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Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
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Feb 08, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read in September, 2001

I'll start with a quote from the cover of one of Cortazar's books:

"Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would quietly become sadder, noticeably paler and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair. I don’t want those things to happen to me, and so I greedily devour all the fabrications, myths, contradictions, and mortal games of the great Julio Cortázar."

This book can be read many different ways (and sadly I've only read it once - and in the most straightforward manner as well). Yet still, I hold this book up as one of my favorites as well as one of the most impactful books I've ever read. I'm sure it has something to do with who I was almost 10 years ago when I first read this, but even today when I return to highlighted passages and chapters I'm still in awe of the elegance and power of his writing. Also, Cortazar seemed to challenge the structure of the narrative with ease and pushed storytelling in more radical directions.

I don't know, it's just good stuff.
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message 1: by DB (new) - rated it 5 stars

DB Hopscotch is one of the rare books (for me at least) that demands a reread to fully digest everything thats going on. The translation is simply masterful, Rabassa does an amazing job with the text. I read the book using the "hopscotch" method and Cortazar pulled off that bizarre structure with aplomb. A lot going on, philosophy, psycology, commentary on art, basically touches on most intellectual pursuits of the 20th century. Quite a dense read, and I encourage all who encounter this masterwork for the first time to take your time, move slowly, and enjoy. Your efforts will be rewareded.


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