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All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund
Are You Afraid Yet? by Stephen James O'Meara
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
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Dead End by Helen R. Myers
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Grampa's Zombie BBQ by Kirk Scraggs
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
How to Host a Killer Party by Penny Warner
The Kayla Chroincles by Sherri Winston
The Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola
Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles de Lint
Little Quack's Hide and Seek by Lauren Thompson
The Man Who Did Something About It by Harvey Jacobs
Owly Volume 1: The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton
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Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House #22) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
The Soul of the Rhino by Hemanta Mishra
Spot Visits His Grandparents by Eric Hill
The Texicans by Nina Vida
The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell
Twister on Tuesday (Magic Tree House #23) by Mary Pope Osborne
Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown and Leo Dillon
The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
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Comments for Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold: 06/12/10

A Chronicle of a Death Foretold cover art (Link goes to Powells) 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

Clare

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

Pussreboots

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

Linda

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

Pussreboots

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

Pussreboots

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