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Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges This is a collection of stories exploring the various themes that interest Borges such as infinity, time, identity and paradox. They are densely written stories evoking complex imagery that require deep concentration on the part of the reader, and probably several re-readings.

I was forced to spread this collection out over several weeks, reading other books in between, because it would have been far too intense reading them all in one go. They certainly aren't light reading.

The stories were profound and eloquently told but I some of them I didn't really understand. That may well have been down to the frame of mind in which I happened to be when I read them; you definitely need to be in the right mood. My favourites include "The Garden of the Forking Paths", "The Lottery in Babylon", "Funes the Memorious", "The House of Asterion" and "The Waiting".

After the fictions there are a few of his essays and then a few of his parables. These were of variable interest to me, depending on the subject matter.

I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in philosophy and abstract ideas.