Reading Julio Cortazar brings back an internal debate I was having with myself after I attended a book group in which we discussed “One. Meeting. Nurse Cora. The island at noon. Instructions for John Howell. All fires the fire. The other heaven. Bookmark: ; Work. LibraryThing Review. User Review – DRFP – LibraryThing. I was expecting something a little more abstract / magical realist from Cortázar, based off of his.

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Once again the author of Hopscotch and “Blow-Up” creates his special mindscape, beyond the space and time of linear thought, where lives intersect for brief moments, situations reflect, break, refract. Paperbackpages. Published March 12th by Pantheon first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign coryazar. To ask other readers questions about All Fires the Fireplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. View all 3 comments. This is the first book I have ever tried by Julio Cortazar. In this collection, I found the best story this one with the unbelievable traffic jam in highway to Paris which focus on the relationships being developed between people under difficult or even dangerous situations, and the melancholic taste that leaves the ending. I also liked a lot the story starring the young nurse miss Cora and admired the multiple narrators who appear with no previous warning in the text.

Also the story about the h This is the first book I have ever tried by Julio Cortazar. Also the story about the health of sick people was pretty good. The other stories were just ok and some of them kind of indifferent. In general and without being a big fan of short stories, I pretty liked this collection and although I didn’t find the whole book as something special, I adored the narrative voice of Cortazar which is quite addictive and I guess I ‘ll continue with him at some point with some other of his books.

Cortazar created a certain kind of storytelling in the work collected in Blow-Up and Other Stories, a kind of moebius strip construction that flips over and loops back without slowing.


Here, he seems consciously to keep pushing his forms forward, defying the expectations he has laid out for himself and pushing in new directions, or else cutting back to avoid the expected twist by some more subtle maneuver. The results vary in success, making this a bit more uneven as a collection, but never dortazar Cortazar created a certain kind of storytelling in the work collected in Blow-Up and Other Stories, a kind of moebius strip construction that flips over and loops back without slowing.

The results vary in success, making this a bit more uneven as a collection, but never for a moment boring. The dystopian roadways of the opener stun in particular. Nov 08, Maureen rated it liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments. La autopista del sur: Es un libro bastante entretenido!

To Read Or Not To Read: All Fires the Fire by Julio Cortázar

Jul 24, Jimmy rated it liked it Shelves: Cortazar is deceptively difficult. His sentences are sometimes filled with comma splices, it makes it really hard to read and to follow his train of thought. But he doesn’t do it in all the stories. Cortazr sometimes his stories are really boring, but I never feel like they are outright bad.

“All Fires the Fire” by Julio Cortazar

He’s always trying to figure something out in these stories. It’s not a great story in terms of what happens, there’s not even much of a point to it, but it seems very real, not like a constructed story, but just someone telling you about a period in their life.

My favorite in this collection.

Jun 18, Jason rated it liked it. Sotto questo aspetto “Istruzioni per John Howell” aveva ottime flres a livello di idea di fondo ma lo sviluppo ed il finale non mi hanno comunque completamente soddisfatto. Consigliato a chiunque apprezzi i racconti brevi, questi sono sicuramente ben scritti, semplicemente non aspettatevi qualcosa di particolarmente sperimentale, a parte per “La signorina Cora” che in tal caso vale l’intera raccolta.

Cortazar es muy desprendido de la realidad y de la normalidad y esto puede ser efecto de mi chatura literaria y no deberia endilgarlo al escritor No es un escritor tradicional. Ademas, es lo primero que leo de el. Me gusto “Autopista al Sur” pero me perdi con “El otro cielo” El hecho de que escriba tan alocadamente me hacia un resultado adverso: Frankly speaking this was better than One Hundred Years of Solitude ifre the names are easier to remember and the stories are shorter to read.


Yet I still don’t get the point of most of the plot Or is there a plot? De los ocho cuentos habidos en “Todos los fuegos el fuego”, me quedo con cuatro: However, fure were several highly interesting stories in this one, so I’m not complaining much: Not bad, but not fjres striking.

The first story reminds me ghe the TV show Lost set in a traffic jam, which is quite imaginative. Unfortunately for Cortazar he suffers from being overshadowed by a certain other Argentine writer of intellectually playful stories with a fantasy or surrealist element.

This book was really a compilation of several short stories. I liked the one about Nurse Cora and her young patient, a boy of approximately I fres it to increase my vocabulary and exposure to Spanish. That was accomplished through this book.

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Nota para el futuro: Creative and confusing tales. They made me think so much. I found them a bit depressing too. Jun 28, Katherine. Sometimes fjre gets so lagggg! No estuvo mal, fue muy interesante y distinto. Tal vez yo no soy muy del tipo Cortazar. A few cortaazar stories intermingled with a few stories that relied too heavily on the strange twist endings, but still a thoroughly beautiful read.

My favorite is “Southern Thruway”. Muy buenas historias, pero no es mi favorito.

Edgar Cury rated it liked it Dec 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He influenced an entire generation of Fries American writers from Mexico to Argentina, and most of his best-known work was written in France, where he established himself in Trivia About Todos los fuegos Quotes from All Fires the Fire. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.