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Collected Stories

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Collected here are twenty-six of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories, presented in the chronological order of their publication in Spanish from three volumes: Eyes of a Blue Dog, Big Mama's Funeral, and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother. Combining mysticism, history, and humor, the stories in thi ...more
Paperback, First Harper Perennial Modern Classics Edition, 352 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published January 1st 1976)
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Fernando
Oct 13, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este volumen de cuentos es esencial tanto para los que aman la literatura de Gabriel García Márquez como para quienes no lo conozcan y quieran adentrarse en su magia única y maravillosa a la hora de narrar historias. En realidad son cuatro de sus libros en uno, puesto que incluye “Ojos de Perro Azul”, “Los funerales de la Mamá Grande”, “La increíble y triste historia de la cándida Eréndira y de su abuela desalmada” y “Doce Cuentos Peregrinos”. Algunos me gustaron mucho más que otros, pero más al ...more
Jacob
Jan 01, 2010 Jacob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-2009
December 2009

Some possibilities:

1) I may have gone in over my head with this one. Gabriel García Márquez is quite the writer, and I probably lack the fortitude to deal with his imaginative genius. Magical realism may not be my thing, and my expectations on reading from this were unrealistic: having read and loved "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" a few years ago, my mistake was to assume the entire three-collections-in-one-volume collection would be just as simple and delightful. Perhaps Garc
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Stefania T.
Aug 07, 2015 Stefania T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite

"Sprofondò in una grata geografia, in un mondo facile, ideale; un mondo come disegnato da un bambino, senza equazioni algebriche, senza addii amorosi e senza forze di gravità".

Quando mi succedono incontri, viaggi, letture, cibi e passamanerie, mi chiedo spesso quale sarà il loro ruolo - nel quadro complessivo, a conti fatti - quale sarà il loro valore nella mia vita, che è il mare che tutti li contiene.
A volte, però, davanti a quel tipo di bellezza che non potevi concepire, i ruoli si invertono:
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Fahad
Jan 31, 2012 Fahad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
القصص القصيرة الكاملة

يضم هذا الكتاب المجموعات القصصية التالية (عينا كلب أزرق)، (جنازة الأم الكبيرة)، (القصة الحزينة التي لا تصدق لإيرنديرا البريئة وجدتها القاسية) و(اثنتا عشرة قصة قصيرة مهاجرة).

افتتحت بهذا الكتاب العام الجديد، كنت آمل أن ماركيز سيمنحني دفعة جميلة، ولكن للأسف تجرعت الكتاب ببطء طيلة الشهر، لا أدري ما الذي حدث؟ هل كان مزاجي لا يتناسب مع الواقعية السحرية هذه الأيام؟ أم أن المجموعة ولأنها كتبت على مدى 34 عاماً جعلها ثقيلة، أرجح هذا الاحتمال، لأني استمتعت بالمجموعتين الأخيرتين أكثر
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Radwa
Jul 09, 2014 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة قصص ماركيز القصيرة شبيهة لدرجة كبيرة برواياته حتى في إسهابها وتفاصيلها الكثيرة وطولها في حالة بعض القصص، لدرجة جعلتني أتذكر رواياته المذهلة.

وقبل تعليقي على القصص، أبدي حزني على الترجمة، على رغم كونها جيدة بعض الشئ إلا أن هناك الكثير من الأخطاء في ترجمة الكلمات لبعض القصص التي قرأتها بالانجليزية من قبل والتي أعرفها، لذلك لاحظت الكثير من الأخطاء وهذا سئ، لأن القصص جيدة فعلا!

بالعودة إلى القصص، أعجبني معظمها مثل:
"عينا كلب أزرق" وكيف أنها تدور في حلمي شخصين مختلفين على ما يبدو ويتقابلان في الح
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Ayman Zaaqoq
Aug 10, 2010 Ayman Zaaqoq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عندما تقرأ لأديب عملاق مثل ماركيز فإن سقف طموحاتك يطاول السماء، لكنك تكون مهموما بعوامل أخرى كالترجمة، خصوصا وأن الروايات المكتوبة بغير الانجليزية لا تكون عادة مترجمة إلى العربية من لغتها الأم، وإنما تكون مترجمة من ترجمات أخرى وسيطة كالانجليزية و الفرنسية.
لكن هذا الكتاب مختلف، فقد اجتمعت فيه الترجمة الجيدة جدا - المباشرة و الأدبية - للمنوفي مع الأدب الأصيل الذهبي لماركيز مع غلاف جميل للفنانة فاطمة العرارجي، بالإضافة إلى طباعة جيدة و سعر زهيد للغاية.
الكتاب يضم اثنتا عشرة قصة قصيرة من الناحية الفن
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Rashaan
Jun 28, 2009 Rashaan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez is like coming home, a home crammed with the most wondrous oddities. Birds of wild plumage. Winds that scrape against sanity. Seas that overcome and drown you. But there's not a trace of cold heart-stopping fear. Marquez's realms are Sublime.

Collected Stories is a compilation of three collections: Eyes of A Blue Dog, Big Mama's Funeral, and The Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother. Respectively, each of these collections were originally published
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Clark
Jun 15, 2007 Clark rated it really liked it
So, first of all, I have been reading this off and on for about three years now and I finally decided about two weeks ago to give it a serious effort from the beginning. This is more than just an interesting collection of stories; it's a document of Marquez's growth as a writer. The first third of the book is frankly pretty terrible. It's filled with failed experiments in which Marquez grows closer to developing his signature magical realism, but these experiments instead come off as ghost stori ...more
Aseel
Jan 05, 2015 Aseel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اولا الترجمة جيدة ويتناول الكتاب مختارات قصصية منتقاة بدقة عالية فأولا نجد قصص مثل : الصيف السعيد للسيدة فوربس , وهي اول قصة يجب أن تقرأها في هذا الكتاب. ثم ريح الشمال , وبعد ذلك لك الحرية , واخترت القصتين دون غيرهما لانهما يمثلان دفعة جيدة لقراءة كافة القصص ,على عكس ما بدأ به الكتاب , والذي يؤدي إلى فتور اهتمامك بالكتاب , حيث بدأ بقصة يا إما مملة , يا إما سيئة الترجمة , او بكل بساطة لم افهمها او اتذوقها .لذى وجب علي التنويه.
Amber
Sep 03, 2011 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-adult
Marquez is the David Lynch of fiction - these stories read like dreams and every one is shot through with death. Beautiful corpses, drowned travelers, silent diseases, wandering spirits, unexpected magic, elegant decay.

Once I realised that these were stories of atmosphere and were not, like Borges or Calvino, meant to give some kind of philosophical or intellectual satisfaction -- that rather, like dreams, they weave mysteries that aren't meant to be solved -- well, I liked them a bit better. St
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Katsumi
Jan 08, 2010 Katsumi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hispano-american
Dear Gabo:
In you works many impulses and traditions cross each other. Folk culture, including oral storytelling, reminiscences from old Indian culture, currents from Spanish baroque in different epochs, influences from European surrealism and other modernism are blended into a spiced and life-giving brew. From it derives material and inspiration. The violent conflicts of political nature - social and economic - raise the temperature of the intellectual climate. Your superlative writing skills a
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Melinda
May 12, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Collected Stories contains twenty six short stories divided into three sections. The stories are in chronological order of their publication. You read Gabriel Marquez from his very early days to his more seasoned tenure as a writer.

Gabriel Marquez writings as a whole clearly improves over time, this collection proves this point. The earlier stories were nothing spectacular and as the collection grows so does Marquez and his writing.

I have enjoyed Gabriel Marquez in both short stories and novel
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Mohammed Hussam
Sep 04, 2015 Mohammed Hussam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يحتوي الكتاب على أربع مجموعات قصصية -(عينا كلب أزرق)، (جنازة الأم الكبيرة)، (القصة الحزينة التي لا تصدق لإيرنديرا البريئة وجدتها القاسية) و(اثنتا عشرة قصة قصيرة مهاجرة)- مكتوبة حسب التسلسلل التاريخي..
لم تعجبني المجموعة الأولى..
الثانية كانت أفضل قليلاً..
أخر مجموعتين تستحقان القراءة، وتكشفان عظمة ماركيز كأديب أصيل..
Shawn
"'What I like about you,' she said, 'is the serious way you make up nonsense.'" Innocent Eréndira from, "The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother"

Eréndira's quote is for her lover, Ulises, but it is what every reader who has ever fallen in love with Garbriel Garcia Márquez' writing wished he or she had stated about him. For me, this quote sums up my feelings about Márquez. Whenever I pick up his texts, I prepare myself for the most serious nonsense in Litera
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Shaun
Overall this was an interesting read especially since I'm a fan of Marquez and relished seeing the evolution of his writing over time.

Though Marquez's voice was strong in the early stories, I'm not sure these more abstract attempts at magical realism represent his best work, though I suspect they served as a basis for his future writings and were a necessary step in his development as a writer. As a result, the first several stories weren't what I expected, yet still worth reading if only for t
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Katie
Sep 16, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Loved it. Will write more later.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Collected Stories.

I loved them! I really did.

I came in with no expectations...and was hit immediately by the jarring realization that this book falls entirely outside the realm of the genre of book I have been occupying myself with thus far. In a good way. What did the bus driver call it? Enchanted realism. (I can't remember). But whatever the official term for it is...the stories are poised as if set in reality, but with hug
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Laura
Jul 18, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
This collection includes three sets of Garcia Marquez's short stories. The stories in this collection are organized in chronological order, and it's fascinating to see how his style evolves and changes over time. The first set of stories are incredibly abstract and focus mostly on the blurry line between life and death. For example, a young boy dies but his mother tends to him in his coffin as his body continues to grow until he dies again in his 20s. As the years pass, the stories begin to incl ...more
Crystal
Oct 18, 2010 Crystal rated it liked it
Read this one for school as we are studying "magical realism" and Gabriel Garcia Marquez is apparently the pioneer of this technique. I'm very interested to read one of his novels and probably will very soon. The short stories read like fairy tales for adults but I'm sure most of them had a deeper underlying meaning. I did really enjoy reading this collection of stories and enjoyed this much more than My Melancholy Whores.
آية  مجدي
عفوا د. علي المنوفي
رغم معرفتي الشخصية بك و بأتقانك للإسبانية، لكن ليس كل من أتقنها أجاد ترجمة ماركيز
لا أعرف ان كان إنحياز لأستاذي الروحي صالح علماني أم لا. ولكن الترجمة لا ترقى لمستوى ماركيز. فقد اختفت ملامح الواقعية السحرية في تلك الترجمة المباشرة أكثر من اللازم.
Kartik
Aug 30, 2015 Kartik rated it liked it
My dad told me that Marquez is among the greatest writers he has read so I walked in with high expectations. Some stories are good but, overall, this collection doesn't necessarily reflect the work of an all-time great. It appears that many readers and critics agree that these short stories were part of the development of the writer and were before he had perfected his craft.

What comes through in the stories is Marquez's fascination with the supernatural. The supernatural element is somewhat dar
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Tasneem
Sep 15, 2011 Tasneem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tasneem by: Ayat Mahmoud
Shelves: own-it, frndz-gifts

اللعنة على الترجمة التي تسرق روح الكاتب و تحوّل عمل رائع غير مباشر لمجرد نص عادي مصفوف و مشروح جيدًا

صُدمت بشدة منذ القصة الأولى. فليس هذا ماركيز الذي أعرفه جيدًا و قرأت له بترجمة صالح علماني و محمد أبو العطا عن النص الأصلي الأسباني..

يبدو جليا في الترجمة أن علي إبراهيم منوفي - و الذي يترجم عن الإسبانية- قرأ القصص جيدًا ثم نحاها جانبا و قام بكتابة ما فهمه و المغزى و الرسالة من كل قصة. فأضاع ميزة الدهشة التي تُغلف كتابة ماريكز و غيّر في ملامح النص الأصلي و جرد ماركيز من روحه..

منذ القصة الأولى " الإ
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Greg Brown
Jun 28, 2009 Greg Brown rated it liked it

This is the first I've read by Marquez and OK, I guess.


One of Marquez's themes that becomes clear over the course of these twenty-six stories is the way that the odd quickly becomes familiar, and how some things that are familiar are actually rather odd in practice. The first batch of stories, published as "Eyes of a Blue Dog" in Spanish, are insistently concerned with the limits of physical existence. The characters experience blindness, death, and other hardships tied to their bodies. Marquez

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فرحان
Dec 25, 2012 فرحان rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة جميلة ورائعة ربما لم تنال بعض القصص أعجابي ولكنها مجموعة رائعة بحق فانها تمثل روئيه تامه لفكر ماركيز الروائي فهذه المجموعة كتبت على مدار 35 سنة من عام 1947 إلى عام 1982

والجميل في ذلك أنك سترى التغير والتنوع في كتابة القصص لدى ماركيز وكذلك سترى الخيال المبهر الذي يجلعني وأنا اقراء الرواية أصدق أحاديثة وخيالة خصوصا قصة الضوءكالماء فهي قصة عجيبه بحق.

ملاحظات جانبية
أول قصة في هذهـ المجموعة كتابها ماركيز كان عمرهـ 20 سنه.
أول ظهور لقرية ماكوندو في خيال ماركيز عام 1955
أول ظهور لريبيكا زوجة خوسية
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abatage
Apr 15, 2009 abatage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Marquez has a talent for the surreal and this collection of short stories is a fine example. The first half of the collection wander through the completely bizarre landscapes of spirits and ethereal presence, while the second is far more structured and less fantastical.

There are a number of wonderful tragedies told in these stories and they are done with a caring and gentle touch. The writing doesn't shock or sensationalise the stories and instead presents them simply, leaving the shock and horr
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Octavio Villalpando
En lo personal me gustan más las novelas de García Márquez que sus cuentos. No es un gran cuentista pero cuando le pisa el acelerador a fondo logra muy buenos momentos. Creo que lo que pasa es que es un tanto repetitivo en algunos; desde frases, situaciones, temas en general. Digo, no es que sea algo malo, pero cuando sale con temas novedosos, aunque estén inscritos dentro de su corriente de "realismo mágico", resulta mucho más interesante que en esos donde no logra redondear la cosa eficazmente ...more
Matthew Coleman
Aug 23, 2015 Matthew Coleman rated it really liked it
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - or Gabo, as he was affectionately known - was one of the true masters of Latin American magical realism, a genre I am particularly fond of, but, while his short story collection certainly displays some of these elements (that were later put on display in his famous works like "One Hundred Years of Solitude"), the most "magical" part of this comprehensive collection were his stories that didn't say a lot. My favorite Gabo short story is not "A Very Old Man With Enormous W ...more
Sidra
May 10, 2015 Sidra rated it liked it
Shelves: latin-america
I gave this a few weeks. It's not that long but I decided to give up on it 3/4's of the way in because the writing was getting a bit tedious and dull. There were a few stories I really liked:

1) The Third Resignation, a story about a man who dies inside a body that ceased to move, but kept on growing, when he was a young boy. This description does not do it justice. The writing is very good in this story, as was the concept.

2) Eva is inside her Cat. My favourite story in this book. The writing
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David
Jan 12, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, shortstories
I had read a few of Garcia Marquez’s more famous short stories a while back—“A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings,” “The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World”—as an introduction to the concept of magical realism, and really fell hard for his writing. I was a little thrown as I began this collection of short stories, which actually presents three volumes of his stories as they were originally collected, because the style was so different from what I remembered: these were languid, solipsistic single ...more
Realini
Jul 09, 2014 Realini rated it really liked it
I Sell Dreams by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It is intriguing to find in a story by the master of Magical Realism real people. Pablo Neruda makes an appearance in this short story, and only that by he dreams something interesting.
He dreams about this outlandish woman who…dreams about his future.
And to return in full Magical Realism, the woman herself dreams about Neruda and his dream.
The irony of this very good story is that the woman who presumably can tell the future dies in the first lines of the s
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Cha
May 17, 2015 Cha rated it liked it
3 stars as I'm averaging here -- the first third of the book, I honestly found myself forcing through stories driven by the fact that most were just 4 or 5 pages long anyway. Then i read the publication data stating this Collection had in fact been arranged in chronological order of Spanish publication. This answers why his ideas were somehow convoluted at the starting stories and the magic realism that he came to own entirely throughout the years, wasnt completely mastered yet. So i expected at ...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.

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“انسحب "غابرييل غارسيا ماركيز" من الحياة الاجتماعية، لأسباب صحية . فقد أصيب بسرطان في الغدد الليمفاوية ويبدو أن حالته في تدهور مستمر...
قام ماركيز بإرسال خطاب الوداع هذا إلى أصدقائه، الذي انتشر على شبكة الإنترنت انتشاراً واسعاً. والكلمات مؤثرة للغاية تلمح من خلفها حكمة إنسان وكاتب كبير


] قال ماركيز فيه :

:
> لو وهبني الله حياة أطول لكان من المحتمل ألا أقول كل ما أفكر فيه، لكنني بالقطع كنت سأفكر في كل ما أقوله.

> كنت سأقيّم الأشياء ليس وفقاً لقيمتها المادية، بل وفقاً لما تنطوي عليه من معان.

> كنت سأنام أقلّ، وأحلم أكثر في كل دقيقة نغمض فيها عيوننا نفقد ستين ثانية من النور ، كنت سأسير بينما يتوقف الآخرون . أظل يقظاً بينما يخلد آخرون للنوم ، كنت سأستمع بينما يتكلم الآخرون . كنت سأستمتع بآيس كريم لذيذ بطعم الشكولاتة .

> لو أن الله أهداني بعض الوقت لأعيشه كنت سأرتدي البسيط من الثياب ، كنت سأتمدد في الشمس تاركاً جسدي مكشوفاً بل وروحي أيضاً .

> يا إلهي ... لو أن لي قليلاً من الوقت لكنت كتبت بعضاً مني على الجليد وانتظرت شروق الشمس .

> كنت سأرسم على النجوم قصيدة 'بنيدتي' وأحلام 'فان كوخ' كنت سأنشد أغنية من أغاني 'سرات' أهديها للقمر ، لرويت الزهر بدمعي ، كي أشعر بألم أشواكه ، وبقبلات أوراقه القرمزية .

> يا إلهي ... إذا كان مقدراً لي أن أعيش وقتاً أطول، لما تركت يوماً واحد يمر دون أن أقول للناس أنني أحبهم ، أحبهم جميعاً ، لما تركت رجلاً واحداً أو امرأة إلا وأقنعته أنه المفضل عندي ، كنت عشت عاشقاً للحب .

> كنت سأثبت لكل البشر أنهم مخطئون لو ظنوا أنهم يتوقفون عن الحب عندما يتقدمون في السن ، في حين أنهم في الحقيقة لا يتقدمون في السن إلا عندما يتوقفون عن الحب .

> كنت سأمنح الطفل الصغير أجنحة وأتركه يتعلم وحده الطيران كنت سأجعل المسنين يدركون أن تقدم العمر ليس هو الذي يجعلنا نموت بل : الموت الحقيقي هو النسيان .

> كم من الأشياء تعلمتها منك أيها الإنسان ، تعلمت أننا جميعا نريد أن نعيش في قمة الجبل ، دون أن ندرك أن السعادة الحقيقية تكمن في تسلق هذا الجبل ، تعلمت أنه حين يفتح الطفل المولود كفه لأول مرة تظل كف والده تعانق كفه إلى الأبد ، تعلمت أنه ليس من حق الإنسان أن ينظر إلى الآخر ،

> من أعلى إلى أسفل ، إلا إذا كان يساعده على النهوض ، تعلمت منك هذه الأشياء الكثيرة ، لكنها للأسف لن تفيدني لأني عندما تعلمتها كنت أحتضر .

عبر عما تشعر به دائماً ، افعل ما تفكر فيه.. لو كنت أعرف أن هذه ستكون المرة الأخيرة التي أراك فيها نائماً ، لكنت احتضنتك بقوة ، ولطلبت من الله أن يجعلني حارساً لروحك.

> لو كنت أعرف أن ”
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“They did not even have to clean off his face to know that the dead man was a stranger. The village was made up of only twenty-odd wooden houses that had stone courtyards with no flowers and which were spread about on the end of a desert-like cape. There was so little land that mothers always went about with the fear that the wind would carry off their children and the few dead that the years had caused among them had to be thrown off the cliffs. But the sea was calm and bountiful and all the men fitted into seven boats. So when they found the drowned man they simply had to look at one another to see that they were all there.” 4 likes
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