2004-08-09: Collected Novellas [Gabriel Garcia Marquez]

Collected Novellas (1990)

by Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014), tr Gregory Rabassa (1922-) and J. S. Bernstein (?)

Chris recommended the author, who has won the Nobel prize for literature. I read about two-thirds of Leaf Storm, skipped No One Writes to the Colonel, and read Chronicle of a Death Foretold. I didn’t care for what I read.

The author seems to write about death. There is nothing inherently wrong about this, of course. However, I didn’t see what he was getting at. The people seem peculiarly detached, even the victim in Chronicle. Even the narrator of Chronicle, who presumably was thinking about the death for 27 years, doesn’t explain why or how it affected him. If there is any point in thinking about death, it ought to have something to do with your life.


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