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Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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Feb 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories
Read from January 31 to February 12, 2010

Next to Borges, Garcia Marquez is my favorite Latin American writer— at his best, he's wise and lyrical, and presents a vision of reality that's utterly unique. I'd read a few of his short novellas, like "No One Writes to the Colonel" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold", but until now, I hadn't spent any time with his short stories. That was a major oversight— while his early stories (from "Eyes of a Blue Dog") are overwrought, the ones from "Big Mama's Funeral" and "Innocent Erendira" are excellent, and as good as anything in One Hundred Years of Solitude (which features some of the same characters). In particular, "There Are No Thieves in This Town", "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings", "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" and "Blacaman The Good", rank with the best short stories I've ever read.

Worth noting: this collection was published in 1984, so it doesn't include any stories after that— I'm guessing there will be an Omnibus "Complete Stories" coming out in the next few years with more recent work.

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Nate D Thanks for the motivation to read a book that I picked up ages ago and have been sitting on for no good reason until now.

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