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Strange Pilgrims

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Contains 12 stories by a Nobel Prize-winner - all linked by placing Latin Americans in European settings. The narrator is often Gabriel Garcia Marquez himself - or the recorder of someone else's story, a reporter. They reveal a narrator in love with life stories.
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Published April 25th 1995 by Penguin Books (first published 1993)
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Jan 07, 2014 Rhys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of magic realism
A truly superb short story collection. I love the short stories of Marquez and his later pieces are even better than his earlier tales. This book features twelve stories written between 1976 and 1982. The first story, 'Bon Voyage, Mr President', states the general theme of those that follow: Latin American citizens adrift (or trapped) in Europe.

Some of the stories are more fantastical than others. Two of the best are also two of the most kafkaesque: 'I Only Came to Use the Phone' and 'The Trail
Jun 17, 2015 Bastet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Los doce cuentos que conforman este volumen fueron escritos algunos en los setenta y otros en los ochenta del siglo pasado, y reescritos, veinte años después, «en ocho meses febriles», como explica Gabriel García Márquez en el prólogo, imprescindible como pocos, por cierto.

Todos los cuentos hablan de un mundo que para los lectores del siglo XXI es lejano; un mundo en que estaba permitido fumar en los transportes públicos, donde se vendían pájaros en las Ramblas y donde convivíamos con la añorad
Karim Mohamed
قرأت أن هذه المجموعة هي أفضل مجموعة قصص قصيرة كتبها ماركيز . و لكني تعجبت في البداية .. هل كتب ماركيز فعلاً قصص قصيرة .. كيف ؟
ماركيز المحب للتفاصيل و الحكي الكثير كيف تقننه في بعض الصفحات القليلة ، و ظننت أن القصص لن تعجبني.
و لكن بعد أول قصة عرفت أنني كنت مخطئ ، فمثلما أبدع ماركيز في الرواية أبدع في القصة القصيرة.
مجموعة من 12 قصة قصيرة كتبها ماركيز على فترات متباعدة ، في البداية دون أفكار تلك القصص في مذكرة ثم ضاعت فحزن بشدة و ظن أنه لن يتذكرها أبداً - و هو شئ كان سيحزنني طبعاً لو حدث- ..و لكنه
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Jul 29, 2013 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karen A.
This was one of the books that had been on my to-read list the longest, and I chose it for my most recent speed-dating project. I was originally going to count it for my Around the World challenge, and still kind of am, but it doesn't take place in just one country. Quite the opposite, each story takes place in a different European country, often with displaced Latin Americans as characters.

It just isn't surprising that these stories come from the same author as Memories of My Melancholy Whores,
Oct 13, 2015 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una excelente colección de cuentos, tal vez, no tan impregnados de realismo mágico (sólo algunos poseen esta característica), pero de una sugerente belleza. Los que más me gustaron fueron "El avión de la bella durmiente", cargado de tensión onírica y deseo, "Me alquilo para soñar", para mí el mejor del libro y "Sólo vine para hablar por teléfono", en el que García Márquez, como todo gran escritor, es capaz de utilizar cualquier género literario y hacerlo de maravillas, como en éste, que es un cu ...more
Jun 28, 2007 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this during my rabid Garcia Marquez consumption of last year and it's one of the only short story collections that I actually enjoyed. Usually, I can't get into short stories, I always find the character development lacking and then just can't relate, plus I always feel cheated at the end on the occasions that I did enjoy the story because I want more. But, I think that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is simply so good at storytelling he can wrap the whole story up in a tiny package and have it sta ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Tasneem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one :)
Shelves: own-it, frndz-gifts, 2011

إنه ماركيز الذي أوتي من السحر خيرًا كثيرا..

يبدع ماركيز في الحكي كما لو أنه خُلق فقط ليحكي.. يحكي عن كل شيء بأريحية تامة تُصيب المتلقي بدهشة فائقة. فبرغم أن هذا الكتاب ما هو إلا مجموعة قصصية أضاعها ماركيز ذات مرة و قرر إذفجأتن أن يستعيدها - و فعل - إلا أنها ليست كالقصص القصيرة التي يكتبها كتّاب الروايات.

فماركيز يحكي القصة القصيرة كما لو أنها مهنته الوحيدة. يكتبها بالتفاصيل الصغيرة و بخط السرد الملتف و ينهيها بدهشة عظيمة تتسبب لك في شهقة. تلك الدهشة التي تفتقر إليها القصص القصيرة للروائيين.

يحكي ال
Franco  Santos
Me encanta cómo García Márquez en estos relatos nos esboza una fantasía, una magia y un mundo de sueños de una manera tan sutil que apenas te das cuenta de que estás ofuscado en una realidad que no cumple con su significado.

Lástima que muchos se me hicieron muy pesados. Demasiado pesados. Muchos no los soportaba. No dudo de que pueden ser considerados obras valiosas de la literatura, pero sólo me hicieron pasar un buen momento 2 historias.

El avión de la Bella Durmiente fue mi favorito, por lejo
Aug 21, 2014 Pvw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, nostalgia
Marquez remains a great writer. While not every story in this bundle is equally enjoyable, they all show great mastery and the ability to draw interesting characters in a few lines, a feat in which some writers don't succeed in a whole book.

The Dutch translation that I read, had a horrible title. The poetical Spanish title (Doce Cuentos Peregrinos, Twelve Pilgrim Stories) fitted exactly, because there are 12 stories, the rough drafts have traveled with Marquez to the different places where he li
علی‌رضا میم
مجموعه داستان های کوتاهی از مارکز هست که ...
نمیدونم، در مجموع بد نبود. هرجه رو به جلوتر میرفت کتاب کارها ضعیف تر میشدند
و خب ارتباط من با داستان کمتر

فکر کنم قبلا مقدار زیادی ش رو خونده بودم. ولی خیلی یادم نمونده بود. یک مقدار روحم فرسوده و کدر شده. برام داستان هایی که صددرصد واقعی نباشند و مقداری تخیل توش باشه، حتی بدشانسی های متوالی و عجیب و ...، برام غیر قابل تحمل میشه و کتاب رو برام سنگین میکنه.
ایشالا راه بیفتم دوباره
Христо Блажев
“Дванайсет странстващи разказа” по Маркес:

Да постранствуваме. Тук, наблизо, зад една твърда корица с оснежени капки кръв по нея. Изтекъл е един живот, попил е сред струпаните замръзнали студенини (всяка от които с уникална форма!), но това е далеч в края, като за завършек. Преди тази бавна смърт пък е върхът, поне за мен – покоряващият разказ “Светлината е като водата”, в който наистина се удавих, а беше тъмно около мен. Само сиянието, идещо от нощната ла
Natasha Castillo
Jul 04, 2013 Natasha Castillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Te hace soñar. Gabriel García Márquez tiene el arte de contar cuentos y dejarnos queriendo más. Este libro tiene originales historias llenas de pasión y sensibilidad, muy buenas y variadas que producen una agradable sensación al leerlas, es totalmente recomendable para aquellos que buscan una entretenida lectura. Realmente están narrados de una forma exquisita, es un libro que no tiene página alguna de desperdicio.

El escribió el libro de cuentos que siempre quiso escribir, y yo leí el libro de c
May 05, 2009 L.S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Aceste 12 povestiri ilustreaza perfectiunea textului marquezian. Nicio fraza pierduta in text, nicio infloritura fara rost, niciun detaliu inutil, nicio virgula pusa gresit. Este si datorita "calatoriei" pe care aceste povestiri superbe au parcurs-o de la momentul nasterii ideii pana la publicare, un drum destul de lung si anevoios, care a redus cele cateva zeci de povestiri la doar aceastea douasprazece.

Tema povestirilor este moartea. Aceasta finalitate este sugerata deseori inca din titlu, ia
William Daza
Dec 30, 2014 William Daza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quería leer un labro de Garcia Marquez antes de que se termine este año, y mi padre me recomendó este.
Hay muchos comentarios sobre este autor, a muchos les gusta, a otros no tanto, pero me arriesgue y puedo decir que me enamore de este libro. Los doce cuentos son simplemente hermosos, son cortos, sencillos, nada del otro mundo, pero con una escritura y una narrativa digna de una figura literaria excepcional.
Nada difícil de entender, con un lenguaje coloquial, y junto con ello demostrando el tal
Mar 14, 2016 هَديـل rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من أجمل القصص القصيرة التي قرأتها لماركيز، "جئت لأتكلّم بالهاتف فقط" القصة المفضّلة والمرعبة.
Arakah Mushaweh
Feb 09, 2012 Arakah Mushaweh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اثنا عشر قصة مترعة بالموت .. ربما أخطأتُ حين اخترتُ موعد قراءتها في هذا الوقت .. لكن موتاً واحداً منها لم يكن يشبه عُشرَ موتٍ في الحقيقة هذه الأيام "سورية" ..
عموماً .. مع ماركيز تستطيع أن تكون قارئاً محتالاً إذ يكفيك أن تقرأ بداية القصة ونهايتها لتعرف الفكرة العامة .. لكن ذلك سيحرمك من متعة الخوض في التفاصيل التي لايجيد عرضها أحدٌ مثل ماركيز .. الإبداع الأكبر كان في تشابه الفكرة المركزية لكل القصص واختلاف كل قصة من القصص اختلافاً كبيراً .. القصص رائعة لكنها لا تستحق أكثر من أربع نجمات .. أنصحكم
Apr 05, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Like Márquez always, the definitive definition of “splendid.”

He made a note of something in the prologue, though, that caught my interest: on the decades he worked on these stories, on how they unexpectedly drove him with just as much frustration as work on a novel:

“The effort involved in writing a short story is as intense as beginning a novel, where everything must be defined in the first paragraph: structure, tone, style, rhythm, length, and sometimes even the personality of a character. Al
حجيج غرباء- عبارة عن مجموعة قصصية تتكون من 12 قصة قصيرة.
7 قصص منها لم تعجبني , و 3 قصص أعجبتني كثيرا, ولعلها هي التي شفعت للكتاب فقيمته بـ3/5

القصص التي أعجبتني :

"الحسناء النائمة والطائرة" قصة قصيرة جدا تقع في 10 صفحات. جميلة جدا, تبدأ عندما رآها في المطار مرورا بجلوسه بجانبها في الطائرة ..حتى إنتهاء الرحلة.

"أتيت كي أستخدم الهاتف فقط" آه ماذا فعلت بي هذه القصة ! قصة مخيفة و مثيرة للأعصاب, أعجبتني كثيرا.

"أثر دمك في الثلج" كانت آخر قصة في الكتاب ..وكما يقولون "ختامها مسك" :) , أحببتها .. وكدت أنسى
Latifa Alasfour

صافحت ماركيز للمرة الأولى خلال هذه المجموعة القصصية. لابد وأنه عالم عجيب، مليء بالقصص والأحداث الغرائبية، أؤكد لروحي بأنني وبلا شك دخلت أفقا جديد ومحطة سرد جديدة، ماركيز دافئ رغم جفافه وواقعيته، يؤمن بالأبراج كثيرا على ما أعتقد، ويظن أن النهاية لابد أن تأتي بسيطة لتغلق فم الدهشة براحة.
كل ما في الأمر هو أنني حين بدأت القراءة كنت بحاجة لشيء يرتفع بقلبي وحسي، يلون مخيلتي التي أصابتها الهشاشة قليلا، يرطب لساني بتعابير حالمة ورقيقة، لكن ماركيز أتى صريحا وواضحا وحقيقي، كنت كما لو أنني أستمع لقصة ما غ
Jun 09, 2007 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange Pilgrims is a collection of short stories that Gabriel Garcia Marquez had rattling around his brain. The stories hardly carry the heft and magic of his novels, but some of them are quite striking. "I Only Came to Use the Phone" and "The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow" are both haunting stories about husbands searching for wives who have suddenly disappeared. In the former, the wife has been mistakenly locked in a mental hospital whose bureaucracies and catch-22s prevent her from leaving ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es la primera ocasión en que leo cuentos de Gabo, debo decir que me encantaron todos y que es muy difícil para mi elegir mi favorito de entre los doce. Gabo le es fiel a su estilo y en estos cuentos está muy bien marcado, el realismo mágico y la prosa idílica se hace presente en los doce cuentos.
¿Por qué doce, por qué cuentos y por qué peregrinos? El mismo García Márquez hace la pregunta. Cuentos que se formularon durante su vida como escritor, cuentos que soñó, cuentos que se le escaparon de los labios incluso antes de llevar al papel. Cuentos simples, fantásticos, tiernos o escalofriantes. Historias que viven sólo los peregrinos que buscan su lugar en el mundo.

Favoritos: "Sólo vine para hablar por teléfono", "Tu rastro de sangre en la nieve" y "El avión de la bella durmiente."
Lisa (Likenbooks)
Mar 25, 2016 Lisa (Likenbooks) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was part of my Author's birthday month read. Marquez was born in March so like me he's a Pisces, yes!!

I haven't read many short stories and I wasn't sure how I would feel about this one. I can honestly say out of these 12 stories there were only about 3-4 that I wasn't too fond of but otherwise I really enjoyed the rest. My issue with short stories is that of course it leaves me wanting more and that's what happened in this case. Overall, I loved the characters, the scenery, the writing, th
I have read some of this book as a Penguin 60, in which four of these were re-published.

Like that review, I have stuck it is a spoiler, as with stories so short it is hard not to give plot information... but no more than other reviews have... and I don't think I have spoiled them...

As it explains on the back of my edition - 12 stories of Latin Americans in Europe, Linked by themes of displacement and exile, vivid stories of love loneliness, death and memories of past life.

(view spoiler)
Aug 06, 2011 Rodrigo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hace poco me enteré de que en la mayoría de las escuelas de Canadá y EUA prácticamente no se enseña literatura latinoamericana. Después leo este libro y lo único que puedo sentir es pena por todas aquellas personas que no han estado en contacto (y probablemente, nunca lo estarán) con maravillas como ésta. No hay mucho que se pueda decir de García Márquez que no suene trillado: el señor es maravilloso. Si bien ha tenido algunos "faux pas" (como todos los autores), definitivamente me alegro de que ...more
Кремена Михайлова
Не при всеки автор харесвам разкази, в които има едно лутане, едно неслучване… Поне два бяха такива, че и повече – едно бавно стигане до края, който може да се каже, че е по-ярък от пътуването към него. Но на мен с носенето на действието на една педя над земята в целия разказ ми беше комфортно (при писането думичката разказ беше с грешки, но се получи много интересно „разкъс“ – някои наистина са “раз-къс“:)).

Любими: "Дойдох само да се обадя по телефона" и "Следата от кръвта ти по снега". Симпат
Jan 12, 2009 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only read "100 Years...", which is beyond a doubt a true masterpiece.

Here, some stories seem irregular. Thats about all I can find as detriment to this clever collection of short (some EXTREMELY so) stories. They all have several things in common: the protagonists are Latinoamericanos in olde Europa. The settings pan around the continent from Madrid to the Spanish coast, London, France, Italia... etc. The prose is good enough to inspire one to fly over there post haste... everything just
Feb 21, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the short story "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," which has been an enchanting but brief introduction to Marquez, _Strange Pilgrims_ is my first real encounter with his writing, which is a steady-handed mix of precision and warmth. His story-telling is urbane, evoking a 20th century past nether-world in which what for a sub-urban American is strangeness (the migrating pain of an ousted president-in-exile, the weightless body of a saint, a woman who makes a living by selling her dr ...more
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of the last 100 years, and probably of all time. He is the king of magical realism, and writes with a beauty and deftness that leaves the reader almost breathless. This fantastic(al) coherent set of short stories, while not necessarily the happiest of collections, is absolutely fascinating and entrancing. Usually, with a collection of short stories, you find at least one that you're at least somewhat disappointed with. Not so with ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Damir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although he is not really famous for a genre of short stories, Marquez's style is a perfect reader's delight also in a short form. His storytelling is dynamic, his sentences carefully crafted, and the power to intrigue a reader for the world he's creating immense. The stories are focusing on Latinoamericans in Europe, and all of his characters are given with a remarkable quirky detail, immediately at the beginning of each story, which makes the introduction and immersing to the story even more i ...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 ne
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