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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Casa tomada y otros cuentos. My copy of this book is from my local library. If you can't locate this volume, please check out the more available collection entitled Blow-Up and Other Stories. As a way of sharing some Julio magic, I will focus on one of his frequently anthologized stories, a story I've read and reread over the years - House Taken Over.
Are you sure your grandparents would have approved of you and your sister living as husband and wife? With this statement and others, along with his obsessive-compulsive need to clean house according to clockwork, I think we might be dealing with a less than reliable narrator, not to mention a less than mentally stable one. Unnerved Narrator: Oddly, Elvio only wants to talk about the house and Irene since he tells us, self-effacingly, that he himself is not very important.
Also, he alludes to how he and Irene need not work to earn a living since they are made rich through ownership of a farm.
So what do Irene and Elvio do all day after they spend their mornings cleaning house? Answer: he and his sister engage in those two sedentary pastimes of the idle rich: Irene knits and Elvio reads, usually books of French literature. They do this so as to, as Elvio puts it, 'kill time' the story takes place prior to television and other in-home entertainment technologies.
And after Elvio explains the layout of the house in detail and how he and Irene usually do not go beyond a certain oak door, he makes a most peculiar observation: there is too much dust in the air in Buenos Aires. Sounds like Elvio is obsessive-compulsive about cleanliness to the point of paranoia, a nasty combination as anyone knows who has ever had the misfortune to be around such a person.
Sorry, Elvio, but all this reclusiveness, obsessive-compulsion and paranoia is beginning to sound just a bit creepy. Turning Point: Halfway through the story there is a dramatic event shifting the entire tone, an event occurring one evening when Elvio decides to fix some mate. The sound came through muted and indistinct, a chair being knocked over onto the carpet or the muffled buzzing of a conversation. At the same time, or a second later, I heard it as the end of the passage which led from those two rooms toward the door.
I hurled myself against the door before it was too late and shut it, leaning on it with the weight of my body; luckily, the key was on our side; moreover, I ran the great bolt into place, just to be safe. Irene's reaction is telling: as a sister and wife she has joined her brother in his paranoia and fear. Their next days are painful, their daily routines are completely disrupted and brother and sister modify their life to accommodate the unseen presence that now inhabits half of their home.
You will have to read the story yourself to see how events unfold now that they are both living in the grip of fear. Again, Julio has written about the inspiration for his story, one of his earliest, as a fictionalization of one of his childhood nightmares. Julio also spoke about how presences from other dimensions, things like visions, hallucinations, dreams and apparitions would pop up at unexpected times, for example, he was sitting in the balcony of a theater prior to a concert when he saw fantastic creatures, small green globes, floating before his eyes.
He subsequently took this specific hallucination and created his cronopios. Coda: I mentioned I have reread this story many times. There is a good reason. Similar to Julio I have also had dreams of unseen presences.
And similarly, in my own boyhood I had a number of creatures, both large and small, appear as hallucinations. View all 17 comments. I remembered fifteen thousand pesos in the wardrobe in my bedroom.
View 1 comment. Dec 27, Paty rated it really liked it Shelves: lecturas-del , latinos , cuentos-o-relatos. Aug 31, Marlobo rated it it was amazing Shelves: og-fiction. Feb 18, Andi rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favourites , literatura-latinoamericana. Al fin lo termine. View all 5 comments. Apr 14, Carlos Reges rated it it was amazing. Su narrativa es exagerada, pero real -suena raro-.
Jan 18, Pau rated it it was amazing. Dec 14, Isabel Barrios rated it liked it Shelves: latin-america , short-stories , fiction. View 2 comments. Jan 09, Joel rated it really liked it. It was nice to actually read La carretera del Sur after reading several hundred of essays about it in my former job. It's a good couple hours of reading. Sus historias pecan de elegantes, pero se leen con una fluidez impresionante. Oct 10, Mariana rated it it was amazing.
Supongo que voy madurando. I don't know if I could say that I don't enjoy his stories as well as his most complete work, his "instructions" are pretty good and are more enjoyable in "Cronopios and Famas". Aug 26, Misael rated it really liked it. Jan 07, Daniela Medina rated it really liked it Shelves: argie , short-stories , read-many-times , dark-twisted-books.
Sep 14, Toushiro Hitsugaya rated it it was amazing. Siempre asombrandonos y envolviendonos con una capa de misterio. Oct 08, Karla Betanzos rated it it was amazing. Jun 28, Camille Maunier rated it it was amazing. Pero me encantaron cada uno de sus cuentos, en especial "Casa Tomada" "Se puede vivir sin pensar".
Por ahora le doy tres estrellas. Oct 12, Melissa rated it really liked it. I did a complete study on Noche Boca Arriba and it opens a new view for me into the world of surrealistic writing. Cortazar is a genius. Jul 30, Ce rated it it was amazing. Cortazar never cease to amuse me!! Mar 30, Juana rated it really liked it. Los cuentos de Cortazar son un amor, su nombre tiene tanta expectativa, y bien, nunca decepciona.
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