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Review of The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory by Jorge Luis Borges

This volume includes two collections of short stories and isn’t very long – the second group of stories totals barely thirty pages. I didn’t really see the point of many of the pieces – they seem to be too short, too minimal for their own good. After many of the stories I was left thinking Is that it? Some of the stories are more complete, more satisfying, though – ‘The Other’ and ‘Shakespeare’s Memory’ for instance – but there aren’t enough of them. What I did like about the collection, however, was the combination of fantasy and realism. In the tales here (set in the ‘real world’), the fantastic is presented in a very natural way. Yes, the fantastic elements are strange, but are presented as a part of the world, they’re not sprung as a ‘surprise’ part way through each story.

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