Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Invention of Morel



 After being accused of a crime he did not commit, a man flees to an island by boat. This man is a writer. He documents his experiences in a diary.
 This mysterious island has a museum, a church and a swimming pool.

 Living on this island is an experience of survival and discoveries. This is a place that hides many secrets. The sea catches him by surprise if he is not attentive to the tides. Surviving is a daily challenge. He navigates the vicissitudes of freedom, uncertainty and solitude.

 There are other human beings on this island, but they appear to be detached from him. One day he falls in love with a woman who contemplates the sunset every day. The woman ignores the narrator. Sometimes she reads a book. Sometimes a man with a beard is by her side, conversing with her. This man's name is Morel. Is she in love with Morel?
 Is this woman a real woman? Is the narrator truly in love with this woman, or is he obsessed with her?

 One cannot help but wonder, along with the narrator, if the other people on the island are aware of the writer's existence. Are they planning to catch him? Do their conversations have anything to do with his life?

Suspense, intrigue and magical realism intertwine throughout the novella to encourage our imagination to play with the vivid settings of this enigmatic island, and as we follow the writer's story, the limits between fantasy and reality become blurred.
 We are invited to accept our creativity as the soul of our own existence or as a projection of somebody's desires.

  The Invention of Morel is a novella written by Adolfo Bioy Casares(1914-1999), an Argentinian author who won several awards, including The French Legion of Honor (1981), The Diamond Konex Award of Literature (1994) and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize (1991).

15 comments:

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  2. Hello Julia,

    This is a most intriguing review of an author about whom we know little and about a book of which we know nothing. You have definitely ignited a spark within us and we shall seek out more.

    You have a glorious way of just giving enough insight into the book you are reviewing without spoiling any experience one might have. There is still much to discover by the reader but you point us in the direction with assurance and temptation. Perfect!

    One becomes very comfortable with authors one knows and loves and so it is great from time to time to be shaken out of the comfort zone and lured into a new adventure. We look forward to our discovery....

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    1. Dear Jane and Lance,
      Enjoy your reading adventure.
      I'm glad to know I have ignited a spark within you.
      Thank you for your insightful comment.

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  3. Sounds an unusual read, will look out for it Julia, thanks.

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    1. If you read it, let me know what you think of it...
      Thanks, Susan.

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  4. Hi human, Julia,

    At last, an eagerly waited comment from me. I love that type of writing angle. Just like the reader is involved and part of the story.

    Have a pleasant journey home, my dear human friend.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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    1. Yes, Penny. The writer makes you feel involved.
      I always say that I don't find books. Books find me. Just what I needed to read at this time.
      I'm back home now, safe and sound.
      Stay well, my friend.

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  5. You always write a charming book review but I doubt that this book is for me. In fact, now that summer has arrived, I doubt that any book is for me until autumn. I've taken on the big garden I used to have and I'll show pictures of it later on.
    Have a beautiful Mother's Day this Sunday.

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    1. Thanks. Happy Mother's Day to you, Manzanita.
      This story is an allegory. It is not fantasy.
      But you should read what you like.
      Stay well, my friend.

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  6. You wrote a lovely review, and this sounds like an intriguing story. Sounds like it's full of symbolism, too.

    Happy Mothers' Day!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Happy Mother's Day weekend!

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  7. What a captivating story and I love the mystery of it all! Thank you for the excellent review; I really must read this novella.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Julia!

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    1. Jersey, thanks.
      You have the soul of a mother; a wonderful mother!
      Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

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  8. Hi Julia .. the Invention of Morel - sounds a very interesting premise ... and so good to read about an Argentinian author .. thanks - Hilary

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