: Let's see. I'm living without internet right
: now. Yesterday, I walked an hour away from
: the cabin and didn't come to the paved road,
: so... I can't participate much. I'm
: surprised to come back and find that you
: guys haven't been talking much.
: Like Guillermo, I had never heard the term
: bardo, except that it means something else
: in Argentine Spanish, and then I came across
: the term in one of the next few books I
: read. These coincidences always intrigue me.
: I only vaguely remember the reverend's
: experience now, but there is certainly
: nothing odd about a fundamentalist view of
: hell. Most of the people around me here
: share it.
: Despite being raised to, I can't believe in
: souls or an afterlife, but it is rather a
: pain that people I love believe.
: When I think of magic realism, I think of
: 100 Years of Solitude. When I read
: Midnight's Children, I thought of 100 Years
: of Solitude. I didn't really think of it
: while reading Lincoln in the Bardo. The
: structure is rather unlike anything I can
: think of right now, so that makes it hard
: for me to classify. I did have the idea that
: it's sort of a reversed ghost story. Perhaps
: magic realism is a fair call, but it doesn't
: put me in mind of what I take for the most
: magic realist of novels. Can either of you
: compare it to another?
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