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The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
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Jan 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, novella
Read from January 01 to 02, 2012

It might be unfair, but as a Borges short story this would have been brilliant. But as a novella, even a short one, it felt slightly too long for what was otherwise a clever premise, good execution and spine-tingling ending.

The reason it might be unfair is that one cannot read Bioy Casares without knowing that he is a disciple of Borges (after all, Borges wrote the preface). And thus one ends up comparing the book to Borges. Which is inevitably unflattering to just about anyone.

The Invention of the Morel is a series of diary entries by a man who fled to an uninhabited island that has an abandoned museum, pool and chapel. He begins to see a set of people that look real but none of them can see him. And he sees other slightly off things, like two suns and two moons. It all feels surreal but it is tied together neatly with an explanation, and a final romantic twist.

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