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La Mala Hora

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  3,205 ratings  ·  215 reviews
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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Plaza y Janes (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
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انگار کتاب، مجموعه ای بود از ایده ها، اتفاقات و شخصیت های ناکامل...انگار که هنوز جای کار داشت و نباید تموم میشد

فضای مخوف دهکده خیلی خوب توصیف شده. مقامات حکومت اصرار دارند که وضع فرق کرده و در مملکت دموکراسی برقرار شده ولی مردم مطمئنند که وضع مثل گذشتس.حتب با بازگشت اختناق و حکومت نظامی (برای دستگیری عاملان هجونامه ها) مردم به جای ترسیدن خوشحالند که از درست در امدن تحلیل و پیش بینی هاشون حس پیروزی در مقابل حکومت دارند.

مقامات شهر که سعی در داشتن ظاهری ابرومند دارند در نهایت مجبور میشوند برای برای
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
إسلام خالد

في ساعة نحس .. وهى رواية نحس
نشرات فضائح تُعلَّق على الأبواب بشكل سري ..
لعنة لأهل البلدة
بها أسرارهم .. لكن لم يعرف أحد من كاتبها
كل شخصية في الرواية تحتاج لرواية أخرى
الكاهن ودينه الضعيف
والعمدة الشيطاني
والحلاق الفيلسوف
والقاضي مزدوج الشخصية
وطبيب الأسنان
وعازف الفجر
والسيدة العمياء بنبوءاتها ..إلخ
يعيبها الملل .. كما أن الترجمة ضعيفة جداً
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
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
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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
Simay Yildiz
Bu yazının orijinali CAN'la Bir Sene'de yayınlandı.

Ah be ah! Uzun zamandır kitap okurken böyle ağlamamıştım. Yok, kitapta ağlatacak bir şey yok aslında. Beni çok ağlatan, Marquez'i, en en en en en sevdiğim yazarı yeni kaybetmiş olmamıza ek olarak Şer Saati'nin bana Marquez'e aşık olmamı sağlayan Kırmızı Pazartesi kitabını hatırlatmasıydı... Ah be ah! Belirsizlikleri, isimsiz yerleri bile sanki hepsinin önemli bir parçasıymışsınız gibi içinize işleyen bir adam bu!

Yine kimisine tuhaf gelecek karak
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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
Erica
I grew up in a small village in South America, next to a river just like in this story. GGM describes life in South America as few can. I am used to having the military policing the streets, martial law and of course corruption is a way of life. Although I absolutely love GGM's work, I have to say this is my least favorite. I never would have imagined giving him anything less than 5 stars, I'm glad this was not the first book I read of his. There are too many characters that were not very well d ...more
Chortle
I tried "A Hundred Years of Solitude" and couldn't get into it. I felt as if maybe there was something I was missing and most likely it was the length of the novel that was intimidating, so I was glad to take another attempt at Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The plot gets repetitive and annoying. There are some stylistic choices that I absolutely love, so I will most likely reread and then donate.

The pace is slow and there is a level of tension he achieves, I don't know how he gets there, but I really
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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.
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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
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Hetal Shah
One of Marquez's early works and so worth a read as an introduction to the author and to understand the evolution of his craft. At sub-200 pages, it's also a quick read.

The best thing about the Book is the setting. Dead mice everywhere in the church. Overpowering heat that takes a break only when it starts pouring. And when it pours you'd think it'd go on till December. The river that gives a menacing look and smells of death. The sense of place is created very well: You are constantly reminded
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Miss J
This reminded me a bit of John Steinbeck's "Tortilla Flat". I admire both Garcia Marquez and Steinbeck and have thoroughly enjoyed their major works like most readers here. However, "Tortilla Flat" like "In Evil Hour" shows how great maestros also need time to craft their skills. Both are early works of these two amazing writers and include many of the themes and elements that they would later use again in their major works. But "In Evil Hour" didn't captivate me that much. The first half of the ...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)
Mick Leach
This is one of GM's earlier novels. Set in a village/small town somewhere in the middle of Columbian nowhere it's somewhat like "100yrs of Solitude", and indeed some of the characters crop up in both books, but not as good. There is his usual brilliant use of words and excellent turns of phrase, and humour, but without the magical air of Macondo. The absurdity begins with someone each night putting up posters detailing the supposedly clandestine goings on (ie illicit relationships)of the townsfo ...more
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
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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 a
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