The Garden of Forking Paths

I found it interesting that the way Ts’ui Pen’s book is supposed to function, in that it is an explanation of time and the universe without ever actually mentioning what it is, mimics the way Borges paints his characters. While we hear multiple anecdotes and descriptions of Captain John Madden and Stephen Albert, there is no directness in how they are described, or how we are placed into the environment. To better explain, Hemingway would be the exact stylistic opposite to the author’s descriptive style. Hemingway is blunt, to the point, and directly descriptive in a simplistic yet beautiful way. The short story is incredibly well written and lavish, but uses a completely different style. While we are given an intimate look into the Yu Tsun’s mind, we really have no other detail about him. We do not know what he looks like (beyond being Asian), what his mannerisms are, etc. I found this to be a fresh new way of drawing a reader in. We do get a bit more information on other characters, seeing them through Yu Tsun’s eyes. But they feel more like consciousness’ instead of physical human beings. It almost seems more natural, as if you are truly just stuffed into the mind of another person you cannot hope to fully understand, and taken for a ride. On another note, I love that the way Stephen Albert describes Ts’ui Pen’s book is basically a simplified version of the parallel universe theory, something that I find intriguing.