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Chronicle of a Death Foretold: 06/12/10

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Gabriel García Márquez is best known for One Hundred Years of Solitude. I have many book blogger friends who love his most famous book but my husband hates it. Now I'm not the sort of person who can't read something my husband hates but I know my own tastes and I feel that I'll end up agreeing with him.

So rather than jump into his most famous book, I decided to try something else. I picked Chronicle of a Death Foretold because it was the shortest book available.

I read the book but I have to admit that I had as little luck with it as I've had with Heart of Darkness. I got the general idea about a previous murder being the impetus for a second murder years later. Many different people had the chance to set things right and prevent the killing. Complacency, grudges and so forth get in the way of compassion.

But did I connect with the book or feel the urge to read more of his work? No. 

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Comment #1: Sunday, June, 13, 2010 at 12:54:29


Dear pussreboots,

I agree with your point of view-what gets in the way of compassion. Insightful.

Are you actually from Hayward, CA, my hometown?

Girl in L.A.

Comment #2: Monday, June 14, 2010 at 19:04:25


I'm originally from San Diego but I'm living up in the hills above Hayward now.

Comment #3: Sunday, June, 13, 2010 at 22:32:00


I didn't like 100 years, either. In fact, I quit reading it because, while I didn't hate it, I didn't see any reason to continue. I disliked the characters, mostly.

Oh well!

Comment #4: Monday, June 14, 2010 at 19:06:23


I guess his books are an aquired taste that I haven't aquired yet. Since the book was so short, I plowed through it. Any longer and I would have stopped.

Comment #5: Monday, June, 14, 2010 at 22:15:47

Susan Helene Gottfried

Garcia Marquez is difficult, absolutely. But the struggle through Hundred Years is worth it; I cried at the end, it was so beautiful.

Comment #6: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 18:53:21


Maybe sometime when I'm in a quiet place and don't have a million things going at once.

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