Not because Borges is not a gifted storyteller - however, the stories tend to be intellectual or philosophical rather than plot or character-based, and that ends up with the result that they are . . . kind of . . . similar. In fact, I had to turn down pages to note some of my favorite stories: The Shape of the Sword, The Secret Miracle, The House of Asterion, Ibn-Hakam al-Bokhari Murdered in His Labyrinth, Everything and Nothing, The Gospel According to Mark, Blue Tigers and The Rose of Paracelsus. Good stories, but if you asked to me to recall any of the details of any of them, I'm afraid I'll just have to start talking about common philosophical themes.
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