The blog for SUNY Binghamton's Spring'09 COLI 214B 02 Literature and Society Class. Chapter summaries, analyses and discussion of prescribed texts written by students.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Kristy Medina

"Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" is a really interesting short story. It, similar to "Et Certa" breaks off into sections but this is very different in that it is all one cohesive story. At first I had no idea what the title meant, what it was and how it related. The second section is where we find out what each really is. First I thought of it as a relam and thenI found out they are planets. These planets are filled with chaos. There is unknown mythology. It seems like one big fantacy Jorge Luis Borges created. It was fun and interesting, almost like a childrens book, yet sophisticated because it made me think of some of the characteristics the planet Tlon had. For example, the plant doesn't have parrallel lines and language is not understandable. And briefly, it makes you think if that's even possible. The short story goes into more charaacteristics of the planet like the language to psychology to philosophy to geometry to books and literature. In the end I wondered it Borges was imagining a perfect world.

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