Letter to a Young Lady in Paris


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Julio Cortazar was an Argentine author and poet that wrote stories that was categorized as the Latin American Boom; included magical realism, musical tone, and criticism of Latin America.

Letter to a Young Lady in Paris is one of my favorite literature works from Cortazar. It is a short story that is written in first person with the protagonist and another character that is writing the story about her; so it goes from her point of view to his.

The both characters write a letter to another character named Andrea sharing their stay in Argentina. She did not want to live in there, it bothered her that everything was compressed in order that she could not find the courage to move anything.

The main character (the girl) is writing to Andrea to explain to her that she has a problem. She keeps vomiting little rabbits and she does not know why.

“When I feel that I’m going to bring up a rabbit, I put two fingers in my mouth like an open pincer, and I wait to feel the lukewarm fluff rise in my throat like the effervescence in salt hepatica. It’s all swift and clean, passes in the briefest instant. I remove the fingers from my mouth and in them, held fast by the ears, a small white rabbit, only it’s white and very thoroughly a a rabbit,” says the narrator of Letter to a Young Lady in Paris.

The Cortazar is so descriptive that the reader feels the sensation of throwing up little rabbits when she does. Then the other man that is also written the letter reveals the name of the protagonist her name is Sara. The reader realizes that the man also has a problem he is also seeing the little rabbits.

You realized at the end that there are only one character and that is the man, he is the one that ends the story and knows about Sara, but during the whole time Sara never mentioned the man in her point of view.

“It’s a suicide note of a kind: While it starts off sweetly enough — with a man agreeing to move in with his girlfriend — it takes a turn for the horrific as the man starts to vomit up rabbits, one after the other,” said Juan Vidal in Book News & Features.

The little rabbits end up throwing themselves out the balcony, but then the main character writes in the letter to Andrea that maybe no one will see them because of the corpse that’s laying next to them.





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