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One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude Description:

Probably Garc a M rquez finest and most famous work i One Hundred Years of Solitude i tells the story of the rise and fall birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family Inventive amusing magnetic sad alive with unforgettable men and women and with a truth and understanding that strike the soul i One Hundred Years of Solitude i is a masterpiece of the art of fiction

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera Description:

In their youth Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy well born doctor Florentino is devastated but he is a romantic As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in affairs yet he reserves his heart for Fermina Her husband dies at last and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral Fifty years nine months and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina he will do so again

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold Description:

A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place years earlier determined to get to the bottom of the story Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario everyone agrees Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister br br Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen why did no one intervene to stop it The more that is learned the less is understood and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion an entire society not just a pair of murderers is put on trial

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores Description:

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature br p Garc a M rquez has composed with his usual sensual gravity and Olympian humor a love letter to the dying light John Updike i The New Yorker i br p p i On the eve of his ninetieth birthday a bachelor decides i to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin As is his habit he has purchased hundreds of women he asks a madam for her assistance The fourteen year old girl who is procured for him is enchanting but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons she can do little but sleep Yet with sleeping beauty at his side it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known br p p Tender knowing and slyly comic i Memories of My Melancholy Whores i is an exquisite addition to the master s work br p p Luminous The cunning of i Memories i lies in the utter and utterly unexpected reliability of its narrator i The New York Times Book Review i br p p Masterful Erotic As hypnotizing as it is disturbing i Los Angeles Times i br p p Profoundly haunting Fiction of the very highest order i The Times Literary Supplement i p

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Of Love and Other Demons

Of Love and Other Demons Description:

On her twelfth birthday Sierva Maria the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth century South American seaport is bitten by a rabid dog Believed to be possessed she is brought to a convent for observation And into her cell stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura who has already dreamed about a girl with hair trailing after her like a bridal train As he tends to her with holy water and sacramental oils Delaura feels something shocking begin to occur He has fallen in love and it is not long until Sierva Maria joins him in his fevered misery br br Unsettling and indelible i Of Love and Other Demons i is an evocative majestic tale of the most universal experiences known to woman and man

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba Description:

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba fue escrita por Gabriel Garc a M rquez durante su estancia en Par s adonde hab a llegado como corresponsal de prensa y con la secreta intenci n de estudiar cine a mediados de los a os cincuenta El cierre del peri dico para el que trabajaba le sumi en la pobreza mientras redactaba en tres versiones distintas esta excepcional novela que fue rechazada por varios editores antes de su publicaci n Tras el barroquismo faulkneriano de La hojarasca esta segunda novela supone un paso hacia la ascesis hacia la econom a expresiva y el estilo del escritor se hace m s puro y transparente Se trata tambi n de una historia de injusticia y violencia un viejo coronel retirado va al puerto todos los viernes a esperar la llegada de la carta oficial que responda a la justa reclamaci n de sus derechos por los servicios prestados a la patria Pero la patria permanece muda

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

The Autumn of the Patriarch

The Autumn of the Patriarch Description:

One of Gabriel Garcia Marquez s most intricate and ambitious works i The Autumn of the Patriarch i is a brilliant tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power br br From charity to deceit benevolence to violence fear of God to extreme cruelty the dictator of i The Autumn of the Patriarch i embodies the best and the worst of human nature Gabriel Garcia Marquez the renowned master of magical realism vividly portrays the dying tyrant caught in the prison of his own dictatorship Employing an innovative dreamlike style and overflowing with symbolic descriptions the novel transports the reader to a world that is at once fanciful and real

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories

No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories Description:

Written with compassionate realism and wit the stories in this mesmerizing collection depict the disparities of town and village life in South America of the frightfully poor and the outrageously rich of memories and illusions and of lost opportunities and present joys

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

The General in His Labyrinth

The General in His Labyrinth Description:

Book Jacket Status Jacketed br Gabriel Garcia Marquez s most political novel is the tragic story of General Simon Bolivar the man who tried to unite a continent br Bolivar known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere in Garcia Marquez s brilliant reimagining he is magnificently flawed as well The novel follows Bolivar as he takes his final journey in down the Magdalena River toward the sea revisiting the scenes of his former glory and lamenting his lost dream of an alliance of American nations Forced from power dogged by assassins and prematurely aged and wasted by a fatal illness the General is still a remarkably vital and mercurial man He seems to remain alive by the sheer force of will that led him to so many victories in the battlefields and love affairs of his past As he wanders in the labyrinth of his failing powers and still powerful memories he defies his impending death until the last br i The General in His Labyrinth i is an unforgettable portrait of a visionary from one of the greatest writers of our time

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

Strange Pilgrims

Strange Pilgrims Description:

In Barcelona an aging Brazilian prostitute trains her dog to weep at the grave she has chosen for herself In Vienna a woman parlays her gift for seeing the future into a fortunetelling position with a wealthy family In Geneva an ambulance driver and his wife take in the lonely apparently dying ex President of a Caribbean country only to discover that his political ambition is very much intact br br In these twelve masterly stories about the lives of Latin Americans in Europe Garc a M rquez conveys the peculiar amalgam of melancholy tenacity sorrow and aspiration that is the migr experience

Rating: 3.52 out of 5