A hora má: o veneno da madrugada
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A hora má: o veneno da madrugada

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Luego de las guerras políticas que han asolado Macondo, y cuando se anunciaban públicamente días de paz y tranquilidad, comienzan a aparecer en los muros unos papeles que revelan secretos y vergüenzas, verdaderos y falsos de las gentes del pueblo. Poco después cae un diluvio bíblico y el alcalde decide elegir una victima propiciatoria. Pero nadie se oculta la verdad: los c...more
187 pages
Published August 2008 (first published 1961)
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فضيض
ما الذي غاب عنّي بالتحديد في هذه الرواية!، لا أدري!؛ أنهيتها وأغلقتها ورفعتها أمام عيني وقلت لها مخاطبًا الغلاف: ماذا ورائك؟!، قضيت هذا الوقت كله في قراءتك ثم ماذا؟

وقلت ربما تجلو المقدمة التي تجاهلتها، عبرة هذه الرواية، فتحتها عشوائيًا، ووجدت المترجم يقول:


ولكن العزلة في عالم ماركيز تتجاوز كونها حالة، إنها تضرب جذورها، تتعمق، تتكاثف، تتبلور، تصبح في النهاية طريقة حياة، تغدو منهاج استجابة في مواجهة الدوافع السياسية والاقتصادية الخارجية، تتنتقل من كونها لعنة – كما يعبّر سيجر- إلى انكفاء سلوكي ..
وقو
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TK421
The setting for this magical realism novel is a nameless village in Colombia. But Marquez’s writing really makes it a village in any country of the world. (I read this just after 9/11 and the parallels of the actions between the mayor of this unnamed village and the government of the United States was eerie, to say the least.) Ya see, someone is leaving notes all over the town about the dirty little secrets of some of the villagers. For the most, people shrug this off as nothing more than a very...more
Carmo Santos
Quanto mais leio García Márquez melhor vou conhecendo este universo que é comum a todos os seus livros. Os pequenos povoados perdidos no meio do nada, onde pouco mais há que miséria, com as suas populações de mentalidades retrógradas a instigarem intrigas, as guerrilhas e a opressão politica.

Nesta história, anda uma aldeia inteira com os nervos desarranjados com receio dos misteriosos papelinhos colados nas portas durante a madrugada. Ora, estes não contam mais que os segredos murmurados em surd...more
Guido
Gabriel García Márquez confina il lettore in un remoto paese colombiano senza nome: questa condanna, inclemente e ineludibile, impedisce di ripartire. Le giornate trascorrono lentissime e inconcludenti; ci si avvelena con l'afa, l'umidità, la pioggia incessante, le zanzare, il tanfo degli animali morti portati dal fiume. L'apparente calma iniziale è subito sconvolta dal primo omicidio e soprattutto dall'inconsueto movente: qualcuno ha affisso alla porta di casa di César Montero un manifesto ingi...more
Luís
Marquez's 1962 debut has all the ingredients of his later masterworks: freak weather adding fuel to collective fears about impending doom and violence,corrupt local law enforcement,magical thinking and bad dreams. It is situated in Colombia in the 1950s during 17 days in its hot,sleep-depriving rainy season in a village surrounded by mountains,supplied by ship twice weekly.The rich live in brick houses,the poor in huts,some so light they can be moved manually to higher ground.
Marquez endows the...more
Vishwas
I am glad that this was not the first Garcia Marquez book I read. It was the first book he wrote though. And it shows... All great artists have to start somewhere.

This book is more about the raw talent in the author which was refined in his seminal "One Hundred Years..." probably after the many mistakes he has made here. The characters are all interesting and have two sides to them. No one here is entirely good or entirely evil. Similarly, the little town is an allegory to military rule, lazy an...more
Rashaan
Who's been posting slanderous bills across a small town?

Pitched into the midst of a familiar Marquezian village, we shadow each restless character through a loosely mysterious maze of whodunnit, as someone has been viciously lampooning the townspeople, publicly outing the dirty deeds and secret desires of the locals, and everyone is on edge to find the culprit.

Father Ángel, the pastor, anchors the town and keeps the listless souls from floating away in the troubled waters of their own self-pit...more
Phoebe
After reading other reviews, I breathed a sigh of relief...I am not alone in my feelings about In Evil Hour.

I was wondering the choppy, jumbled impression i got from the novel was just because I was reading it at odd intervals over an extended period of time, rather than zipping through it. However, it seems that other people had the same feeling about it. It wasn't "bad" by any means - there were still things to enjoy about the book, but I guess when it comes to Marquez I really am more of a su...more
Fernando Évora
Sou um viciado em GGM. Por uma questão de sanidade mental preciso de o ler de vez em quando. Já li quase tudo, pelo que faço muitas releituras. Desta vez descobri, por acaso, este livrinho na versão espanhola, o que me deixou muito feliz pois desconhecia-o de todo. Ao que consegui apurar, trata-se da terceira novela do autor (1962). Sendo anterior ao "Cem anos de solidão" (1967) já aqui existem referências a Macondo (ao contrário do que apontam certas sinopses deste "La mala hora", o cenário não...more
Elizabetha Souvré
"Nota de la primera edición

La primera vez que se publicó La Mala Hora, en 1962,un corrector de pruebas se permitió cambiar ciertos términos y almidonar el estilo, en nombre de la pureza del lenguaje.En esta ocasión, a su vez, el autor se ha permitido restituir las incorrecciones sintomática,y las barbaridades estilísticas, e nombre de su soberana y arbitraria voluntad.Esta es, pues, la primera edición de la Mala Hora

El Autor"


Los Libros de Gabo, son para mi Libertad total hecha palabras.

Tenía...more
Kelly
Let me first say that I do recommend reading this book at least once and with a clear idea of what you'll be getting into. I think the biggest flaws of this book lie within a loss in translation. I read the English translation and there are aspects of this book that I really enjoyed such as the setting and the characters. Enough so that I look forward to reading his other books. My only complaint about this book is I feel as though I just read something incomplete. Like a draft of unfinished ide...more
Jason
Nothing special here. Or at least I totally missed it and/or didn't understand it. I LOVED One Hundred Years of Solitude, but this just fell flat for me. I didn't really come to care much about any of the characters. Marquez's language and Rabasa's translation is as beautiful as ever, and that's what kept me reading. There really wasn't much of a plot at all (and there definitely wasn't any resolution!), and the narrator kept jumping around to too many characters for me to follow. I'll be saying...more
Odai Alsaeed
بغض النظر عن الحس الروائي لماركيز وكونه حاصل على جائزة نوبل لروايته الشهيرة الرائعة مائة عام من العزلة لكنه كان رتيبا في روايته هذه لدرجة أشعرتني بالملل في بعض جوانب الرواية..عموما مهما كان الرأي تبقى الروايةلكاتب عملاق تستحق القراءة.
Ricardo Perez
Un pueblo que podría ser vecino de Macondo, envuelto entre tres demomios naturales: La lluvia, el calor y la noche. Además, acosado por uno de los males más antiguos: el chisme. Los personajes van y vienen a todo lo largo del pueblo, que más bien se antoja corto, cavilantes e intrigados sobre el origen de pasquines que revelan verdades a medias, mentiras al aire y dolores innecesarios. La pasión se calienta aún más allá de lo que el tropical clima pueda sofocar y la comunidad se revuelca entre r...more
L.S.
Mi-a placut inceputul si sfarsitul, in rest nu am gasit ceva extraordinar. Povestirea vizeaza un sat aparent linistit, care incepe sa fie tulburat de aparitia unor biletele cu informatii compromitatoare despre cei din sat, lucru care duce la producerea a doua crime. Este situatia dezintegrarii societatii, in care oamenii nu mai au incredere unii in altii si in institutiile statului si incep sa-si paraseasca satul. Reprezentantii puterii (primarul) si cei instariti gasesc un prilej pun de a-si sp...more
Khloud mahmoud
قدم الكاتب الكبير جبرييل جارسيا ماركيز هذه الرواية في صورة بانورامية جمعت أبناء بلدة بأسرها تتصارع بينهم غرائب الأحداث والوقائع الدرامية وتتفاعل في نفوسهم عوامل الفساد والجريمة والتبذل والأحقاد والتخفي ، وكل ذلك تحت كابوس لعنة ليلية مروعة تقض المضاجع وتهتك أسرار البيوت ، حتى تبلغ ذروتها في كارثة لا نجاة منها إلا فيما يراه المؤلف لبلوغ بر الأمان ، بل إن شخصيات الرواية أشد غرابة من الأحداث نفسها : العمدة الشيطاني رمز الفساد والإفساد - الحلاق الفيلسوف الذي ينتزع الأسرار من الرءوس - القاضي المزدوج ا...more
Mashael Alamri
قرأتها منذ مدة لم يكن فيها ما يشد ممله جداً والترجمة غير موفقة اغلب الأحيان ,بعد مئة عام من العزلة أقرأ في ساعة نحس من المئة حتى الساعة ماركيز يكتب مهما كانت ثيمة الوقت التي يريد لم أحبها كما أحببت ماوقع بيدي من مؤلفات ماركيز , الحقيقة انها لم تكن ما أريد طلبت من أخي رواية لـباولو كويلو , فعاد بواحدة لماركيز " في ساعة نحس " ومن شدة ما تعجبت لم أناقشه بشيء وبقيت انظر أليه وهو يبتسم تلك الإبتسامة التي دائماً ماتظهر حينما يؤدي دوره بأكمل وجه , ماذا حدث وكيف سمعني أنطق الإسم لا أعلم؟ قرأتها كنوع من...more
Tony
I can't say I have read everything Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote, but "In Evil Hour" (La Mala Hora) doesn't seem to be his best work. First published in 1962 (in a bowdlerized version that Marquez disowned), it is now considered a forerunner to "One Hundred Years of Solitude", his masterpiece.

In a Colombian town, lampoons appear on walls and doors, targeting its residents. Everyone is worried that they may become the subject of the malicious rumours. And a murder later, things get really serious....more
Daniel
Hace casi un año leí La mala hora y hasta hoy me voy dando cuenta que no escribí ni una palabra al terminarlo, lo más raro es que me gustó. No voy a ser un mentiroso y decir que bastante (pudiendome influenciar por la reciente muerte de Gabriel García Márquez), pero sí lo suficiente para todavía acordarme de algunas situaciones y ciertos personajes.

Pero en fin, como pequeño tributo, voy a escribir una idea que se quedó muy pegada en mi cabeza:

Un año antes de empezar La mala hora, leí The Casual...more
Jacqueline Escobar
Finding books with such beautiful writing makes me want to cry tears of joy, and this is definitely one of those books. The detail that Gabriel Garcia Marquez puts into his writing paints such a vibrant picture. He even makes the way his characters eat sound like a work of art. I LOVE IT. The writing flows so well, the choices of words he uses can change a sentence into something spectacular. His writing breathes life into this book and it's wonderful to witness.

Other than the writing, it was l...more
Katharine
This is my least favorite of his books. I gave it 3 stars because of the stunning descriptions of the scenery and very intricate character development. However, it was very difficult to keep track of the secondary characters. And the ending left me wondering what the hell happened! It's not a keeper.
Rebecca
I enjoyed this--it was a very quick read. The characters are, as always, very colorful, and Garcia Marquez is so good at making you feel like your in the setting. That said, funny how lately I prefer the Marquez copycats to Marquez himself! (eg early deBernieres, Allende)
Safae
I love GGM but this book wasn't what i expected ..it is long and mostly boring .
although i did like the Mayor :p is is a strong and perturbed character perturbed and perturbing
Kristine
fascinating understanding of human beings at their absolute worst, and a historical/cultural view of Colombia in the mid- 20th century that is enlightening.
Andrew
In a South American town someone is posting 'lampoons' on the doors of residents, revealing secrets which are often already in the public domain, but which in any event cause distress, retribution, and sometimes ambivalence. The novel on one level is an attempt by the police, mayor and other dignitaries to discover who is posting these lampoons, yet also it is set against the background of what seems to have been a recent civil war and a simmering shaky peace, with a largish array of characters...more
Seif Salama
The initial reaction to reading this short novel is that the author forgot to finish it. The book has a plot and the reader gets drawn into it but the story seems to end ahead of the anticipated conclusion. The reader is left wanting answers and may go away disappointed. However, I believe Garcia Marquez only meant to give us a snapshot in the life of a community in turmoil. I believe he meant for us to be left in the dark. Perhaps he wanted to give an impression of a world where there is always...more
Lamski Kikita
Jul 07, 2009 Lamski Kikita rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mia, gabi fans
As always, Gabo finds a way to teach us a lesson in history throug the stories of simple people.

I believe that some people might read it and not see that the sory of this town is a symbol for a chunk of the Latin American history in the era or military dictatorships causing seige, censorship, brutality, and state terrorism. Sadly, we were just reminded of this about two weeks ago in Honduras (i really hope things do not go back to where they were in the time of this story).

The lampoons is the ma...more
Eva Mendez
In Evil Hour is a very short novel about a small town on the countryside of Colombia. Throughout the novel, the characters are compelled to act upon their feelings. A mysterious person is posting gossip and rumors on everyone's doors and no one knows who it is. The town gets chaotic and uproarious due to the lies being spread. Father Angel and the Mayor of the town try to prevent all the anger being spread throughout the town when countless disturbances are made. They need action to be taken and...more
Marisa Martins
Era uma manhã de Domingo como tantas outras, não fosse a aldeia ter acordado com um tiro que vinha anunciar, alto e em bom som, que os tão indesejados pasquins estavam de regresso. Era do conhecimento geral as consequências devastadoras que adviam da revelação dos segredos desde vergonha, desonras, assassinatos, famílias abandonadas, etc. Cabe ao alcaide, a autoridade corrupta da aldeia, com a ajuda do juíz, um conhecido mulherengo, a tarefa de engendrar uma estratégia para cortar o mal pela raí...more
Megha Guruprasad
This is my first Marquez, so I'd note here that I picked it up with no expectations. Of the four elements of a novel, this one boasts of some in abundance and is entirely lacking in some others...
Theme- The crumbling of society when individuals are subjected to personal disrepute.
Lampoons unearthing shameful secrets appear on peoples' doors overnight- leading to a common guilt,terror and unrest in the town.

Plot- I'd say the plot was entirely absent. There is no single protagonist or one single s...more
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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...more
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