Gabriel García Márquez: A Critical Companion by Rubén Pelayo

By Rubén Pelayo

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garc^D'ia M^D'arquez had already earned super recognize and recognition within the years major as much as that honor, and continues to be, to this point, an energetic and prolific author. Readers are brought to Garc^D'ia M^D'arquez with a brilliant account of his attention-grabbing lifestyles; from his friendships with poets and presidents, to his exotic occupation as a journalist, novelist, and chronicler of the imperative Latin American adventure. This better half additionally is helping scholars situate Garc^D'ia M^D'arquez in the canon of Western literature, exploring his contributions to the fashionable novel quite often, and his forging of literary recommendations, relatively magic realism, that experience come to tell apart Latin American fiction.

Full literary research is given for One Hundred Years of Solitude, in addition to Chronicle of a dying Foretold (1981), Love throughout the time of Cholera (1985), extra novels, and 5 of Garc^D'ia M^D'arquez's most sensible brief tales. scholars are given tips in figuring out the old contexts, in addition to the characters and topics that recur in those interrelated works. Narrative process and substitute severe views also are explored for every paintings, aiding readers absolutely enjoy the literary accomplishments of Gabriel Garc^D'ia M^D'arquez.

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This is followed by a prologue in the voice of an omniscient narrator writing in the first person plural. The prologue’s writer is located in Macondo, in the year 1909. The reader learns that Macondo is undergoing three historical events: the arrival of a banana company (the United Fruit Company); the coming of the people that the banana company attracted, known as “la hojarasca” (the leaf storm); and the end of a Colombian civil war. ” Macondo, the physical space where the novella takes place, may have been inspired by the name of a plantation near where Gabriel Garcı´a Ma´ rquez grew up, but the Macondo of Leaf Storm is fictional; there is no town named Macondo in Colombia.

Nonetheless, the theme of war may pass almost unnoticed for some readers. The theme of the double appears even less developed than the theme of war; it appears to be almost latent, as if waiting to appear again in a different story. In fact, the theme of the double is front and center in Chronicle of a Death Foretold and One Hundred Years of Solitude. In Leaf Storm, however, it is there only in embryo. The reader is told that the doctor and the priest of the town, “the Pup,” can almost pass for brothers, due to a strong physical resemblance, but no one is confused as to who is who.

The peace of Macondo, in One Hundred Years of Solitude, is altered when Apolinar Moscote and his family arrive in Macondo. He has been sent by the Conservative Party, the central government in Bogota´ . He brings an armed police force to maintain law and order. He even wants all the houses painted blue, one of the colors of the Colombian flag and the color of the Conservative Party. However, the Buendı´a family, the founders of the town, wants the houses to stay white. Ironically, disorder and chaos break out.

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