Running head: FICTION CRITIQUE
The Garden of Forking Paths By: Jorge Borges
Zaabalawi By: Naguib Mahfouz
June 29, 2009
Two very different stories have such great meaning behind them both. I have seen loyalty, honor, persistence, hope, and respect for elders, our selves and for our culture in both stories. There were also differences in the way they both were told.
The Garden of forking paths is based upon a German spy sacrificing his already distended for death life to get information back to his German leaders. Yu Tsun, a Chinese national, is a German spy and knows he is going to die sometime that night, he was figured out. His contact, Runeberg, was captured or killed earlier and he knew he was next. Tsun had figured out where there was a massive British artillery park and had to let the Germans know. As he went up to his apartment he knew he must do something. Finding Dr. Stephen Albert’s name in the phonebook, unknowing the meaning till later, he is hoping he would be able to help. Tsun catches the train to set off to Dr. Albert’s home. All the while being followed by Captain Richard Madden, the man who killed his contact and worked for the English intelligence. Tsun reaches the house of Albert and finds out information about his great grandfather from Dr. Albert. Dr. Albert gives Tsun a paper written in Ts’ui Pen’s calligrapher hand. The words written said, “I leave to the carious futures (not to all) my garden of forking paths.” (Mack, 1997 pg 2878). Not understanding Tsun returns that paper to Dr. Albert all the while the two talked Tsun lingered on the words. “Almost instantly, I understood: “The garden of forking paths’ was the chaotic novel; the phrase ‘the various futures (not to all)’ suggested to me the forking in time, not in space” (Mack, 1997 pg 2879). It was a huge riddle with the theme being time. Time being experienced as a series of present moments, one...
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