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5.0 out of 5 stars Life, grit and glory, 14 Feb 2003
This review is from: News of a Kidnapping (Paperback)
This is the fictional account of a turbulent time when Pablo Escobar kidnapped several journalists and relatives of government ministers. I can describe exactly what happened with this book, I bought it about 5 years ago and started it but it was a little slow and I left it. Then I started to read it again this year and I saw how he described people with intricate detail and he he highlighted the absurdities of the situation - that government ministers are forced to negotiate with criminals to release their wives of their sister even though they are forbidden to give the perception that they are negotiating with them.
He describes people as real people twisted and tortured because they know what is right and also what they have to do to survive. Sometimes they are forced to compromise, both the criminals and the victims because they both have needs and to achieve their goals they have to work together. I still haven't finished it but I am relishing every moment with it...
One of the things Márquez captures is the idea that life is brutal and serious but also a game. When I went to Peru that seemed to be the attitude of most people.
Also Márquez seems determined to contrast the local traditions with the severity of the situation. The Antioquian area where Medellin is situated and where kidnappings are rampant and government corruption and massacres are huge is one the most well known for its hospitality and for the 'goodness' of its people (something familiar to Northern Ireland)....
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