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Innocent Erendira and Other Stories (1972)

by Gabriel García Márquez

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The titular story is good even if it kind of goes nowhere, but the rest I struggled through - juvenilia, the kind that Marquez perhaps regrets seeing republished. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
I for one, prefer his later styles much, much better. ( )
  aviechu | Mar 14, 2014 |
I wish there was a star rating for 'didn't quite understand it'. I was doing okay until "Dialogue with the Mirror". From there on either Marquez was writing under the influence of hallucinogens or I lost the ability to comprehend written English. Is there a key to Marquez? Something that can help me understand what's going on?

In "Eyes of a Blue Dog", for example: was the POV character actually the woman, narrating the story through the man in her dreams?

His writing is very beautiful and the title story is vibrant and memorable. ( )
  veracite | Apr 6, 2013 |
the theme common in most of these short stories is death .....

besides the story of Innocent Erendira ,these four stories was interesting to me...

The third resignation.
i think this one is extraordinary,describes the fear of death,burial,solid ate and abandonment ....he has gone furthest in dramatizing the terror of burial.....

The woman who came at six o'clock
it portrays the conflict between good and evil,the innocence of Jose a restaurant owner,and Reina a prostitute who used to come at the restaurant at 6 o'clock,she murdered one of her clients,and wanted Jose to cover it,and lie about the time she arrived ,and say it was five_ thirty,the naive Jose agree to her request,after she succeeded in extracting from him a declaration of her love, and his promise to defend her,at the end Riena decided to make a big transformation in her life and leave prostitution,and seek a better life were she cant be victim any more.......

Death constant beyond love

about obsessiveness, political corruption and love that has no chance ....

Eyes of a blue dog
describes the feeling of loneliness and fear......
the two lovers in this story,a man who suffers instant amnesia upon awakening,and a woman who is madly chasing this man whom she meets in the dream.... she wanders through the city muttering, eyes of a blue dog.
marking her passage, hoping that one day that man will see her marks and remember her.......

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  ariesblue | Mar 31, 2013 |
Another collection of short stories, and Marquez excels in the format. In this book, the first short story - the one about Erendira of the title - is about half the book, and the other eleven stories are much shorter. The majority of the stories are about death, actually, whether it's encroaching death or what happens afterward. In one story, a twin wonders what will become of him when his brother dies; will his brother be resurrected by his life force, or will his brother's death rot into his bones before he dies? In a different story, the narrator is the ghost inhabiting the house he lived in before dying, and is always rearranging the roses of his childhood friend who lives there now. One story is about a politician's unexpected passionate affair that begins after he learns he is dying, and ends with his bitter death. One of the more surreal stories is about a girl, Eva, who has vacated her body. She doesn't seem to have died, but just moved on to a higher spiritual plane that transcends corporeal forms; she considers reincarnating herself in her cat, just so she can have a taste of an orange. I am accustomed to Marquez's use of magical realism - actually, I love it - but these stories focus on the aspect of twinning, mirrors, and death, to the exclusion of some of the more earthy supernatural phenomenon I associate with his work. I remember studying in school the idea of the mythopoetic, an inward world that is transcendent and primitive. Authors create such an atmosphere through the use of mirrors and twins, among other things, and that feeling is very strong in much of this book. Also, a lot of the stories are more abstract, dealing as they do with existences after death or outside of life. I enjoyed them for their novelty, because I don't read short stories like that much; however, I must say, my favorite stories were the ones that I am more accustomed to, the ones that feel like magical realism to me. I loved the one called where the smell of roses came from the sea, and the men dive in and swim past all the happily swimming dead to find turtles at the bottom of the ocean. I also liked the story about two people meeting in dreams, who are in love, but can never find each other, because the man never remembers his dreams.

The main story, Erendira, is also more similar to some of Marquez's novels in style and theme. If it weren't for the subject matter, I would have liked that one a lot as well. The innocent girl, Erendira, is a teenager when the winds of misfortune change her life. She is illegitimate, and lives with her grandmother; her father is dead and her mother is gone. One night, Erendira leaves a candle burning on her nightstand by mistake, and while she is sleeping, ferocious winds invade the house and knock the flame down. The ensuing conflagration destroys almost everything. Her grandmother has made a life out of her memories, so when she sees the mementos of her past dwindled into ashes, she decides that the only thing to do is to force Erendira to buy back everything. She sells her granddaughter's body to anyone who can pay, and is clean (she wouldn't want to damage her property). Over time, the grandmother's calculations of how much Erendira owes her for destroying their home grow more and more obtuse, as she adds in payments for the musicians and the traveling fees, and any other expense at all. It becomes apparent that Erendira will never clear her debt to her grandmother. Fortunately, she meets young Ulises who falls deeply in love with her. Deep enough to kill for her. He makes several failed attempts on the enormous grandmother, until, spurred by Erendira's scorn, he resorts to a brutal stabbing attack. As the grandmother dies and falls on Ulises, Erendira takes the vest stitched with gold bars, and flies into the wind, running, running, never to be seen again. The writing in this story is strong, the characters are fascinating and compelling, and the style is full of literary beauty and surprise. However, I simply don't like a story where a young girl is prostituted out by her own grandmother. Horrible. As a mother, my aversion is even stronger. So while the story may be good, it doesn't appeal to me; as my husband remarked upon seeing the synopsis on the cover, that Marquez is kind of a pervert. I don't agree with him, but I share his disgust at this story.

Altogether, I enjoyed about half the book (the stories not about Erendira), and felt that the entire book was well written with that mystical feel I so enjoyed from South American writers. The stories about death were bizarre and intriguing, and a few of the short stories I absolutely loved. The book balances out for me, then, into a good read but not one of my favorites. ( )
  nmhale | Dec 12, 2012 |
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Cicogna, EnricoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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栄一, 木村Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This collection of fiction, representing some of García Márquez's earlier work, includes eleven short stories and a novella, Innocent Eréndira, in which a young girl who dreams of freedom cannot escape the reach of her vicious and avaricious grandmother.

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Este libro excepcional reune la novela corta que le otorga su titulo y otros seis relatos mas, de los que todos menos uno pertenecen a la etapa de plena madurez del escritor.Fueron los anos en los que Macondo le abrio las puertas del realismo magico: la frase se hace mas larga y caudalosa, la realidad se expresa mediante formulas magicas y legendarias, los milagros se insertan en la vida cotidiana. La candida Erendira y su abuela desalmada personifican la inocencia y la maldad, el amor y su perversion, y el relato recuerda al mismo tiempo las gestas medievales y los cantos provenzales o trovadorescos, aunque, como siempre, inmersos en ese mundo denso y frutal del Caribe americano. Estas siete narraciones no son ejercicios de estilo, sino siete exploraciones en el mundo definitivo que el escritor habia conquistado de una vez por todas. - from Alibris… (more)

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