2016/09/10

BOOK REVIEW:
CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD BY GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ

Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Author: Garbiel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa (translator)
Published: 1981
Language: English (translated from Spanish)
Pages: 120
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
27 years after a murder has occurred, a man returns to the town to piece together what really happened.


Review:
This is my first Márquez I've read and it was lovely. This book is weird and absurd but fascinating and I sped through it in a manner of a few hours.

The writing is simple but elegant. At first the whole plot seems pretty straightforward and you think you've got people figured out, but slowly it's revealed what actually happened. There is still some things shrouded in mystery at the end, but I really liked that. I especially thought the characters were excellent, especially the women, and you get a good feel of the town this is set in and the community there.

Personally, I found it helpful to read a bit more about this book after I finished it (which is something I often do), and it made me understand more of the use of symbols and rituals.

This is definitely a book to read if you like these sorts of stories, and it has made me want to read much more of Márquez works. I think it works well as an introduction to his writing style, if you're not up for reading one of his longer novels.
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