“The Garden of Forking Paths”

It took me FOREVER to finally figure out that the story “The Garden of…” wasn’t in chronological order. Once my frustration had subsided, I was able to find the story’s main message. In my opinion, the story symbolizes how life never has one set path and that the choices one make determine their destiny. It also represents how simultaneous paths could be occurring at the same time, paths which could end up coming together eventually. I enjoyed “The Garden of…” not only because of  my interest in the early forms of  hypertext, but also because the story itself was like the labyrinth they were referring to.

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  1. cmccrzy
    January 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I enjoyed it, too. I liked the writing style a lot and the use of the whole “labyrinth” concept to REALLY make the reader think was intriguing. I got a little confused by the part where the speaker was talking about how he couldn’t speak because he’d been wounded in the throat, but when then it all clicked when they got to the “book with all paths” concept. The parallel universe concept is always a fun and confusing idea in science fiction (and occasionally fantasy), so I liked how it was explained here. It actually made a bit more sense than the lecture when used here (sorry Professor! >.<), because I had that background to go on. Although it wasn't QUITE the parallel universe concept and more like ideas you would read in Frank Herbert's "Dune" series, it was still close enough for me to understood. This story also really reminded me of the poems we had read, and I really connected with the point where a person cuts off bits they've already seen or been to. When I was reading the poems, I quickly clicked through parts I had already read after I had already seen them two or three times, even if seeing them in different places changed the poem.

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