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The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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Mar 09, 08

bookshelves: world-lit
Read in March, 2008

Marquez's style seems well suited to stream of consciousness writing, and this novel's portrait of a tyrannical, despotic, utterly human "President for Life" is engrossing, to say the least.

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 together before they are inevitably jumbled into a confusing hodgepodge of decency and villainy.

Of course, this is part of Marquez's plan. His anonymous protaganist is equal parts inviting and repulsive, and melding all these traits together is utterly appropriate. It's also, to put it simply, utterly confusing.
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