The Autumn of the Patriarch
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, renowned as a master of magical realism, creates stories that grip the imagination. Set in exotic locals, peoples with unforgettable characters, and crafted with exquisite prose, his stories transport the reader to a world that is at once fanciful and real.
One of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most intricate and ambitious works, The Autumn of the Patri...more
This is my fourth Garcia Marquez book and this is said to be his most difficult book to read. It took him four (1968-1971) years to write this book. Four years. He wrote this as a follow up novel to his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude that catapulted him to stardom in the world literary arena. This was his most recent novel when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
I picked this 1001 book because there was a new member in our book club who is also a GGM...more
The novel concerns the nameless dictator of a nameless Caribbean nation; principally it is the story of his decline and death with added detail concerning his bloody reign. He has...more
And when the story abo...more
خطب الديكتاتور الموزونة،،قصيدة لمحمود درويش
وكلاهما يخطان السيرة ذاتها!"
للوهلة الأولى،وربما تنتهي من الفصل الأول دون أن تفهم شيئاً،أو بمعنى أدق-مش عارف وين راس الرواية و وين رجليها!-وهذا بسبب كيفية صياغة العبارت،في طريقة فريدة من نوعها.
حقاً،لحتى هذه اللحظة،أقفُ عاجزة أمام عبقرية هذا الرجل -على الأقل- في كيفية صياغة الجمل،صياغة جمل طويلة جداً،بحيث أنه نادراً ما استخدم الفواصل والنقاط! ربما استخدم نقطة واحدة فقط في فصل كامل.
قرأتها بالعربية،،ويقول المُترجم أنه حاول قدر المُستطا...more
It's racy, delusional, oh so very violent (in language, sex, war, illness, execution, thought, etc.), and even comical at times. Each time I laugh, I feel a tinge of guilt - like the uncontrollable snicker at a disabled person tripping over their untied shoelaces into a puddle of water.
I've decided that it's b...more
شعرت بالفراغ الرهيب عقب انتهائي منها
رواية أحضرها ماركيز لنا من الجحيم مباشرة ..
ولنا أذواق ..
أعطيت هذه الرواية مع مجموعة روايات أخرى لأحد أصدقائي، فكانت هذه أول الكتب رجوعًا لي (وآخرها عاد بعد سنة ونصف تقريبًا ^_^ )، وقال أنه لم يستطع تجاوز الفصل الأول!!
لا أعلم، ولكنها مازلت تبهرني حتى الثمالة!!
Дали съм свикнала със стила на Маркес, дали тази творба наистина е изумителна – четох я много лесно,...more
The story of your typical Latin tyrant, but with a little twist in detail which makes him more of a criminal, pervert, lo...more
I read this one after the 25th January revolution in Alexandria
how fragile was that dictator in both the novel and reality makes so dump how could we let him treat us like that
how could we let him get so corrupted
you can't imagine the similarity between that dictator and those we had in the arabic world
Mubarak sold Egypt to foreigners
Ben Ali and that other one before him had all the women in Tunisia
And of course Qaddafi and that one I...more
a) I do not care about a book's having a 'sense of place.'
b) I loathe 'lush prose.'
c) It's just so popular.
There are good reasons for me to like stereotypical magical re...more
As much as The General is great and extraordinary in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Autumn of a Patriarch, he is also pathetic, repulsive, and loathsome. This lends to his power and magnetism, yet his rule is the decay of our morals, the degradation of the sense of self and esteem for t...more
Ho letto molti libri di Márquez, negli anni. Già da quando frequentavo il liceo.
Mi ricordo che Macondo (la città magica, inventata, tropicale, in cui è ambientato Cent’anni di solitudine) mi aveva così catturato che avrei voluto farci un viaggio. R...more
Very dreamlike and compelling. Don't be intimidated by the paragraphless format, the sparse punctuation or the constantly shifting prspective. That would certainly be a problem if applied by less capable hands then Marquez's, but in this case we're dealing with a narrative that is less discursive and then impressionistic. It's like hearing the collective thought of a whole town about one subject.
Remarkable. Probably the closest we'll see to oral story-telling in print form.
In most ways, this craftsmanship was The Autumn of the Patriarch's greatest strength. There can be absolutely no doubt, both from the history of the author to what's present in the reading, tha...more
Unfortunately it's also nearly impossible to wrap your brain around. Without any chapter breaks or paragraphing to speak of, with fewer periods on a page than there are uncommercialized countries in the world, it's nearly impossible to read leisurely. You have to race through, trying to hold all the ideas tog...more
He started as a journalist, and has written many acclaimed non-fiction works and short st...more