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Shvoong Home>Books>Biographies>Living to Tell the Tale Review

Living to Tell the Tale

Book Review   by:ChristinaC     Original Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez (tran ChristinaC)
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This abstract was translated from Vivir para contarla
 
Bogota, April 9, 1948, just before elections, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, leader and candidate for the Colombian Liberal party ( el partido liberal colombiano),is assasinated. Two young law students, one cuban, the other colombian, without knowing it, live with very distinct perspectives of social violence and are both incited by the assassination, unemployment, fires, and the clashes with the army; the terrible tragedy that has been baptized the Bogotazo. Each one starts a journey that will bring them to look at the world, one as a leader in the Cuban revolution. the other turning into the Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who offers in this novel, the memories of his early childhood and youth. It is narrated in his own voice, the same voice that we have come to identify in characters and stories that have decorated his works such as Leaf Storm, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the time of Cholera, No one Writes to the Coronel,Of Love and Other Demons,or Chronicle of a Death Foretold, making Living to Tell the Tale, an essential book to understand his entire body of work. It finds the real part of 'magic realism' which is described without losing a bit of its magic. Unforgettable couples like in Macondo are put in new perspective with the story of these memories, which tell us the life of Gabo from his birth in Aractaca, Colombia, the life which Marquez tells us is not the one that he lived, but is only one that he remembers and can only tell the tale of which he remembers.
Published: February 02, 2006   
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