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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Around the Day in Eighty Worlds includes book reviews, travel pieces, short stories, poetry, and appreciations of jazz artists like Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk, and Louis Armstrong. There is also quite a lot about Cortázar’s cat, whose name was Theodor W. Adorno.

A lot of his thoughts and likings taped together.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1989 by North Point Press (first published 1967)
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Luís C.
Essential things that make up the color of days

"It is to my namesake that I owe the title of this book and to Lester Young the freedom to have it transformed without wishing to offend the global saga of Phileas Fogg esq."

From the first chapter "It starts like this" to the last "Siestes", Julio Cortazar, in this illustrated book with a lot of fantasy, embarks us in a personal garden. Reading walk to the liking of jazz solo, Provencal lighting, nonsense and other misdeeds, quotes, etc ... a fantas
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Jimmy
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cronopios; and anyone wanting insight into Hopscotch or '62'
Being the ultimate Cronopios, Julio Cortázar takes us on a journey unhindered by traditional concerns of fiction vs. nonfiction, academic vs. non-, text vs. photos vs. illustrations, narrative vs. ____. This is a collection of essays, stories poems, photos, diagrams, and more, all thrown together, creating a hodgepodge that has the effect of an exquisite collage.



For example, within one essay alone, Julios in Action, he goes from musing about the various Jules that have influenced him (Jules LaFo
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Carol
Aug 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No me gustó, creí que iba a ser algo más como "Historias de cronopios y de famas" pero estas historias están raras, algunas parecen cuentos, otras parecen documentos informativos, otras no sé qué son.
Pero, todavía tiene un libro para ganarme. Siempre le doy 3 libros a los autores antes de decidir si me gustan o no.
Mike
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cronopios and their kin
Recommended to Mike by: the internet
Around the Day in Eighty Worlds is a bit of a ramble. This collection includes short stories, essays, and poems, and is illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, and diagrams. Even when Cortázar is not recounting personal anectdote or opinion there is a general imperfection throughout — an unfinished texture providing ironic commentary on his creative process — that reinforces the scenes from the life of an artist that dominate the more overtly autobiographical sections. This book is no ...more
Luis Del Aguila
Tiene ensayo, algo de critica, dibujos,poemas , es un libro raro no se como catalogarlo no es malo pero creo que es para un lector asiduo de cortazar, alguein que quiere entenderlo a fondo, creo que es bastante personal y si no estas familiarizado con sus formas literarias te va a parecer un plomazo y ni lo vas a entender, sobre todo sus referencias (por momentos bastante snobs) al jazz y su lenguaje glíglico por momentos lo hacen insufrible.
Matthew
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far one of my favorite books, and has been for some time. It's a collection of short stories so it's never much of a commitment of time if you want to just read one or two of them. They are generally very smart and thought provoking, and can easily impact my mood for days at a time. "Only an Idiot" is by far my favorite of the bunch though, I could (and should) read that every morning.(less)
Sorin Hadârcă
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admir incoerența savantă a acestor idei dezlânate, jovialitatea tonului și auto-ironia, dar admit (fascinat sau dezamăgit?) că produsul de față e un semi-fabricat și că necesită destulă osteneală din partea cititorului pentru a întregi țesutul narativ.
Benito
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La lectura de Cortázar que menos me ha llegado, con la que no conecté. Me costó leerlo y me quedé con la duda de por qué demonios escribió ese libro.
Shawn
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I will most likely edit this review later with some more detailed comments but I found this book to be a wonderful, inspiring collection of essays and stories. Everyone should read this!
Pîrvan (Jenaru) Dana
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
http://www.lapunkt.ro/2014/12/31/juli...
Trec fără rezerve deschiderea seriei de autor Julio Cortázar de la Editura Art pe lista principalelelor evenimente ale anului literar 2014, an în care s-au împlinit 100 de ani de la nașterea scriitorului argentinian. Primele două volume apărute sunt Câștigătorii (primul roman publicat de Cortázar, tradus acum de Coman Lupu) și Ocolul zilei în optzeci de lumi.

Ocolul zilei în optzeci de lumi a avut o PRIMĂ versiune în limba spaniolă în anul 1967 și constitui
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Isabelle Rieser
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The freedom that Julio Cortazar makes you feel in his sixty –two writing short stories, surpasses any doctrine of the autobiography, personal reminiscences, or essays and poems. The life fragments, in which the personality and opinion of Julio Cortazar, are present around the inner child with “On Feeling Not All There” (see quote 1) , as much as in jazz in “ Clifford - Louis, super Cronopio - Around the Piano with Thelonious Monk” (see quote 2) , or through writers' critics in “to reach Lezama L ...more
Rafael  Sosa de Santiago
Cortázar siempre será así: o lo odias o lo amas, Rayuela me pareció fascinante, Historia de Cronopios y Famas de igual manera, pero este libro, fiel a su título, brinca de tema en tema, como si estuvieras teniendo una conversación de café (o Whiskey) con el autor en diferentes días y en diversos lugares. Reconozco que hay algunos pasajes muy rescatables, pero también hay partes verdaderamente clorofómicas y otras, tal y como dice el mismo Cortázar, que pondrían a prueba la paciencia de una ostra ...more
Anirudh
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everyone should read this book!
atb
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buenas salenas cronopio cronopio! Pace, cacciaviti e caleidoscopi.
Baque Wiggin
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado incluso más que Rayuela. Éste Cortázar es un cronopio y un piantao. Qué grande.
Cârmâz
"Ce-i păsa lui Van Gogh de admirația ta? Ceea ce voia el era participarea ta, să încerci să vezi cum vedea el, cu ochii jupuiți de un foc heraclitian. Când Saint-Exupéry a simțit că a iubi nu înseamnă să te uiți unul în ochii celuilalt, ci să privești împreună în aceeași direcție, trecea dincolo de iubirea unei perechi pentru că orice iubire trece dincolo de pereche dacă e iubire, și îl scuip în față pe cel care vine să-mi spună că îl iubește pe Michelangelo sau pe E.E. Cummings fără să-mi demon ...more
Ernest Hogan
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ah, the wonderful things that writing can do if we just let it go.
João Moura
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
É difícil estipular o número de mundos por onde uma pessoa navega por dia. Temos 60.000 pensamentos por dia e o espírito gira à volta de vários universos no pequeno ciclo de 24 horas. Aproveitando o título do seu homónimo (Júlio Verne), Julio Cortázar compilou distintas viagens do seu vasto intelecto num caótico livro, que versa por temas díspares como o jazz, escritores de eleições, Jack o Estripador, humor em funerais, a arte, a poesia e o seu gato...
A Volta ao Dia em 80 Mundos é a prova númer
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Mads
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The book that changed my life--for the worst--because I realized, with a sinking feeling, that I was going to be a writer. I've reconciled to the idea that I'm more a "Fama" and so I blame "Cronopio" Cortazar for my life of misery and toil. Kidding aside, the BEST concert review I've ever read in my life was his piece on Louis Armstrong's performance in Paris. It completely blew my mind--and still does every time I re-read it.
Intortetor
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sembra incredibile che un libro possa contenere tanta bellezza e insieme tanta fatica nell'arrivare in fondo. ci sono capitoli bellissimi, illuminanti, che si divorano immediatamente ed altri -altrettanto belli- che però costano al lettore fatica (o meglio: a me son costati parecchia fatica: sarò condannato ad una vita da famas, e non da cronopio). comunque una meraviglia, un libro unico: affrontatelo a vostro rischio e pericolo, ma ne vale assolutamente la pena!
Ricardo
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is a compilation of texts such as short poems, articles, prose, or just dissertations.
Without a visible thread connecting them, most of the texts have a inherent idea which is that art is not the norm.
This ideas is in fact the world of Cortazar.
For me this book wasn't appealing probably because I belong more to the norm than I believe.
Greg McCain
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I sometimes longed for someone who, like me, had not adjusted perfectly with his age, and such a person was hard to find; but I soon discovered cats, in which I could imagine a condition like mine, and books, where I found it quite often.”
Ania Marci
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se dovessi paragonare questo libro a un oggetto, mi verrebbe da pensare a una coperta patchwork. Ogni capitolo è un mix di genialità e delirio, un arcobaleno di immagini, pensieri, colori e scenari che fanno di quest’opera un bell’intrattenimento.
Adriano Koehler
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting, but not much more than that. Cortázar is much better when recreating the world, but not that good when describing it. It's interesting, though, because you have the chance to get in touch with his thoughts. His self irony also helps to get through the book, but it's a minor work.
Guillermo
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Es un rejunte que tiene sus puntos altos en un par de anécdotas y en los relatos con cronopios pero que no aporta nada con un par de entrevistas.
Josh
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essays, stories, poems, some graphic art.
Torsten
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cortazar ist ein Grandisimo Cronopio!!
Alexis
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love Cortazar! Love where his mind travels and how he weaves you there with his particular unique way of telling a story.
Cristian
Jun 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
great book!!!
Franco Vite
Un gioco meraviglioso, un incastro di letteratura, storia, autobiografia, saggistica e chi più ne ha più ne metta.
Imperdibile!
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Julio Cortázar, born Julio Florencio Cortázar Descotte, was an Argentine author of novels and short stories. He influenced an entire generation of Latin American writers from Mexico to Argentina, and most of his best-known work was written in France, where he established himself in 1951.
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