Review: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

This book is madness. Absolute madness. You can read it in pretty much any order you like and it could make sense (there’s some core chapters you have to read in order, but that’s about it).

Mostly I thought this was a clever guy trying to show us how clever he was, but then there are some bits that were so mind blowingly inventive, that I found it hard to sleep afterwards.

I still can’t decide if it’s good or not though. One bit that was definitely good was the quote on the front cover:

“Anyone who hasn’t read Cortázar is doomed… Similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would become sadder, noticeably paler, and probably, little by little, he would lose his hair”

 Pablo Neruda.

In fact, that quote is definitely my favourite part.

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