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#61 Tabaluga

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

Stevenson - Treasure Island ?

Edited by Tabaluga, 21 January 2013 - 01:08 PM.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:35 PM

old man in bar? my first guess is Charles Bukowski (no idea what story)?? Posted Image

No, I was thinking of using a quote from Bukowski though.

Stevenson - Treasure Island ?

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

OK, a relatively obscure one:

On the floor, and hanging on to the bar, squatted an old man, immobile as an object. His years had reduced and polished him as water does a stone or the generations of men do a sentence.

awww....this is a difficult one without further clues, bob1...(there goes my time zone advantage....:lol:) could be from one of Jack Landon's stories or Vargas Llosa's?
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:07 AM

awww....this is a difficult one without further clues, bob1...(there goes my time zone advantage....Posted Image) could be from one of Jack Landon's stories or Vargas Llosa's?

Oooh close. This is an author who once said that the Nobel committee had made it a habit not to award him the prize. Blinded by his brilliance I am sure!

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:08 AM

i think Jorge Luis Borges said that about the Nobel prize...Garden of forking paths ?

Edited by Tabaluga, 22 January 2013 - 04:14 AM.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:42 AM

i think Jorge Luis Borges said that about the Nobel prize...Garden of forking paths ?

:P Vargas Llosa could have said it too before 2010 .....but yup, Borges could have written the quote and he's brilliant and "humble", very innovative, a genius...for sure, it's from one of the stories in Ficciones but I don't think it's The Garden...my alltime favourite is The Secret Miracle but I don't think the quote is from there....
"Oh what a beauteousness!"
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:57 AM

utopia of a tired man then ? Don't know what its about, but the title sounds promising - could refer to an old man...

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:08 AM

first my idea was Mark Twain (but did Nobel prizes exist at his time?) anyway now it's more José Saramago with Blindness (though I could not remember this scenery in the book or film)

Edited by hobglobin, 22 January 2013 - 08:09 AM.

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

first my idea was Mark Twain (but did Nobel prizes exist at his time?) anyway now it's more José Saramago with Blindness (though I could not remember this scenery in the book or film)

nope, I'm pretty sure it's Borges now...from your post actually dr H.....the Nobel committee or was it Jorges (whomever bob meant) was "blinded" by his brilliance....bob is soo good in giving clues...Posted Image

Edited by casandra, 22 January 2013 - 09:41 AM.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

who's Jorges?
and Saramago got a Nobel prize so he's out...I stay with Twain Posted Image
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

who's Jorges?
and Saramago got a Nobel prize so he's out...I stay with Twain Posted Image

my nickname for him- Jorge Borges...Jorges....:lol:..
and I am 100% sure it's Jorges...bec of bob's clue....but from which book or short story- I have to go through all of them one by one...but def not the Utopia....
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

but that's the nickname of Jorge Gonzalez-Graupera Posted Image
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:55 AM

but that's the nickname of Jorge Gonzalez-Graupera Posted Image

ppfftt..I can call him anything I want....:D..I think we can only guess through a process of elimination...not The Immortal too....
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:26 AM


who's Jorges?
and Saramago got a Nobel prize so he's out...I stay with Twain Posted Image

my nickname for him- Jorge Borges...Jorges....Posted Image..
and I am 100% sure it's Jorges...bec of bob's clue....but from which book or short story- I have to go through all of them one by one...but def not the Utopia....

Author correct - he was blind in his later years. The story appears in Ficciones so Casey was correct there. Now which one...you'll get it in the end!

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:38 AM



who's Jorges?
and Saramago got a Nobel prize so he's out...I stay with Twain Posted Image

my nickname for him- Jorge Borges...Jorges....Posted Image..
and I am 100% sure it's Jorges...bec of bob's clue....but from which book or short story- I have to go through all of them one by one...but def not the Utopia....

Author correct - he was blind in his later years. The story appears in Ficciones so Casey was correct there. Now which one...you'll get it in the end!

actually, Tabs got the author (from your Nobel clue) Posted Image and his progressive blindness was the reason why they migrated to Geneva- to get treatment...it's not from his fantastical/surrealistic/hypertext stories so I guess it's from the regular "gaucho" ones?

Edited by casandra, 22 January 2013 - 11:48 AM.

"Oh what a beauteousness!"
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