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Multiple Choice
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Multiple Choice is unlike anything Ive ever encountered before. . . . Reading this book is a wonderfully disconcerting and unforgettable experience. Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name There is no writer like Alejandro Zambra, no one as bold, as subtle, as funny. Multiple Choice is his most accomplished work yet. This book is not to be missed.Daniel Alarcn, author of At Night We Walk In Circles A masterful, pioneering new work of fiction by Latin Americas new literary star (The New Yorker) The works of Alejandro Zambra, the most talked-about writer to come out of Chile since Bolao (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 is the natural extension of these qualities: Multiple Choice. Written in the form of a standardized test, Multiple Choice invites the reader to complete virtuoso language exercises and engage with short narrative passages via multiple-choice questions that are thought-provoking, usually unanswerable, and often absurd. It offers a new kind of reading experience, one where the reader participates directly in the creation of meaning. Full of humor, melancholy, and anger, Multiple Choice is about love and family; privacy and the limits of closeness; how a society is affected by the legacies of the past; and the conviction that, rather than learning to think, we are trained to obey and repeat. Serious in its literary ambition but playful in its execution, Multiple Choice confirms Alejandro Zambra as one of the most important writers working in any language.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Babs_book_obsession
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Mehso-so

What a strange little book! The structure of the book is based on a multiple choice test that is used to get into Chilean Universities. It is hard to rate something this unique but it grew on me as I read it and I will probably remember it because of it's unique format.

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underground_bks
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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This absurdist take on the standardized test is sobering, hilarious, and incisive. I expected to appreciate it, but I really really enjoyed it too.

saresmoore I‘m game. 1y
underground_bks @saresmoore Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 1y
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Chelapf
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Phenomenal text.

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OneLitChick
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Zambra packs a punch following a standardized test format while covering relationships, academics, politics, and Chilean life. Engaging, funny, sad, and absurd. Despite the style, I‘n not sure it‘ll stick with me... much like the info I crammed before an exam. But, it does inspire me to ask: After reading this write up, do you think I will:

A. Not read anything else by Zambra
B. Trade it
C. Read more by Zambra
D. C. The answer is always C.

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OneLitChick
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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An evening with no plans means I plan to read. #HomemadeLondonFog #CurrentlyReading

RealLifeReading Great cover! 2y
OneLitChick @RealLifeReading Right? It‘s super clever... 2y
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Bookishaf
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Pop quiz! It‘s a very interesting read and though short, l feel like it‘s taking me a little while to read t because it really makes you think! :)

WanderingBookaneer I tried and couldn‘t. 2y
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LaviniaG
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Such a rewarding read. Consider me amazed.

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xicanti
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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My shelves have precious little by #southamericanauthors on them, so here's an old photo of Murchie with Alejandro Zambra's excellent MULTIPLE CHOICE. #fallintobooks

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Floresj
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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The most creative book I've read in quite some time. Funny, clever and quick read. 5 stars goes to the reading comprehension portion.

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BrittFrancko
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Quick, lovely, challenging exercise

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BooksForYears
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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#AndItsAugust Day 15 - Two-Word Title

✏️The entire flash-fiction/poetry collection/whatever is told in a very experimental style - a standardized test. There's even a bubble sheet in the back for you to fill in your answers📝

The author based the structure on the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test, and looks at the absurdity of this kind of testing to demonstrate learning, and promoting compliance to governmental powers.

Cinfhen Sounds fascinating 2y
GatheringBooks hmmm. interesting premise and one that my teacher-students may enjoy reading. Stacking it! 2y
BooksForYears @GatheringBooks I bet that reading this from a teacher's perspective would lead to some interesting discussions! 2y
GatheringBooks @BooksForYears that's what i thought too! :) 2y
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rach_simone
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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What a clever and interesting format. I also really connected to the content.

Read them in the order of the options. Amazing.

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vivastory
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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1) In a chair. I never read in bed.
2) Greek mythology
3) Average only. I'd go mad only reading one book a month.
4) Tv series
5)Adult fiction
This was fun @Kalalalatja !

saresmoore You and @Moray_Reads both expressed how I feel about question 3. That would be such a depressing existence! 3y
vivastory @saresmoore it really would be, although it would make bigger books much less intimidating 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I'd be devastated not to read excellent books but one book a month, even a masterpiece, would be impossible! 3y
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vivastory @Moray_Reads it seems like we could do the impossible with all of the extra time. Build a settlement on Mars, find a cure for cancer 3y
saresmoore I know a LOT of people who would be totally content with one book per month, especially a great one. And it's not because they do really cool & amazing life things. It's because they FILL their lives with TV and other visual stimuli. Like I said, depressing. @vivastory @Moray_Reads 3y
vivastory @saresmoore Most people i know only read maybe four or five books a year. 3y
saresmoore That's true for me, too! Before I found Litsy, I thought maybe there was something wrong with me. 3y
saresmoore Now I know for sure that I'm weird, but at least I'm not alone! 3y
Sarah83 @saresmoore I know how you feel. Whether my bf, my colleagues at work and most of my friends don't read. Only my mum and two friends read books. So mostly the people don't understand me, why I read and collect books. 😑 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @vivastory the one thing I hate about visiting my family is that they all have TVs and they're on all the time, they're like black holes, inescapable, sucking you in... I just have a tablet and maybe three hours of TV a week 3y
vivastory @Moray_Reads @saresmoore There are a lot of great shows on at the moment ("American Gods," "Handmaid's Tale" etc) but whenever I'm watching tv, i always hear a voice in the back of my head tell me "you could be reading right now." I very rarely watch tv & when I do, it's to watch a movie. 3y
Kalalalatja @Moray_Reads @saresmoore @sarah83 this conversation is the story of my life! 3y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I had to have a talk with my grandmother about watching the local news and soap operas all day long when we visit. My kids (and husband) become zombies because they're so unused to screen time! 3y
Moray_Reads @vivastory they are my two current shows, too. Of course it helps that they're based on books 😉 I have lots of box sets, I get antsy for reading after an hour or so, so I struggle with find 3y
Moray_Reads ^films 3y
Moray_Reads @vivastory @saresmoore @Sarah83 @Kalalalatja It's the way they channel hop and complain that there's nothing on! Turn. It. Off. Then! Phew, I'm glad to be home! 3y
saresmoore @vivastory I think there's a lot of merit in the medium, and it's one I really appreciate when it's done well. It's just when it starts to consume life that it's a problem. My kids happen to be really emotionally healthy and well-behaved with incredible attention spans and self-soothing strengths. I credit about 75% of that to strict limits on screen time. 3y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Yes! I will gladly forgo reading for a good conversation and family fellowship. Well...within reason. @Sarah83 @Kalalalatja 3y
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Sarah83
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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This was posted by @Kalalalatja #bookishwouldyourather

And here are my answers 😎

1. Mostly paperbacks (more space within the bookshelf)
2. New reads
3. I also buy books (because my library wasn't really up to date with new releases )
4. You can find both variations on my bookshelf
5. Lotr
6. 500+

Who would also like to answer this? 🤗

Kalalalatja 👏👏 3y
Yanes I am in 😊 3y
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volatilestatic
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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#readathon lunch and my favorite book so far! Loved the unconventional formatting and raw emotion. Read this, y'all. Seriously.

Jinjer Yummo!!! What are those???😳 3y
volatilestatic @jinjer pastry pups from Trader Joe's! 3y
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BookishTrish
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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I enjoyed dipping in and out of this book and felt the premise was clever. I'm just not sure I interacted with the text in a meaningful or memorable way.

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shutupsmalls
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra

Insomnia wounds and accompanies you.

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BookishTrish
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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You read books that are much stranger than the books you would write if you wrote

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BookishTrish
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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That rush of blood to the head that you get when you finish two books in 25 hours #booknerdproblems

RealLifeReading Oh my. What a sight. 3y
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Blaire
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Loved how the author used the standardized test format to make wry and touching points about politics, parenting, and relationships. A lot was packed into this 100 pages and I thoroughly enjoyed it. #litsyatoz #letterZ #translation #mmd #readharder #southamerican #lrcchallenge

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Soubhiville
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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A strange and interesting way to compose poetry, short stories, and political commentary. I enjoyed most of it. It was a bit like reliving the SATs, but not in a scary way.
#readharder #poetryintranslation #bookriot

LectricSheep I'm super intrigued! 3y
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carolinachapa
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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On days off, I'm usually the first one up. I'll lay in bed or scroll through news on my phone before inevitably dosing off into slumber again. Today I decided to actually get out of bed and read. I had made a New Year's resolution to make more time to read, but a couple weeks in and I already unfortunately see myself falling wayward on that promise. With the help of Litsy and another app, I'll get to my goal! Second book of the year 👌🏼👆🏼

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Viji
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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We were out of town for a few days. Had these waiting at the library when I came back.

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BookInMyHands
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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I found this book fascinating. Structured based on the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test, parts of it read like poetry, and all of it is set, like the title says, in multiple choice.

At 101 pages it's a quick read, and aren't you intrigued by the format?

#notawhiteprotagonist

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lauralovesbooks1
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Panpan

I don't think I was the right reader for this. I just didn't get it.

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BookishFeminist
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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One of the most creative books of poetry & prose I've seen. Zambra, a Chilean author, has written a collection that explores family, love, & social commentary, particularly our lack of critical thinking in education & the mindless repetition we are forced to endure. Written in the format of the Chilean standard exam for college entrance, Zambra forces us to examine how we think & process our lives with multiple choice questions & sardonic wit. 📝

8little_paws Oohhh I so want to read this!! 3y
BookishFeminist @8little_paws I think you'd really enjoy this one! 3y
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Soubhiville Cool! Maybe a contender for #readharder #poetryintranslation ! 3y
rachelm This is going to be my Z for the challenge! Thanks for the review! 3y
BookishFeminist @rachelm this is a good choice for Z! I have his other recent book on my tbr too that I'm looking forward to reading now 3y
BookishFeminist @Soubhiville it definitely is! I was just thinking that earlier but couldn't remember which challenge that task is for. 3y
kgriffith I've had this in my TBR for a while, thanks for the review! 3y
hyacinth It is sooo brilliant. I'm not finishing yet but I love it already. 3y
emmystorms Oooo @Leetha_rose, looks interesting for during/after our trip! 3y
Leetha_rose @emmystorms yes!!!!!!!!! 3y
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Jdscott50
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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#6 #libfaves16 An experimental novel wrapped inside a test booklet. Themes of fathers, being a family man, and the Pinochet dictatorship are some of the themes. It becomes an examination of what you can add and take away as a writer. Does it mean the same thing or does that slight pivot alter it significantly?

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vivastory
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Playful & serious, restrictive and liberating. Miniature narratives & subversion of standardized testing. Experimental criticism of memorization as rote learning versus the real, human toll of history. A hybrid text that defies easy categorization.

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vivastory
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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GabriannaLikesToRead I must read this! Thanks for sharing! 3y
kricheal This is on my tbr! I'm interested in your opinion 3y
Donna_sBookMinute 🙀😂🏇⛷🏊‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️. Just go ⛪️. Too funny! 3y
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vivastory
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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This is going to be a blast

Donna_sBookMinute Seems like it. 3y
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tracyramone
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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BooksForYears
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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#SeptPhotoChallenge Day 21 - Translated book

Translated from Spanish, this book is structured like a Chilean standardized test. There are even bubble sheets at the back for you to fill in your answers. Each question is a piece of flash fiction on topics like family, politics, death, and love - followed by four possible "answers". This is a bonkers book about language, Chilean society, and the country's educational practices. #somethingforsept

Zelma Wow, that is super creative! 3y
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Blaire
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Read the review this morning. I am intrigued. Testing as political tool. Zambra grew up in chile under Pinochet. Book contains full in the blank and multiple choice sections. #tbr

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Tara
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Alejandro Zambra is a treasure. Wittiest multiple choice test I have ever read. What are your answers? I like B for both 🤓

mauveandrosysky I pick E for both! 3y
shortsarahrose This looks pretty wonderful. I would say my answers are C (though tempted by B), then E. 3y
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superana
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Really interesting format for a book. Will definitely hit home for all the standarized test takers who spent more time learning how to fill in an answer bubble than how to think. #MultipleChoice #AlejandroZambra

WanderingBookaneer I saw this book at @TheBookmarkPR 's Boutique. It intimidated me. Have you read 3y
superana @JaimitaPR I haven't. Is it good??? 3y
WanderingBookaneer It's written entirely in questions. 3y
superana @JaimitaPR that sounds cool! I'll check it out :) 3y
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QuintusMarcus
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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This is one of the most perfect and perfectly entertaining novels I have ever read. The structure of the novel mimics the standard Chilean college entrance exam, with five sections of increasingly complex multiple choice language exercises. The answers are a form of commentary on the text, and invite the reader to contemplate the story from multiple ironic perspectives. Clever and highly sophisticated entertainment--I just loved this one.

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QuintusMarcus
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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It's passages like this that just slay me!

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Rebecculous
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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What is impossible for Rebecca is possible for Becky.

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cari_luna
Facsmil | Alejandro Zambra
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Good mail day

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QuintusMarcus
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Every page of this book is pure delight: funny, sad, and surprising, all at once.

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GinaF1003
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra

I want this shiny new thing! #ooh

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cari_luna
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Alejandro Zambra blew me away at the Franklin Park Reading Series last night. My brain is still crackling a bit this morning.

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Kangaj1
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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So excited to read this over the weekend!

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mjseidlinger
Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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D - All of the above.

Lettters Ooooh, that New Yorker story in here? 4y
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