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The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez
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Jul 29, 2008

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A provocative read into the psyche of Bolivar. I feel as though I am hamstrung by my own ignorance of South American history during this period, as well as much of Bolivar's life.

It was fascinating to read into the inner politics between his generals and him. The names really lacked meaning they should have.

All that set aside, Marquez does an admirable job delving into the existential questions that Bolivar faced, or that Bolivar should have been asking himself in the first place. The novel slowly but surely plods -- as slowly as Bolivar must have sailed down that river -- until it reaches a euphoric climax in the final pages. The ending is written with more poetic beauty than I recall from a novel.
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