Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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This spare book is thus an examination of the nature of complicity and fate, and of how a searing event can alter many lives over time. ...Yet it is an exquisite performance, for its evocation of a frontier village ethos if nothing else.
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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 murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. brYet 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#8212;is put on trial.
 

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. After studying law and journalism at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, he became a journalist. In 1965, he left journalism, to devote himself to writing. Acclaimed for both his craft and his imagination, he has been called a master of myth and magical realism (a style of literature that makes use of fantastical, highly improbable, and sometimes supernatural events and characters). In his novels and stories he has created a fictional world out of his memories of the dust, rain, and boredom of life in an isolated Colombian community. His stories depict a world shaped by myth, history, politics, and nature. Garcia Marquez first created Macondo, his fictional town, in his short story collections Leaf Storm (1955) and No One Writes to the Colonel (1961), but it was the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) that brought both Macondo and Garcia Marquez to world attention. One Hundred Years of Solitude traces a century in the town's history, from its founding through its destruction by a cyclone. Skillfully blending the fantastic, the mythical, and the commonplace in a humorous and powerful narrative, Garcia Marquez tells a moving tale of people locked in an isolation, partly of their own making and partly due to U.S. and European cultural and political domination of Latin America. With this work, Garcia Marquez established himself internationally as a major novelist, and his reputation has continued to grow since he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982.
 
Published October 15, 2014 by Vintage. 130 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Law & Philosophy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 30 2011

But, while In Evil Hour threaded the message with wit, fanciful imagination, and storytelling flair (the traits which have made Garcia Marquez popular as well as honored), this new book seems crammed, airless, thinly diagrammatic.

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Reviewed by Leonard Michaels on Mar 27 2008

The murder of Santiago Nasar will stand among the innumerable murders of modern literature as one of the best and most powerfully rendered, superior even to the great...

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Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER LEHMANN-HAUPT on Mar 25 2008

In short, one expects from ''Chronicle of a Death Foretold'' another powerful dose of the fabulous and surreal...''Chronicle'' is not nearly so fantastic as Garcia Marquez's earlier novels.

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Reviewed by Peter Grier on Jul 11 2010

This spare book is thus an examination of the nature of complicity and fate, and of how a searing event can alter many lives over time. ...Yet it is an exquisite performance, for its evocation of a frontier village ethos if nothing else.

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