In the frame-story of the man reading a novel, the Narrator tells the inner experience of the man. What the man "remembered. Also the Narrator tells his experiences of the senses--"feeling his head resting comfortably The Narrator tells what is going on inside the man. Tells why he rebuffed her caresses. Tells the feeling of the dagger against his chest and the feeling of his heart beating.
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In the frame-story of the man reading a novel, the Narrator tells the inner experience of the man. What the man "remembered. Also the Narrator tells his experiences of the senses--"feeling his head resting comfortably The Narrator tells what is going on inside the man.
Tells why he rebuffed her caresses. Tells the feeling of the dagger against his chest and the feeling of his heart beating. The Narrator also expresses judgments: "sketched abominably the frame of that other body Goes inside the man to tell his memory of her words about the house.
There is one return to the frame-story--a shift from one Narrator to the other: A lustful, panting dialogue raced down the pages like a rivulet of snakes, and one felt it had all been decided from eternity. The last sentence of the story reveals that the two stories are actually one story--the embedded story is a story about the frame-story. Setting In the frame-story, the setting is a study in an estate house with windows facing an oak-filled park.
The owner is sitting in a green velvet high-back chair, with his back to the door, reading a murder mystery. The setting of the novel he is reading is a cabin in a woods where a woman and a man meet to complete the final stage of the murder of her husband. The setting changes as the lover moves from the cabin in the woods into the house where he finds the husband sitting in a chair reading a novel.
What appeared to be two separate settings in two separate stories turns out to be the same setting because the two stories are actually one story. Character The man reading a crime novel. The first part of the story focuses on his reading experience. It charts the psychological process of reading--the mental movement into the imaginative world of the story. The narrator carefully describes the dual consciousness of the reading experience--being absorbed in the imaginative world of the story, yet at the same time aware of bodily sensations of feeling his head on the chair, his cigarettes at hand, the wind blowing in the park outside his windows.
The woman in the novel. A stock figure. The lover. The central character in the novel. In the second paragraph of the story, the narrator follows him from the meeting in the cabin into the house to murder the husband.
We approach the husband with him, feel his excitement and see the details of the room and the husband through his eyes. He becomes the vehicle through which the shock of the story is revealed.
Symbol The setting becomes symbolic. What appears to be two separate parks in the two stories are in fact the same park. Hence the title: Continuity of Parks. The details of the setting in the first story--the light from the windows, the green-velvet high back chair, the man sitting with his back to the door reading a novel--are the means by which we realize the truth: that the two stories are one story.
Theme A story about the power of story-telling to transport us into imaginary worlds that surprise, and ultimately instruct and delight us. In reading Continuity of Parks we are seduced into the same experience of reading that the man reading is having.
The story spreads its glamour over us. With him, we witness the tension of the meeting in the woods. We feel the suspense as we are made to identify with the lover as he approaches the final room. Then we take great delight in the shock of the ending. The story has seduced us through the magic of imagination.
Continuity of Parks
If you havent read any of his work, you are missing out and thats for sure. But there is still time, even if you are pressed for time. Then, on returning by train to his estate, he begins reading his novel once again and the more he reads, the more interested he becomes. This certainly sounds ideal to me. Anyway, Basil relaxes comfortably in his favorite armchair covered in green velvet, content in knowing there will be nobody to intrude on his reading.
Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortázar
JoJot Notify me of new comments via email. I can just disapparate into class. From that point on, every instant had its own minutely assigned purpose. He let himself be drawn slowly into the plot, the sketches of the characters. Once the man begins to read and dive into a different world Cortazar begins blurring paarks lines of reality and the book. Ana rated it really liked it Nov 22, To ask other readers questions about Continuity of Parks [Short story]please sign up.
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