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A book to revisit,
This review is from: Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I asked for this book for my 10th birthday...a bit advanced I thought when I unwrapped it but I loved the old cover of a spiral staircase reaching into the sky. I struggled with the texts within and got very little out of it apart from the marvellous The Circular Ruins. This remains one of my favourite short stories by Borges but now at 28 I'm in a position to re-evaluate...and I do regularly. I love discovering the worlds of Tlon Uqbar and Orbis Tertius, finding Pierrre Menard again. This book grows with you- it develops as you get older and have more points of reference. It helps when you read other books like Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves. The spiral staircase is appropriate because it reminds us that we revisit the same things time and time again but always have different reference points.