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Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar
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Jul 19, 14

bookshelves: latin-american-fiction
Read from June 16 to 18, 2011

Cortazar's craft as a short story writer is staggering. Even when I wasn't completely engaged by the characters and situations, it was hard not to be blown away by his sinuous, rhythmic way of turning sentences. Like Borges, he operates in a territory where time and memory bleed in and out of each other, where reality flirts with the surreal, the magical and the menacing but is still grounded by the concrete, charmed details of everyday existence. I can't think of many things as utterly mesmerizing as "axoltol" or "continuity of parks" and even the longer ones, while not quite as mysterious or fabulistic, are still beautifully odd and evocative. It's not Hopscotch, but at its best these are still mostly wonderful.
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message 1: by Chris (new)

Chris Blow Up was a great movie too. Totally surreal, loved the angles.

Jeremy I'll have to watch it sometime. I would love to see someone try and make a film of 'axoltol'

message 3: by SW (new)

SW Careful, dude; 'Blow Up' is an Antonioni film. I watched 5 minutes and shut it off.

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