The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez

By Gabriel García Márquez

The overall in his Labyrinth is the compelling story of Simon Bolivar, a hero who has been forgotten and whose strength is fading, retracing his steps down the Magdalena River by way of the Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, writer of 1 Hundred Years of Solitude and Love for the time of Cholera.

'It used to be the fourth time he had travelled alongside the Magdalena, and he couldn't break out the impact that he was once retracing the stairs of his life'

At the age of forty-six common Simon Bolivar, who drove the Spanish from his lands and have become the Liberator of South the USA, takes himself into exile. He makes a last trip down the Magdalene River, revisiting the towns alongside its seashores, reliving the triumphs, passions and betrayals of his early life. fed on by means of the stories of what he has performed and what he did not do, Bolívar hopes to work out a manner out of the labyrinth within which he has lived all his existence. . ..

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Whenever it stopped of its own accord at one of those holes bordered with thorns that farmers dig along the edge of their ploughed land, Charles, waking with a start, would quickly remember the broken leg, and try to recall all the fractures that he knew. It was no longer raining; day was breaking, and, on the leafless branches of the apple trees, birds sat motionless, fluffing out their tiny feathers in the cold morning wind. The flat landscape extended as far as the eye could see, the clumps of trees round the farms making widely spaced splashes of dark purple on that vast grey surface which, at the horizon, merged with the dreary tones of the sky.

When he entered Les Bertaux his horse took fright, and shied violently. It was a prosperous-looking farm. Through the open half-doors of the stables you could see huge draught horses placidly feeding from brand-new mangers. A stream of vapour arose from the big manureheap that flanked the buildings, and, standing out among the hens and turkeys, five or six peacocks––that luxury of Pays de Caux farmyards––were pecking for food. The sheep-run was long and the barn tall, with walls as smooth as the back of your hand.

Père Rouault embraced his future son-in-law. They put off any discussion of money matters, there was plenty of time for that, since the marriage could not decently take place before the end of Charles’s mourning, that is to say, not until the following spring. The winter passed in waiting. Mademoiselle Rouault busied herself with her trousseau. Part of it was ordered from Rouen, and she made herself nightgowns and nightcaps with the help of fashionplates which she borrowed. During the visits Charles made to the Madame Bovary  farm they talked about the preparations for the wedding, wondering which room they’d use for the wedding feast, how many courses they’d have, and what particular dishes they’d serve.

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