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Shvoong Home>Books>No One Writes to the Colonel Review

No One Writes to the Colonel

Book Review   by:KarlGrob     Original Author: Gabriel García Márquez
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This abstract was translated from El coronel no tiene quien le escriba
 
The magic of Garcia Marquez shines in this short novel. It is a story that we chains, which fascinates us, which makes us feel the anguish of their protagonitas, an old retired colonel who carries 15 long years waiting for a letter on his pension, and an elderly, sick, tormented by asthma, she sees her husband cares more a rooster that their own welfare. [BR][BR]That silent agony they want to hide harmonizes with the anguish of people who are under siege. It''s horrible waiting, it is a conviction, a useless sacrifice, it is waiting for a pension that does not go in a fight like a rooster to serve as a salvation. [BR]There are no more resources to continue living, hunger seizes the humble dwelling, women sometimes have to put the pot, with nothing, so that the neighbors are not aware of hunger and extreme poverty in which they live these two wretched of life. [BR]But not only is the spectre of famine which reigns in this family. It is the death of beloved son who dies in the hands of the authorities while on a gallera with his cock fighting. The memory of the dead child and the presence of the rooster tied to the bed or in the kitchen relive that moment distressing that the child is lost. [BR]The agony and suffering makes the wife exclame with despair: "That damn rooster was his downfall" It is sin to take bread from the mouth to echaárselo a rooster "... But the colonel is not desperate, he knows and trusts that his rooster change its status, their economic situation. [BR]The story of anguish of this couple is similar to the tragedy of the people. The fear of dictatorship, abuse of the government. There is no peace, nor in the church, anywhere. It pursued and asesian the enemies of the government.
But the revolutionary movement is not dead, because there is a continuing clandestine propaganda. [BR]The hopes of a "Messiah" which does not, of a leader who is able to draw people of the uncertainty, which will remove this government is unjust simbolozado in the cock of colonel. [BR]The novel begins with the burial of the last to be dying a natural death in the village. Day after day are murdered opponents to régmen ... Is a wait as it is waiting for the old colonel who goes every Friday in search of the letter does not arrive ... [BR]There''s nothing to sell, have sold all objects in the home and what little remains nobody wants to buy. The old administers the little that wins and the old seeks ways to keep your cock ... [BR]Then decide to sell the rooster, offer bueas offers, but is deceived by her man, a traitor who drew revolutionary departure with its alliance with the enemy, the old Sabás who suffers from diabetes, which has no conscience, and who is a vividor greedy ... And Colonel returns with his rooster, and returned empty handed, and found his wife sick, upset and discussed ... Desperate and she calls and tells him: What are we going to eat? .. And the silence takes control of the home, the little cabin ... And the silence is eaten and the time the colonel transcure quickly, and the old looks and exclaims without considering its response MIERDA!
Published: March 30, 2008   
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