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La invención de Morel (1940)
Tekijä: Adolfo Bioy Casares
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This was... okay. Maybe due to my scattered reading of it. But also, it is told in an off putting way, as the main character doesn't seem like an outstanding guy. First, it is said that he is running from the law, though the reader doesn't find out what exactly happened. With more back story, this main character could have been more likeable. And when he says he wishes he were invisible, it just reminds me what a sociopathic ass the invisible man from H.G. Wells is. Not to mention other H.G. Wells comparisons that can be found here. Otherwise, I don't want to ruin this odd plot for any other readers. It's an interesting idea, which seems to be inspired by Wells and Jules Verne and I'm glad to read something from Argentina. Also, it's short! But again, I think some back story for the main character might have helped here.
Avrei davvero voluto farmel0 piacere, ma non ci sono riuscita. ^^ Sono arrivata circa a metà e poi ho detto basta.
This book, another of my recent finds courtesy of Goodreads, is intriguing on many levels. Not a highly refined literary style but directness and vividness of imagination more than make up for that. The involved premise concerns competing versions of reality, one real, one artificial. The two realities get mixed up in cleverly complicated ways. Though published in 1940, this tale has resonances that are pertinent today as virtual reality (VR) seems poised to make assaults on our mind- and life-spaces. Written by an Argentinian friend and protege of Jorge Luis Borges -- an interesting historical angle in itself -- the book is a quick, stimulating, and enjoyable read.
The most perfect little novel. I have already made recommendations to most book lovers I know throughout reading it. It's ghostly, haunting, mesmerizing. However, it is not a ghost story or a story of a haunting outright. Yet it is eerie and so fully imagined that you will know the entire landscape from tip to tail after reading it; the author blankets the reader in imagery.
The narrator is compelling, as is the beautiful Faustine. I can't recommend this more. And I don't want to say much more either, because I think one of the best things about this novel is that it surprises with it's absolute originality.
It is a whole world, and it is enchanting.
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Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to The Turn of the Screw and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious. Inspired by Bioy Casares's fascination with the movie star Louise Brooks, The Invention of Morel has gone on to live a secret life of its own. Greatly admired by Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and Octavio Paz, the novella helped to usher in Latin American fiction's now famous postwar boom. As the model for Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Last Year in Marienbad, it also changed the history of film.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)863.62Literature Spanish and Portuguese Spanish fiction 20th Century 1900-1945
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