Of course, Cervantes brings his characters closer in than Perec, making him the more approachable writer, and perhaps the comparison should end at the layers and gamesmanship, but it is true that in each book the overriding structure is incomplete without the individually inconsequential stories running between the sheets. Perec said something like one way to read his books is laying on the couch. The truth in that statement is in the idea that to read Life A Users Manual one is best advised to put away the thoughts of the “Knight’s Tour” that gives the book its structure, not wonder whether the book is the depiction of a painting or a moment in time, but to start with the stories, for to see the forest in this case is to look closely at the trees.

Searching for Rue Simon Crubellier – Bud Parr


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