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review El libro de arena · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Wells la conjunción del estilo llano a veces casi oral у de un argumento imposible El propio autor reconoce la singularidad de uno de estos relatos Si de todos. 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 had very high expectations I did enjoy Fictions but in all honesty it didn t uite match my 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 paragraphs 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 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 place and although he freuently distorts reality into fantasy the stories always feel very grounded and authentic The prose feels light not at all dense and yet he fits so much into so few pages It s interesting that he writes here almost exclusively in the first person often with himself or someone who shares his name as the protagonist Some of these stories are deeply personal 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 possibilities of the world Maybe the point is that these are not necessarily distinct and opposing perspectives

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review El libro de arena · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Mis textos tuviera ue rescatar uno solo rescataría creo El Congreso ue es a la vez el más autobiográfico el ue prodiga más los recuerdos у el más fantásti. In this short story you can find a Scotsman a discussion on bibliophilism and on a not very famous but known to every reader feeling that some books take over your soul I had books like the book of sand in my life Some I had to stop for a period They took over too much of my imagination and of my life too if I m honest I loved those books and felt sad when I finished it This story is about these feelings You should read it It s so small And so significant it could only be the seminal work of Jorge Luis Borges He s a gem 5 stars

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review El libro de arena · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Не uerido ser fiel еn estos ejercicios de ciego dijo en una ocasión Jorge Luis Borges refiriéndose a los relatos incluidos en El libro de arena al ejemplo de. Aesthetic experience is extraordinary in the sense that it is always ours alone uniuely ours And some aesthetic experiences hit us right between the eyes with a knockout punch these are encounters we will never forget One such encounter was my reading this collection of stories by Jorge Luis Borges some thirty years ago The images of the book of sand with its infinite pages the hermit looking for a one sided disk an author s pristine lovemaking with a beautiful woman for me all aesthetic knockout punches I would encourage anybody who would like to expand their horizons expand their inner universe and exercise their imagination to pick up and read this most wonderful collection As a way of providing a sample here are my top ten uestions on the title story The Book of Sand And below my uestions the actual story1 In what way or ways can any short work of fiction be true2 What would be your initial thought and feeling if someone handed you the book of sand3 What book in your personal library would you trade for the book of sand4 Is the book of sand a metaphor for all great works of literature in the sense those works have no end or bottom 5 What book comes to mind for you as one where the you reread the uestion arise 6 Are all works of literature infinite since they expand in different directions each time they are read by a different reader 7 Are you inextricably bound to a certain book or in other words is there any book holding you as prisoner 8 What is it about certain books that they refuse to be mastered by anybody 9 Would you feel uneasy owning the book of sand10 Where would you hide the book of sand if you never wanted the book to be discoveredTHE BOOK OF SAND by Jorge Luis Borges The line is made up of an infinite number of points the plane of an infinite number of lines the volume of an infinite number of planes the hypervolume of an infinite number of volumes No unuestionably this is not geometrico the best way of beginning my story To claim that is it true is nowadays the convention of every made up story Mine however is true I live alone in a fourth floor apartment on Belgrano Street in Buenos Aires Late one evening a few months back I heard a knock at my door I opened it and a stranger stood there He was a tall man with nondescript features or perhaps it was my myopia that made them seem that way Dressed in gray and carrying a gray suitcase in his hand he had an unassuming look about him I saw at once that he was a foreigner At first he struck me as old only later did I realize that I had been misled by his thin blond hair which was in a Scandinavian sort of way almost white During the course of our conversation which was not to last an hour I found out that he came from the Orkneys I invited him in pointing to a chair He paused awhile before speaking A kind of gloom emanated from him as it does now from me I sell Bibles he said Somewhat pedantically I replied In this house are several English Bibles including the first John Wiclif s I also have Cipriano de Valera s Luther s which from a literary viewpoint is the worst and a Latin copy of the Vulgate As you see it s not exactly Bibles I stand in need of After a few moments of silence he said I don t only sell Bibles I can show you a holy book I came across on the outskirts of Bikaner It may interest you He opened the suitcase and laid the book on a table It was an octavo volume bound in cloth There was no doubt that it had passed through many hands Examining it I was surprised by its unusual weight On the spine were the words Holy Writ and below them Bombay Nineteenth century probably I remarked I don t know he said I ve never found out I opened the book at random The script was strange to me The pages which were worn and typographically poor were laid out in a double column as in a Bible The text was closely printed and it was ordered in versicles In the upper corners of the pages were Arabic numbers I noticed that one left hand page bore the number let us say 40514 and the facing right hand page 999 I turned the leaf it was numbered with eight digits It also bore a small illustration like the kind used in dictionaries an anchor drawn with pen and ink as if by a schoolboy s clumsy hand It was at this point that the stranger said Look at the illustration closely You ll never see it again I noted my place and closed the book At once I reopened it Page by page in vain I looked for the illustration of the anchor It seems to be a version of Scriptures in some Indian language is it not I said to hide my dismay No he replied Then as if confiding a secret he lowered his voice I acuired the book in a town out on the plain in exchange for a handful of rupees and a Bible Its owner did not know how to read I suspect that he saw the Book of Books as a talisman He was of the lowest caste nobody but other untouchables could tread his shadow without contamination He told me his book was called the Book of Sand because neither the book nor the sand has any beginning or end The stranger asked me to find the first page I laid my left hand on the cover and trying to put my thumb on the flyleaf I opened the book It was useless Every time I tried a number of pages came between the cover and my thumb It was as if they kept growing from the book Now find the last page Again I failed In a voice that was not mine I barely managed to stammer This can t be Still speaking in a low voice the stranger said It can t be but it is The number of pages in this book is no or less than infinite None is the first page none the last I don t know why they re numbered in this arbitrary way Perhaps to suggest that the terms of an infinite series admit any number Then as if he were thinking aloud he said If space is infinite we may be at any point in space If time is infinite we may be at any point in time His speculations irritated me You are religious no doubt I asked him Yes I m a Presbyterian My conscience is clear I am reasonably sure of not having cheated the native when I gave him the Word of God in exchange for his devilish book I assured him that he had nothing to reproach himself for and I asked if he were just passing through this part of the world He replied that he planned to return to his country in a few days It was then that I learned that he was a Scot from the Orkney Islands I told him I had a great personal affection for Scotland through my love of Stevenson and Hume You mean Stevenson and Robbie Burns he corrected While we spoke I kept exploring the infinite book With feigned indifference I asked Do you intend to offer this curiosity to the British Museum No I m offering it to you he said and he stipulated a rather high sum for the book I answered in all truthfulness that such a sum was out of my reach and I began thinking After a minute or two I came up with a scheme I propose a swap I said You got this book for a handful of rupees and a copy of the Bible I ll offer you the amount of my pension check which I ve just collected and my black letter Wiclif Bible I inherited it from my ancestors A black letter Wiclif he murmured I went to my bedroom and brought him the money and the book He turned the leaves and studied the title page with all the fervor of a true bibliophile It s a deal he said It amazed me that he did not haggle Only later was I to realize that he had entered my house with his mind made up to sell the book Without counting the money he put it away We talked about India about Orkney and about the Norwegian jarls who once ruled it It was night when the man left I have not seen him again nor do I know his name I thought of keeping the Book of Sand in the space left on the shelf by the Wiclif but in the end I decided to hide it behind the volumes of a broken set of The Thousand and One Nights I went to bed and did not sleep At three or four in the morning I turned on the light I got down the impossible book and leafed through its pages On one of them I saw engraved a mask The upper corner of the page carried a number which I no longer recall elevated to the ninth power I showed no one my treasure To the luck of owning it was added the fear of having it stolen and then the misgiving that it might not truly be infinite These twin preoccupations intensified my old misanthropy I had only a few friends left I now stopped seeing even them A prisoner of the book I almost never went out any After studying its frayed spine and covers with a magnifying glass I rejected the possibility of a contrivance of any sort The small illustrations I verified came two thousand pages apart I set about listing them alphabetically in a notebook which I was not long in filling up Never once was an illustration repeated At night in the meager intervals my insomnia granted I dreamed of the book Summer came and went and I realized that the book was monstrous What good did it do me to think that I who looked upon the volume with my eyes who held it in my hands was any less monstrous I felt that the book was a nightmarish object an obscene thing that affronted and tainted reality itself I thought of fire but I feared that the burning of an infinite book might likewise prove infinite and suffocate the planet with smoke Somewhere I recalled reading that the best place to hide a leaf is in a forest Before retirement I worked on Mexico Street at the Argentine National Library which contains nine hundred thousand volumes I knew that to the right of the entrance a curved staircase leads down into the basement where books and maps and periodicals are kept One day I went there and slipping past a member of the staff and trying not to notice at what height or distance from the door I lost the Book of Sand on one of the basement s musty shelves


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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) Aesthetic experience is extraordinary in the sense that it is always ours alone uniuely ours And some aesthetic experiences hit us right between the eyes with a knockout punch these are encounters we will never forget One such encounter was my reading this collection of stories by Jorge Luis Borges some thirty years ago The images of the book of sand with its infinite pages the hermit looking for a one sided disk an author's pristine lovem

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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) This is one of Borges' last books and many of the pieces here are less than his best The Congress however is a tale of the

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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) Free read ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ñ Jorge Luis Borges characters El libro de arena There's something really sensory and textured about JLB's fiction writing Reading his work always invokes the distinct smell of dusty

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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) “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 in publication order Collected Fi

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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) Free read ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ñ Jorge Luis Borges Jorge Luis Borges ñ 0 review By The Book of Sand Jorge Luis Borges continues his lifelong trek through the paradoxical land of human mindIn The Other he meets himself in person but his doppelganger is younger and they have a grand intellectual discussion Well I too meet myself every day in the mirror but so far we have no conversations – God forefend“I find my sadness over the death of that man who most emphatically was never my frie

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    characters El libro de arena [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) Free read ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ñ Jorge Luis Borges So much of how we react to the books we read is determined by circumstance and expectation When I read Borges' Fictions at the beginni

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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) Jorge Luis Borges ñ 0 review While I did enjoy a couple of these stories for the most part I was left feeling uite bored by this collection I don’t know if it’s because I was reading in French which isn’t my first language or because the book is a translation and the magic got lost in translation either one is entirely possible I am still glad I read it though it’s something I never would have read before and I’m enjoying pushing my reading comfort zone a

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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) Jorge Luis Borges ñ 0 review Free read ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ñ Jorge Luis Borges 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 the power to create whole universes in just a few pages 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 abo

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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) In this short story you can find a Scotsman a discussion on bibliophilism and on a not very famous but known to every reader feeling t

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    [Pdf Read] (El libro de arena) Once upon a time once upon a long time when I was in high school we read one of Borhes’ stories I don’t remember whic

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  • El libro de arena
  • Jorge Luis Borges
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  • 10 March 2020
  • 9788420633138