In the search of a book

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  1. morsecode

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    Around three years ago, I bought a book for a friend, now, I don't remember the name of it, all I know is that it is from a South American writer, he was/is either Argentinian, Uruguayan or Chilean, and the book could be read linearly or be read by a sequence of pages the author gives, an example would be: pages 20-25, 36-44, 1-12. So, I was wondering if any of you now which book I'm talking about.

    P.S. I can't ask the person to whom I gave the book as we're not in speaking terms anymore.
     
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    One time I had a salad. It was good. People made it for me. One of the workers said "hee salad". But he said it in a really sarcastic way.
    Good luck in your search.
     
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    was it hopscotch? by julio cortazar?
     
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    I hope we find out, because it sounds like an interesting read. I've sent e-mails to all my "readers" asking and have not gotten any response yet!
     
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    Let me ask around morsecode. I don't know it firsthand.
     
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    it sounds a lot like hopscotch --

    Hopscotch (Pantheon Modern Writers): Julio Cortazar: Amazon.co.uk: Books

    let me know if that's it! i have it in my stack of things to read.

    here's an excerpt from one of the reviews:

    The book has no table of contents, but rather a "Table of Instructions." There, we learn that two approved readings are possible: from Chapter 1 through 56 "in a normal fashion", or from Chapter 73 to Chapter 1 to... well, wherever the chapters lead you. The instructions are all in your book and are extremely clear. At the end of each chapter there is a numeric indicator to lead the reader to the next chapter. One never knows where one will be lead. Due to its meandering nature, "Hopscotch" has been called a "Proto-hypertext" novel. Cortázar probably had this work in mind when he stated, "If I had the technical means to print my own books, I think I would keep on producing collage-books."
     
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    Sounds like how I read the dictionary. Good luck on that needle in the whole wide world.
     
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    I just ordered Hopscotch from Amazon, I'll report back once I read it. Another book that reads this way is Pretty Little Mistakes, it's as light as a cloud, it's the perfect airplane book.
     
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    oh that one sounds interesting, thanks for the tip!
     
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    I love you my Queen. Thanks! :biggrin1:
     
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    sounds to me as if asking him about the book might solve more than one problem.
     
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    I loved...loved ...loved this book, I just finished the first reading and will start it again tonight ( You have to read it twice) there are two different stories and endings!
     
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    bought it, haven't started it yet but ur getting my expectations up. stop that!

    while we're doing book talk here, i recently read Home Land by Sam Lipstyle.

    no it's not about national security, it's about life, and funny (ok homeland security is funny too especially when u watch that whole tsa charade). I got it for a trip to chicago and finished it easily on the plane. yeah it's not war and peace, but it's perfect for summer and made me laugh.
     
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    This is one of the most magnificent novels I have read in a long time. I'm going to order it in the hardback edition so I can keep it in my library of favorites!
     
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