Complete summary of Jorge Luis Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Garden of Forking Paths. For Victoria Ocampo / On page 22 of Liddell Hart’s History of World War I you will read that an attack against the Serre-Montauban line by thirteen British. To say that Jorge Luis Borges was a librarian, of course, is like saying Wallace The concept Borges described in “The Garden of Forking Paths”—in several.

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I thought that a man might be an enemy of other men, of the differing moments of other men, but never an enemy of a country: In this moment, in this present, Yu Tsun murders Dr. A summarization jorg the joege in linear fashion is unnecessary, but the ingredients are clearly chosen for their effect: As this further illustrates, metafictional texts often function at several narrative levels.

He is also a German lf. Eagerly, but without understanding, I read the words which a man of my own blood had written with a small brush: In the essay below, Yarrow examines the ways Borges forces his reader to notice the act of reading and inspire in the reader an appreciation for the aesthetic experience.

He recounts the events leading to his arrest, beginning with when he discovers that his contact has been killed. It further allows the reader to locate the source of creative and moral action, but forces him or her to return again and again to its nature as potential, and not to get carried away into one-sided choice.

The text needs, therefore, to be doing at least two things at once: A military-Conservative coalition came to power and continued to rule throughout the period. He opened the gate and spoke slowly in my language. They are in one sense getting lost in a labyrinth, and in another discovering that the secret of a labyrinth can be found only in that way. Borges continued to write poetry, short stories, and essays despite the blindness broges plagued him during his final twenty-five years. The rules of the game forbid the use of the word itself.

It seemed incredible that this day, a day without warnings or omens, might be that of my implacable death. My voice, my human voice, was weak. From utter terror I borves into a forkihg of almost abject happiness.


Because Borges created a large body of highly esoteric, allusive prose, as well as poetry, it is likely that critical attention will continue to focus on his work. Some biographers suggest a link between the fall borgss his turn toward prose fiction in the following years.

The Garden of Forking Paths Quotes

I found just what I knew I was going to find. Thus I proceeded, while with the eyes of a man already dead, I contemplated the fluctuations of the day which would probably be my last, and watched the diffuse coming of night.

There was almost no one on the platform. For a moment, Yu Tsun experiences time as Albert describes it: Nevertheless, he carries through with his plan to murder Dr.

The splendor of the feast remained a memory throughout the glorious liis, and so victory followed. As in his other stories, Borges uses fiction as a vehicle to explore philosophical and literary issues. In this one, in which chance has favored me, you have come to my gate. Readers are somewhere between remembering and not remembering, between believing gardeen not believing. That is lf say, there are points in a text any point, by implication where the reader, like the writer, may seize not only upon the self-perpetuating inventiveness of narrative and decide to draw on any prticular association or link to give the text a new twist, but the reader or writer is also aware at that moment of holding within his grasp in his imaginative or magical power the secret or possibility of all future developments of that text.

When the war ended, the Borges family resumed their tour of Europe, jofge the next three years in Spain. In point of fact, Captain Richard Madden had been attacked by the Prussian spy Hans Rabener, alias Viktor Runeberg, who drew an automatic pistol when Madden appeared with orders for the spy’s arrest.

The book is a shapeless mass of contradictory rough drafts. The writer controls the story because it is a story, not reality. I do not remember whether there was a bell, a push-button, or whether I attracted attention by clapping my hands.

The train would leave in a few minutes, at eight-fifty. Doctor Tsun is certain that his own arrest is next. Magic is not the contradiction of the law of cause and effect but its crown, or nightmare. He stood up tall as he opened the top drawer of the high writing cabinet. Shattered, trembling, I huddled in the distant corner of the seat, as far as possible from the fearful window.


Its clever plot and sophisticated philosophical exploration of the nature of time inspires much critical commentary. A tall man carried it. Robbe-Grillet maps out with ironic geometrical precision the moves of an imagination confined by its own obsessions and by a passion for linguistic symmetry.

Borges violates another unspoken agreement between writer and reader that the text will follow in a linear fashion from start to finish.

To these questions, it is possible to add one more: Doctor Tsun had realized that the only way to convey that information was to murder a person of that name, so that the news of the murder would appear in British newspapers connected with his name.

With slow precision, he read two versions of the same epic chapter. Such a publication was madness.

A bird streaked across the misty sky and, absently, I turned it into an airplane and then that airplane into many in the skies of France, shattering the artillery park under a rain of bombs. However, since it is a fictional world, none of the futures exist in reality. Those persons were Albert and I, secret, busy, and multiform in corking dimensions of time. Further, each decision a person makes leads to different future. The reader also learns that Yu Tsun is being pursued by his arch-enemy, the British secret-service agent Madden, and is desperate, and that he is contemplating, and then has planned, a crime—viz.

The Garden of Forking Paths Quotes by Jorge Luis Borges

In other words, gardwn denies any ground of objective truth in his stories. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. On the one hand, individual identity is felt to be insignificant; on the other it is merged in a communal celebration. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.