: Hopscotch: A Novel (Pantheon Modern Writers Series) ( ): Julio Cortazar, Gregory Rabassa: Books. Translated by Gregory Rabassa, winner of the National Book Award for Translation, Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with. . Julio Cortázar has left even bolder suggestions for readers of his experimental novel Hopscotch, published 50 years ago today, June

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It had no importance whatsoever, while playing with my friends was something serious. On the day the ownership of the hospital is to be transferred, they are told that all the inmates must agree to the deal by signing a document, and that the three of them must act as witnesses.

She feels it is a test of some sort. A reading of the book in that way would lead the reader thus: I had to juluo this for a book club. Probably side by side. Mi primer pensamiento fue que los ojos se deslizaban sobre el texto como si fuera seda. The former owner of the circus and his wife, Cuca, are also present. And anyway, he has no doubts about his wife’s remaining faithful to him. I began to sail freely, agreeing to renounce the linearity of a story, the logic of the sequences, and I realized that my mind took pleasure this course full of surprises.

This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. Sep 05, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He survives, but all three employees are fired. Do that and you’ll get the idea Soprattutto, non si riesce mai a classificarla come “commedia” o “dramma” o altro: And what is the point of that? And certainly, that’s what Jjlio expects of us.

The Alphabet Library: H is for Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar – Telegraph

Maybe because I’m afraid there’s a mystery I couldn’t get no matter how hard I looked. It’s all in the setting up the parallel sidewalk lines La Maga would run into the middle of the road, forsaking the sidewalk altogether.


Views Read Edit View history. Corttazar first I crossed my heart and hoped to die that I would not live with these people. No, he obviously went through the circus act of writing this book, and made you go through the circus act of flipping through the pages.

The Alphabet Library: H is for Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

How much was their own opinion and how much was quoted from a big name? For these stick-in-the-muds, he grants permission to read the novel in traditional sequence, hopscootch chapters 1 through 56, but he then asks them to ignore the remaining 99 chapters jilio more than pages of text! I don’t want to feel like the kid who misses out because it’s past her bed time anymore. A Model Kit Libro de Manuel. But even though Oliveira believes himself a failure, he is unable to resign himself to this fate.

I’ve been that person.

It is like he is smoking, taking a break from his stressful contemplations to pull into a familiar cubby hole where he can watch the entrancing motion of his tea and remember his home. It’s okay to breathe.

She eventually develops into an indispensable muse for Horacio and a lens he employs to examine himself and the world in a more three dimensional manner.

Hopscotch must have been hell to translate, and Corazar Rabassa seems to have more than earned his National Book Award for the English version.

However, at the same time, the novel questions the concepts of meaning and understanding, as if they are pointless quests: A lesser art next to the other one, but in any case it does have its divine proportions, its unities in time, action, and place, and any other rhetoric you might want to apply. To make matters more interesting, he asks readers to skip chapter 55 completely I will admit I cheated and read it anyway hopscotdh, and to read cortazae of the chapters twice.


Jan 20, Jimmy rated it it clrtazar amazing Shelves: I don’t know, perhaps right now words would be good for something, could be useful to us. But it was more than enough to make me question whether I could or should continue with the offcuts against my better judgement, I decided to continue.

There are writers who make you want to go back into writing.

Traditional spelling and grammatical rules are often bent and sometimes broken outright. To write a book about all of this drowning thinking you kind of have to have that feeling. The second should be read by beginning with 1 and then following the sequence indicated at the end of each sentence or paragraph.

These later chapters originally ended up on Cortazar’s cutting room floor. The whole scene is cortazaar and ridiculously obvious, but this awkwardness is precisely its charm. Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB by When the scale tips over, the bridge crumbles. Within this chatter, the rhythm drops off, and my enjoyment does too. Why did Oliveira feel afraid to want?

I opted for the latter, and I think it was a wise decision, but there is enough logic to the second path to deduce what the straight path would have been like, since it does respect the ordering of the core chapters, with frequent and sometimes hoppscotch digressions into the additional cortazra, some of which is julii odd and of limited relevance to the core story.