Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for Blow-Up and Other Stories: “[Cortazar] is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a. Praise. Praise for Blow-Up and Other Stories: “[Cortazar] is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night.”. Blow-Up And Other Stories by Julio Cortazar, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Published inbut act I’ve been starting a lot of story collections lately without yet finishing them, and this is another of those. I found the stories ranged from being good to damn right brilliant! You are up here in your heavenly jazz tree, on a higher branch then where I am sitting, laughing at the sadness of the world stuck in its own grass and mortar rather than taking a ride in the whirlwind of imagination, reading Blow-Up, Axolotl, House Blo Over, Continuity of Parks, End of the Game and other stories in this little book of yours.
Blow-Up and Other Stories
The cinematic adaptation is a work of art; the short story is intriguing and perverse. This is the most brilliant and stofies book of short stories by a master of the form.
Blow Up Neither the protagonist nor the author reveals everything that has to be told about the story. Still willing to give “Hopscotch” a go, though! Comparison with other writers is a bit unfair, because Cortazar has a voice all of his own. The book, despite its uneven nature, is a must-read, however, for fans of black humor, magical realism, and so on. May 23, Mattia Ravasi rated it really liked it. See all Editorial Reviews. But it is extra disappointing when a book that starts out so well, ends up with a long stretch of stories cortxzar are just ok.
These stories, at least toward the beginning of this collection nad in a vein quite separate from that of Hopscotch, a book I loathed. Anxiety-filled from cover to cover although, for some reason, I suspect that may have something to do with wtories fact that I read an English translation.
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And as much perverse pleasure as I’ve gotten out of poo-pooing that novel, I know now that at some point Cottazar going to have to give it a second chance. Flap copy A young girl spends her ohher vacation in a country house where a tiger roams At first we think the narrator is a good friend of Carter who understands bkow talent and problems but little by little he reveals himself as just another sycophant who benefits from his association with Carter without truly understanding the depth of his talent or personality.
A man reading a mystery finds out to late that he is the murderer’s victim There is a mystery, a puzzle to anchor the story, as Michael witnesses a strange duo having an argument on the quai of Ile St Louis and as he tries to imagine what they are fighting about and what their lives are like Michael is guilty of making literature, of znd in fabricated unrealities.
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Three girls are playing hookey from their house during siesta time and cortaazar up for the entertainment of passing trains in costumes and jewelry from their elders, re-enacting theatrical and historical personages. View all 6 comments. All seemingly quite great.
Our friend Cortazar is a lot looser with his language, but often that same Borgesian cosmic weight is felt in his work. My initial reaction was a little more ambiguous, see discussion below The Secret Weapons — An excellently creepy ghost story of hlow kind, where history and memory may be the things that haunt and consume.
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It’s like a talisman somehow. This srories a volume that begs for re-reading. I’ve been starting a lot of story collections lately without yet finishing them, and this is another of those. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. These stories cotazar not diminish the power of what has come before, but they seem a little out of place–more like padding than anything else.
These stories were simultaneously fun and disturbing to read.