Chronicle of a Death Foretold Paperback – 11 Jan 1996
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"Exquisitely harrowing . . . very strange and brilliantly conceived . . .a sort of metaphysical murder mystery."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"This investigation of an ancient murder takes on the quality of a hallucinatory exploration, a deep, groping search into the gathering darkness of human intentions for a truth that continually slithers away." -"The New York Review of Books
""Brilliant . . . A small masterpiece . . . we can almost see, smell and hear Garcia Marquez's Caribbean backwater and its inhabitants."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"As pungent and memorable as a sharp spice, an examination of the nature of complicity and fate . . . an exquisite performance." -"The Christian Science Monitor
""A tour de force . . . In prose that is spare yet heavy with meaning, Garcia Marquez gives us not merely a chronicle but a portrait of the town and its collective psyche . . . not merely a family but an entire culture." -"The Washington Post Book World
" Exquisitely harrowing . . . very strange and brilliantly conceived . . .a sort of metaphysical murder mystery." -- "The New York Times Book Review"
" This investigation of an ancient murder takes on the quality of a hallucinatory exploration, a deep, groping search into the gathering darkness of human intentions for a truth that continually slithers away." - "The New York Review of Books
"" Brilliant . . . A small masterpiece . . . we can almost see, smell and hear Garcia Marquez' s Caribbean backwater and its inhabitants." -- "San Francisco Chronicle"
" As pungent and memorable as a sharp spice, an examination of the nature of complicity and fate . . . an exquisite performance." - "The Christian Science Monitor
" "A tour de force . . . In prose that is spare yet heavy with meaning, Garcia Marquez gives us not merely a chronicle but a portrait of the town and its collective psyche . . . not merely a family but an entire culture." - "The Washington Post Book World
" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.
Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society--not just a pair of murderers--is put on trial. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The account is based on a true event which took place in the Colombian town of Sucre during Gabriel García Márquez's earlier years, though the names have been changed in this account. This highlights the fact that this book was not written to be a journalistic reconstruction. First and foremost it is a story - a story of a vicious stabbing against a front door, a murder of revenge, foretold (or "announced" as it may also be translated) in advance all over the town.
The book does not need to be long because it does not set out to provide the thrills and spills of a typical crime novel. It is as cool and evocative as The Godfather, but the gorgeous Latin American stylings serve a higher purpose. Márquez's theme is collective responsibility. Is the whole town responsible for allowing this "death foretold"? Is a whole culture responsible? To what extent is this murder justifiable as a crime of passion?
Márquez puts these questions to the reader by dissecting the events, in the process shedding light upon all the relevant circumstances, motives, culprits, victims and consequences in his simple yet poetic manner.
This is a master storyteller in his element, confronting difficult themes while presenting a plethora of believable characters. It is so concise you could read the book in the time it takes to watch a film, but Chronicle of a Death Foretold is well worth savouring and rereading.
Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning onthe Monday he was going to be killed by the twins Pedro and Pablo Vicario.The narrator is told by Placida Linero, Santiago Nasar's mother, thatwithin the hour, her 21 year old son would be dead.
Why did the twins want to kill the proprietor of The Divine Face, theranch he had inherited from his father? Why did they chose that particularmorning, when the bishop was due to visit the village? Why wasn't SantiagoNasar aware of the fact that somebody had shoved an envelope under thedoor of his house with a written document warning him that he was goingkilled, stating in addition the place, the motive and other quite precisedetails of the plot? How could the murder have been committed despite thefact that nearly all the inhabitants of the town knew that it wasinevitably going to happen?
The investigation of this murder takes thequality of a hallucinatory exploration into the past. The narrator's questfor the truth leads him into the darkness of human intentions, a truththat perpetually seems to slither away. This small masterpiece is one ofthe greatest classics of the 20th century.
"Chronicle of a Death Foretold" has many ingredients that make it a wonderful book. In my opinion the most important ones are García Marquez's brilliant prose, and the risk he took by doing the unthinkable: bluntly telling the reader the end of the story in the first pages of the book.
However, I think I should also highlight that the story itself is excellent: a wedding, a bride returned to her family in disgrace, her brothers forced by their code of honor to kill her previous lover, and announcing to all that want to hear them that they intend to do so. This is indeed the "Chronicle of a Death Foretold"... Everyone knows who is going to die, except for the intended victim and his mother.
On the whole, this book is incredibly good and somewhat picturesque. The story takes place many years ago, in a provincial town with different values from those we have nowadays, and García Márquez manages to make the reader understand that. I couldn't ignore the sense of fatalism that pervades the book, probably due to the fact that something is already certain: things will turn out badly in the end.
Despite that, even though we know from the first page what is going to happen, we still want to find out why did it happen.Read more ›
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Written more like an official report than the oral folk tales more often produced by García Márquez, this shows his mastery of a different form, with an account of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Torrox
Santiago Nasar is going to die. This is what we are told on page one of this short but evocative novel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Moonless
Already read and wanted to give it as a present to a friend.Published 6 months ago by Isabella Howat
"Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1981) is a difficult, enigmatic short novel by the celebrated Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robin Friedman
I have just read it again, many years after my first reading, and it has lost nothing of its very clever intrigue. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Will Mac