From Library Journal
All three of these psychologically provocative novellas by 1982 Nobel Laureate Garcia Marquez involve the turmoil of violent death in small, lethargic Colombian villages. "Leaf Storm," like Antigone, poses a conflict over burial. The colonel is set on honoring the local doctor with a burial despite the wishes of the townspeople, who hate him because he refused to treat the wounded after an outburst of political violence. In "No One Writes to the Colonel," another colonel waits as if for Godot for a pension check from the government that never comes. Is his faith in the future all that matters--or is it irresponsible? "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" concerns the murder of a man for allegedly making love to a woman who on her wedding night to another is unable to prove her virginity. The tension stems from why no one, including the local priest, tries to stop the murder when everyone knows just how it will happen. Highly recommended.- Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
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