The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges

The Library of Babel - Jorge Luis Borges, Erik Desmazieres, Andrew Hurley

Completely confounding. An intriguing idea poorly executed. Even reading slowly didn’t improve understanding. Beautifully written sentences were meaningless without much background or context.

 

I honestly didn’t perceive the allegory; the library representing the universe, its books filled with information detailing everything within it, though in an incomprehensible manner – multiple languages represented in each volume.

 

Unending patience and a generous mood are required for this one. I possessed neither. I expected more from this 1001 author.

 

*South American (Argentina) read for the Dead Writers Society’s 2014 ‘Around the World’ challenge.