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Book Title: La hojarasca|
The author of the book: Gabriel García Márquez
ISBN 13: 9780307350473
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 972 KB
Edition: Plaza y Janes
Date of issue: February 7th 2006
Reader ratings: 8.5
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This was my first ever Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel (or novella really). It tells the story of a strange doctor whose funeral we attend at the very beginning. We then jump back into the story of who this doctor is and how he has affected the entire village of Macondo. A colonel decides to give the doctor this funeral even though the entire village believes the doctor should be left to rot. The novel is narrated by the colonel, his daughter, and her son.
The atmosphere of this novel teeters on the edge of magical realism. While nothing overly magical happens, all the events have a somewhat mystical air about them (it’s the same kind of atmosphere that you find in Toni Morrison’s novels). Garcia Marquez’s highly unique and simplistic prose aids in the creation of this world.
I do have some qualms with the structure of this book however. Garcia Marquez employs a strange multiple stream-of-consciousness narrative between the three narrators which honestly causes nothing but confusion. You can be a couple of pages into a chapter before you know who’s actually telling the story. There were a couple of chapters where I actually had no idea whose POV I was reading. This is a very early work by Garcia Marquez so I’ll forgive him for this strange narrative; he hasn't become our beloved Gabo yet.
Overall I really did enjoy this book. It’s clear that it is somewhat of a flawed work but its flaws can simply be put down to youth and inexperience (this was written when Gabo was only 21). I'm excited to see what Garcia Marquez holds for me in the future.
Read information about the authorGabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. García Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
He studied at the University of Bogotá and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador and as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas and New York. He wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best-known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magical realism, which uses magical elements and events in order to explain real experiences. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo, and most of them express the theme of solitude.
(Arabic: جابرييل جارسيا ماركيز) (Hebrew: גבריאל גארסיה מרקס)
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