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4.0 out of 5 stars tremendous use of language
These are short stories written with long sentences - sentences
that say more than many authors can in a whole chapter of writing.If you haven't read Marquez before,read these stories -
their brevity gives you a chance to recover from the shock of the distance from the start of a sentence to its end!
Marquez is a master at making readers want to belive the...
Published on 21 Sept. 2005

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2.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of fantasy only
There are 26 stories in this collection, varying from short to very short, and from quite entertaining in a weird kind of way to just plain weird in a boring kind of way. These stories tend to strengthen my view that magical realism is an oxymoron and best avoided if you prefer real life to fantasy. I've read much better stories from this author, when he's kept off the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars tremendous use of language, 21 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Collected Stories (Paperback)
These are short stories written with long sentences - sentences
that say more than many authors can in a whole chapter of writing.If you haven't read Marquez before,read these stories -
their brevity gives you a chance to recover from the shock of the distance from the start of a sentence to its end!
Marquez is a master at making readers want to belive the unreal as he moves from one fantastic image to another,always linking the images with something known and tangible.When I read my first ever Marquez sentence,I smiled - his writing causes an immediate and positive reaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an imagination, 26 Oct. 2010
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If your mind goes as far as the street outside, turns around and goes back in the house - read this and your imagination may get the idea. Magical realism at it's best, so good Louis de Bernieres did a good job of imitating it, can't blame him!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The growth of a genius, 17 Oct. 2002
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Essentially a 'collected collected stories', this pulls together collections from 1947, 1962 and 1972 and as a result the worst material (if you can call it that) comes first.
The Eyes Of A Blue Dog stories betray the author's young age (he was 19), with a darker, more morbid subject matter that Marquez fans will be familiar with. The stories aren't as compelling or rich - but this is compensated for with the other two collections, which are as beautifully written as you'd expect, with some wonderful strangeness invading familiar towns.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of fantasy only, 2 April 2014
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There are 26 stories in this collection, varying from short to very short, and from quite entertaining in a weird kind of way to just plain weird in a boring kind of way. These stories tend to strengthen my view that magical realism is an oxymoron and best avoided if you prefer real life to fantasy. I've read much better stories from this author, when he's kept off the magic and stuck closer to reality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Of course, from Marquez I expect to be in awe, and always am, 20 Jan. 1999
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Marquez breifly meet Hemingway. Actually he saw him from across the street. He said Hemingway had a passion and relentless fever to write, unsurpassed by no other writer in history. Marquez considers Hemingway to be worthy of his aspirations. It is clear however, in this collection of his short stories, that Marquez needs little improvement in producing images that express passions and feelings deep enough and rich enough to drink. Marquez sets the scene, with the use of a small amount of words. The language is acurrate, and filled with immediate images for the reader. Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short stories exemplify the authors control of his language, and ability to produce such memorable moods and emotions with such little amounts of letters.Translated from Spanish or not, the images are still there. Hemingway has a rival in dynamic simplicity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 Dec. 2014
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decent enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't hold my interest.., 15 Aug. 2011
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This collection didn't hold my interest, unfortunately - I gave up part way through. A disappointment, especially since I have enjoyed his other work so much (especially Love in the Time of Cholera). Felt overwrought and lacked substance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift., 14 Mar. 2013
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This was a gift sof someone else. I think it was well recieved. I'm hoping to get to read it myself soon.
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