Re: Julio Cort?zar: Hopscotch
Aside from saying that sadism (and, most especially, sexual sadism) is not a personal turn-on for me, I'd prefer to not elaborate upon my reasons for not liking Hopscotch. Actually, I stopped reading it about 1/3 of the way through. I am not doubting Cortazar's brilliance. The book just very much offended me. In fact, I'm going to borrow a line from Dorothy Parker to sum up my feelings on it:
"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be
thrown with great force."
I have read other things by Cortazar--namely, short stories. Some of them are good, some are strange. It's rather like watching a string of films from the French New Wave movement--some of them can be exquisitely innovative, whereas others are downright bizarre.
To those who are Hopscotch fans, I offer no words of criticism. There is room in this world for both you and me.
"There's no such thing as chance;
And what to us seems merest accident
Springs from the deepest source of destiny."
~Johann Friedrich von Schiller
"All men have the same defect: they wait to live, for they have not the courage of each instant.
Why not invest enough passion in each moment to make it an eternity?" ~E. M. Cioran