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Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981)

by Gabriel García Márquez

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Outstanding! One of the best novels I've ever read. Rarely has the Nobel prize so rightfully awarded in the field of literature. Gabo is an absolute master of both the language as well as the narrative tecnique. You can't simply put the book aside to pursue other interests before you're done with it. I regret my not having started on Gabo earlier, however I will do my best to read all his work in the next months. ( )
  EnockPioUlle | Jun 24, 2017 |
It tells the gripping story of how one's life was taken by murder.

The story unravels the cause and the reason of the death of Santiago Nasar. All people know that he was going to die, but no one prevented it. The culture plays a lot in the story.

I like how the writer showed each side of characters' stories. It seems like all had the reasons why they were doing such things, you won't judge the characters. I just don't like that there is still a mystery unsolved. I also don't like the character of Angela Vicario. I need more information, girl! lol ( )
  phoibee | Apr 23, 2017 |
Well, the Vicario twins told nearly the whole town that they were going to kill Santiago Nasar. I think this book is about the roles men and women feel they have to play when certain situations occur. The action or should I say inaction of the community to prevent it is pivotal. ( )
  Symon45 | Apr 18, 2017 |
A strange little excursion. The short book encompasses events surrounding the plotting of the murder of a man in a small Colombian town by two brothers whose sister's 'honour' has been sullied. Everyone in the town seems to know it is going to happen and everyone is complacent about it – "No one even wondered whether Santiago Nasar [the target] had been warned, because it seemed impossible to all that he hadn't." (pp18-19) – and for a while I thought the novella would be a meditation on crime and the 'bystander effect'. However, this is not the case and it is rather difficult to summarize what the book actually is.

Márquez deals in vagaries. Motives of the perpetrators, witnesses and even the victim are left deliberately hazy, as are some basic facts. This is not a detective novel, with a resolution to be had. We never know why certain things happened, or why certain people claimed certain things. The chronicle is further obfuscated by the fact that there are so many characters, at least for such a short book. The narrating style is that of a "very confused memory", trying to "rescue it piece by piece from the memory of others" (pg. 43).

This, perhaps, is my first exposure to Márquez's lauded writing style of 'magical realism'. There is a certain disconnected, dreamlike quality to the story that certainly feels intentional. It is as if Márquez is trying to apply the muddy incompleteness of real life to loosen the bonds of conventional story structure. Towards the end, we are told of one character who is trying to make sense of the crime that "he never thought it legitimate that life should make use of so many coincidences [that were] forbidden [to] literature, so that there should be the untrammelled fulfilment of a death so clearly foretold." (pg. 100). In other words, real life doesn't resolve itself in a neat bow like the whodunnits of fiction. The narrator, and consequently the reader, are "trying to give order to the chain of many chance events that had made absurdity possible" (pg. 97), that absurdity being the murder of a man in broad daylight when everyone seemed to know it was going to happen but no-one even thought to stop it.

Márquez is good at creating this effect, but it does limit the book to a mere literary exercise. If this is 'magical realism', it is interesting but, at least here, rather unrewarding. Perhaps it's just my hard-to-shake expectations for conventional story resolution, but I didn't really get a feel for Márquez's style. It was intriguing to try and decipher the book, but in trying to bring the vagaries of real life to the story structure, I felt Márquez went just a little too far into obfuscation and the realm of magic, which is just as far from reality as conventional storytelling, albeit on the opposite side. ( )
1 vote MikeFutcher | Apr 12, 2017 |
As is explained by the title, this is the chronicle of a murder in a small town and how it was possible to have occurred even though everyone knew it was going to happen. A young woman is married and her husband discovers that she is not a virgin on their wedding night. He drags her back to her home by the hair where her mother beats her and demands to know who defiled her. She gives the name of a man of Arab descent and her two twin brothers arm themselves with hog killing knives. They tell everyone they meet of their intentions but everyone just assumed that someone else would stop them.

It was fun to imagine this same scenario today where people would whip out their cell phones and Twitter the news of the impending murder (#deathforetold) and be on hand to film it and post it to Facebook. ( )
1 vote mamzel | Oct 19, 2016 |
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In short, one expects from ''Chronicle of a Death Foretold'' another powerful dose of the fabulous and surreal. But behold! While in no way resembling conventional social realism, ''Chronicle'' is not nearly so fantastic as Garcia Marquez's earlier novels. It contains a powerfully plausible plot - a dream-like detective story, really, that pursues the questions of why and how two young men have undertaken a brutal murder that they actually had not wanted to commit.
 

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García Márquez, Gabrielprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Artís-Gener, Avel·líTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on.
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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.
Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society--not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial.

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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place twenty-seven years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover, and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society, not just a pair of murderers, is put on trial.… (more)

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