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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Andrew Hurley Translator. George Guidall Goodreads Author Narrator. Get A Copy. Audiobook , 1 page. Published June 24th by Penguin Audio first published More Details Other Editions 2.
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Dec 14, Rani Ibrahim rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In this story we follow the protagonist into the dream where we get to see the creation of a man.
This man grows up and we follow him through the early stages of his life. Although, many would argue that this story is about reality, one could argue that the main focus is on life itself.
However, to really uncover the mysteries of this story one has to define reality. This quote gives us an understanding of what reality is. Applying this to the story confirms the statement; As soon as the protagonist realizes that he is a projection he stops believing making his life and the life of the short story come to an abrupt ending. In addition to reality there is life.
Reality is life, and life is reality. It is hard to talk about one of them without mentioning the other. This is what Borges is doing. Since the dawn of man we have tried to figure out our reality, birth and meaning on this planet. There are many religions that try to answer these questions. But they do not always succeed in giving a satisfied answer.
This quote gives an understanding on how Borges looked at life. Life was something beautiful without face or sex. Therefore, he goes on to emphasize the importance of life and the importance of not knowing how life was born, only how it looks like. A parallel to this is a magic act. During the magic act the audience is amazed by the tricks of the magician and they are kept amazed until the magician reveals how he did the tricks.
Thus leaving the audience struggling with the fact if it is better to be amazed in the name of the unknown, or know everything making you immune to surprises and emotions. In conclusion, I would like to point out the importance of not asking to many questions. This is Borges main point; to not focus on the birth and death of life. We should not be focusing on how we were made or what happens when we die.
The story ends there suggesting that our lives could also come to an abrupt ending if we find out the truth. So why not stop asking questions, and look at life for what it truly is; absolutely beautiful! View all 3 comments.
Jun 06, Muhammad Arqum rated it it was amazing. As Borgesious as it gets! View 1 comment. Jun 21, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: partly-read , latin-american. The allusions in The Circular Ruins were fairly strong. However, this wasn't an easy read and the author's way of narrating things can be quite confusing.
Jun 07, Ketu rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. A wonderful story! I love short books that keep me thinking. And this is one of them. Apr 11, TheBlackLadyReads rated it really liked it. We're studying surrealism in my Literature in the Arts class, and I love this element of fiction. The story was like magical realism, and worked for me because of this. What a marvellous and extremely well written story. It left me speechless from the very first word until the conclusion, which comes with the very last sentence.
May 19, Naveed Nawaz rated it really liked it. This one does. Packs quite a punch. Jul 15, Acacia rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. What goes right always goes left. This was fantastic. Dec 16, Gary rated it it was amazing.
Jan 02, Shawn Birss rated it liked it Shelves: horror , fiction , horror. This story of creativity and dreams is told in such a flowing, dreamlike prose as to create the sense that the reader is creating and dreaming along with the character.
Layers of creation are made by the protagonist first, from the protagonist's own mind, and also in the imagination of both the writer and the reader of the protagonist's story.
Round and round it goes, as creation and imagination, reality and unreality, existence and fantasy are confronted by both the characters and the reader. T This story of creativity and dreams is told in such a flowing, dreamlike prose as to create the sense that the reader is creating and dreaming along with the character.
The story, therefore, is as circular as the ruins in which the protagonist lays, from beginning to end, and from creation to conclusion. This is a highly reflective and abstract piece. Recommended to fans of Lovecraft, and the Beats.
Sep 28, Walter Schutjens rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , reviewed. After reading stories from H. The themes are very similar: dreamscapes, multidimensionalism, fear, terror, and evil. In this story we find ourselves following a crazed religious man in the hope of creating life through his dreams. May 12, William rated it it was ok. Choose the audio book after not being able to focus on print. This would have been a good project for "Outer Limits" or such tv show. In an audio book there is a performance.
Even with that, it was unfullfiling after two performances.
The Circular Ruins (Las Ruinas Circulares) by Jorge Luis Borges, 1944
In the story "The Circular Ruins" "Las ruinas circulares" Jorge Luis Borges offers a fascinating perspective on the ontological question of causa sui. Can someone or something be its own cause? Some critics have seen the story, collected in Ficciones , as a metaphor for the creative process and others as a parable concerning the fallibility of a less than omnipotent God. The tale's simplicity conflicts with the profound statements and paradoxes it proposes. The epigraph "And if he left off dreaming about you…. Reality is suspended and the reader is ready for the uncanny. The gray man establishes camp near ancient circular ruins and begins his toil, which is to dream a man.
Las ruinas circulares
It comes from the passage in which Tweedledee points out the sleeping Red King to Alice, and claims she is simply a character in his dream. A wizard arrives by canoe at the burned ruins of an ancient temple. The temple is centered on the statue of an ambiguous deity that appears to be a tiger or a horse. The wizard immediately falls asleep; his goal, the narrator reveals, is to "dream a man At first, the wizard dreams that he is addressing a group of pupils on anatomy, cosmography, and magic; he hopes to find among his pupils "a soul worthy of participating in the universe. After taking a rest to regain his strength, the wizard attempts a different tactic: he begins to dream a man piece by piece, beginning with his heart and slowly adding other organs and features.
The Circular Ruins
As ruínas circulares