“The Circular Ruins”/”Las ruinas circulares”) first published in the literary journal Sur in December , it was included in the collection The Garden of. This story is arguably the most allegorical in Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths collection. It is a touching tale of the process of creation; not. And if he left off dreaming about you / Through the Looking Glass, VI / No one saw him disembark in the unanimous night, no one saw the bamboo canoe.

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The Circular Ruins

George Guidall Goodreads Author Narrator. Audiobook1 page. Published June 24th by Penguin Audio first published To boryes what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Circular Ruinsplease sign up. There is one clear example of allusion in the story.

Identify the tuinas and then explain how it relates to the story? See 1 question about The Circular Ruins…. Lists with This Book.

May 24, Huda Yahya rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 01, Talieh rated it it was amazing. Dec 14, Rani Ibrahim rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In this story we follow the protagonist into the dream where we get to see the creation of a man.

This man grows up and we follow him through the early stages of his life. Although, many would argue that this story is about reality, one could argue that the main focus is on life itself. However, to really uncover the mysteries of this story one has to define reality.

This quote gives us an understanding of what reality is. Applying this to the story confirms the statement; As soon as the protagonist realizes that he is cirrculares projection he stops believing making his life and the life of the short story come to an abrupt ending. In addition to reality there is life.

The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges

Reality is life, and life is reality. It is hard to talk about one of them without mentioning the other. This is what Borges is doing. Since the dawn of man we have tried to figure out our reality, birth and meaning on this planet. There are many religions that try to answer these questions. But they broges not norges succeed in giving a satisfied answer. This quote gives an understanding on how Borges looked at life.


Life was something beautiful without face or sex. Therefore, he goes on to emphasize the importance of life and the importance of not knowing how life was born, only how it looks like. A parallel to this is a magic act.

During the magic act the audience is amazed by the tricks of the magician and they are kept amazed until the magician reveals how he did the tricks. Thus leaving the audience struggling with the fact circupares it is better to be amazed in the name of the unknown, or know everything making you immune to surprises and emotions. In conclusion, I would like to point out the importance of not asking to many questions. Ruknas is Borges main point; to not focus on the birth and death of life.

We should not be focusing on how we curculares made or what happens when we die. The last sentence in Borges story explains it very well: The story ends there suggesting that our lives could also come to an abrupt ending if we find out the truth.

So why not stop asking questions, and look at life for what it truly is; absolutely beautiful! View all 3 comments. Jun 06, Muhammad Arqum rated it it was amazing. As Borgesious as it gets!

The Circular Ruins (Las Ruinas Circulares) by Jorge Luis Borges, |

Jun 07, Ketu rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love short books that keep me thinking. And this is one of them. Jun 21, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: The allusions in The Circular Ruins were fairly strong. However, this wasn’t an easy read and the author’s way of narrating things can be quite confusing. Sep 28, Walter Schutjens rated it liked it Shelves: After reading stories from H.

The themes are very similar: Circculares this story we find ourselves following a crazed religious man in the hope of creating life through his dreams. What a marvellous and extremely well written story. It left me speechless from the very first word until the conclusion, which comes with the very last sentence.

May 19, Naveed Nawaz rated it really liked it. Packs quite a punch. Dec 16, Gary rated it it was amazing. Jan 02, Shawn Birss rated it liked it Shelves: This story of creativity and dreams is told in such a flowing, dreamlike prose as to create the sense that the reader is creating and dreaming along with the character.


Layers of creation are made by the protagonist first, from the protagonist’s own mind, and also in the imagination of both the writer and the reader of the protagonist’s story. Round and round it goes, as creation and imagination, reality and unreality, existence and fantasy are confronted by both cirrculares characters and the reader.

T This story of creativity and dreams is told in such a flowing, dreamlike prose as to create the sense that the reader is creating and dreaming along with the character. The story, therefore, is as circular as the ruins in which the protagonist lays, from beginning to end, and from creation to conclusion.

This is a highly reflective and abstract piece. Recommended to fans of Lovecraft, and the Beats. Creo que es cirulares de los mejores libros por el cual adentrarse en el mundo de este autor, lo recomiendo bastante. May 12, William rated it it was ok. Choose the audio book after not being able to focus on print. This would have been a good project for “Outer Limits” or such tv show. In an audio book there is a performance. Even with that, it was unfullfiling after two performances.

Cuento atrapante botges su inicio, el tema central: Oct 01, Rahma Manaseer rated it it was amazing. Apr 14, Kasper rated it really liked it Shelves: That Borges guy sure was dreamy. El final es lo que hace que el resto del relato valga la pena.

Nunca me lo espere. Dec 26, Shaymar rated it liked it. Apr 12, Cristian Iorga rated it it was amazing. A pretty unique short story. May 05, Rachel rated it it was amazing. The twist at the end was amazing! Feb 23, Erin added it Shelves: Since I read this so long ago, I don’t remember it well enough to give it a rating at this time.

Aug 09, Mark rated it really liked it. Reading this short story by Borges was like taking a long lick off from a lollipop made out of LSD.

Oct 23, Jerry Jose rated it really liked it. Dreams, creation and identity. A surreal masterpiece, something far above my qualifications.

Feb 03, Matt Cannon rated it really liked it. I’ve been enjoying Jorge Luis Borges lately. This is a very short story, but it’s packed with good and interesting information.