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5.0 out of 5 stars A story on injustice and violence
No one writes to the Colonel was written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Paris, when the newspaper where he worked closed and he resumed to poverty. It is the story of a Colombian Revolution Colonel who has been waiting for his veteran-pension for 15 years. He lives with his sick wife a monotonous but strenuous life, where everyday is a miracle to be able to survive. It is a...
Published on 13 Feb 2007 by Ines Vasconcelos

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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, but depressing read
Having read this amongst many, many hispanic writers, I can fairly say that unless you are a devout fan of Marquez, this is not the most encouraging of reads. The story follows that of an old man and his never-ending wait, with his wife and rooster, it depicts perfectly the pointlessness of life and the misery of nothingness. In fact this is very depressing. In this sense...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story on injustice and violence, 13 Feb 2007
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Ines Vasconcelos (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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No one writes to the Colonel was written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Paris, when the newspaper where he worked closed and he resumed to poverty. It is the story of a Colombian Revolution Colonel who has been waiting for his veteran-pension for 15 years. He lives with his sick wife a monotonous but strenuous life, where everyday is a miracle to be able to survive. It is a slow pace story, to match the slow and sad life of the characters, to transmit the resignation and hope of this man. It is a story about politics and dictatorship. It doesn't make you fell sorry for the couple, but rather fell angry about that country, it's fake revolution and it's politicians. It is a story on injustice and violence, a man that after serving for his country is condemned to survive without money, trying to keep his son's dream and death alive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad tale, 23 Jun 2014
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Well written and actually rather short for a novel. Thank God there was no real 'magical realism' in this novel and it's charm and simplicity make this highly readable. One of the authors best novels without doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic or comic?, 16 Jun 2014
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Marquez originally conceived this as a comic novel -- a little like Moliere's work, however, it drops beneath the surface comedy to hit a deep and tragic malaise. But it is not 'heavy' at all; the Colonel's lonely struggle against adversity remains 'light' but can "lie too deep for tears". Without moralizing, Marquez's central character shows dogged determination to carry on with the struggle, which he knows he will lose. He does it because that IS life! f you don't read Spanish, get a translation (from Amazon preferably!) or you'll miss a very welcome addition to your recommended reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, but depressing read, 22 Jan 2005
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Having read this amongst many, many hispanic writers, I can fairly say that unless you are a devout fan of Marquez, this is not the most encouraging of reads. The story follows that of an old man and his never-ending wait, with his wife and rooster, it depicts perfectly the pointlessness of life and the misery of nothingness. In fact this is very depressing. In this sense it does its job perfectly.
It is rightfully not the best known of Marquez's novels, and therefore recommend 'chronicas de una muerte anunciada' as a much more satisfying novel for those who have already read 'Cien años de soledad' and 'Amor en el tiempo de cholera'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 23 Oct 2014
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Una historia de triste espera
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5.0 out of 5 stars How an old man waits and waits for his pension money., 10 May 2001
The general is retired and very poor. His wife and him live in near poverty, with only a pet rooster for company. It's a sad and touching story, about human nature, the endurance of the soul, and the hope that never dies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spanish novel, 19 Nov 2012
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The book was bought for a Spanish course. The title of the book does not give a clue to the content. I have started reading it and have found difficulty in understanding the story. Hopefully as my studies continue it will become easier
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