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The Hedge


Paperback Published: 4th August 1987
ISBN: 9780231054614
Number Of Pages: 206
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Jacinto, an office clerk, is sent to a company retreat after he collapses from exhaustion and gradually becomes cut off from the outside world

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There is a bag of tricks and japes and methods and set-pieces in this Spanish novel that may please devotees of postmodernist "metafiction"; others will find it merely burdensome. In the little sliver of actual story here, Jacinto San Jose, a counting-house clerk, suffers a phobia about zeros. Meanwhile, Jacinto's co-worker seems to have turned into a dog. And the counting-house overseer and ail-around generalissimo is the lordly, female-breasted, ritualistic Don Abdon. There are sections of incomplete speech; in other sections all punctuation is spelled out (". . . as if he were trying to catch something comma nervously comma and from between his fingers comma near his nose comma a partridge flew out with a short whistle whic, whic period); in still other spots all personal pronouns are reassuringly double-identified. Moreover, at the end, Jacinto turns into the hedge he has been cultivating all through the book. The point of these thick but unaccountable elements? A message, it seems, about individuality and its annihilation: "The only chance we humans had, the Tower of Babel, we threw it away like fools. But can you imagine, my boy, a free man without a coin in his pocket? Don Abdon, you are the most motherly father of all fathers. Then, are you insinuating, Jacinto San Jose, that order is not freedom? Jack, jack, under every bed a whack! Is it true that there are times when you have to write more zeroes than others before you get dizzy? The hedge is the defense of the timid." Linguistic, political, and theological/metaphysical musings: an unappealing metafictional stew. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780231054614
ISBN-10: 0231054610
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 4th August 1987
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23