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The Garden of Forking Paths

The Garden of Forking Paths


by Jorge Luis Borges

The Garden of Forking Paths Questions

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  1. Write a passage from Ts'ui Pen's novel, The Garden of Forking Paths. Or, write a modern-day critical review of the novel. Ts'ui Pen's relatives weren't fans of his work – but then, they didn't have the Internet. Would a review of The Garden of Forking Paths be more favorable now that we're familiar with hypertext and digital culture?
  2. Very few of Borges' stories contain any female characters. Why do you think this is? Would "The Garden of Forking Paths" be substantially different if Yu Tsun and Dr. Albert were women?
  3. What would Borges' Facebook page look like?
  4. What films or novels can you think of that employ the Borgesian idea of diverging and parallel universes? We thought of the movie Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow, and the novel The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, so you can't pick those.

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