Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Paperback, 128 pages

English language

Published Jan. 4, 2014 by Penguin.

ISBN:
978-0-241-96862-8
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OCLC Number:
915488003

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4 stars (43 reviews)

Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a compelling, moving story exploring injustice and mob hysteria by the Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.

'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'

Santiago Nasar is brutally murdered in a small town by two brothers. All the townspeople knew it was going to happen - including the victim. But nobody did anything to prevent the killing. Twenty seven years later, a man arrives in town to try and piece together the truth from the contradictory testimonies of the townsfolk. To at last understand what happened to Santiago, and why. . .

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Review of 'Cronica De Una Muerte Anunciada' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Una tragedia hermosa. García Márquez nos lleva paso a paso por una cadena de malos entendidos, cada cual es tragedia en sí misma: el bárbaro prejuicio sobre la virginidad, el ideal de venganza, la ignorancia, falta de comunicación, y mero accidente.

El genio de García Márquez—aparte de su maestría del idioma, por supuesto—es que relata sin juzgar. Los eventos trascurren, los personajes no son ni buenos ni malos sino simplemente caracteres humanos atrapados en sus circunstancias. Sus acciones no son de ellos mismos, sino que están dictadas por el ambiente en que se han formado. Y asi narrando, el autor nos guia a reflejar sobre nosotros mismos, nuestra cultura e influencias que nos forman. ¿Como podemos sobrepasar nuestro ambiente y superarnos como seres humanos concientes y despiertos?

Review of 'Chronicle of a death foretold' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

"Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a short and spellbinding novella bordering on the hallucinatory. Telling the increasingly complex story of an honor killing in a small Colombian town thirty years previously, "Chronicle" demonstrates the power of literature to play with the senses and takes the reader on a 120-page journey into the darker parts of humanity that leaves far more questions than it does answers. The story centers around the aftermath of a the wedding of a mysterious stranger to the beautiful Angela Vicaro. After a lavish, expensive wedding, the groom returns the bride to her home, claiming that she is not a virgin. She names someone as her lover, leading to his death by her brothers. This however is only the bare outlines of the story. Told in a sort of journalistic style the narrator (a witness to the events) retells the events of …

Review of 'Chronicle of a death foretold' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a short novel I would never have picked up if it hadn't been good advice from Ariel and Doug. This is a cautionary tale of the kind of senseless horror that happens when an isolated community makes harsh demands on women and then demands accountability when these demands are not met. It's brutal revenge in the name of honor, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez reaches out of the page and makes everyone an accomplice. It is an artful allegory and an excellent example of the magical realism style for which the author is known.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold can be read in a day, so if you have a day, it's worth the read.

Review of "Chronique D'Une Mort Annoncee" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Raconter un crime en commençant par la fin, en dévoilant le nom des coupables dès le début est une idée tout à fait géniale. j’ai adhéré à ce concept étonnant et j’ai attaqué le livre avec curiosité. On ne peut que s’effarer devant la tournure des événements, s’interroger sur la fatalité, la part de responsabilité de chacun. je m’attendais toutefois à plus trépidant. Lecture sympathique et agréable, malgré la fin (ou le début ?) légèrement sanglante.

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