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on July 23, 2017
This is a masterpiece and the perfect book to read right now as it's about a South American dictator whose name is never known. (One can't help but think of Donald Trump.) The story is told in the past, present and future tense accented with amazing images like cows eating the paintings in the ruins of a once beautiful presidential estate. Marquez drives home the point that dictators live inside their heads, ignoring reality. His henchmen kill the opposition with an avid taste for blood. And if the dictator receives any criticism from the press or others...off with their heads. A must read for anyone who enjoys unique images, surrealistic literature and the deconstruction and decline of ignorance in power.
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on August 1, 2017
Just a great book...
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on August 18, 2017
Marquez shines in this unusual book. To me, he is among the Top 5 writers in our time. How could I not like it?
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on June 18, 2017
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on January 31, 2008
Amazing.
I have no other words describing this book. The narrative style, for those complaining - is in my humble opinion Marquez BEST : spell binding magic realism.
The book details in long and convoluted sentences the minutiae of every day life of a maniac, a universal type of tyrant - which just happens to be caught in Marquez writer's cross hairs in South America. It may be one of the many South American dictators and it could easily be one of their European monster counterparts. Marquez is sometimes sublime, often bold and always funny in a strange way. Recommended !
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on April 5, 2016
From the master, always a great read.
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on April 17, 2015
Exquisite. His prose reads like fine, thought- provoking gems, one after another after another.
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on March 1, 2016
Book appeared as new.
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on December 7, 2014
excellent insight into Columbian culture and lifestyle during the period written about.
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on September 11, 2014
Such a grim confusing story that I couldn't finish it.
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