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3.0 out of 5 stars Tragic little tale, 17 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: No One Writes to the Colonel (Picador Books) (Paperback)
Having read both Marquez's classics, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, this came as something of an anticlimax. It's more of a short story, almost Kafkaesque, about an aging Colonel waiting to receive the pension he'd earned years before as a revolutionary. Each week he hopes for news, but no one writes to him, as the title tells us. Meanwhile he and his wife starve, wondering whether to hold onto a rooster they have, to win some money in a fight, or to sell it and get what they can.

It's quite an enjoyable read, though despite its brevity I found it confusing in places, and it nowhere near matched the excellence of the aforementioned classics.
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