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Collected Novellas (Perennial Classics (Paperback)) Paperback – January 8, 2008
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'No One Writes to the Colonel,' on the other hand, is a truly excellent story. It's a slow, meditative piece with very little action, chronicling a month or so in the life of the title character and his wife in a stagnant Colombian town as he waits in vain for the pension, which he has been owed for fifteen years, to arrive in the mail. Although it's a subdued story saturated with sorrow and regret, it also features a strong undercurrent of hope which cannot be extinguished. The Colonel is an inspiring character, and, after One Hundred Years of Solitude, his story is my favorite thing I've read by Garcia Marquez. Apparently there's been a movie made of it, but I have no desire to see it.
'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' is also very good. It tells of the events surrounding and leading up to a brutal murder which ultimately implicates an entire town. Featuring the recollections of dozens of characters who were involved in the event, peripherally or seriously, it weaves a mesmerizing web of small events that all happen just the wrong way. The death is indeed 'foretold;' it could easily have been prevented by just about anyone in the story, yet somehow, no one does.Read more ›
"No One Writes to the Colonel" (published 1961, but written several years earlier) takes up anti-government themes only hinted at in "Leaf Storm" and makes them central to the story: tyrannical censorship, the insensitivity of officials, the violence of repression, corruption. A retired colonel and his wife endure two related struggles that consume his days of retirement.Read more ›
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The three stories all had a little something for everyone. My favorite was Chronicle Of A Death Foretold, because even though it seemed a bit silly that no one told the man he was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by O Vincent
This is a good book as it has several stories under one roof!Published 19 months ago by Patricia D. Mayer
Book received much quicker than anticipated and in great condition, just as described. Recommend doing business with this seller! ThanksPublished on January 4, 2011 by Heather Peninger
GGM is one of the great writers of the 20th century. This book contains 3 stories and is a nice collection to catch up on some Latin American literature!Published on June 19, 2009 by C. Parks
I've read his books for many years, but have only just tried reading them in Spanish which is not my native language. Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by TMCowan