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Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves “the Club. You don’t have to read it in the suggested order of reading chapters, if you don’t want to.

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. One night, he sees her playing hopscotch in the courtyard — a game that has come to represent for him his search for an unattainable contentment.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Minor characters of note include Madame Berthe Trepat, a composer who mistakes Horacio’s attention for sexual interest, and a homeless woman named Emmanuele with whom Oliveira has a brief, disastrous tryst with shortly after La Maga’s disappearance.

Horacio retreats to a bridge, where he meets a homeless woman, Emmanuele. How do they know what your sore spots are? Sometimes I think there’s more understanding between two people punching each other in the face than among those who are there looking on from outside Why did Oliveira feel afraid to want?


And certainly, that’s what Cortazar expects of us.


And anyway, he has no doubts about his wife’s remaining faithful to him. One night Horacio is smoking in his room when he sees Talita crossing the moonlit garden below, apparently heading to bed.

We’re satisfied with too little. I could write about this book for ages. The two are employed at a circus and seem to enjoy a mostly serene existence.

Write a customer review. Don’t think that, take two steps back or one leap forward. Horacio threatens to kill himself, causing a commotion in the hospital.

Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

Like the pastime hopscotch itself, which this novel so artfully mimics, you may need to play the game both ways to find out. Nus de personagens poderosas, multidimensionais, que tocam e mudam e aconchegam a vida uns dos outros. I’ve talked before about books that read you as much as you read them, but this is a whole other thing. Just like everything that’s worth our while will ever be.

Buying the mental hospital seemed strange. And what is the point of that?

He loses a lover, La Maga, and, appreciating her more now that she is absent, returns to his native Buenos Aires to continue his picaresque adventures. Thank you for your hhopscotch. It is up to the reader to interpret his frenzied thoughts and place them against the arc of the novel.

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I don’t want to feel like the kid who misses out because it’s past her bed time anymore. Do that and you’ll get the idea For how can you talk unless you have some kind of shared experience? The variations on the children’s game are described as “spiral hopscotch, rectangular hopscotch, fantasy hopscotch, not played very often” View all 7 comments. Translated by Gregory Rabassa, winner of the National Book Award for Translation, Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian corgazar who call themselves “the Club.


It gets my highest recommendation.

The Alphabet Library: H is for Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

He talks to her for the first time about La Maga, and the pity she shows for him moves him to kiss her. I so wish that La Maga had not left the way she did.

Oliveira himself is unsure about that. Strong recommendations to anyone looking for a novel adventure. The place is dark and eerie in the long hours before dawn, with the three often seeking refuge in alcohol and conversation in the pharmacy’s warmer atmosphere.

View all 43 comments. Ideally, I want to feel like I’m with characters enough to know hopscoth that stuff to pick up on.