Popular Representations of Development pOnce upon a time once upon a long time when I was in high school we read one of Borhes stories I don t remember which one but I remember liking it a lot And ever since that day I got it into my head that I would like his other stuff don t ask me why I just did albeit it took me years to get my hands on something of his and to actually see if Books are made to be reread says Borges in one of his short stories I definitely have to reread this oneX maybe in one year maybe in ten or maybe one short story a month short story is not completely accurate Borges has theower to create whole universes in just a few ages there are so many motives and themes in this book it is simply overwhelming He talks about love about alterego about writing about infinity about death about words about heresy His erudism is overwhelming his views about life are so humble and so clear One need to read such books at least once in a lifetime or once in a while to appreciate the real value of literature So much of how we react to the books we read is determined by circumstance and expectation When I read Borges Fictions at the beginning of this year I had heard a lot about the author and very high expectations I did enjoy Fictions but in all honesty it didn t and had high expectations I did enjoy Fictions but in all honesty
It Didn T Match didn t match expectations and I didn t appreciate it as much as I should haveNow reading The Book of Sand and Shakespeare s Memory the circumstances are different After having consumed so much Beckett with his abstract intentions and long and rambling aragraphs this collection of short stories with its direct and simple structure is so welcome and refreshing This time my expectations have been tempered and as a result have been vastly exceeded Although. Alternate cover edition ISBN 0141183829'One of the most remarkable artists of our age' Mario Vargas Llosa The Book of Sand was the last of Borges' major collections to be ublished The.
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Kespeare s MemoryThe Other 6 The encounter was real but the other man spoke to me in a dream How often have you wondered what you would tell your younger self if you had the chance Would your younger self take any notice Else Would You Talk else would you talk More importantly would you give them a glimpse my ast which is now the future that awaits you and if you did would you be constraining that future by doing soSo many of JLB s stories have semi fictionalised aspects of himself or a erson meeting another version of themselves this has both See also August 25 1983 below and Borges and I in Dreamtigers But although it is described in leasant terms JLB says
IT WAS ALMOST HORRIFIC WHILE ITwas almost horrific while it and mentions elemental fear and the sleepless nights that followed view spoilerThey talk about literature of course and family Young JLB has recently read Dostoyevsky s The Double which is apt It s awkward though We were too different yet too alike We could not deceive each other and that made conversation hard Each of us was almost a caricature of the other JLB realises There was no The Art of Standing Still point in giving advice because the young man s fate was to be the man that I am now He concludes that the meeting was real for him but merely a dream for his younger self hide spoiler This is one of Borges last books and many of theieces here are less than his best The Congress however is a tale of the microcosm as A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, powerful and effective as The Aleph and The Book of Sand is also one of Borge s finest stories The Sect of Thirty is an excellent shortiece and the theological implications of this account of heresy are both disturbing and illuminating Don t expect too much and you will enjoy watching an old master at wor. Dr and The Mirror and the Mask Also included are the handful of stories written right at the end of Borges' life August 25 1983 Blue Tigers The Rose of Paracelsus and Shakespeare's Memor. .
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare s Memory is generally considered a lesser work I enjoyed this much than Fictions which of course I will now need to rereadBorges writes such interesting stories He is not afraid to transport the reader to distant locations in both time and lace and although he freuently distorts reality into fantasy the stories always feel very grounded and authentic The rose feels Light Not At All Dense And Yet authentic The rose feels Light Not At All Dense And Yet Fits So not at all dense and yet he fits so into so few Mostly Mama pages It s interesting that he writes here almost exclusively in the firsterson often with himself or someone who shares his name as the The Naked Man protagonist Some of these stories are deeplyersonal like The Other and August 25 1983 Others are abstract fantastical and allegorical like The Mirror and the Mask and Blue Tigers All are wonderful The Borges who wrote these stories was a man approaching the end of a long and full life It s difficult to ignore this fact when assessing these stories just as it is easy to overstate its significance There is a sadness to the stories a sense of something lost or undiscovered but there is also an expression of reverence and wonder for the great Damias Children possibilities of the world Maybe theoint is that these are not necessarily distinct and opposing Cutremur de timp perspectives It s not the reading that matters but the rereading So true of all JLB s worksI have the Collected Fictions but am splitting my review of that into its components listed inublication order Collected Fictions all reviews The Book of Sand is the eighth Backlash : La guerre froide contre les femmes published in 1975 After the generally uite straightforward stories of Brodie s Report this is a welcome return to mystical metaphysical tales This review does NOT include the four storiesublished as Sha. Stories are in his words 'variations on favourite themescombining a Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie plain and at times almost collouial style with a fantasticlot' It includes such marvellous tales as The Congress Un.