8.18.2006

Extra Long Footnotes

Scott, of Conversational Reading, is blogging his reading of Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch. Here's the rest of it, Hopscotch 2 , and, featured in CV's Friday column, Hopscotch 3.

quote:
from Scott Esposito,
"Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch is a novel with an unconventional format. It includes 155 chapters, but only the first 56 are "required." As Cortazar says in a brief introductory note, after chapter 56 "the reader may ignore what follows with a clean conscience." Chapters 57 - 155 are even labeled "expendable chapters," perhaps implying that although they are informational, they are hardly required."

He then goes on to discuss whether or not the remaining chapters should be viewed as extra long footnotes.

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