I was said that this novel was a hit of 90th of Tbilisi’s intellectual youth and as I am considered as a part of this youth and a bookworm person, I decided to buy and read as soon as it was possible this novel, which is very popular also these days in Georgia..
I go already mentioned several times about my love of Latin American writers and literature, So to be honest the reason why I did not put aside this novel was that I wanted to read the end, to reach the finish and to find out final destiny of main hero Oliveira.
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 by “hopscotching” through the entire set of 155 chapters according to a “Table of Instructions” designated by the author. Cortázar also leaves the reader the option of choosing a unique path through the narrative.
The main character, Horacio Oliveira, is a well-read and loquacious bohemian. He enjoys a mostly intellectual participation in life instead of pursuing an active role and appears to be obsessed with attaining what is referred to as a unifying conception of life, or center in which he can contentedly exist.
“La Maga” (her real name is Lucía) is a beguiling, intelligent being whose love of life and spontaneous nature challenge Horacio’s ego as well as his assumptions about life. Oliveira’s lover in Paris, she is lively, an active participant in her own adventures, and a stark contrast to Horacio’s other friends, with whom he has formed a philosophical social circle called the “Serpent Club”. She eventually develops into an indispensable muse for Horacio and a lens he employs to examine himself and the world in a more three dimensional manner. La Maga also has an infant son, Rocamadour, whose appearance in France causes a crisis in the relationship between Lucía and Oliveira.
Apart from Horacio and La Maga, the other members of the Serpent Club include OssipGregorovius, who is presented as a rival for Lucía’s affections, the artists Perico Romero and Etienne, Etienne’s friend Guy Monod, Wong, and Ronald and Babs (who are married). The club meets either in La Maga’s apartment or the flat Ronald and Babs share.
When Horacio returns to Argentina he is greeted by his old friend Manolo, nicknamed “Traveler”, and his wife, Talita. The two are employed at a circus and seem to enjoy a mostly serene existence. Talita bears a striking similarity to Horacio’s great love interest, La Maga, while Traveler is referred to as his “doppelgänger.” The relationship that develops between the three centers around Oliveira’s interest in Talita, which seems disingenuous, and Traveler’s attempts to lessen Horacio’s metaphysical burden. Oliveira desires to inhabit Traveler’s life, while Traveler appears to be mostly concerned Horacio’s deteriorating mental health.
Other characters are 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; Madame BertheTrepat, a composer who mistakes Horacio’s attention for sexual interest, and a homeless woman named Emmanuele with whom Oliveira has a brief, disastrous tryst with shortly after La Maga’s disappearance.
Horacio’s fate is just as vague to the reader as it is to him.Horacioagaist thesociety.The novel transmits thatchaos is everywhere and in everybody’s life.
I knew that the main hero characters is the portrait of Julio Cortazaran narrative is about his Parisian life. I knew also how intellectual person he was.Intellectuality is my weakness and the circle of my friend know this my character very well, but sometimesthe extra education ruined life of people, because they look for something that even they do not know, someone who does not exist.
They think that nobody understand the feelings of them and everybody owes to them something. The selfishness and superiority destroys their life and very often the life of the close people. Dears it is only my opinion an conclusion after reading the novel.
Horacio drifts from city to city, job to job, love to love, life to life, yet even in his nomadic existence he tries to find a sense of order in the world’s chaos. He is always isolated: When he is with La Maga, he cannot relate to her; when he is with the Club, he is superior; when he is with Traveler and Talita, he fights their way of life. Even when with Morelli, the character he relates to most, there exists the social barriers of patient and orderly. Order against chaos also exists.
Horacio’s life seems hopeless because he has deemed himself a failure.
There were Lot of books in my life which I would read from the beginning once again with pleasure. In spite of my great respect toward Julio Cortazar the novel did not leave a wish to return and read. world is engrossed with chaos today and it is enough because the reading is the most important way for me to relax and I would not like extra chaos, anyway it is my attitude today.
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