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Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon

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Published 2007 (first published January 1st 1983)
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Anne
Well, Gabriel García Márquez, you never fail to confuse me. I was expecting to have a glimpse of your usual fantastical touch, but I must say that I was extremely surprised at the bluntness with which you narrated Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon; it was told in utter simplicity that would leave the readers thoroughly perplexed. I mean, come on. Is there a hidden and deeper meaning in this story, are there some codes you deliberately placed for us to decipher, or is it just what you said it was? ...more
Janith Pathirage
When I was reading through this, I really felt for this guy Balthazar. I thought this would be a story similar to Gogol's 'The Overcoat' but it took a different direction in the end. Its very important to understand the symbolic significance of the cage which Balthazar makes. If a reader can gasp it, I think he wont complain about this story been too simple or whatever. Its not as simple as it seems so read it sensibly. Kudos !!
Nazanin
This story has a very simple plot which is about a man named Balthazar who after selling his delicately built cage go to a bar for celebrating it.
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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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