Wednesday 8 May 2019

The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges - A Review

Today we are talking about this little book which comes from the Penguin Modern Classics collection and contains 5 short stories from Jorge Luis Borges. It's called The Garden of the Forking Paths which is also the title of one of the stories. 

It is described as fantastical tales of mazes, puzzles, lost labyrinths and bookish mysteries, from the unique imagination of a literary magician.

This was the first time that I read something from Jorge Luis Borges and I do not know what to make out of it. I am a little bit confused. I enjoyed reading these stories but I can't say that I loved anyone particular. 

The first story was The Garden of Forking Paths, which started as a spy story but then it confused me. It was nothing particularly original or special. 

The second was The Book of Sand, which was the one I liked the most. It had a very interesting idea. 

The third story was The Circular Ruins and it was okay for me.

The fourth one was On Exactitude in Science and it was only one page. 

The last story was Death and the Compass which was a kind of  a mysterious Jewish mysticism-inspired serial killing.

Overall, I think that the Penguin Modern Classics is a very good starting option if you want to know a new to you author. I can say that I will definitely search and read more of Jorge Luis Borges works in the future.

You can buy this book from Book Depository using this link (affiliate link)


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