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Leaf Storm (original 1955; edition 2005)

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Title:Leaf Storm
Authors:Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Info:Harper Perennial (2005), Edition: Reissue, Paperback
Collections:KEN - NAI
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Colombia, read

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Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez (1955)

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"No medicine cures what happiness cannot."

Set in a fictional Columbian coastal town this novella tells of the arrival and exit of the “leaf storm,” the hordes of outsiders who descended on the region as they followed the banana companies, its prosperity during the 1910’s, and its decadence after 1918. A short period of wealth that ended as quickly as it had begun.

Central to this book is the burial of the most hated man in the village and is told through the eyes of the three generations of one family: the Colonel, his daughter Isabel and his young grandson. The Colonel is motivated by a promise he made to the dead man; Isabel obeys her father's request and goes along reluctantly worried as to how the other villagers will react if they are seen attending the funeral; while the child does not fully understand what is going on and whilst he is intrigued by the sight of a dead man would rather be playing with his friends.

The dead man, an outsider of unknown origins, has been found hanged and how he arrived at the village and became to be so disliked is told through a series of flashbacks by the two older characters. Most of the book consists of inner monologues by the respective characters and there is only minimal dialogue throughout. In contrast to his elders the narrative of the young boy is primarily concerned with his fascination towards the dead and thinking of the fun things that he would rather be doing.

I read somewhere that this was the author's first piece of work and it took seven years for him to find a publisher for it. Frankly I'm not surprised. Despite realising that two of the major themes of this book is a feeling of obligation and the effects of a sudden influx of new people can have on a small community I really just couldn't really see where this was going at all and as such wasn't that impressed with it . It is at least thankfully short. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Aug 9, 2016 |
A slight novella about the death of a doctor in Macondo. It's not the most engaging of his books, just a short taster. ( )
1 vote AlisonSakai | Jan 30, 2016 |
Marquez is most famous for his '100 Years...', a masterpiece of magic realism; but he wrote other stories before the novel, and 'Lead Storm' is an interesting collection that shows the ideas as they first formed. The major story in the collection, the titular piece, at first seemed too slow and disjointed, but it built a remarkable momentum as it moved forwards until, by the second half, I couldn't get enough of it. The other stories reminded me in a strange way of Borges, though I can't put my finger on why exactly. ( )
1 vote soylentgreen23 | Nov 18, 2011 |
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Epigraph
But Polyneices' corpse who died in pain
they say he has proclaimed to the whole town
that none may bury him and none bewail,
but leave him unwept, untombed, a rich sweet sight
for the hungry birds' beholding.
Such orders they say the worthy Creon gives
to you and me -- yes, yes, I say to me --
and that he's coming to proclaim it clear
to those who know it not.
Further: he has the matter so at heart
that anyone who dares attempt the act
will die by public stoning in the town.

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I've seen a corpse for the first time.
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Please, do not combine with the stand-alone edition of "La hojarasca".
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Contains Leaf Storm, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Blacaman the Good, Vendor of Miracles, The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship, Monologue of Isabel Watching It Rain in Macondo, Nabo

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Presents a collection of seven short stories written between 1957 and 1968 by twentieth-century Colombian-born author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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