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El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (Club Bruguera) (original 1961; edition 1980)

by Gabriel García Márquez (Author)

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The colonel took the top off the coffee can and saw that there was only one little spoonful left. 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 aging 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...… (more)
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No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel García Márquez (1961)

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I don’t relish the role of literary iconoclast, but I found this novella decidedly underwhelming. If this is representative of the writer’s oeuvre, then once again I have to question how the Nobel committee arrive at their decisions – perhaps in years gone by, they have modelled themselves on FIFA. The only virtue I have identified for this book so far is that it was very short.

The basic premise is simple. A retired colonel and his wife are living in deep poverty, waiting patiently (but in vain) for the delivery of a letter confirming the colonel’s pension. They struggle through each day, with their meagre savings diminished further, barely stretching to cover the basic staples for survival. Their neighbour, a doctor, tries to help as far as his own limited means allow, and shares his newspapers with them. The colonel pores over these, reading every word of every article, partially as a means of filling in time, but also scanning them for news of when his pension, now some fifteen years overdue, might be conferred. We gradually learn that there is a harsh regime governing the country, and that the colonel had served faithfully many years in the past. Details are sparse, however.

Basically nothing happens. Of course, I appreciate that the lack of action is deliberate, designed to help the reader feel some semblance of the lethargy and despair that the colonel and his ageing wife felt. Well it worked. With each new page I felt a further dose of taedium vitae, and it was only through an unusual effort of will that I managed to persevere through to the end ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jan 28, 2021 |
Fakir insanların büyük hayalleri vardır, bu kitap bize bunu çok iyi bir şekilde kanıtlıyor. ( )
  Tobizume | Jun 9, 2020 |
A former colonel and his wife languish in poverty in a small Colombian village. They have lost their only son. They sell their possessions, juggle multiple lines of credit, and rest their only hopes on a rooster that will surely bring in money if it wins in the cockfighting ring a few months from now. Every Friday, the colonel goes to the post office to see if the new government, which he helped install decades ago, have remembered him and have finally sent him his pension.

This was a nicely told story of characters stuck in a rut, choosing to stick with ideals, hopes and dreams that only through a miracle can ever again comport with reality. I liked it, and am looking forward to reading more of García Márquez’ short works. ( )
1 vote Petroglyph | Apr 28, 2019 |
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 |
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The colonel took the top off the coffee can and saw that there was only one little spoonful left. 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 aging 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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