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Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
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Sep 17, 11

bookshelves: great-fiction

I tend to have a problem with the format of short stories, as I can't invest in them. It does seem that it will continue as Borges didn't quite capture me with his wonderful shorts. 'Labyrinths' by Borges is a book with some beautiful imaginative stories, and does delve into thought that wouldn't be predominant until the late 60s.



In this sense he is very ahead of the game, but sadly not in his ability to actually make any connection out of it. His notions on identity and authorship are what makes his stories problematic, but in the good way.



The problem is that many of his stories are philosophically obvious. Just think of the most obvious twist in plot, that will torque the meta narrative, distort narrative and identity, and thats what will happen at the end of the story. It gets a little boring after a while.



Having said this, there are lots to pick out that have a really impact 'Everything and Nothing' is a great short essay, 'The Secret Miracle' is great as is 'Deutsches Requim', the man who is in search of his friend who he has never seen, and others doubt his existence, and he asks of them whether it would make any difference if his friends name was God?
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