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Leaf Storm: and Other Stories (Perennial Classics) Paperback – February 1, 2005
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Original Language: Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Leaf Storm" isn't a conventionally plotted novella. Instead, it's more of a dreamy and dreamlike character study of three people and their reactions to the suicide (or possible murder) of the town outcast and recluse. When the novella ends, we are left with many unanswered questions, but still, we feel fulfilled for we sense there are things about this suicide/murder that it's best simply not to know.
I have to disagree with opinions that Gregory Rabassa didn't do a good job with the translation. I think he did a superb job. He not only translated the story for us, he managed to capture the rain-soaked, steamy melancholy that is the essence of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Rabassa is well-known as having been one of the world's premier translators and it's easy to see why.
I loved the two fantasy stories, "The Hansomest Drowned Man in the World" and "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." They are filled with the brand of magical realism that only Gabo can write and are just wonderful. I also liked "Monologue of Isabel Watching it Rain in Macondo" and "Ghost Ship."
This book gives us a glimpse into the world of Macondo and it's a very seductive glimse indeed.
After the death of an infamous doctor of Macondo his only friends, this friend's daughter and her son gather to the funerals. The dead man is known as the devil and everyone hates him. His death made the city very happy. As the story is unfolded, we learn why he's so hated and how come the threesome ended up there to mourn him.
Using multiple points of views, Gabo gives the three protagonists chances to speak to themselves and we can find out how dreadful is to each of one be there. The writer is able to switch the point of view, and also the language --after all, a little boy does not speak as an old man. This is one of the remarkable qualities of this wonderful novella.
This is the very first time that the imaginary place Macondo appears in Gabo's story and it became a seminal place of his stories --among them the masterpiece 'A Hundred years of solitude'.
"Leaf Storm" was published twelve years before "One Hundred Years..." It is a novella which sets the stage for his later work. All the familiar elements are there: the town itself, of Macondo. Always in the background is the Civil War, which tore Columbia apart, dating from the 19th Century. The Civil War provides so much of the impetus for current actions. And there is the "magical realism" that is the hallmark of Marquez' style... those seemingly impossible events that just happen.
Marquez draws the reader in with the death of a doctor that the town hated. The search for the "why" carries the reader through the first half of the novella. As Marquez describes the town's feelings, in a style reminiscent of Faulkner : "...Read more ›
There is a reason that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a master. He didn't just have a unique and powerful way of writing, he also had a unique and powerful way of seeing the world around him. I am also reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Life by Gerald Martin. It has been a fascinating journey, reading Leaf Story as I read about the early years of his life in Colombia and traveling in Europe, what used to be the U.S.S.R., the United States, and Cuba.
It was easy to give this book 5 stars. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings may still be my favorite story, but the entire book got under my skin.
The brilliance is this: The leaf storm is the arrival of--for lack of a better term--industry to the small town of Macondo. The leaf trash are the elements of the population that the storm blows into town, leaving the residents already there feeling like outsiders.
This is presented in the prologue. What follows is so unique. It is not factual, it is like watercolor bleeding on a wet canvas. The stories sprawl into the psyches of the imagined citizens. We get their hearts and souls.
I've written about each of the stories on my blog [...] on the entries between October 18, 2012 and November, 19, 2012.
It is really unfortunate that this treasure has not become available for ereaders.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant author and great set of short stories. The short stories make fun campfire tales.Published 7 months ago by Skrappynugz
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The stories that work in this novel are powerful and enthralling… the first line, spoken by a young boy, is “I’ve seen a corpse for the first time. Read more
I especially loved the "A Very Old Man with the Enormous Wings." It smacked of surrealism and was simply and beautifully written. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by kotjebi
This is the first I've read of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and I was expecting great things. Generally magic realism in any form appeals to me. Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by Bathsheba
Leaf Storm is inferior compared to Strange Pilgrims, another collection of short stories by Marquez. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by trippin toadie
I bought this book to help my study on Spanish. I love Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but the original is still too hard for me. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by Chibi