Wednesday, October 15, 2003

I decided to try another story by Borges tonight and I was richly treated when I read 'The shape of the sword'. It must be one of the few stories from Latin America that include an Irish character and the story is quite shocking and probably still true or at least have some relevance for today. The main character is an Irishman, a coward, one who is an economic genius but on the battlefield was turned into a traitor for money. There is one line that sums up the strength of the whole story 'for a gentleman only lost causes should be attractive'.

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