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The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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Mar 16, 2012

it was ok
Read from March 01 to 15, 2012

Having read most of Garcia Marquez I didn't expect this to be an easy read. His navel gazing characters are familiar to me and I struggle to see beyond the narcissistic behaviour of characters who seem to be bogged down by their own place in the world. All of his books are political and heavily moralistic (catholic). I didn't enjoy this one. The heavy plodding of the general from page one to the end was excruciating repetitive and the political connections too packed and complicated to follow. OK, so the man was a hero in a land that eats their heroes and spits on them the last days of their lives. In South America the best career move some of these heroes make is to end their lives in agony. It's not only the Italians who go for drama. I don't know any women who would enjoy this book but maybe men would relate to it.

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