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Rayuela

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  20,779 Ratings  ·  1,340 Reviews
El amor turbulento de Oliveira y La Maga, los amigos del Club de la Serpiente, los caminos por Paris en busca del cielo y el infierno tienen su contracara en la aventura simetrica de Oliveira, Talita y Traveler en una Buenos Aires tenida por el recuerdo. El orden de una historia y el lenguaje para contarla es transgredido, resultando un libro unico, abierto a multiples lec ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Cortázar, 598 pages
Published August 28th 1995 by Alfaguara (first published 1963)
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Milou Pujol No. The book is split into 56 regular chapters and 99 “expendable” ones. You may read straight through the regular chapters (ignoring the expendable…moreNo. The book is split into 56 regular chapters and 99 “expendable” ones. You may read straight through the regular chapters (ignoring the expendable ones) or follow numbers left at the end of each chapter telling you which one to read next . A reading of the book in that way would lead the reader thus: Chapter 73 – 1 – 2 – 116 – 3 – 84 – 4 – 71 – 5 – 81 – 74 – 6 – 7- 8, and so on.
It's one of my favorites books. I simply loved it. But I recomend you to read it one way and to wait a little to read it the other way. Hope you enjoy it!(less)
Joshua Rojas Yes it's english available but nothing like the original Spanish version.

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Jimmy
Table of Instructions

This review consists of two reviews. The first can be read in a normal fashion. Start from 1 and go to 12, at the close of which there are three garish little stars which stand for the words The End. Consequently, the reader may ignore what follows with a clean conscience.

The second should be read by beginning with 1 and then following the sequence indicated at the end of each sentence or paragraph. For example, if you see “> 24”, then proceed to paragraph/sentence # 24 (
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Andrea Carolina
Rayuela, libro terminado muy despaciosamente, releído muchas veces por partes, leído al revés y al derecho, de la mitad en adelante o hacia atras. Este si es el libro de mi adolescencia, este es el libro de mis amores imposibles, este es el libro de mis obsesiones, es el libro que refleja mi estupidez, mi terquedad, mis deseos más profundos, mis imposibilidades, este libro soy yo. El libro que refleja mis trastornos, mis alegrías, mis pasiones, mis penas, mis terquedades, lo que quiero ser y lo ...more
Hugh
I wanted to read this because I had seen it included in some lists of the twentieth century's great novels. It is a very interesting book, quite entertaining in places but I can't pretend it is an easy read. Before one even starts there is a preamble which explains that you have at least two choices - either to read the first 56 chapters in sequence (presumably ignoring the rest) or to follow an alternative path through the book which is listed at the start and misses out Chapter 55. I opted for ...more
karen
8 years after i read this book, i finally understand why i didn't like it.

apparently, this is an "either/or book", but i read it as an "and then" book.

dr. wikipedia claims:

An author's note suggests that the book would best be read in one of two possible ways, either progressively from chapters 1 to 56 or by "hopscotching" through the entire set of 155 chapters according to a "Table of Instructions" designated by the author. Cortázar also leaves the reader the option of choosing a unique path th
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Geoff
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Here’s a link to the Quarterly Conversation review of Hopscotch, it’s really a very good review, and does a fine job elucidating this book’s qualities and its value in the realm of literature, if I were to write a proper review of the book it would be a shadow plagiarization of this :

http://quarterlyconversation.com/hops...

Or you could go read Jimmy’s review, which, as I’ve said below, is one of the finest and most fun reviews here on Goodreads - do yourselves a favor and get to know Jimmy’s wri
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Luís C.
To enter in Hopscotch, one must accept the rule of the game: one throws a stone and by hopping one jumps from box to box. Then perhaps, if one is skilful, patient and persevering, one will reach heaven ... So I read by jumping from one chapter to another, according to the non-linear order proposed at the beginning of the work by the author himself. And I must say that it is a disturbing experience: the reader must constantly interrupt himself in his reading of the novel which constitutes the fir ...more
MJ Nicholls
I have never been more wrong about a novel I was about Hopscotch. A baffled first reading took place seven annums past, and a vexed and unfair one-star review lingered on my profile for a half that period until three years ago (the shame!), when I suspected there to be more to Cortázar and issued a partial retraction for the slander. Recent encounters with Cronopios and Famas and A Manual for Manuel showed me that Cortázar was in fact an essential writer of some magical powers, and a cheap encou ...more
Maria Bikaki
Άργησα λίγο αλλά τα κατάφερα. Στην πραγματικότητα είναι κανά 2-3 μέρες που έχω τελειώσει την ανάγνωση αλλά για να μαι απολύτως ειλικρινής δεν ήξερα τι ακριβώς ήθελα να γράψω ως κριτική για το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο. Δεν ήξερα πως ακριβώς να σας περιγράψω πως κύλησε η ανάγνωση του δεδομένου ότι θεωρώ ότι το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο είναι από κείνα τα βιβλία που «μιλάνε» όπως λέμε στον καθένα με διαφορετικό τρόπο ή που μπορεί να μη μιλήσουν καθόλου χωρίς αυτό βέβαια να σημαίνει ότι σαν ανάγνωσμα χάνει τη ...more
Richard
Aug 29, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: uptight wannabeatnics
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! I had to read this for a book club. I read about 80 pages of this and threw it across the room. Wish I didn't. Maybe I could've gotten more for it when I traded it in. pretentiousness wrapped/uptight faux beatness. What I remember: expat intellectuals crying over jazz records having an "artistic" time in paris. Well read guy pines for girl who doesn't catch all his references but, you know, feels things. The cover blurb makes it look like it will change your life and then mak ...more
Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
1. "A General Idea is Enough" (First Impressions)

When I started reading this novel, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the writing. (-871)

Each short (!) chapter seemed like an extrapolation on a single image in a photo album or a contribution to a literary almanac. Unlike a chronological album of holiday snaps, it didn't seem to matter much in what order the images were displayed. I adapted to jumping around the chronology pretty quickly.

The first part of the book was a panoramic view of the
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Mariel
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: magical thinking
Recommended to Mariel by: Oriana
I've been looking for symmetry in places, likely as not unlikely. Counting every crack in the ceiling OCD, counting the walls to see if there's a third wall to break, carpet burn for the crawling knees. Missed one and have to go back and start from the beginning OCD. Hopscotch is about thinking. The ugly patterns (rug burn patterns? Probably ugly orange carpet that was recalled in the 1970s) and perverted loops. Don't think that, take two steps back or one leap forward. I found break your mama's ...more
Lau
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es sencillo escribir sobre Rayuela porque éste definitivamente no es un libro común ni para todo el mundo. Por empezar, hay dos formas posibles de lectura: siguiendo la guía del principio del libro que nos hace saltar de atrás para adelante entre los 155 capítulos, o leyendo de corrido (y en versión más breve) del 1 al 56.
Me pareció una genialidad el sistema y un lío bárbaro también. Es muy original e inteligente, y me gustó aún más cuando, mirándolo con más atención, me di cuenta de que ese
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain

من يقرأ هذه الرواية منكم سيرى معنى أن يتوه المرء- كاتب كان أم قارئ- في جيب معرفته، و أن يخشى حدود المعرفة عند الآخرين مهما كانت ثقته بمعرفته الخاصة. سيُفرِق بين المعرفة و تصور المعرفة، و يدرك كم هو مربك استخدام المعرفة العشوائي سواء كانت أطنان أم محض تصورات.

أخيرًا انتهى هذا الجحيم الأشعث من الأوراق المتوالدة، هذه الرواية بها ثلاثة أقسام وكل قسم رواية ( على الجهة الأخرى/ على هذه الجهة / من جهات أخرى) موزعة فصول، كل فصل له ترتيبين منفصلين في بداية الفصل و نهايته، هنالك أكثر من طريقة لقراءة الأقسام
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Guido
La nota di Cortázar all'inizio di Rayuela spiega come questo libro possa essere letto in almeno due modi: il primo tradizionale, ordinato, dal capitolo 1 al 56 e senza capitoli aggiuntivi; l'altro apparentemente molto sperimentale, partendo dal capitolo 73 e seguendo di volta in volta le indicazioni per saltare da un capitolo all'altro. Lui stesso ha scritto il libro in modo quasi involontario, rendendosi conto soltanto dopo la stesura di diverse parti che queste potevano essere raccolte per for ...more
Jonfaith
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He went back to sleep like a person who is looking for his place and his house after a long road in the rain and the cold.

I should pen an untimely aphorism detailing my experiences with Hopscotch. This is not that effort. It appears that I read the linear, sequential version of this novel in my mid-20s. I suspected such about midway through my more spirited reading of this last week. A phone call to Stephen J. Powell confirmed it. Apparently I gave Mr. Powell a copy of the novel and raved about
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Vit Babenco
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many writers of the twentieth century tried to make literature resemble many other things… Thus Julio Cortázar turned his novel into a children’s game Hopscotch so that a reader would be obliged to leap from chapter to chapter like a flea.
Writers go in a voluntary exile not to see exotic places – they seek birds of a feather, they want to be in a flock of those who would understand them and reciprocate…
“…under the eaves of vomity nights of music and tobacco and little meannesses and all kinds of
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A.J. Howard
Coming up with an adequate reaction to Hopscotch involves a bit of a paradox. For instance, try this: Hopscotch is a really great book, but I would have liked it more if I didn't hate it so much. How about this, Hopscotchis a bore and a struggle to get through, but it's also one of the most brilliantly breathtaking books I've ever read. The best analogy I can think of to explain this reaction to Cortázar's novel is that Hopscotch like an incredibly great computer or device application with an in ...more
Simona
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
O experienţă literară dificilă, complexă, cu două variante posibile de lectură.
Cartea nu se citeşte cursiv, începând cu pagina 1 si terminând cu ultima, ci se urmează indicaţiile autorului: "acum sari la pagina 116"; "acum treci la Capitolul 8"; "acum citeşte Capitolul 2", acum revino la pagina 1" etc. şi fiecare din cele două variante de a o citi are propria ei poveste, propria trăire, propriul mesaj, diferite de ale celeilalte, plăsmuindu-ți astfel propriul Șotron, cel personal și extrem de i
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Leonel
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rayuela es distinto a todo lo que leí hasta ahora. Cortázar va mas allá, no solo por el plus de poder leerlo desordenado, va mas allá en la forma de narrar. Es un escritor especial, con cada renglón te hace pensar las cosas desde otro plano. Es un grandísimo observador, tiene esa habilidad que tienen los niños y los grandes artistas, de ver una cosa y a partir de ella descubrir millones. Los humanos normales perdemos esa habilidad cuando crecemos, Cortázar la mantiene intacta. Leer este libro es ...more
Agustina
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
"Andábamos sin buscarnos pero sabiendo que andábamos para encontrarnos"

Bello, bello, bello. Uno de mis libros favoritos que leería mil veces, ordenado y desordenado.
Francisco H. González
A estas alturas creo que todo lo que uno pueda decir, incluso pensar, sobre Rayuela ya lo han dicho o pensado otros. Dicho lo anterior, decir que la novela me ha gustado, mucho.

Nada había leído de Cortázar hasta la fecha y esta novela es un artefacto narrativo deslumbrante y subyugante por muchos motivos.

Lo he leído siguiendo el tablero de dirección, leyendo todos los capítulos, con la edición de Cátedra, donde el prólogo de casi 100 páginas resulta muy interesante y provechoso, y donde las ab
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Agnieszka

From the Other Side
In my teens Hopscotch had a status of cult novel and maybe still it has. To its popularity in Poland contributed such accurate and reckless translation that even Cortazar had said once jokingly that he would love to know what translator really had written there. Along with Dostoyevsky and Camus it was my youthful reading. I loved that existential climate, these days spent on wanderings, night’s never-ending conversations on art, philisophy and life, in fumes of cigarettes
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inverted_a
Α, ο 20ος αιώνας! Αναζήτησε τον ενεργό παρατηρητή παντού, στη λογοτεχνία, τη μουσική, τον κινηματογράφο, στην Ιστορία...

Εμείς εδώ, στα πρώτα χιλιόμετρα του 21ου καθόμαστε και μετράμε τα συντρίμμια και τις αντανακλάσεις.
Eirini D
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated-lit
Θα ήθελα να είμαι στην ευχάριστη θέση να γράψω μια ''σοβαρή'' κριτική για Το Κουτσό αλλά αυτό θα προϋπέθετε μια δεύτερη απαραιτήτως ανάγνωση. Το αναφέρουν εξάλλου οι οδηγίες ανάγνωσης του βιβλίου (έχει και από αυτές!). Για να γίνω πιο σαφής, το βιβλίο αυτό μπορεί να διαβαστεί με δυο ή και παραπάνω τρόπους. Αυτόν που γνωρίζουμε όλοι: ξεκινώντας από την πρώτη σελίδα και καταλήγοντας στην τελευταία και έναν δεύτερο που προτείνεται από τον συγγραφέα αφού έχει διαβαστεί πρώτα με τον συνηθισμένο τρόπο ...more
Glire
"Sólo viviendo absurdamente se podría romper alguna vez este absurdo infinito."


Capítulos sin orden especifico, poesía, música y metáforas, millones de metáforas, conforman esta maravillosa obra, en la que Horacio recorre las calles de París y nos cuenta de su relación con la Maga, una mujer ignorante, pero que, si nos damos cuenta bien, sabe más que Horacio, porque la Maga sabe vivir. Adicionalmente Horacio y la Maga conviven con un grupo de amigos bohemios, con quienes tienen conversacione
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Mala
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drifters, Thinkers, Jazz Lovers
4.5 stars.
Must one stay in the center of the crossroads, then, like the hub of a wheel? What good is it to know or to think we know that every road is false if we don’t walk with an idea that is not the road itself? We’re not Buddha, and there are no trees here to sit under in the lotus position. A cop appears and asks for your identity card.

Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.

Once all roads led to Rome, later they led to Paris.
The 'City of Lights' wher
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
You and your Friend disagree a lot about books. Certain novels. Typically in the context of those big behemoth postmodern encyclopedic mega novels. You love ‘em. Your Friend usually says something about how they need an editor, a slicer, trim off about 200 pages, sometimes as much as 600 pages. Well, then, here is a book you can both agree on without the need to wait for a posthumous restored edition (cf, say, Nightwood or Moby-Dick). Your Friend can read Just The Story Thank You Very Much, whil ...more
Simona
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Rayuela - Il gioco del mondo" è un libro particolare e, come dice lo stesso Cortazar, nell'intervista rilasciata a Omar Prego, "fa sì che il lettore si trovi a che fare con un libro che gli si muove tra le mani".
E' un libro aperto, come testimonia anche la tavola d'orientamento all'inizio del libro. Una tavola d'orientamento che invita a leggere il libro in due modi: in quello classico e nel modo indicato da Cortazar stesso, "saltando" i capitoli, come fosse un vero e proprio gioco, come quell
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Yasmifer Ávila
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Desde que leo Rayuela (hace muchos años) nunca lo había leído corrido hasta el capítulo 56 y dejar los capítulos prescindibles, nunca había dejado capítulos pendientes en libros. Primera vez que la leo sin la tabla de dirección y fue completamente diferente. Fue mágica, como siempre pero ciertamente diferente. Que mago Cortázar, que logro que el mismo libro leído de maneras diferentes se convierta en libros diferentes.
Que Oliveira los acompañe, y también unos mates.
Sentimental Surrealist
Sweet holy Jesus, Joseph, Mary, all the saints and prophets, major or minor, and every last apostle (that's Simon the Zealot on bagpipes n' kazoo), Julio Cortazar can write a sentence. He specializes in the kind of stunt flights that risk crashing into cliffs and burning into incoherence, only to pull out with a last-minute clause that ties the whole thing together. He's like David Foster Wallace on speed, or maybe the sort of writer everyone tells me Kerouac is. Which is just as well, because l ...more
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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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