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No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel…

No One Writes to the Colonel

by Gabriel García Márquez

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Marquez considered No One Writes to the Colonel as his best book, saying that he had to write One Hundred Years of Solitude so that people would read No One Writes to the Colonel. The story is about an impoverished, retired colonel, a veteran of the Thousand Days' War, who still hopes to receive the pension he was promised some fifteen years earlier. The colonel lives with his asthmatic wife in a small village under martial law. The action opens with the colonel preparing to go to the funeral of a town musician whose death is notable because he was the first to die from natural causes in many years. The novel is set during the years of "La Violencia" in Colombia, when martial law and censorship prevail.
Because the book is actually the length of a short story, it is hard to really get to the characters. The book does give insight into what was really going on in Colombia at the time and uses references to censorship and the impact of government on society. Marquez explained that the novel was inspired by his grandfather, who was also a colonel and who never received the pension he was promised. However, there is also speculation that Marrquez took inspiration from his experience of unemployment in 1956 after the newspaper he had been working for shut down. The daily lives he witnessed during this time are said to be one of his inspirations for this novel.
I enjoyed reading this short story and found the characters interesting. I just wish it was a bit longer in order to get to know the characters better. I would recommend this short novel to those who are interested in the conditions in Colombia around the 1950's. ( )
  EadieB | Jul 5, 2017 |
Relato en en el personaje del coronel. Alguien que lucho con el Coronel Buendia de cien años de soledad y que despues de la rendicion aun esta esperando su pension.
El personaje y el ambiente esta muy bien retratado pero personalmente me parece que la historia acaba cuando ya no sabia que mas escribir, no veo una direccion clara. ( )
  trusmis | Apr 30, 2016 |
Un viejo coronel retirado vive esperando el aviso de que le han concedido la pensión a la que tiene derecho por los servicios prestados a la patria. La espera dura ya quince años, y el coronel ha ido todos los viernes al puerto a esperar la llegada de la lancha que trae el correo, y siempre ha vuelto de vacío.
  BibliotecaLardero | Apr 22, 2014 |
Un clásico de García Marquez. Corto de leer y muy interesante. Si quieren leer un libro acogedor, fácil y corto pero con todo lo que García Marquez significa, este es el indicado.
  juanjaimes99 | Aug 20, 2013 |
More a novella than a novel, but again a brilliant work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. From the first page the heavy tragic atmosphere is expressed. The colonel and his wife are poor and only have one rooster, a fighting rooster. It soon becomes apparent that their son is dead. It was his rooster. Will this rooster save them?

Little by little it becomes clear how the situation has become this sad. Did the stubbornness of the Colonel helped to get into this situation? Or was he just terribly unlucky?

This book shows once again the power of the writing of Marquez. The story is visual, the story is easy to read, but there is depth as well and the story is touching deeply. One Hundred Years of Solitude, remain his best work for what I read this far, but this comes close.

http://boekenwijs.blogspot.com/2011/02/de-kolonel-krijgt-nooit-post.html ( )
  boekenwijs | Feb 10, 2011 |
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Fridays are different. Every other day of the week, the Colonel and his ailing wife fight a constant battle against poverty and monotony, scraping together the dregs of their savings for the food and medicine that keeps them alive. But on Fridays the postman comes - and that sets a fleeting wave of hope rushing through the General's ageing heart. For fifteen years he's watched the mail launch come into harbour, hoping he'll be handed an envelope containing the army pension promised to him all those years ago. Whilst he waits for the cheque, his hopes are pinned on his prize bird and the upcoming cockfighting season. But until then the bird - like the Colonel and his wife - must somehow be fed.

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