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Ghosts by César Aira
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Jan 13, 2012

it was amazing
Read on January 13, 2012

my favorite books are the ones which unfold into a house of mirrors, in which i am subtly convinced of my own new ideas, springboarding from whatever story is being told. this is, in my opinion, the power of the word, of the symbol, of communication, essentially. at it's best, literature is evolution in one of its purest forms (if not the only kind thereof). this book, for me, at least, is just that. it was the first time in a while, since i've been trying in vain to catch up with reading i should have been had done years ago, i found myself taking notes in the text, then grabbing various paper scraps nearby to continue the thoughts. that's what i love about reading, about learning, about life. maybe other people wouldn't be so emphatic about this book, and while Aira's other books were always delightful, this one was particularly crisp and multilayered.

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david blumenshine furthermore, i'd like to comment that i have seen multiple people say that the prose translation was somehow rhythmically jarring. i found none of that at any point, and was actually quite surprised to see many people had such issue with the text. and i especially appreciate flow of narration. shrugs

david blumenshine also, now i am becoming prideful and protective, but whether a writer does a whole work in one sitting without editing or takes a lifetime does not matter at all, except for fodder, which, of course, does not directly reflect the product itself, but rather becomes a greater reflection of those interested in the product. the cheese, however, stands alone. it seems to me that this book has received many 3 or 4 star reviews wherein readers call it better than the rating given. why? because it's not a universal revered book and thus the limb jumping is scary? fuck, man, i'd put this up against some of kafka's best work and he's my all time favorite. that's how strongly i feel. there is a lot going on in this book.

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