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13th Feb '13 4:44:53 AM Antwan
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* [[Literature/{{Hopscotch}} The book]] book]] written by Julio Cortázar. * [[Film/{{Hopscotch}} The film]]film]] directed by Ronald Neame.
13th Feb '13 4:42:58 AM Antwan
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-> ''"We went around not looking for each other, knowing we would find each other."'' 1963 novel written by Argentinian writer [[Creator/JulioCortazar Julio Cortázar]]. ''[[MindScrew Where]]'' [[MindScrew to start??]] ''"Hopscotch"'' (originally titled ''Rayuela'') is not a simple novel. Credited with causing a revolution in Spanish literature by its mere appearance, the novel declares itself to be aimed towards being as un-literature-esque as possible. It easily succeeds on breaking pretty much all "conventions" of this thing called literature. Hopscotch is meant to be more of an intellectual experience for the reader than a simple "book". It is perfectly possible to read the over a hundred chapters in whichever order you may wish without altering the "logic" of the book and the author himself recommends two different reading orders at the beginning of the book: you can either read all chapters in the conventional, boring numerical order or read them in a seemingly random succession of numbers (from 73 to 1 and so on), which the author helpfully provides in a little chart at the start of the book. The "main" storyline involves Horacio Oliveira, an Argentine writer and lover of metaphysics living in Paris. Despite (or because of) his immense knowledge, Horacio devotes his time to philosophical acrobatics with the loosely-knit Serpent Club, and wandering around Paris with his [[TheMuse Muse]], the strange and mysterious La Maga. Interspersed with Horacio's journey to find the absolute are chapters about the author Morelli, whose work a perennial fascination to the Club, yet is troubled by his own literary conundrum. After a series of bizarre events and reflections, Horacio decides to return to Argentina, where he is reunited with his old friend Traveller. There, he begins work first as a circus helper, then in lunatic asylum, all the while sinking into an existential maelstrom. Really, ''Hopscotch'' is a story about journeys. Horacio is constantly searching for something, whether it's the absolute, love, or meaning, while Morelli undergoes his own, parallel literary quest. Tragically, they both realise on some level ''[[ItWasWithYouAllAlong how]]'' they can achieve what they desire, but also that they'll never be able to do so. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] Kevin J. Anderson's 2002 novel, the 1975 novel by Brian Garfield, or the 1980 film based on the 1975 novel. ---- !!Tropes found in this work include: * AbusiveParents: It's not like she outright '''abuses''' Rocamadour, but she's very neglectful. [[spoiler:The baby dies because of it, so...]] ** Gregorovius' mom, maybe. * AnachronicOrder * AntiHero: Discussed by Horacio in order to hide the fact he is performing a heroic action. * AuthorAppeal: Jazz music. * AuthorAvatar: Possibly Horacio and Morelli. * BetaCouple: Roland and Babs * BettyAndVeronica: Pola and La Maga. Who exactly is which is anyone's guess. Also Oliveira and Gregorovius for La Maga. * BilingualBonus: Including French, Italian, English and Latin. * BiTheWay: Horacio jokingly mentions having sex with a man for the "experience". * BrokenAesop: The story can be taken to be a critic of excessive intellectualism and over-philosophizing. This, taken from a novel built on GeniusBonus is rather infuriating. * CliffHanger: The ending is rather abrupt, leaving us while Horatio is [[spoiler:contemplating suicide]], although it's given a little more closure in the non-linear narrative. * CloudCuckooLander: La Maga, which both mystifies and frustrates Horacio. --> '''La Maga''': "I remember that once when I was a child I made this story about a little sound that goes through the walls of a house..." ** Also Oliveira --> '''Traveler''': "Why are you straightenning those nails?" --> '''Oliveira''': "I don't know. I was hoping that once I'd finish I would find out." ** Also Traveler and Talita, who fell madly in love after a conversation on suppositories. And Morelli, who is ran over by a car because he didn't saw it coming. And there is a eccentric something in the way Pola obsseses on the way "Pola Paris" sounds. The members of the Serpent Club are no paragons of pragmatism, either; cheerfully talking about the near suicide of Guy de Nonnod and cheerfully wasting intellect overanalizing jazz and shenanigans. And, judging by the rest of his works, the author himself is one massive CloudCuckooLander. Heck, ''{{Hopscotch}}'' is what would happen if {{CloudCuckooLander}}s gained power over reality. * ContrivedCoincidence: Invoked and discussed. ''"Casual meetings are apt to be just the opposite."'' * DeadpanSnarker: Oliveira and Traveler entertain themselves by finding absurd ideas and books, and making fun of them in story. * DecoyProtagonist: Some consider Morelli or La Maga to be the true protagonists. * {{Doppelganger}}: Horacio says Traveler is this to him. ** [[http://santino.blogia.com/2004/110601-capitulo-cero-de-em-rayuela-em-.php A deleted chapter]] took the doppelgangeriness UpToEleven. * [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Oliveira ends up in the madhouse, or commits suicide. La Maga disappears after her son's death]] * EasilyForgiven: Almost everyone. They're so aphatic they could even shoot someone's mother and he would say he doesn't care. Then averted after [[spoiler:Rocamadour's death]]. * [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her La Maga]] * {{Foil}}: Horacio and Traveler. * GainaxEnding * GratuitousFrench: Granted, the novel takes place in Paris. * GratuitousSpanish: Some translations present the Magician as "La Maga". * [[IronicNickname Ironic Name]]: Traveler has never got out of Argentina. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Discussed by Horacio and La Maga. Leaving would be the right and cruel thing to do, so of course he couldn't do that. * LittlestCancerPatient: Completelly subverted with Pola. Oliveira's relationship with her (and thus all we see of her) ended before her cancer appeared. The Magician immediately proceeds to help her despite previous ill-meanings, but Oliveira merely philosophises about it. * [[MeaningfulTitles Meaningful Title]]: The Argentinians call "heaven" the last square in the hopscotch. Hence the little game becomes a representation of Oleveira's search of a center/kibbutz of desire/heaven/home with the squares representing life and all that (actually, if taken out of context, description) that must be travelled to reach it with the little stone being perhaps the philosophy needed to reach it. * MindScrew: So Oliveira is based on Morelli's work. But Morelli exists in the same universe as Oliveira. That means that Morelli coincidentially reached the ideas while Horacio was living them, but the grade of correspondance would still be massively eyebrow-rasing. The most logical conclusion would be that Oliveira exists as a retroactive representation fo the ideals of Morelli, which would mean the ideas came to exist because he existed, or that he existed because the ideas where going to exist. In other words... [[YourHeadASplode (head explodes)]]. * MultipleEndings * NonSequitur * NoodleIncident: In the first part of the story, it is said that Horatio can't come back to Argentina for some reason. More egregious is the fact that, in the second part, he does return to Argentina, with no explanation. ** To escape from Gekrepten perhaps? * PersonaNonGrata: Horatio can't come back to Argentina. In the first part, at least. * ProperLady: Gekrepten, Oliveira's wife/girlfriend/whatever back in Argentina. She immediately accepts him afeter running away to Paris and never complains the fact that he stays all day at her place, never working. Heck, she even [[spoiler: takes care of him after the trap incident]]. Subverted in that, no matter what she does, Horacio will never respect, care or love her because she isn't as intelligent/interesting as La Maga or Talita. * ThePhilosopher: Everyone in the Club, but Horacio is this to such an extent even the other members call him out on it. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: A decidedly serious variation: Horacio insists he's not in love with La Maga, though he really is because he isn't. * ShoutOut: Listing all the allusions would be impossible. Notably, ''OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' makes a passing reference to ''Hopscotch''. * StreamOfConsciousness * TwoGuysAndAGirl * UnconventionalFormatting: Chapter 34, in fact, has two different texts in one. To read one or the other you must count only the odd or even lines. * UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Gekrepten is so used to Oliveira being Oliveira that when coming back home to find him and Traveler [[CrazyAwesome setting a bridge made out of a wooden table between their apartments and across the streets and with Talita literally hanging in the middle; all just so that Traveler could pass some maté powdre to Horacio]] her reaction is basically: "Honey, once you've finished come eat something." * ViewersAreGeniuses: Like you wouldn't believe. Extensive knowledge in at leats three languages, as well as phylosophy, mythology, painters, classic literature and jazz is needed to know all the references. May count as GeniusBonus though, as most are not pivotal to understand the plot. * WeHardlyKnewYe: Not all of the Club gets the spotlight. Perico Romero gets some relevance when they visit Morelli's house, at which he takes the position of the OnlySaneMan, but Guy de Monod tries to kill himself and... that's it. That's literally all he does in the story. Lampshaded by Oliveira, who mentions disliking him and therefore not give a crap about him. Some theorize he may have killed himself because he was so inconsecuential to the plot. * WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove
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-> ''"We went around not looking for each other, knowing we would find each other."'' 1963 novel written by Argentinian writer [[Creator/JulioCortazar Julio Cortázar]]. ''[[MindScrew Where]]'' [[MindScrew to start??]] ''"Hopscotch"'' (originally titled ''Rayuela'') is not a simple novel. Credited with causing a revolution in Spanish literature by its mere appearance, the novel declares itself to be aimed towards being as un-literature-esque as possible. It easily succeeds on breaking pretty much all "conventions" of this thing called literature. Hopscotch is meant to be more of an intellectual experience for the reader than a simple "book". It is perfectly possible to read the over a hundred chapters in whichever order you may wish without altering the "logic" of the book and the author himself recommends two different reading orders at the beginning of the book: you can either read all chapters in the conventional, boring numerical order or read them in a seemingly random succession of numbers (from 73 to 1 and so on), which the author helpfully provides in a little chart at the start of the book. The "main" storyline involves Horacio Oliveira, an Argentine writer and lover of metaphysics living in Paris. Despite (or because of) his immense knowledge, Horacio devotes his time to philosophical acrobatics with the loosely-knit Serpent Club, and wandering around Paris with his [[TheMuse Muse]], the strange and mysterious La Maga. Interspersed with Horacio's journey to find the absolute are chapters about the author Morelli, whose work a perennial fascination to the Club, yet is troubled by his own literary conundrum. After a series of bizarre events and reflections, Horacio decides to return to Argentina, where he is reunited with his old friend Traveller. There, he begins work first as a circus helper, then in lunatic asylum, all the while sinking into an existential maelstrom. Really, ''Hopscotch'' is a story about journeys. Horacio is constantly searching for something, whether it's the absolute, love, or meaning, while Morelli undergoes his own, parallel literary quest. Tragically, they both realise on some level ''[[ItWasWithYouAllAlong how]]'' they can achieve what they desire, but also that they'll never be able to do so. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] Kevin J. Anderson's 2002 novel, the 1975 novel by Brian Garfield, or the 1980 film based on the 1975 novel. ---- !!Tropes found in this work include: may refer to: * AbusiveParents: It's not like she outright '''abuses''' Rocamadour, but she's very neglectful. [[spoiler:The baby dies because of it, so...]] ** Gregorovius' mom, maybe. * AnachronicOrder * AntiHero: Discussed by Horacio in order to hide the fact he is performing a heroic action. * AuthorAppeal: Jazz music. * AuthorAvatar: Possibly Horacio and Morelli. * BetaCouple: Roland and Babs * BettyAndVeronica: Pola and La Maga. Who exactly is which is anyone's guess. Also Oliveira and Gregorovius for La Maga. * BilingualBonus: Including French, Italian, English and Latin. * BiTheWay: Horacio jokingly mentions having sex with a man for the "experience". * BrokenAesop: [[Literature/{{Hopscotch}} The story can be taken to be a critic of excessive intellectualism and over-philosophizing. This, taken from a novel built on GeniusBonus is rather infuriating. book]] * CliffHanger: [[Film/{{Hopscotch}} The ending is rather abrupt, leaving us while Horatio is [[spoiler:contemplating suicide]], although it's given a little more closure in the non-linear narrative. * CloudCuckooLander: La Maga, which both mystifies and frustrates Horacio. --> '''La Maga''': "I remember that once when I was a child I made this story about a little sound that goes through the walls of a house..." ** Also Oliveira --> '''Traveler''': "Why are you straightenning those nails?" --> '''Oliveira''': "I don't know. I was hoping that once I'd finish I would find out." ** Also Traveler and Talita, who fell madly in love after a conversation on suppositories. And Morelli, who is ran over by a car because he didn't saw it coming. And there is a eccentric something in the way Pola obsseses on the way "Pola Paris" sounds. The members of the Serpent Club are no paragons of pragmatism, either; cheerfully talking about the near suicide of Guy de Nonnod and cheerfully wasting intellect overanalizing jazz and shenanigans. And, judging by the rest of his works, the author himself is one massive CloudCuckooLander. Heck, ''{{Hopscotch}}'' is what would happen if {{CloudCuckooLander}}s gained power over reality. * ContrivedCoincidence: Invoked and discussed. ''"Casual meetings are apt to be just the opposite."'' * DeadpanSnarker: Oliveira and Traveler entertain themselves by finding absurd ideas and books, and making fun of them in story. * DecoyProtagonist: Some consider Morelli or La Maga to be the true protagonists. * {{Doppelganger}}: Horacio says Traveler is this to him. ** [[http://santino.blogia.com/2004/110601-capitulo-cero-de-em-rayuela-em-.php A deleted chapter]] took the doppelgangeriness UpToEleven. * [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Oliveira ends up in the madhouse, or commits suicide. La Maga disappears after her son's death]] * EasilyForgiven: Almost everyone. They're so aphatic they could even shoot someone's mother and he would say he doesn't care. Then averted after [[spoiler:Rocamadour's death]]. * [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her La Maga]] * {{Foil}}: Horacio and Traveler. * GainaxEnding * GratuitousFrench: Granted, the novel takes place in Paris. * GratuitousSpanish: Some translations present the Magician as "La Maga". * [[IronicNickname Ironic Name]]: Traveler has never got out of Argentina. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Discussed by Horacio and La Maga. Leaving would be the right and cruel thing to do, so of course he couldn't do that. * LittlestCancerPatient: Completelly subverted with Pola. Oliveira's relationship with her (and thus all we see of her) ended before her cancer appeared. The Magician immediately proceeds to help her despite previous ill-meanings, but Oliveira merely philosophises about it. * [[MeaningfulTitles Meaningful Title]]: The Argentinians call "heaven" the last square in the hopscotch. Hence the little game becomes a representation of Oleveira's search of a center/kibbutz of desire/heaven/home with the squares representing life and all that (actually, if taken out of context, description) that must be travelled to reach it with the little stone being perhaps the philosophy needed to reach it. * MindScrew: So Oliveira is based on Morelli's work. But Morelli exists in the same universe as Oliveira. That means that Morelli coincidentially reached the ideas while Horacio was living them, but the grade of correspondance would still be massively eyebrow-rasing. The most logical conclusion would be that Oliveira exists as a retroactive representation fo the ideals of Morelli, which would mean the ideas came to exist because he existed, or that he existed because the ideas where going to exist. In other words... [[YourHeadASplode (head explodes)]]. * MultipleEndings * NonSequitur * NoodleIncident: In the first part of the story, it is said that Horatio can't come back to Argentina for some reason. More egregious is the fact that, in the second part, he does return to Argentina, with no explanation. ** To escape from Gekrepten perhaps? * PersonaNonGrata: Horatio can't come back to Argentina. In the first part, at least. * ProperLady: Gekrepten, Oliveira's wife/girlfriend/whatever back in Argentina. She immediately accepts him afeter running away to Paris and never complains the fact that he stays all day at her place, never working. Heck, she even [[spoiler: takes care of him after the trap incident]]. Subverted in that, no matter what she does, Horacio will never respect, care or love her because she isn't as intelligent/interesting as La Maga or Talita. * ThePhilosopher: Everyone in the Club, but Horacio is this to such an extent even the other members call him out on it. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: A decidedly serious variation: Horacio insists he's not in love with La Maga, though he really is because he isn't. * ShoutOut: Listing all the allusions would be impossible. Notably, ''OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' makes a passing reference to ''Hopscotch''. * StreamOfConsciousness * TwoGuysAndAGirl * UnconventionalFormatting: Chapter 34, in fact, has two different texts in one. To read one or the other you must count only the odd or even lines. * UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Gekrepten is so used to Oliveira being Oliveira that when coming back home to find him and Traveler [[CrazyAwesome setting a bridge made out of a wooden table between their apartments and across the streets and with Talita literally hanging in the middle; all just so that Traveler could pass some maté powdre to Horacio]] her reaction is basically: "Honey, once you've finished come eat something." * ViewersAreGeniuses: Like you wouldn't believe. Extensive knowledge in at leats three languages, as well as phylosophy, mythology, painters, classic literature and jazz is needed to know all the references. May count as GeniusBonus though, as most are not pivotal to understand the plot. * WeHardlyKnewYe: Not all of the Club gets the spotlight. Perico Romero gets some relevance when they visit Morelli's house, at which he takes the position of the OnlySaneMan, but Guy de Monod tries to kill himself and... that's it. That's literally all he does in the story. Lampshaded by Oliveira, who mentions disliking him and therefore not give a crap about him. Some theorize he may have killed himself because he was so inconsecuential to the plot. * WhatIsThisThingYouCallLovefilm]]
13th Feb '13 4:38:28 AM Antwan
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1963 novel written by Argentinian writer [[JulioCortazar Julio Cortázar]].
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1963 novel written by Argentinian writer [[JulioCortazar [[Creator/JulioCortazar Julio Cortázar]].

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30th May '12 7:39:32 AM AmusedTroperGuy
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Ceferino Piriz. An intellectual obsessed with listing proposes a new organization for the UN. The organization quickly goes from merely impractical to hilariously insane (proposing administration based on colors, as in all black people will deal with black minerals and keep black animals). Aided by Traveler's snark comments. ** Also the Bridge Between Apartments incident.

* EpilepticTrees: Some theorize that "Maga" (magician in Spanish) is the last name of Lucía, hence the nickname.

* FreudWasRight: Gregorovius, another intellectual of the Club of the Serpent has serious mommy issues.

* GeniusBonus: If you get all of the references, you get a lollipop.

* MisaimedFandom: after the book came out some young women in Argentina started imitating La Maga's way of thinking and living; never mind that the book is clear in how irresponsable she is and the horrible consequences. * MoralEventHorizon: in the eyes of some readers, Horacio's response of disdain and indifference to [[spoiler: baby Rocamadour's death]] is the point where it became clear just how much of a selfish asshole he really is.

* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible * TearJerker: the letter written by the Magician to Rocamadour. Bonus points because in both suggested orders it appears directly after [[spoiler: Rocamadour's death]].

* TheWoobie: Horacio, for all his faults.
18th Jan '12 12:10:16 PM AmusedTroperGuy
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* UnconventionalFormatting: Chapter 34, in fact, has two different texts in one. To read one or the other you must count only the odd or even lines.
14th Nov '11 6:43:26 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Argentina, not Japan.
* ProperLady: Gekrepten, Oliveira's wife/girlfriend/whatever back in Argentina. She immediately accepts him afeter running away to Paris and never complains the fact that he stays all day at her place, never working. Heck, she even [[spoiler: takes care of him after the trap incident]]. Subverted in that, no matter what she does, Horacio will never respect, care or love her because she isn't as intelligent/interesting as La Maga or Talita.

* YamatoNadeshiko: Gekrepten, Oliveira's wife/girlfriend/whatever back in Argentina. She immediately accepts him afeter running away to Paris and never complains the fact that he stays all day at her place, never working. Heck, she even [[spoiler: takes care of him after the trap incident]]. Subverted in that, no matter what she does, Horacio will never respect, care or love her because she isn't as intelligent/interesting as La Maga or Talita.
27th Sep '11 8:50:24 PM BooleanEarth
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* BannedFromArgo: Horatio can't come back to Argentina. In the first part, at least.

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* BannedFromArgo: PersonaNonGrata: Horatio can't come back to Argentina. In the first part, at least.
13th Jul '11 7:42:50 PM ImipolexG
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''"Hopscotch"'' (originally titled ''Rayuela'') is not a simple novel. Prized to cause a revolution in Spanish literature by its mere appearance, the novel declares itself to be aimed towards being as un-literature-esque as possible. It easily succeeds on breaking pretty much all "conventions" of this thing called literature.
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''"Hopscotch"'' (originally titled ''Rayuela'') is not a simple novel. Prized to cause Credited with causing a revolution in Spanish literature by its mere appearance, the novel declares itself to be aimed towards being as un-literature-esque as possible. It easily succeeds on breaking pretty much all "conventions" of this thing called literature.
2nd Jun '11 11:10:29 AM AmusedTroperGuy
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1963 novel written by Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar.
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1963 novel written by Argentinian writer [[JulioCortazar Julio Cortázar. Cortázar]].
17th May '11 5:54:37 PM JET73L
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] Kevin J. Anderson's 2002 movie.
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] Kevin J. Anderson's 2002 movie. novel, the 1975 novel by Brian Garfield, or the 1980 film based on the 1975 novel.
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