Wow, no class on Wednesday! We can use our time thinking about how to help Haiti and reading more Cortazar stories. Try “The Distances” – it’s about a rich, perhaps spoiled girl in Buenos Aires who begins to share consciousness with a poor, miserable woman in Budapest. Until…(as you can imagine) something strange happens…like all stories it is about many things, and perhaps about empathy.
However, the stories I asked you to read for Wednesday were “House Taken Over” and “Bestiary.” These two are different from Cortazar’s other stories that we have read; in both of them, something strange/unknown invades the usually safe home space. Sadly, we won’t be able to spend much of Monday’s class on them because we have to start 100 Years of Solitude, but I’d love to know what you’re thinking about them. So in lieu of tomorrow’s class, please post a short comment to this post on one or both of these stories:
- “House Taken Over” – What do YOU think takes the House over?!
- “Bestiary” – Is the tiger a tiger – or something else?
And don’t forget your Short Writing on Cortazar! Due Sunday night. You can use ANY stories in the book.
Next week, we start reading our big novel, 100 Years of Solitude by the Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is a wild read and can be difficult, but try to just enjoy its rich, playful style. It’s organic – he starts a sentence, and it just grrrroooooowwwws. It is a uniquely imaginative book, and it changed the world. Marquez freely admitted he wouldn’t have been without Borges and Cortazar, but it was this book that burst into the universe in 1967 and brought Magic Realism to the people. Go to Russia. Go to China. Go to France. Everywhere they will know and love Garcia Marquez. Hemingway who?
I’ve made a reading schedule for the book that tells the main thing I want to concentrate on in each section, so it gives you a guide on where to concentrate as you read!
|8||M||1010||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude – Read the first Chapter 1-18||Introduction/ Magic Realism in Latin America|
|W||10/12||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 19-58||The Insomnia Plague|
|F||10/14||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 59-101||Love|
|9||M||10/17||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 103-159||Death|
|W||10/19||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 161-180||War|
|F||10/21||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 181-243||Beauty|
|10||M||10/24||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude –245-313||The Banana Massacre / Witness and memory Film – Rashomon 3-5 SUV|
|W||10/26||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude – 315-354||Ursula – Family|
|F||10/28||Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude –355-417||The astounding end|