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HOPSCOTCH by Julio Cortazar. 564 pages. Pantheon. $6.95.

By the exacting standards of Julio Cortázar, a lazy reader is one who expects the author to do all the work. Such a reader assumes that a story will unwind consecutively, rationally, grammatically, before his indolent eyes. The sentences parse, the paragraphs link, the chapters march, good soldiers all, to a dramatically acceptable denouement. So much for the lazy reader. Author Cortázar wants nothing to do with him.

Path of Obstacles. Hopscotch is aptly named. Not since Ulysses have so many obstacles strewn the path of understanding....

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