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Seventeen poisoned Englishmen (Pocket Penguin 70s #50)

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Admired by millions across the world, Gabriel García Márquez first came to prominence as an imaginative writer of genius with his fantastical novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, published by Penguin in 1972. Alternately enchanting and disconcerting, the four tales in this volume describe the frailty of humanity and the bewitching force of the imagination, in a world where ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published May 6th 2005 by Penguin Books
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Having read One Hundred Years of Solitude with much distaste tempering my awed response to the sheer pace and poetry, I was surprised to enjoy this collection so thoroughly. Marquez is at his most effervescent and economical and his ideas sparkle with ingenuity.
This little book contains four short stories by Marquez, playing with reality and dream in quite an ingenious manner. I found 'I only came to use the phone' about a girl only wanting to use the phone but ending up in a mental asylum particularly frightening. Very nightmarish.
This is a collection of four short stories, ranging from the beautiful and fantastic to simple and quite real. He deals with so many topics using intriguing characters. My favorite story in the collection is called Light is Like Water and is a wonderful piece about the power of imagination. Two young boys who used to live by the sea, and now find themselves in a apartment in Madrid have daring aquatic adventure in a sea of light. They buy themselves a boat, scuba gear and explore the depths of t ...more
This is a great series of short "pocket penguin" books that really give a good taste of an author's style.

Marquez is one of my mother's favourite authors and after reading this small colletion of short stories, I have further motivation to read some more. Marquez's style is very gentle and rich with the scene. Certainly, this was a very easy read, but a lovely one at that.
The story "I only came to use the phone" alone is worth five stars. A truly scary and vivid account of a woman accidentally emprisoned in a mental institution. Wonderfully told, with lively language, drily yet full of life. A great introduction to Gárcia Márquez.
loved these short stories, capturing characters in a world where the lines between reality and dream are hopelessly blurred.

Favorite: "I only Came to Use the Phone", brilliantly scary.
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Four short stories from the master of magic realism that make for a fast and racy read. The story "I only Came to Use the Phone" quietly disturbed me.
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Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. García Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and late worked as a reporter for the Colombian ne
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