Jorge Luis Borges possesses writing styles unlike others of his time. Through his series of works, he has acquired the title of "the greatest living writer in the Spanish language." The particular example of work that I read, titled "Ficciones," was a definite portrayal of his culture. The book was not merely a list of facts from his birth country; instead the real cultural knowledge came from his writing style. The book consisted of two parts; each part was broken up into stories. Each one, despite being fiction, is a painting of his experiences, and the cultures of Buenos Aires. Among his themes are myths passed down through the families in his country. I thought that the stories that were contained in this
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The entire fictional tale was about a crime that was committed. The pre-crime, crime, and results of the action were all known. However, the motif of the crime is not revealed until the last paragraph. Jorge was able to portray this irony by initially stating that "The first two pages are missing" in reference to the story that he was about to tell. I especially found this a unique and effective method of creating an initial mystification. This set the stage for an ironic ending.
Another unique trait of Borges' is his unmatched ability to capture his reader's attention by the use of description. His sentences are full of words that build a wall of pictures in the mind of the reader. An example of this ability is in the story entitled "The Form of the Sword." The quote stirred my imagination, which made a great mental image. "After supper we went out to look at the sky. It had cleared, but behind the ridge of the mountains, the south, fissured and shot through with lightning flashes, was brewing up another storm."
I focussed mainly on Borges' writing style when giving my opinion of the book. I chose to closely examine and comment on this aspect because of its uniqueness and its tie with his cultural experiences. Through Jorge's thorough description in his sentences, and his ability to utilize irony, he has