: 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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Horacio drifts from city to city, job to job, love to love, life to juoio, yet even in his nomadic existence he tries to find a sense of order in the world’s chaos.

You can’t live without it and it might not be worth it. Traditional spelling and grammatical rules are often bent and sometimes broken outright.

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View all 13 comments. As with chapter 34, so with the rest of Hopscotch: But I recomend you to read it one way and to wait a little to read it the other way. Or to challenge you.

An unavoidable detention in the varying degrees of the dramatic, the psychological, the tragic, the satirical, or the political. If you do it together maybe you could borrow breath to live.

Horacio tells Talita to bring him straight nails and some yerba. Voltei a pegar-lhe hoje, sem saber que o terminaria de enfiada. This book is precisely Janus-faced see the quote in the QC reviewa forward- and backward- upward- and outward-oriented gaze that seems not attached to a youthful perspective as much as it imparts the wisdom that the secret to timelessness is in keeping young eyes.

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The first part of the book was a panoramic view of the 1. Even when with Morelli, the character he relates to most, there exists the social barriers of patient and orderly. And in the worst of cases, if they do make a mistake, it might just turn out perfect. jhlio


The cover blurb makes it look like it will change your life and then make sandwiches for you. He was thinking in a little circus wheel and the hamster was dying. After a bizarre episode in which Oliveira is arrested after befriending a tramp, he is deported back to Argentina, and the remainder of the book charts his mental disintegration.

Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

It is up to the reader to interpret his frenzied thoughts and place them against the arc of the novel. There is an action, usually a suicide, tha Karapanou makes you want to go bac How much is habit to return to bad patterns?

To hopzcotch unity in the midst of diversity, so that that unity might be the vortex of a whirlwind and not the sediment in a clean, cold mate gourd. Other major characters include Pola, another Parisian love interest of Horacio’s, who is diagnosed with breast cancer after being cursed by La Maga; Gekrepten, Horacio’s lover in Argentina; and Morelli, an Italian writer much discussed by the Serpent Club.

And in the long history of fragmented stories, from Gilgamesh to The Pale KingHopscotch may present the biggest jumble of them all. I don’t know, perhaps right now words would be good for something, could be useful to us.

I had to read this for a book club.

Either you will burn it or it will burn you. Provided, that is, that they do possess a meaning. View all 20 comments. 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 codtazar “hopscotching” through the entire set of chapters according to a “Table of Instructions” designated by the author.



Over several measures, melodies are randomly constructed by following loose musical rules. To attempt on the other hand a text that would not clutch the reader but which would oblige him to become an accomplice as it whispers to him underneath the conventional exposition other more esoteric directions. La Maga’s life seems hopeless because she has never worked to resolve the issues of rape and abuse in her childhood. It had no importance whatsoever, while playing with my friends was something serious.

Horacio resolves to spend more time with them, hopscotvh observe their seemingly happy marriage. Media All the Way Down: Returning to her room, Talita tells Traveler about it, who surmises that something may be seriously wrong with his friend.

Probably ugly orange carpet that was recalled in the s and perverted loops. Does art prove consciousness? Pure illusion, a mirror for larks. Ostensibly, the book is the story of Horacio Oliveira, an Argentine bohemian clambering through Paris. Literary and philosophical meditations abound in this intellectual’s story. Sometimes I hated it. Quarantunesimo GdL della Stamberga: Jun 02, Geoff rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

It’s what Isaac Brock said about “No one really knows the ones they love.