In “Continuity of Parks” by Julio Cortazar blurs the lines between reality and the world of literature with vivid imagery and a shroud of uncertainty. Woah. I had to read this story 3 times before I really understood what was going on. A quick and dirty summary for those of us who have not. THE CONTINUITY OF PARKS. BY JULIO CORTÁZAR. H. E HAD BEGUN TO READ THE NOVEL. a few days before. He had. put it aside because of some.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. The story begins with a wealthy businessman reading a novel he had started reading a few days earlier in his house on a large estate. Both times the husband inevitably neglected their wife in favor of their addiction.

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He influenced an entire generation of Latin American writers from Mexico to Argentina, and most of his best-known work was written in France, where he established himself in The woman goes north, and the man goes to her house. Lists with This Book. My mind visually defines continuity as: This site uses cookies. Continudad de los Parques does literally translate to continuity of park, yet it can refer to the continuous land that Cortazar creates.

This tale is really good. So, what’s happening around the character is joining with what’s happening on the book he is reading. Laura rated it really liked it Feb 26, Trivia About Continuity of Par Este cuento es realmente bueno.


Not a single character is given name, nor is anything explicit, everything carries a hint of doubt that is felt when reading the piece. I like how you say that Cortazar uses continuity paradoxically.

Windows and doors are sideways, stairs lead to no where, people are sitting on what should be walls.

The story starts and ends with the man in the green velvet chair returns full circle in a reality that made from both the story we read and the story the man in the chair reads.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This mixture of two realities marks this piece as fantastic-marvelous as it is impossible, but not so incredulous to be purely marvelous. Retrieved from ” https: No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Martina Cock Irurita rated it really liked it Jul 01, L Poirot rated it really parka it Jan 11, Tim Smith rated it really liked it Jan 02, The two lovers meet in a cabin, it was not a meeting of passion, but one with devious intentions. In his novel, a man and woman, two lovers, meet. February 21, at 6: His technique is splendid and his writing is really good.

I had to read this story 3 times before I really understood what was going on. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book he is reading takes place in a cabin within a many trees.


I literally can’t say anything without spoiling given it’s a rather short short story but that you should definitely read it! To see continuoty your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Continuity of Parks

He had been sidetracked by business matters and had not had enough time to finish the novel. He sits in a green velvet chair, savoring the feeling of sinking into the story while enjoying his cigarettes and the view of the ccontinuity from his study window. Anjali Deodat rated it really liked it Dec 29, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Jluio your comment here All of these stair cases blend together.

A man reading reading a book somehow becomes a victim of murder within that book.

Armed with the dagger, the man goes inside the house and sees his victim: The lovers head off into the night, taking separate paths the male lover headed for parkz estate.