In the story, reality and fiction intertwine through a story within a story. The frame story presents a man reading a novel on his return to his home estate after completing some "urgent business" in town. The novel that he is reading, the embedded story, describes two lovers who meet in a cabin in the woods, with a plan to destroy "that other body". The structure of the story is broken when one of the characters of the novel, the embedded story, introduces himself into the reality of the frame story. At the end of the story, the drama he does not want to be a part of is his own. The name of the story refers to the three contexts, or reality plans, which are identified as "parks".
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If you havent read any of his work, you are missing out and thats for sure. But there is still time, even if you are pressed for time. 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! 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.
Ah, revenge! This is but one interpretation. Please feel free to come up with your own. This fabulous short story is available free on-line.
Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortázar
If you havent read any of his work, you are missing out and thats for sure. But there is still time, even if you are pressed for time. 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.
Continuity of Parks
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.
Continuidad de los parques