My Life with the Wave

by Octavio Paz

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What merger of the real and fantastic propels this story? Why does the narrator compare the sea and an elusive lover? How is the wave like a women?

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The real and the fantastic is merged in "my life with the wave" as the reader is supposed to imagine that the man has fallen in love with, speaks to, and has a relationship with the sea. The sea IS an elusive lover, although at the beginning it comes to Mexico City. The wave, however is never satisfied, it finally turns into ice.

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