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Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981)

by Gabriel García Márquez

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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 murderersis put on trial… (more)
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  alessandragg | Apr 15, 2020 |
Dead men can't shoot. Atleast that's what the Vicario brothers think. Chronicle of a Death Foretold is yet another masterpiece by Márquez that tries to unravel the mystery of a murder that everyone knew was going to happen. Everyone except Santiago Nasar,the victim, that is. As his friend tries to understand what happened that day after more than twenty years, everything remains as muddled as ever.

The most important question was why hadn't anybody warned Santiago Nasar about the terrible fate that was waiting for him. And every person in the town who knew had different reasons for the same. However the fate of a single person affects the entire town in ways that was not to be expected. The town is described as an open wound after the murder; a wound that was never going to be healed.

Angela Vicario, the doomed heroine who was abandoned by her husband on her wedding night; for whose dignity the murder was committed, later turns into a desperate woman who was absorbed and skilled at her embroidery machine. 'She became lucid, overbearing, mistress of her own free will, and she became a virgin again just for him, and she recognized no other authority than her own nor any other service than that of her obsession'.

A compelling read with an excellent narration, which almost seemed to be a murder mystery. ( )
  AthiraNair | Apr 8, 2020 |
An engaging story. It was really hard to put it down because the storyteller is just so good.
  roniweb | May 30, 2019 |
Every time I read one of his books, I'm reminded how beautiful his writing is. ( )
  liz.mabry | May 13, 2019 |
Fate paints a visible target on one villager's back and a town full of his family, friends, and acquaintances somehow fail to tell him. The chain of events is almost farcical, but in the masterful hands of Marquez it comes out tragically poignant. A worthwhile story to spend an afternoon with. ( )
  dele2451 | Apr 29, 2019 |
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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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