Multiple Choice

Alejandro Zambra

Zambra, Alejabdro; Multiple Choice
Publisher: Penguin
Publication date: 19-Jul-2016
Date Finished: 4-Aug-2016
Format: paperback
Pages: 128
Series: —
Genres:  fiction, contemporary, short stories
ISBN: 9780143109198
Source: Barnes & Noble
Rating:3 star

“The works of Alejandro Zambra, “the most 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 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.” -Goodreads


This was an interesting, interactive book. It is set-up like a standardized test with answers to circle and bubbles to fill in at the back of the book. The questions asked allow the reader to look in upon themselves, while also learning a bit about Chile. Despite being a short book, only 128 pages, this one took me a couple sittings to get through. Self-reflection can take a lot out of a person.

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