"A Continuity of Parks" by Julio Cortázar

07Jan05

In “A Continuity of Parks,” Cortázar rather cleverly interweaves two stories: that of an estate owner reading a book about two lovers and two lovers plotting to kill an estate owner reading a book. This technique reminds me of the DVD cover of Memento. How far do the layers go? (I’m sure there’s a word for that sort of thing. Like “gestalt” or something.)

But this story seems to exist solely for the plot twist, like an M. Night Shyamalan movie; it seems to stop before it really gets started. Cortázar calls the reader’s conception of reality into question, but besides that fact I didn’t find much interesting in this text.

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