Was saying and how he was saying t Long after I finished a section or put the book down for a bit I found myself still pondering what a particular uestionpassage meant or just the concept that rearranging sentences or choosing to delete a sentence or two can so dramatically change the meaning of a particular storyZambra tackles life family Chilean politics and how education often teaches people to repeat and obey versus learning to think Connivance independently Some uestionsn Multiple Choice have multiple answers some have no answers and others have laugh out loud choices I learned about Chilean life under the brutal Pinochet regime but The Rest of the Story in such an engrossing manner that I hardly felt like I was being taught a history lesson His ruminations on family were particularly thought provoking and moving and several times I had to reread a certain passage before I felt I could move onI highly highly recommend this book Its certainly one of the best I have read China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance? in a long while I will be thinking aboutt for many days to come and most certainly rereading t n ts entirety very soon Thanks so much to Penguin for my copy of this ARC n exchange for an honest review A magnificent collision between Dadaism literature A radical experiment that depicts a solemn reality behind much artifice minutiae It Five Wakes and a Wedding is risky Overall one great find for me at the Denver Public Library as per usual My first Zambra other than annterview I translated last year uick clever painless joyful melancholic unpredictable clear cool refreshing effervescent and therefore like refrigerated lemon lime seltzer I guess At worst felt like a little collection of stories padded by a great formal gimmick one that I feel like I ve seen before maybe Si encuentro tu nombre en el fuego in Fakes An Anthology of Pseudo Interviews Faux Lectures uasi Letters Found Texts and Other Fraudulent Artifacts but I can t remember at best felt like a collection of stories and suggestions worth rereading to re encounter thenitial uestions after the experience of the fuller stories toward the end Sort of circles around or suggests the times and tribulations of the testmaker twice divorced with kids from three marriages daddy ssues of his own who grew up under the dictator Pinochet and has a sense of humor and a love for music Loved the uestion that was something like for the story you ve just read which s the worst title guaranteed to reach the widest possible audience The numbers must ve been fun to translate but also all the one word weighted answer choices like poetry than prose Probably ultimately forgettable considering amount of time spent with Curveball it but enjoyable to read over the course of an hour or son a day and when someone likes this review An Elegy for Mathematics in a few years I ll re read this littlempression and remember My first Zambra but definitely not my last If this were graded I doubt I would receive better. Talked about writer to come out of Chile since Bolaño” New York Times Book Review are distinguished by their striking originality their brevity their strangeness and their flouting of narrative convention Now at the height of his powers Zambra returns with a book that A Stranger on the Beach is the natural extension of these ualities Multiple Choice Writtenn the form of a standardized test Multiple Choice nvites the reader to complete virtuoso language exercises and engage with short narrative passages via multiple choice uestions that are thought provoking usually una.
Than a C Presented n test format I found this to be too much work and often confusing This could be a brilliant stylistic choice but I tired of Strasberg at the Actors Studio: Tape-Recorded Sessions it uickly 25 stars Did you have Test Anxiety when you weren school A Yes B No C Sometimes D AlwaysThis teeny weeny book could take an hour to read or weeks Your choice You might feel a little ntimidated by this tiny pale blue fiction nonfiction poetry all of the of the above none of the above book by Chilean author Alejandro Zamora OrYou might settle n and have an awesome and amazing time Your choiceIf you hated taking multiple choice tests A Witch's Guide To Faery Folk: How to Work With the Elemental World in school you have a chance to experience taking the testsn this book as an adventure Breathe relax have funThere are sentence elimination sections and short stories to read for reading comprehension We are asked as readers to playfully The Homefront in Civil War Missouri interact andf we do we will begin to see under the laughter and silliness the organize chaos and the limited perception We may find that answers are correct but simultaneously nvalid Even by the structure design of this book as beautifully clever and crafted as t Celibate Passion isit reminds me of a musical note that s played correctly butn the wrong score Paul and I both enjoyed the mental stimulation of taking Zamora s test It took an hour though to find a 2 pencil Learning in the Cloud in this house Very cleverndeed It was a super fast read although highly enjoyable I especially love the silent stance the author Daniel Webster and Jacksonian Democracy is taking with the absurdity of some all standardized testing Clever poetic and strangely touching Alejandro Zambras noveln the form of a multiple choice test exposes the absurdity of stupid admission tests and confronts the participating reader with moral conflicts You ll do well on the test very well don t worry you weren t educated you were trained Alejandro Zambra takes a contemporary form of evaluation as a model the Prueba de Selecci n Universitaria PSU The Gay Pretender introducedn Chile Bloody Winter in 1967 The structure of the book follows so the preliminary remark of the author the entrance examination for university ast was valid until 1994 A multiple choice test with 90 uestions divided nto fiv I agree with those who label this little book as pretentious but I guess I don t mind pretentious as long the authora Has something nteresting to sayb Says what he has to say Inventaire Sommaire Des Archives D�partementales Ant�rieures � 1790, Vol. 1: Mayenne (Classic Reprint) in annteresting wayc Is nterested n transmitting something beyond what he War Girls is sayingd Is notnterested Hieroglyphen lesen. in how whats saying will come acrosse All of the aboveI read this As Lágrimas Amargas de Petra Von Kant in one breath and will need a second read to exhalet now If the Russians were born drunk and the French were born perverted then the South Americans were born Lesson Planning and Classroom Management insane And I love them for that the way I love the French and the Russians theres never a dull moment with them and they bore and drill The Stalin Front: A Novel of World War II into your mind to the point where you can no longergnore the pain Or the numbnes. Nswerable and often absurd It offers a new kind of reading experience one where the reader participates directly The Nightmare Garden in the creation of meaning Full of humor melancholy and anger Multiple Choices about love and family; privacy and the limits of closeness; how a society s affected by the legacies of the past; and the conviction that rather than learning to think we are trained to obey and repeat Serious n ts literary ambition but playful n The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond its execution Multiple Choice confirms Alejandro Zambra as one of the mostmportant writers working n any language.
Update May 2020 many universities are now no longer reuiring the almost useless SAT or ACT for admission to universities a hopeful trend to hopefully begin to dismantle the billion dollar standardized test ndustrySo did Alejandro Zambra actually create a novel The Color of Water in the form of a standardized testA Yes he sure did modeled on the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test which he himself tookn 1993 with 90 multiple choice uestions some of them based on stories Mayan Strawberries includedn the testB No I m kiddingC Chile That sounds like too cool of a place to have standardized testsD None of the aboveE All of the aboveCorrect answer AMight you describe this book asA A tour de force accomplishmentB A pretentious postmodern experimentC A clever commentary on the limitations of such tests to reflect actual meaningful experiences or learning by Bill Gates (Up Close) implication endorsing storiesD None of the aboveE All of the aboveCorrect answer CDid you findtA really funnyB Touching sometimes movingC D Mistaken Mistress is always correctD The kid next to me marked C and hes good at these tests so I should mark CE StupidCorrect answer Oh why does Bunny: A Novel it have to be one answer Why do these tests alwaysnclude answers that f you thought deeply could be correct as well as the one the testmakers thought on the basis of their uick and careless work was correct and now these diots making billions of dollars on a flawed The Great Smog of India idea of learning and assessment get tompact your future n a high stakes wayOh sorry My personal answer which s by no means correct for you I thought The Sex of the Angels, the Saints in their Heaven: A Breviary it was funnynsightful sometimes touching one of my favorite books of the year I smiled or laughed on almost every single page This work Tryst with Prosperity is all kinds of novel Chilean novelist Zambra really puts us through our paces by making us actually participaten the process of his fiction He gives us choices on how to finish his sentences He starts simply enough asking us to decide which word has no relation to the words given The structure of the book copies the Verbal section of the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test reuired of all applicants to university Popular Hits in Chile Our minds race with the possibilities he s given us and we can be as cynical and hard eyed or Multiple Choices a one of a kind read n the best possible way Chilean author Alejandro Zambra nnovatively styled his new book after the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test which students took every December from 1967 to 2003 f they planned to apply to college n Chile Specifically he chose the Verbal Aptitude section as he took t n 1993 which consisted of ninety multiple choice uestions contained The Rest of the Story in five sections While each section of the book was fantasticn ts own right my favorites were Section 2 and 3 Sentence Order and Sentence Completion As I spent time playing around with the answer choices and manipulating the sentences I ended up focusing so much on what he. “ Multiple Choice s unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before Reading this book s a wonderfully disconcerting and unforgettable experience” Francisco Goldman author of Say Her Name “There s no writer like Alejandro Zambra no one as bold as subtle as funny Multiple Choice Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand is his most accomplished work yet This books not to be missed” Daniel Alarcón author of At Night We Walk In Circles A masterful pioneering new work of fiction by “Latin America’s new literary star” The New Yorker The works of Alejandro Zambra “the most.
Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer He is the author of Bonsai The Private Lives of Trees Ways of Going Home My Documents and Multiple Choice His stories have appeared in The New Yorker The Paris Review Granta Harper's Zoetrope and McSweeney’s among other places