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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 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 mur A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 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. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to try and 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.

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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 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 mur A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 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. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to try and 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.

30 review for Chronicle of a Death Foretold

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    I own about 70 copies of illegally-photocopied versions of this book so I can use it with my students in class. And unlike most books I teach, I read this one every year. Why? 'Cuz it's an unbelievable text. I firmly believe that Santiago Nasar is one of literature's greatest Christ-figures. Many of Garcia's books have Christ-figures, of course, but Santiago is Jesus with a twist. When the book starts, Santiago is portrayed as a bad man who is wasteful and immoral and violent. When he is fingered I own about 70 copies of illegally-photocopied versions of this book so I can use it with my students in class. And unlike most books I teach, I read this one every year. Why? 'Cuz it's an unbelievable text. I firmly believe that Santiago Nasar is one of literature's greatest Christ-figures. Many of Garcia's books have Christ-figures, of course, but Santiago is Jesus with a twist. When the book starts, Santiago is portrayed as a bad man who is wasteful and immoral and violent. When he is fingered for taking the virginity of a non-whore, any reader would believe in his guilt. But by the end of the book, it is obvious that Santiago did not commit the crime (Garcia hides the line where this is stated unequivocally, but it is there). But he is killed nonetheless (multiple times, actually) and the entire town, who did not stop the attack on Santiago, feels guilty for their inaction for the next twenty years. It's such a brilliant idea that is told so exquisitely, that I can't think of a better sub-100 page book to read over a two day period. And my students can't, either, as I have never had a disappointed student. Ever.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brina

    Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez who is best known for his One Hundred Years of Solitude penned a novella A Chronicle of Death Foretold based on real life events that he witnessed. In this novella, Marquez tells through the eyes of an unnamed narrator the events that lead to the murder of Santiago Nasar. It is in the characterizations of the personas this short book that we get a taste of Marquez' brilliance which won him many honors during his writing career. Santiago Nasar is the only chi Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez who is best known for his One Hundred Years of Solitude penned a novella A Chronicle of Death Foretold based on real life events that he witnessed. In this novella, Marquez tells through the eyes of an unnamed narrator the events that lead to the murder of Santiago Nasar. It is in the characterizations of the personas this short book that we get a taste of Marquez' brilliance which won him many honors during his writing career. Santiago Nasar is the only child of Ibrahim Nasar and Placida Nacido. He is engaged to be married to Flor Miguel, but as his father before him, has engaged in trysts with his housekeeper's daughter. Likewise he has frequented a whorehouse and has an intimate relationship with its matron. Meanwhile Bayardo San Ramon and Angela Vicario are to be married. Angela is not a virgin and San Ramon kicks her out of their marriage chamber. She is dishonored by her mother, and her twin brothers Pablo and Pedro are determined to kill the man responsible for their sister's reckless behavior. All signs point to Santiago Nasar. The narrator tells this tale when all principal players have reached middle age. A boyhood friend of Nasar and a cousin of the Vicarios, he is determined to find out if Nasar was really guilty. Angela has paid the price, living like an old maid, yet still professing her love to Bayardo San Ramon after all these years. Yet despite the narrator's attempts to piece all the evidence together, Angela will not reveal the key clue, leaving the reader hanging throughout this short tale. Even in this short tale, it is obvious to me that Garcia Marquez knows how to weave a story together. I am fan of Isabel Allende and people tell me that her writing reminds them of Garcia Marquez. As this is my first taste of his writing, I can sense the similarities- many characters in a Latin American village, the opening sentences containing flashbacks, and a high level of magical realism. I rate this novella 4 stars for its short length as I look forward to reading Garcia Marquez' opus which earned him international renown.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amalia Gavea

    ‘’There had never been a death more foretold.’’ Santiago is murdered in the market of a Colombian town. The perpetrators are two brothers. His crime? The supposed defilement of their sister, whose marriage to a young man was broken because she wasn’t a virgin. Márquez does something extraordinary here. He creates one of his finest works, a crime mystery where the question isn’t who or what but why. Why did everything happen in such a way? Why do people have to resort to such actions? Why are we ‘’There had never been a death more foretold.’’ Santiago is murdered in the market of a Colombian town. The perpetrators are two brothers. His crime? The supposed defilement of their sister, whose marriage to a young man was broken because she wasn’t a virgin. Márquez does something extraordinary here. He creates one of his finest works, a crime mystery where the question isn’t who or what but why. Why did everything happen in such a way? Why do people have to resort to such actions? Why are we worse than the wildest animals? Márquez is concerned with human nature and the origin of truth and lies, In nonlinear narrative, written in first-person account, based on real-life events, Márquez creates a masterpiece whose title entered our everyday speech, whose inevitable violence still shocks us. ‘’Lowlifes’’ {..} shitty animals that can’t do anything that isn’t something awful.’’ When I first read this novella, some 10-odd years ago, I was studying in university and a colleague asked me why on Earth would I ever read a book whose outcome is known beforehand. There is an idiot in every corner and Márquez seemed to know that well. The portraits of the town residents couldn’t have been darker. They condemn Santiago because his origins aren’t the same as their own. He is an Other, therefore he is guilty without the benefit of doubt. Does this ring a bell? Everybody knows what is to come but no one warns him. The police do nothing, the priest forgets the most fundamental of Christ’s teaching and does nothing. When the mob condemns you, you don’t stand a chance. Márquez’s contempt and disgust are evident throughout the novella. Márquez also touches on the themes of gender equality and ‘’purity’’. Santiago isn’t painted in favourable colours, his contempt and violence towards women are often mentioned. Angela is a rather controversial character too. You cannot take a solemn vow whether she speaks the truth or not, she is fickle and empty-headed and as much of a tragic character like Santiago. Was she raped? Was she in love with an other man? These are the actual mysteries of the story. ‘’I saw the knives in the light from the street lamps and it looked to me that they were dripping blood.’’ Márquez is the writer who paved the way for Magical Realism, incorporating its elements to each story in a subtle, poetic way, making the narration flow without turning into Fantasy. This became a common feature in Latin American Literature and quite a few writers tried to mimic him with poor results. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the omens acquire an almost Biblical significance. The weather, the animals- primarily dogs- the prophetic dreams bring to mind the fables of the signs that precede a catastrophe. Think of the omens described in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, in the night before the vile murder took place. Every book by Márquez requires patience, dedication and a close attention to the story in order to fully understand the wealth and magic of his writing. Márquez is a Latin American Dostoevsky, a writer that should be required reading if we want teenagers to ever become accomplished readers. ‘’Give me a prejudice and I will move the world.’’ My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.word...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Crónica de una muerte anunciada = Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel García Márquez Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Spanish: Crónica de una muerte anunciada) is a novella by Gabriel García Márquez, published in 1981. It tells, in the form of a pseudo-journalistic reconstruction, the story of the murder of Santiago Nasar by the two Vicario brothers. Characters: Santiago Nasar, Ángela Vicario, Bayardo San Román, Pablo and Pedro Vicario تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز اول ماه می سال 1994 میلادی عنوان: گزارش Crónica de una muerte anunciada = Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Spanish: Crónica de una muerte anunciada) is a novella by Gabriel García Márquez, published in 1981. It tells, in the form of a pseudo-journalistic reconstruction, the story of the murder of Santiago Nasar by the two Vicario brothers. Characters: Santiago Nasar, Ángela Vicario, Bayardo San Román, Pablo and Pedro Vicario تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز اول ماه می سال 1994 میلادی عنوان: گزارش یک مرگ، مترجم: لیلی گلستان؛ تهران، نشر البرز، 1994، در 119 ص، شابک: 9646952453؛ روابط سنتی اهالی امریکای لاتین، مارکز روزنامه نگار بازهم داستان میسراید. یک برداشت است از یک رخداد یا جنایت، شخصیتها و نوع رخداد را تغییر داده، و روایت کرده، نوع روایت بسیار عجیب است؛ هم پیچیده و هم ساده است. ا. شربیانی

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jibran

    There had never been a death so foretold. Márquez's oeuvre may be roughly divided into two streams of writing: the magician of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera and the journalist-adventurer of this novel and News of a Kidnapping. The ominous world of magic realism closes shop when Marquez switches his gears to journalistic storytelling. But may be not quite; because right from the opening scene an eerie premonition trails at the heels of Santiago Nasar and, do what h There had never been a death so foretold. Márquez's oeuvre may be roughly divided into two streams of writing: the magician of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera and the journalist-adventurer of this novel and News of a Kidnapping. The ominous world of magic realism closes shop when Marquez switches his gears to journalistic storytelling. But may be not quite; because right from the opening scene an eerie premonition trails at the heels of Santiago Nasar and, do what he might, catches him unawares to punish him for a crime he might or might not have committed. The writer-narrator sets himself up to the task of investigating the events that led to the death so foretold. Say, it's a reportage of the impossible and inexplicable murder that could be - could be - prevented with just a shout. Say, it's a story of a man who must pay for violating the unwritten code of honour when he is suspected of deflowering Angela Vicario, his best pal's sister, hours before she was to get married to another man. One may describe it as a story of an honour killing. But like other stories of this kind this is not a self-conscious attempt, aimed at soliciting the reader's sympathy (tsk tsk), told from the distance of an outsider's point of view; it does not label a whole value system backward and barbaric which stories of this kind have a habit of doing. It stands entirely on its own merit for the masterful way in which Márquez relates the events leading up to the horrific murder by situating the story within the moral archetype of the time and place wherein it takes place. This objectivity sits at the heart of good writing and this sets Márquez apart from a bevy of other writers who have expended words on a similar theme. There's ambiguity with respect to the victim’s role: Was Santiago Nasar guilty of dishonouring Angela Vicario? Or was there a big misunderstanding all along, unhelped by a surfeit of circumstantial evidence? Here you have Márquez, the master investigative journalist, with the best implements of his trade, testing your powers of observation, inviting you to solve the puzzle he's set for you. I bit my fingers down to my elbow for how everyone in the small hamlet in a series of perfectly aligned incidents got wind of the murder plan and yet nobody took it serious enough to warn the victim till the last moment when it was too late, when he was too fatally wounded to take stock of the warnings that came pouring in as the butcher's knife transpierced the soft mass of his belly. “They all saw him come out, and they all understood that now he knew they were going to kill him” By the honour of Angela Vicario, this is a story unequaled in its telling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Issa Deerbany

    ما هذه الروعة. جريمة شرف عادية يكتبها ماركيز بكل جمال وروعة. اُسلوب مثير يجعلك في انتظار الاحداث وكأن الجريمة حدثت قبل سويعات وليست جريمة مرت عليها أعواما عديدة. كل القرية تعلم بأن سنتياغو نصار سيقتل . والمقاتلين يتفاخرون بأنهم سيقتلون بشكل علني. ومع ذلك لم يقم احد بمنع الجريمة او حتى تحذير المقتول او محاولة إقناع القاتلين بالكف عن قتله مع انه من خلال الاحداث كانوا يمتظرون من يقنعهم بعدم قتله. اُسلوب رائع ومثير ومشوق.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fernando

    Entre todos lo mataron y solo se murió. Este es un libro en el que no importa el "cómo", sino el "por qué". Emparentada con "El túnel" de Ernesto Sábato, ambos autores generan el spoiler en las primeras líneas, develando el asesinato. Sinceramente, no pude dejar de leerlo, de un tirón, hasta el final. Y es precisamente ese final, de la manera que Gabo lo narra, lo que shockea al lector. Parece que uno está sintiendo las puñaladas, viendo la sangre, sintiendo el desgarro... Edgar Allan Poe dijo una Entre todos lo mataron y solo se murió. Este es un libro en el que no importa el "cómo", sino el "por qué". Emparentada con "El túnel" de Ernesto Sábato, ambos autores generan el spoiler en las primeras líneas, develando el asesinato. Sinceramente, no pude dejar de leerlo, de un tirón, hasta el final. Y es precisamente ese final, de la manera que Gabo lo narra, lo que shockea al lector. Parece que uno está sintiendo las puñaladas, viendo la sangre, sintiendo el desgarro... Edgar Allan Poe dijo una vez que "Todas las obras de arte deberían empezar por el final". Esta novela es una digna prueba de ello.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steven Godin

    Stabbing a man to death is not as easy as it sounds, after all, it took 23 swipes at poor old Julius Caesar, but only one of them was actually deemed fatal. It takes a hell of an effort. Not like that seen in those pathetic slasher movies, where a big breasted peroxide blonde is chased around a mansion by a nutcase bearing a huge blade that only dishes out flesh wounds. Chronicling the murder of one Santiago Nasar in a small unnamed South American village, Márquez dazzles in a fictional world tha Stabbing a man to death is not as easy as it sounds, after all, it took 23 swipes at poor old Julius Caesar, but only one of them was actually deemed fatal. It takes a hell of an effort. Not like that seen in those pathetic slasher movies, where a big breasted peroxide blonde is chased around a mansion by a nutcase bearing a huge blade that only dishes out flesh wounds. Chronicling the murder of one Santiago Nasar in a small unnamed South American village, Márquez dazzles in a fictional world that is as pungently sharp as the knives used to kill, it's a murder everyone in town knew was coming, yet no one wanted. ''Never was a death more foretold.'' says the the novels narrator, recounting the events of that fateful day, in fact, it's many years later where the story is told from, using the recollections of various townsfolk, a picture is slowly built up of just "who" and "why" this horrendous act took place. The purpose is less to do with trying solve any mystery, as the deed was committed in broad daylight, by two brothers, who understood their sister had been dishonored by Nasar, it's more based on the determination to try and understand why no one was able to prevent the death from happening. Spare in tone and somewhat bizarre it's a clever piece of writing that explores the nature of complicity and fate, and of how an act of savage intent can effect so many lives over time. Márquez utilizes mysticism and spirituality in his writing that represents culture, and symbolizes meaning within the context of the work. The death of Santiago may not have been avoided, partially due to the strange inabilities of his characters to connect with their spiritual powers. Both Santiago’s mother and his god-mother are unable to ‘truly feel his demise’. Mostly random thoughts and actions of several different people contribute to altering the course of that murderous day, with the fate of Santiago totally left in the hands of others. Although a quick read, what I admired the most was the fact it's a deeper story than you think, it's not just the death of one, but the suffering of many, those who are burdened with failed responsibilities, the knives may have been in the hands of the killers, but seemingly the whole village also has a tight grip around them, this makes the story all the more powerful and ultimately sad in the end, leaving an open wound on the people, unlikely ever to heal.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mutasim Billah

    "On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on." A grand wedding. A gruesome murder. And a multitude of lives changed forever. Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a novella which recounts a fictionalized account inspired by an actual incident of honor-killing in Colombia back in 1951, now immortalized in this 1981 novella. The story is about the series of events leading up to a murder, and its aftermath. It is "On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on." A grand wedding. A gruesome murder. And a multitude of lives changed forever. Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a novella which recounts a fictionalized account inspired by an actual incident of honor-killing in Colombia back in 1951, now immortalized in this 1981 novella. The story is about the series of events leading up to a murder, and its aftermath. It is written in pseudo-journalistic style in the form of interviewed accounts staged 20 years after the tragedy. Fun fact: The novel led to a 17-year legal battle after a man claimed unlawful use of his life story for the novel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Ibrahim

    ما هذه القدره المذهله أعتقد أنِّى مهمـا قرأت لن أقرأ لأحد يكتب مثل ما يكتب ماركيز قصه لم تكن مبهره لكن غندما يكتبها ماركيز فهى كافيه كى يعبث فى جذورها وطرحها بهذا الاسلوب المذهل الذى طالما ادهشنى أحقاً يوجد أفضل من ماركيز ؟ لا أعرف وأحتاج الكثير والكثير لكى اجيب على هذا السؤال

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jokoloyo

    Before I started reading this book, Goodreads have already recorded 73,000 ratings and 3,500 reviews. When I was reading this book, I found out some friends had read this book at his/her school age. How lucky you are, my friends. This is a good novel. There are thousands correct ways to write a story. This novel used one of the rarely used ways. It was using non-linear timeline story, move back-and-forth between multi POV from a same morning when the incident occurred. It was not the first story Before I started reading this book, Goodreads have already recorded 73,000 ratings and 3,500 reviews. When I was reading this book, I found out some friends had read this book at his/her school age. How lucky you are, my friends. This is a good novel. There are thousands correct ways to write a story. This novel used one of the rarely used ways. It was using non-linear timeline story, move back-and-forth between multi POV from a same morning when the incident occurred. It was not the first story using it ("In The Groove" of Rashomon and Other Stories came to my mind), but Márquez added more factors into the story: unavoidable fate (no matter how good your intentions or how hard your efforts), or how some persons were weak-willed too afraid to intervene. In other words, this fiction injected some realistic factors in the novel, combined with skillful writing. I want to point the HAPPY ending for this novel. How genius Márquez put the real end of the story in the middle of the story (view spoiler)[at the end of part 4. I have re-read those a few last paragraphs of part 4, even in the middle of writing this review (hide spoiler)] . It was so beautiful (view spoiler)[romance/relationship/love story where the older Bayardo San Roman came to Angela Vicario, bringing unopened Angela's two thousands letters (hide spoiler)] .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed-Makram

    جريمة شرف في الجزء الأخر من العالم لم أكن أتصور أن الشرف له نفس المفهوم في أمريكا اللاتينية. ماركيز له اسلوب بديع جدا في سرد الأحداث و كانت هنا و كأنك تقرأ قصة بوليسية أو تشاهد فيلم سينيمائي. المشهد الأخير الذي يصور مصرع نصار هو الأروع في الرواية و هو ما رفع تقييمها من ثلاثة إلى أربعة نجوم

  13. 5 out of 5

    Araz Goran

    عندما يكتب ماركيز لا يسعنا سوى الدهشة لهذا السحر الذي ينبثق من قلم هذا الرجل , هذه الخفة الآخاذة والسرد الممتع والأحداث التي تتشكل في الرواية على شكل لوحة متناسقة تنبعث منها رائحة الأدب اللاتيني بكل سماته وسحره وتأثيرة الواقعي على القاريء.. رواية خفيفة ومشوقة , تشبه فيلماً سينمائياً تتشكل أحداثه ببطء وتصل الى النهاية المفتوحة التي لامفر من البحث فيها عن أجابات كثيرة ومتناقضة تكمن في جسد الرواية نفسها..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luís C.

    In a small Caribbean village, the inhabitants finally fall asleep after the great feast given at the wedding of Bayardo San Roman and Angela Vicario. But at two o'clock in the morning, the bridegroom suddenly brings Angela back to her parents' house. He repudiates her because she lied about her virginity at the time of the marriage. When the twins Pedro and Pablo Vicario, Angela's brothers, go home, they decide to avenge the family honor by killing Santiago Nasar, the one who, according to their s In a small Caribbean village, the inhabitants finally fall asleep after the great feast given at the wedding of Bayardo San Roman and Angela Vicario. But at two o'clock in the morning, the bridegroom suddenly brings Angela back to her parents' house. He repudiates her because she lied about her virginity at the time of the marriage. When the twins Pedro and Pablo Vicario, Angela's brothers, go home, they decide to avenge the family honor by killing Santiago Nasar, the one who, according to their sister, is responsible for his repudiation. Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a story of surprising strength despite its brevity. What power in the terms used, what suspense felt by the author's stroke of genius: begin with the end, that is, the death of Nasar before explaining to us the facts that led to this disaster. It is through a narrator who seems to investigate a posteriori on the death of Nasar that García Márquez explains the facts to us. Minute per minute, the situation is analyzed in depth and the different implications and reasons for the murder committed by the Vicario brothers gradually unfold. Desire of vengeance, of course. But not only. Obligation, for two young men, to launder family honor by shedding the blood of a man whose guilt is not yet established with certainty. In fact, neither Pablo nor Pedro seems delighted to commit this irreparable act. As the narrator explains the facts, one realizes that if the twins tell everyone what they are preparing to do, it is because they hope to be arrested before facts. They want someone, anyone, even a woman, to prevent them from killing Nasar. Or, at least, that their future victim be warned, so that Nasar can shelter himself or be able to defend himself. The Vicario brothers are not murderers, it is the habits and customs of their society that really killed Nasar. Indirectly, but as surely as the knives used by the twins. If the virginity of a woman before marriage was not so great in this small remote Caribbean village, if Angela had not lied about the identity of the official, if she had confessed to her future husband that she was not a virgin, if someone had warned Nasar if he had slept in the morning instead of getting up early to catch sight of the bishop's boat passing the river behind the village ... These are all very diverse and apparently unrelated elements that lead Nasar to his loss. We have more than once the impression that when the narrator speaks, it is actually García Márquez who expresses himself through him. Has the author himself investigated this fact, which has marked him to the point of inspiring him with a story? Mystery. However, despite this realism, the share of "magic", typical of the author, is not lacking. Thus, the village described here recalls Macondo, this imaginary village, the setting of García Márquez's Hundred Years of Solitude. And to be sure that his narrative marks the spirits, the author does not hesitate to make walk and talk a dying Santiago Nasar who, while holding the entrails that fall out of his belly, manages to go home making the turn of the house (the Vicario brothers killed him while Nasar was trying to go home by the front door, locked) to shout at a neighbor: "They killed me."

  15. 5 out of 5

    عبدالله ناصر

    آمن الجميع بحماقة هيتشكوك أحد أهم المخرجين السينمائيين في العالم عندما قرر أن يقتل بطلة فيلمه الجديد بعد عشرين دقيقة و لم يحُل بينه و بين ذلك رفض شركة الإنتاج تمويل فيلمه الشهير " سايكو " الذي حقق نجاحاً عظيماً فيما بعد - إن لم يعدّ أكثر أفلامه نجاحاً -. ماركيز ضارباً بالتشويق عرض الحائط يكتب بالسطر الأول نهاية روايته التي يقول عنوانها كل شيء تقريباً. بل يكرر ذلك في مقاطع أخرى بشيء من الاستفزاز. سانتياغو نصار المنحدر من أصول عربية يلقى مصرعه بأبشع ما يمكن حيث يتم تقطيعه إرباً بسكاكين خاصة بقتل ا آمن الجميع بحماقة هيتشكوك أحد أهم المخرجين السينمائيين في العالم عندما قرر أن يقتل بطلة فيلمه الجديد بعد عشرين دقيقة و لم يحُل بينه و بين ذلك رفض شركة الإنتاج تمويل فيلمه الشهير " سايكو " الذي حقق نجاحاً عظيماً فيما بعد - إن لم يعدّ أكثر أفلامه نجاحاً -. ماركيز ضارباً بالتشويق عرض الحائط يكتب بالسطر الأول نهاية روايته التي يقول عنوانها كل شيء تقريباً. بل يكرر ذلك في مقاطع أخرى بشيء من الاستفزاز. سانتياغو نصار المنحدر من أصول عربية يلقى مصرعه بأبشع ما يمكن حيث يتم تقطيعه إرباً بسكاكين خاصة بقتل الخنازير على يد الأخوين فيكاريو - بداعي الشرف - فالأخت التي عادت صبيحة اليوم التالي لزواجها المهيب و الذي كان الزواج الأشهر في القرية لم تكن عذراء. و بتحريض من خمر القصب و الحنق يخرج الأخوان بسكاكينهم الخاصة ليعلنوا للجميع بما في ذلك العمدة و الكولونيل و الكاهن و بقية أفراد القرية عن نية القتل. البعض لا يؤمن بقدرتهم على ذلك و البعض الآخر يعتقد أن لا حاجة لتحذيره فلم يحدث أن قُتِل أحدهم بهذه الدعايات الخرقاء. بينما تصمت البقية بكل لامبالاة و سلبية. حتى الكولونيل بكل وداعة قام بتجريدهم من أسلحتهم و صرفهم للنوم عندما التقى بهم قبيل حدوث الفاجعة بساعتين. عندما يقتلونه لاحقاً سنجدهما يركضان إلى الكنيسة للاعتراف ببرائتهما و بجريمة القتل أيضاً. ليس لدافع الشرف فقط بل لأنهما قد أخبرا الجميع و لم يثنهما أحد عن فعلتهما تلك! بكل كانا قد نصبا كمينهما في المكان الذي يمكَن الجميع من رؤيتهما و ياللسخرية فهو نفس المكان الذي من المستبعد جداً أن يسلك سنتياغو الطريق المؤدي إليه. و ماركيز إذ يتسائل عن القدر و مصير الإنسان و عاقبة أعماله لن يمنحك الفرصة حتى لتطمئن إلى أن سنتياغو نصار هو من هتك عذريتها. في الرواية يلقى اللوم بالكامل على المجتمع و يدين تصاعد العنف البشري و الوحشية التي لا يكف الإنسان عن تطويرها. استغرقت كتابة هذه الرواية ثلاثة عقود! لا، لم يكن يكتبها طوال تلك الفترة. بل كان يحملها في جنبه فسنتياغو ليس سوى كيتانو خينتلي صديق ماركيز المقرب! و الأخوين فيكاريو هما في الحقيقة تشيكا! و قد توسلت والدة ماركيز أن لا يدوّن هذه الأحداث في روايته و قد أطاعها حتى قضت أغلب الشخصيات الحقيقية نحبها - و إن تقدم عليه أحدهم بدعوى خاسرة في المحاكم الكولومبية مطالباً بتعويض لا يقل عن نصف مليون دولار -. فالرواية في طبعتها الأولى تجاوزت مليونين نسخة في رقم قياسي و فريد من نوعه. الراوي هو ماركيز و إن لم يصرّح بذلك يكفي أن نتذكر أن والدة الراوي تحمل اسم والدته كما سنجد ميرثيدس زوجته و أخته المفضلة مارغوت و أخويه أيضاً. رواية عبقرية تزيد عن المئة صفحة و ما لا يمكنني نسيانه أبداً هو مشهد سنتياغو نصار حين تأتيه الأصوات تدعوه للحذر من كل جانب و هو يمضي بكل عزم نحو الفاجعة.

  16. 5 out of 5

    B. Han Varli

    limandan dönmekte olan insanlar, bağrışmalardan telaşlanarak, cinayete tanık olabilmek amacıyla meydandaki yerlerini almaya başlamışlardı HEPİNİZ ORADAYDINIZ BE! belediye başkanı dahil kitaptaki tüm karakterler oradaydı be! marquez ile tanışmak için harika bir kitap kırmızı pazartesi... bence marquez okumak bir çeşit uyuşturucu, uyarıcı madde kullanmak türünden bir gerçeklik. bunu temel seviyede şöyle anlatabilirim, alkolün seni etkilemeye başladığı an hoşbulduk demek geliyor mu mesela içinden? o limandan dönmekte olan insanlar, bağrışmalardan telaşlanarak, cinayete tanık olabilmek amacıyla meydandaki yerlerini almaya başlamışlardı HEPİNİZ ORADAYDINIZ BE! belediye başkanı dahil kitaptaki tüm karakterler oradaydı be! marquez ile tanışmak için harika bir kitap kırmızı pazartesi... bence marquez okumak bir çeşit uyuşturucu, uyarıcı madde kullanmak türünden bir gerçeklik. bunu temel seviyede şöyle anlatabilirim, alkolün seni etkilemeye başladığı an hoşbulduk demek geliyor mu mesela içinden? o bilindik teslim oluyorum galiba hissi, nefesteki alkol kokusu, görüşte bulanıklık, algıda boş vermişlik. bir, vaha sanki alkollü sen hali, öyle değil mi? alkol yerine daha az uyarıcı olan kahveyi de düşünebilirsin pekala. marquez de bu gibi bir uyarıcı madde sanki. okurken yavaş yavaş teslim oluyorsun, büyülü gerçekliğine adım atıyorsun, ve, bam! harikalar diyarındasın. gerçeklik bükülmeye başlıyor, o bilindik karakterler evlerinden çıkmaya başlıyor, yeni tanıştığın karakterleri dinliyorsun ama daha önce dahil olduğun diyaloglar çağrışım yapıyor, başka tür bir oksijen yakıyorsun, görüşünü peri tozu etkiliyor, algıda gabriel garcia marquezcilik... büyü zaman zaman seni fizik yasaları ile sabit olan evrenine itiyor, düşünüyorsun, tekrar devam ediyor sonra. işleyen bir saat gibi ilerliyor elinde kitap. mükemmel bir deneyimsin sen marquez! kırmızı pazartesi ile ikinci kere giriş yaptım anlatmaya çalıştığım evrene. yine çok etkilendim, yine kitap bittiğinde tadı damağımda kaldı. bir türk okuru olarak (kitapta biraz aşağılanıyoruz da) seviyorum seni ve eserlerini, çok da şey yapma sen yine bize. param ile kendime dokunulmazlık kazandırdığımı düşünmüyorum mesela ben, her arap da türk değil, deve mi kaldı allasen, şimdi herkesin iki alman arabası var burada :( sanki iki kez uyanık olmak gibi bir şeydi kırmızı pazartesi, bak hala yazmak istiyorum hakkında, durdurun beni!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Libros Prestados

    Es exactamente lo que dice el título. En cierta manera me ha recordado a "A sangre fría", porque hace una crónica de unos hechos que, en esencia, ocurrieron. Pero mientras "A sangre fría" es no ficción, esta novela es ficción. Y lo curioso es que García Márquez imita tan bien la forma de crónica, que a veces parece ser más "no ficción" que la novela de Capote. Hay personas a quienes les pareció aburrido, a mí no. Hay quienes no soportan el estilo de García Márquez, no es mi caso. A mí me ha pareci Es exactamente lo que dice el título. En cierta manera me ha recordado a "A sangre fría", porque hace una crónica de unos hechos que, en esencia, ocurrieron. Pero mientras "A sangre fría" es no ficción, esta novela es ficción. Y lo curioso es que García Márquez imita tan bien la forma de crónica, que a veces parece ser más "no ficción" que la novela de Capote. Hay personas a quienes les pareció aburrido, a mí no. Hay quienes no soportan el estilo de García Márquez, no es mi caso. A mí me ha parecido una novela muy sólida, que hace una radiografía de una población pequeña (que en cierta manera podría representar la sociedad colombiana) donde las costumbres, la religión y el machismo crean un cóctel muy peligroso. Al final, García Márquez parece querer decir que ese crimen ocurrió porque el mundo está lleno de gente que "Pasa de follones" (conocidos como "padefos"), de personas que agachan la cabeza, se encogen de hombros y pasan la responsabilidad a cualquiera en vez de asumirla ellos mismos. Al final, ocurre porque nadie lo impide. Todos son, de alguna manera, responsables. Tal vez no culpables, pero sí responsables. Siempre he pensado que el fuerte de García Márquez no es la trama, sino la construcción del universo, así que sus relatos más cortos siempre me gustan más. No es la novela suya que más me gusta, pero me ha gustado.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amira Mahmoud

    قصة موت مُعلن أو بالأدق قصة "قتل" مُعلن يُعلن القتلة عن خطتهم للقتل يعلم الجميع بها ، ويحاول الجميع منعها لكن تتجمع مصادفات القدر كافة لتحول بينهم وبين محاولة منعهم لتلك الجريمة القدر يجعلنا غير مرئيين عندما شرعت في قرأتها، ووجدت أن الجريمة وسببها والضحية وحتى القتلة معروفين مسبقًا تعجبت، ماذا ترك ماركيز لباقي الرواية إذاً؟ أكملتها على أنه لا بأس ربما يقصد الغوص في التفاصيل، فالشر يكمن في التفاصيل وبالفعل تحدث ماركيز عن التفاصيل بل تفاصيل التفاصيل تفاصيل سطحية، وأحداث لا قيمة لها ! وصف لشخوص الرواية سطحي، قصة موت مُعلن أو بالأدق قصة "قتل" مُعلن يُعلن القتلة عن خطتهم للقتل يعلم الجميع بها ، ويحاول الجميع منعها لكن تتجمع مصادفات القدر كافة لتحول بينهم وبين محاولة منعهم لتلك الجريمة القدر يجعلنا غير مرئيين عندما شرعت في قرأتها، ووجدت أن الجريمة وسببها والضحية وحتى القتلة معروفين مسبقًا تعجبت، ماذا ترك ماركيز لباقي الرواية إذاً؟ أكملتها على أنه لا بأس ربما يقصد الغوص في التفاصيل، فالشر يكمن في التفاصيل وبالفعل تحدث ماركيز عن التفاصيل بل تفاصيل التفاصيل تفاصيل سطحية، وأحداث لا قيمة لها ! وصف لشخوص الرواية سطحي، وعلى كثرتهم لن تجذبك أو تؤثر فيك شخصية ما لم يجذبني إليها سوى فكرتها التي أخرجها ماركيز بشكل سطحي وهامشي أول تجاربي معه، تجربة بسيطة وسريعة لكن لا أستطيع منها تكوين فكرة عامة عن أدب ماركيز سأكررها في عمل ما أكبر وأغزر من تلك تمّت

  19. 5 out of 5

    Χαρά Ζ.

    _Chronicle of a Death Foretold_ oh God, I love Marquez

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amr Mohamed

    ما هو انا اللى غلطان اصلا , اذا كان لما قرأت مئة عام من العزلة اول مرة مقدرتش اكملها من الملل وقيمتها بنجمتين وبعد فترة بالعافية كملتها وقييمتها بتلات نجوم , وبيقولوا عليها احسن حاجة كتبها ومش عارف احسن رواية فى التاريخ ومعجبتنيش اوي , اقوم اقرأ قصة موت معلن ما أكيد مش هتعجبني . ده الرواية 100 صفحة وكنت عايز اخلص منها بسرعة من كتر الملل, الرواية بتحكي يا جماعة عن واحد اسمه سنتياغو ابراهيم نصَّار ده مش تهريج هو اسم ابوه ابراهيم وتقريبا من الطوابق في فيصل, المهم عم الحج سنتياغو عبد الحميد ده اتقتل ما هو انا اللى غلطان اصلا , اذا كان لما قرأت مئة عام من العزلة اول مرة مقدرتش اكملها من الملل وقيمتها بنجمتين وبعد فترة بالعافية كملتها وقييمتها بتلات نجوم , وبيقولوا عليها احسن حاجة كتبها ومش عارف احسن رواية فى التاريخ ومعجبتنيش اوي , اقوم اقرأ قصة موت معلن ما أكيد مش هتعجبني . ده الرواية 100 صفحة وكنت عايز اخلص منها بسرعة من كتر الملل, الرواية بتحكي يا جماعة عن واحد اسمه سنتياغو ابراهيم نصَّار ده مش تهريج هو اسم ابوه ابراهيم وتقريبا من الطوابق في فيصل, المهم عم الحج سنتياغو عبد الحميد ده اتقتل بس كدا , اقعد انا ليه بأه مئة صفحة اقرأ مات ازاى واللى حواليه كلهم كانوا عارفين انه هيموت , ماشي وبعديييين ما هو اتنيل مات , ايه الجديد بترغي ليه بأه , الله يرحمه يا سيدى عم سنتياغو عبد الحميد ده ويرحم امواتنا . مش ناقصة والنبي تضييع وقت فى رويات زى ده تانى, اخر تجاربي لماركيز , كنت ناوي اقرأ الحب فى زمن الكوليرا بس مش ناقصة ليجيليى انا اصلا كوليرا من ملل الرواية.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sine

    muhteşemdi, muhteşem! işleneceği baştan beri bilinen cinayeti nasıl anlatabilirsin diye düşünmüştüm kitaba başlarken. sanırım bundan güzel anlatılamazdı. başı ve sonu bir tutup sürekli o noktadan çıkıp ufak halkalar çizerek o noktaya dönmesiyle çiçek gibi bir kurgu yaptı adeta :) bayıldım. gördüğüm herkese öveceğim, insanları bıktıracağım kitaplardan biri oldu kırmızı pazartesi.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Ansbro

    I read this short masterpiece ages ago, but it only recently resurfaced in my mind, like a forgotten dream. It's a tense drama of murder foretold, written in the magical realism style for which Columbian novelist, Marquez, was lionised. I really need to read it again to reacquaint myself with its succulent excellence. (Ditto, Don Quixote, and so many other exquisitely-written novels that are now consigned to the backroom of my cluttered mind).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrei Bădică

    Frumos!

  24. 5 out of 5

    فهد الفهد

    أوصي بهذه الرواية دائماً كمدخل لعوالم ماركيز، قراءة (مئة عام من العزلة) قد تبدو مرهقة للبعض بكل واقعيتها السحرية وبكل شخصياتها وتداخل الأسماء فيها، هذه الروية أكثر واقعية، تروي قصة حقيقية عن جريمة معلنة كان الجميع يعلم بوقوعها ولكن لا أحد تدخل لإيقافها، هذه قصتنا كبشر في النهاية، نتابع الأحداث من حولنا ونفهم تداعياتها وإلى أين ستقودنا ولكننا لا نفعل شيئاً حتى يفوت الأوان، فكروا فقط بالـ حروب/ العنصرية/ الطائفية/ الأوضاع الاقتصادية/ الجريمة

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tugba

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez bunu nasıl yapıyor gerçekten bilmiyorum. Edebi yönü kuvvetli kitaplar yazıp aynı anda bu kadar temiz ve anlaşılır olmaktan bahsediyorum. Dahası anlatım dilindeki güzellikten, sihirden bahsediyorum. Santiago Nasar'ın öleceği kitabın daha ilk satırlarından beri belliyken, kitabı öyle etkileyici bir şekilde bitirdi ki.. O ölümü öyle detaylı ve şahane anlattı ki.. Beni hem bu ölümü önceden beri bilen hikaye karakterlerinden biri yaparak kendimi suçlu hissettirdi hem de sanki o Gabriel Garcia Marquez bunu nasıl yapıyor gerçekten bilmiyorum. Edebi yönü kuvvetli kitaplar yazıp aynı anda bu kadar temiz ve anlaşılır olmaktan bahsediyorum. Dahası anlatım dilindeki güzellikten, sihirden bahsediyorum. Santiago Nasar'ın öleceği kitabın daha ilk satırlarından beri belliyken, kitabı öyle etkileyici bir şekilde bitirdi ki.. O ölümü öyle detaylı ve şahane anlattı ki.. Beni hem bu ölümü önceden beri bilen hikaye karakterlerinden biri yaparak kendimi suçlu hissettirdi hem de sanki olaydan ancak son satırlarda haberim olmuşçasına şaşırttı, şoke etti. Aynı etkiyi Yüzyıllık Yalnızlık'ı okurken de hissetmiştim. O kadar ustaca bir yazım şekli ki bu, yazar sizi bildiğini sandığınız bir döngünün içinde, kaleminin ucunda evirip çevirip istediği kıvama getirdiği anda bırakıveriyor kalemi elinden. Yani sanki sizin sokmak istediği o duygu durumuna geldiğinizi anlıyor ve bunu anlar anlamaz hikayeyi orada bitiriyor. Siz de duvara çarpmış gibi oluyorsunuz. Evet tam olarak şu anda böyle hissediyorum. Sürpriz bir son yaratmasına gerek yok etkileyici olması için. Kendine öyle güveniyor ki Marquez, eninde sonunda okur üzerinde istediği etkiyi yaratacağını bilerek yazıyor satırlarını. Ona hayran olmaktan başka hiçbir şey gelmiyor elinizden. Bir insanın bilindik ölümü gibi etkileyici bir konu ile hikayeye giriş yapıyor yazar. Hiçbir şeyden habersiz, hakkında dayatılan bir iddia uğruna tam da piskoposu karşılamaya gideceği gün uğradığı saldırı sonrası öldürülen Santiago Nasar'ın hikayesini okuyoruz. Onun öldürüleceğinden haberdar olan fakat bunu engellemek için hiçbir şey yapmayan mahalle halkından herbirinin o anda aklından geçenleri ustalıkla satırlarına yansıtarak muhteşem bir toplumsal portre çizip koyuyor önümüze. Kitapta konu alınan bu cinayetin aslında gerçek olması, öyleki yıllar yıllar önce yazarın çocukluğunu geçirdiği kasabada yaşanmış bir cinayet olması hikayenin üzerinizdeki etkisini daha da artırıyor. Gabriel Garcia Marquez'in, eşsiz bir anlatımla bize sunduğu bu kısa romanı sadece tavsiye etmiyor, herkesin mutlaka okuması gerektiğini düşünüyorum. Sevgiyle ve Kitapla Kalın, Alıntılar: * "Bana bir önyargı verin, dünyayı yerinden oynatayım" * "Kader bizleri görünmez kılar."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deniz Balcı

    "Kırmızı Pazartesi" Marquez'in kendine has dilini/kurgusunu taşıyan, kısa ama vurucu bir roman. Herkesin işleneceğini bildiği ancak bir müdahalede bulunmadığı bir cinayete giden yolları ayrıntılı bir şekilde aktaran Marquez aslında toplumun sosyo kültürel yapısının, nasıl namus cinayetlerini legalleştirdiğini açıkça ortaya koyuyor. Namus cinayetleri bizim ülkemizde de aynı Kırmızı Pazartesi'de olduğu şekliyle yaşanageldi yıllardır. Toplumun her kesiminden insanın, namus cinayetlerini gerek ekonom "Kırmızı Pazartesi" Marquez'in kendine has dilini/kurgusunu taşıyan, kısa ama vurucu bir roman. Herkesin işleneceğini bildiği ancak bir müdahalede bulunmadığı bir cinayete giden yolları ayrıntılı bir şekilde aktaran Marquez aslında toplumun sosyo kültürel yapısının, nasıl namus cinayetlerini legalleştirdiğini açıkça ortaya koyuyor. Namus cinayetleri bizim ülkemizde de aynı Kırmızı Pazartesi'de olduğu şekliyle yaşanageldi yıllardır. Toplumun her kesiminden insanın, namus cinayetlerini gerek ekonomik sebeplerle, gerek dini sebeplerle, gerek "ahlaksal"(!) sebeplerle, gerek kişisel/ailesel sebeplerle normalleştirebilecek/meşrulaştırabilecek sebepleri var. Bu mide bulandırıcı durum, çeşitli sebeplerle kanıksattırılabiliyor. İşte kitabı okurken düşündüğüm bir şey varsa bizim çok kırmızı pazartesimiz, salımız, cumamız, perşembemiz olduğu. Kadın cinayetleri karşısında herkesin sorumluluğu olan bir ülkede yaşadığımızı düşünüyorum. Bu roman, benim bu sorgulamalarıma daha bütüncül ve üçüncü bir göz olarak bakmamı sağladı. İnsanın kendine hatırlatmalar yapması gereken hassas bir konu bu. Kesinlikle okumanızı tavsiye ederim.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emir Ibañez

    Un protagonista sin nombre nos cuenta el asesinato de Santiago Nasar a modo de crónica, veinte años después de los hechos. Con su prosa y estilo magistral, Marquez va desglosando momento a momento todo lo sucedido ese fatídico lunes, enganchando al lector pese a que se sabe todo lo que sucedió y sucederá, hace uso y desuso del tiempo a su gusto y pone al pueblo entero de protagonista. Por momentos me generó angustia, tristeza, un poco de asco, pero sobre todo mucha indignación. Es una lectura cort Un protagonista sin nombre nos cuenta el asesinato de Santiago Nasar a modo de crónica, veinte años después de los hechos. Con su prosa y estilo magistral, Marquez va desglosando momento a momento todo lo sucedido ese fatídico lunes, enganchando al lector pese a que se sabe todo lo que sucedió y sucederá, hace uso y desuso del tiempo a su gusto y pone al pueblo entero de protagonista. Por momentos me generó angustia, tristeza, un poco de asco, pero sobre todo mucha indignación. Es una lectura corta pero poderosa.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa J.

    I can't believe I had not written a review for this book. Since I'm constantly recommending it to people, I should have written a review at some point... but I didn't. Now is the time when I try to do it justice with this, as it is one of my fave books. Chronicle of a Death Foretold... that's exactly what this book is about: A death foretold. You may be asking yourselves, wtf is that? Well, that was pretty much my reaction in 2013 when I read this for the first time. Santiago Nasar is found dead. I can't believe I had not written a review for this book. Since I'm constantly recommending it to people, I should have written a review at some point... but I didn't. Now is the time when I try to do it justice with this, as it is one of my fave books. Chronicle of a Death Foretold... that's exactly what this book is about: A death foretold. You may be asking yourselves, wtf is that? Well, that was pretty much my reaction in 2013 when I read this for the first time. Santiago Nasar is found dead. He has been stabbed multiple times by a pair of twins (Pablo and Pedro Vicario), but really, that's nothing unusually remarkable - happens every day. What about his death makes it so impressive? The fact that the twins told EVERYONE they were going to kill him. Funny thing is NO ONE believed them, as they were supposedly the role model of the neighborhood - they would never do such a thing! That's just a joke! And btw, why would they even tell they're planning a murder? Yep, definitely a joke. Turns out they were speaking seriously. And that's why it is a chronicle of a death foretold. The story is narrated through interviews to people who were related to Santiago in some way - be it directly or indirectly. It follows the events that led to the death: How it happened, why they did it, and why no one did anything... or why they actually tried to do something when it was already too late. This book belongs to magical realism: What happens in it are things that theoretically are normal in real life, but they are so ridiculously improbable of actually happening that they are "magical." Why, you say? Well, this is not fantasy, obviously, but when you're reading the novel, you're always thinking, "please, this is NOT realistic. If someone was threatening to kill another person, people WOULD do something. They would not stay quiet." Yeah, I agree with that, since that was pretty much me when I read this for the first (and now second) time. But the thing is that the more you read, the more sense the things make. Improbable things suddenly become common and the usual becomes rare. That's the effect this writer provokes. Not only did he do that to me, but also the writing is so good (I read the original version in Spanish, so I don't know how the translations are) it grips you. He does not hide any of the facts and it's SHOWING, not telling – meaning the kind of writing we all love. Characterization is excellent too, even when you never know the characters by some kind of narrator telling you how they think. As I said, the book is written in interviews format, so all you know about everyone is what the author of the article for the newspaper knows, including his own opinions about them. I am really aware I am babbling right now, but I just wish you could just give this book a try. It's one of those classics that are worth it. It managed to approve the test of the 2015 rereads, which if I remember correctly, has just been approved by one series of all the books I reread. Anyway, please, please, PLEASE add this book. If you're a fan of magical realism, you should read this too. I know latin-american authors are not very popular, but at least give this one a try. He really deserves your reading time. I have not read anything else by this author, but I sure will. My mother has recommended me One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera... and I have plans of reading another one of his books. If you have read and liked one of those books, then this is just for you; if you didn't like them, then ehhhh; BUT if you're a newbie, I repeat: READ THIS.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ben Loory

    usually when i read garcia marquez i love it at first but then it just keeps circling and circling and eventually my brain shuts down and i pass out, but this time it just kept building and building and by the time i hit the end i thought i was going to explode. just one of the tensest and most mysterious books i've ever read in my life. also it was nice because i always read about marquez talking about how much he loves kafka but then i never see it in his books; this time around it was all rig usually when i read garcia marquez i love it at first but then it just keeps circling and circling and eventually my brain shuts down and i pass out, but this time it just kept building and building and by the time i hit the end i thought i was going to explode. just one of the tensest and most mysterious books i've ever read in my life. also it was nice because i always read about marquez talking about how much he loves kafka but then i never see it in his books; this time around it was all right there, it all made sense and yet was its own thing. just marvelous. i feel like i finally broke through some kind of wall and now can handle the whole marquez thing. Then they both kept on knifing him against the door with alternate and easy stabs, floating in the dazzling backwater they had found on the other side of fear.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Traveller

    Brilliantly told.... I've just re-read this novel; and I've just remembered why it stuck with me after reading it the first time. I have since learned that the novella is based on a true story, in which the author himself had been involved. This caused the book to carry even more of a disturbing impact for me. The novel (novella? it's rather short) starts off in detective/journalistic investigative fashion; at first it seems casual and desultory; the narrator seems to be merely reporting. However, Brilliantly told.... I've just re-read this novel; and I've just remembered why it stuck with me after reading it the first time. I have since learned that the novella is based on a true story, in which the author himself had been involved. This caused the book to carry even more of a disturbing impact for me. The novel (novella? it's rather short) starts off in detective/journalistic investigative fashion; at first it seems casual and desultory; the narrator seems to be merely reporting. However, in spite of the text having the discipline and surface appearance of a journalistic style, when you realise that the author himself was emotionally impacted by the events, it dawns on you that the author has been attempting to work through his own horror and grief and helplessness at the events described in the book. The disciplined style in which he narrates, and the way in which he arranges the seemingly eclectic (but upon reflection obviously thoughtfully arranged) recollections, adds to the haunting and reflective qualities of the narration. It is only at the very end of the book that the author exposes one to the more visceral horror of the events, and here the journalistic, almost dispassionate narrative style serves to very effectively portray the horror inherent in this death that was so thoroughly foretold. The material has been so cleverly arranged that the narration picks up in emotional impact as the "investigation" develops, and the story finishes off with a visceral climax that leaves you feeling as if you had been punched in the solar plexus. It is a brilliant look at a set of events that was precipitated not only by acts, but by a certain mindset, - a single sexual act (the deflowering of Angela Vicario) ended up affecting an entire town, and the effects could still be felt twenty seven years later. At the start of his investigation the author sets out to seek answers as to the "why" the death happened. Throughout the book he presents a thousand "if only's"; - of instances of how the death could have been avoided if only this or that had happened slightly differently. The townspeople seem to believe it was a fait accompli because it was either ordained by fate, or, since it was a deed of "honour" within a certain religious mindset, it "had to" be done. I get the feeling that these are not the sentiments of the author himself though, and that at the end, he is left with the same rage of helpless incomprehension; which is yet subtly laced with a certain fatalistic acceptance, that he leaves the reader with. The most ironic twist for me was that it was the victims' own mother, who, at the very end, while actually trying to save her son, unwittingly finally sealed his fate. PS. It would seem that whomever did the Goodreads description introducing the novel, got hold of the wrong plot. It doesn't describe quite the correct set of events that take place in the novel, or even the actual POV of the novel, but oh, well...

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