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Gripping true story, but not the Marquez we know,
By A Customer
This review is from: News of a Kidnapping (Hardcover)
If you go in here expecting magic realism, remembering Love in the Time of Cholera and looking for that delightful language that, even in translation, is Marquez's trademark, you won't find it here. This is the grim realism of Marquez the journalist, taking up the most important issue tearing his beloved Colombia apart: the drug trade and the senseless violence that went with it. Here, in remorseless detail, he takes up the events leading up to the Pablo Escobar 'surrender': the brutal kidnappings by the Extraditables, the political machinations, Escobar's arrogant control over everything that happened. For me who knew of Escobar and the Colombian drug trade only through newspaper reports, the book was a remarkable insight into the daily horrors that the existence if the criminally armed drug traders and their cronies in Medellin meant for the people of Colombia. One can understand why the country had such insanely high crime rates. While the story itself is gripping, one cannot escape the feeling that more has been left out than said, and I will certainly be reading more about this intractable subject. The prose are nothing much to speak of (amazing in a Marquez novel), the English translation appears stilted and at times reads like a too-long newspaper report. A fascinating and shocking story.