Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

The Aleph

Borges is chiefly valued for his earliest stories, but I find the later ones- collected in the Aleph- much more satisfactory. The excellent ideas came early; artistic control was more slowly achieved. The Aleph is a beautiful book, a meditation on the themes of time and identity, story echoing story through the shuffling and dealing out of a wicked pack of images- labyrinths, doubles, tigers.  The early stories are clever, ingenious, mind-stretching, the later stories melancholy and profound. 
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