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Inon his eightieth birthday, he was named favorite son of Guadalajara. Arreola’s prose creates a poetic vision out of a situation where horror is established from the very first lines.
The switchman who explains the workings of the railroad describes areas where one of the rails does not exist, false facades of stations, chasms without bridges and the unlikely chance of X——ever reaching his destination, the town of T——. It should be progressive in its revelation of information.
The character that narrates the story does not trade his, and thus he is not a victim of the deception suffered by the husbands who are dazzled by the mirage of the promised exchange. Retrieved from ” https: Students unfamiliar with the Biblical allusion will find the idea of a camel passing through the eye of a needle odd, even absurd.
The original Confabulario appeared in Arreola is an experimental writer of short works in the tradition of Jorge Luis Borges whose fame rests on Confabulario Total which was published in He takes great care in crafting his works and is particularly sensitive to nuances in language.
Influences on Contemporary Latin-American Literature Inventario, a series of reflections on culture, was published in ; years later a literary study followed— Ramon Lopez Velarde: The Switchman Original title: Like most of Arreola’s stories, The Switchman’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways—as an allegory of the pitfalls of confabularik Mexican train system, an existential horror story of life’s absurdities and human limitation, and the author’s desire to laugh in spite of the insanities of the world and human interaction.
Arreola writes well and carefully, and it is fascinating prose — and the shortness of the pieces makes it an ideal book to dip into at intervals. As the man juqn about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like cofabulario railroader and carrying a lantern.
As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him not to talk to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates. Confabulario and Other Inventions – UK.
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Books by Juan José Arreola (Author of Confabulario)
Arreola writes in short forms, but his works have as much in common with poetry eel they do with traditional short stories. The same kinds of questions above except 5 and 6 apply to this story.
Bestiary, Prosody, Confabulario,and Various Inventions. Have students find other examples of humor that comes from taking figurative language literally. My library Help Advanced Book Search. A stranger carrying a large suitcase runs towards a train station, and manages to arrive exactly at the time that his train bound for a town identified only as T. InArreola published Confabulariowidely considered to be his first great work.
The story should be in the present tense. This is another story whose richness of reference is formidable: Skip to main content.
Most stories in bestiaries have morals. Given that the pieces were written over a period of twenty years, that is probably the way to go about it.
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A big fork sticking into the road! The Switchman On one level the story operates as a satire on the Mexican transportation system, while on another the railroad is an analogy for the hopeless absurdity of the human condition.
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Juan José Arreola
The “switchman” tells the stranger that the country is famous for its railroad system; though many timetables and tickets have been produced, the trains do not follow them well. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. Often when we are teaching literature, we are also teaching observation, close reading, inference, analysis, classification, contrast, critical thinking They should read from Matthew Retrieved from ” https: Have students write their own diary story.
However, his next collection of stories, Confabulariopublished three years later, inspired generally positive comment. Le Fablier – France. The work elicited almost no response from critics, although it was noticed and read in the literary circles of Mexico City. Absurdity The absurdity in Arreola’s short stories appears with different modifications.
In the tale a scientist devises a costly method—which would be financed by wealthy people—to disintegrate a camel and thus allow it to pass through a needle.