June 27, 2011
Samperio, “She Lived in a Story”
The story was crazy and difficult to understand. I liked that it was a short story; this made it somewhat easier to get through. If it would have been longer I would have gotten completly lost. Guillermo is a professor who gave a speech and now wants to write a story. He ends up writing a story about a girl named, Ofelia. Ofelia then intails writes a story about Guillermo writing a story about herself. It’s a trippy idea if you really think about. What made it so confussing was that the point of view kept changing throughout the story. I had to stop and re-read certain parts of the story becasue I was sure who was narrating at the current moment.
Borges, “Pierre Menard”
I noticed right away that this story is in first person narration, and is overt. However he is also questionable like many other writers. When I was reading this story there were a lot of words tha I didn’t know. I felt like I needed to sit with a dictionary next to me while I was reading. He uses a lot of big words in my opinion to throw the reader off. I think he is trying to confuse and challenge the reader. He also mentions a lot of famous intellectuals that some people may not have heard of before. Overall I found this story to be exagerated and confusing.