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Then, on returning by train to his estate, he begins reading his novel once again and the more he reads, the more interested he becomes. This certainly sounds ideal to me. Anyway, Basil relaxes comfortably in his favorite armchair covered in green velvet, content in knowing there will be nobody to intrude on his reading. Not being interrupted is no small matter since when we are in our literary zone, turning the pages, an interruption is the last thing we want.
Wait a minute! I recall another work of fiction touching on these very same habits of a reader. Aesthetic Magic: Having absorbed the beginning chapters, Basil is now completely and totally into his novel. Every paragraph is progressively more pleasurable because it means he is living more and more through his book than among the nagging details of the outside world. Ah, that aesthetic distance, what has fascinated philosophers going all the way back to Aristotle — at the very heart of the pleasure we experience as we read about the harrowing tribulations the characters are confronting from the coziness of our favorite reading chair.
Fire in the Belly: Basil is engrossed in the drama of hero and heroine as they meet once again in a secluded mountain cabin. It has been said many times — nothing juices a novel like intense passion, the more intense the better. And if there is a healthy dose of menace or danger or motive for revenge added to the mix, better still. Keep turning those pages, Basil! Even to those caresses which writhed about the lover's body, as though wishing to keep him there, to dissuade him from it; they sketched abominably the frame of that other body it was necessary to destroy.
With two lusty, aroused lovers talking to one another, the words on the page can really crackle, sizzle, snap and pop. As any seasoned novelist knows, when the story seems to be dragging, throw in some fast-paced dialogue and see what happens. Action Fiction: So much for words. No one in the first room, no one in the second. The door of the salon, and then, the knife in hand, the light from the great windows, the high back of an armchair covered in green velvet, the head of the man in the chair reading a novel.
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View all 25 comments. Oct 08, Sidharth Vardhan rated it really liked it Shelves: l-america-and-caribian , short-stories. View 2 comments. Jun 25, Claudia rated it really liked it.
This is what I call a great story. The author leads the way like a well danced Tango. There are two sides that mix themselves nicely in this story. You feel a bit confused but it's a good confusion.
His technique is splendid and his writing is really good. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. Read it. But only if you like well written short stories. This tale is really good. This strip has two sides, the side one and the side two, in a moment of the story the side one the reality joins with the side two the fiction. So, what's happening around the character is joining with what's happening on the book he is reading.
Este cuento es realmente bueno. Oct 13, G. Hewitt rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. Captivating read with an ingenious twist bringing you to an abrupt and unexpected end - the glass door that not only you didn't see but never expected to be there. Jan 09, Christina rated it really liked it Shelves: short-story. I literally can't say anything without spoiling given it's a rather short short story but that you should definitely read it! Sep 03, Zamira rated it it was amazing.
This is easily one of the most brilliant stories I've read. It's amazingly short, for such a stunning tale; upon finishing this story I knew, without a doubt, this story would be forever in my mind. The imagery was gorgeous, and the plot riveting. This is a story anyone fascinated by meta-fiction needs to read. Aug 08, Tommy Buteau rated it really liked it Shelves: non-linear.
Loved the trick ending. So many things about this story are fascinating. Jun 10, Zan rated it it was amazing. So short. So good. I've read this no less than times. I did not see that ending coming. I was bewildered for a few seconds until everything clicked and now I'm amazed by the brilliance of the writer. A simple and impressive story. Dec 31, CinderBelle rated it it was amazing.
Very interesting short story, and perfect to help finish the reading challenge. Thought provoking. Shorter than your typical short story. Everything was fast pace and by the time I reached the end I was confused.
Where is the rest? Yes this is good but I wanted a tad bit more. Cool blurring of "reality" and fiction. A very confusing and exciting read :. Aug 17, Austin Ben rated it it was amazing.
Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortázar
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Continuity of Parks
The story starts with a busy upper-class man who has a unique passion for books. Once the man begins to read and dive into a different world Cortazar begins blurring the lines of reality and the book. The two lovers meet in a cabin, it was not a meeting of passion, but one with devious intentions. The lovers head off into the night, taking separate paths the male lover headed for an estate. The lovers clearly had an in intimate knowledge of the estate, in fact the woman lived there, as they had every detailed accounted for there was no chance for him to be detected. This was not a crime of passion it was one carefully planned, probably for months. In the last line the husband is revealed to be the very same man reading the novel.
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The owner of the estate is keen to finish off the novel he is reading. It is as though he finds the material in the novel more interesting than his own life. Something that becomes clearer to the reader when the owner of the estate intends to share ownership of his estate with the estate manager. It is as though the estate owner no longer wishes to have to deal with the responsibility of running the estate. As though he wishes to change the direction of his life. Allowing for the reader to see how close both lines can be at times. It is shocking to the reader to discover that the victim in the story is the owner of the estate.