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No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  11,292 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
Novela, napisana između 1956. -1957. i izdana 1961., je priča o siromašnom, umirovljenom pukovniku, veteranu rata, koji se još uvijek nada svojoj mirovini koja mu je obećana prije petnaest godina. Pukovnik živi sa svojom astmatičnom ženom u malom selu u kojem od jedanaest sati navečer vlada policijski sat. Radnja počinje sprovodom na koji se pukovnik sprema poći. Umro je g ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1973 by Bard Books published by Avon (first published 1961)
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Jason Koivu
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, short-story
No One Writes to the Colonel is a prototypical nothing-happens short story in which the reader is swept up in the gorgeous writing and is more than willing to overlook the nothingness.

It's the same kind of beautiful nothingness as the Grand Canyon. You walk up to the edge of this magnificent hole and marvel at the void and all its intricacies, the jagged edges, the visible layers of time, and the certainty that although all you see right now is inertia, you know that at one time something of gr
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010 version)
No One Writes to the Colonel proves once again that no one writes like Gabriel Garcia Marquez (born 1927). At least for me. Oh I love his prose. This book, first published in 1961, is about an unnamed colonel who fought during the Thousand Days War (1899-1902). He and his wife are now old, sickly and have just lost their only son. They have no money so they have been selling their properties and now left with almost nothing except an old clock and their son's rooster. As a former respected colon ...more
Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
'Hope is a good thing,may be the best of things. And no good thing ever die.'
This story is all about hope and whenever I think of hope,these are the lines that come into my head.
Poverty.. It's a really horrible condition.. They might say that being poor in life is better than being poor in soul.. But going to sleep with an empty stomach every day will have a real negative effect on your soul. There is no dignity in being poor and having to beg for daily food,if one is not doing it our of mere w
Knarik Avetisyan
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Unlike many other Garcia Marquez works, the novel mostly does not fall within the magic realism genre, as it includes only one magical event.
The main characters of the novel are not named, adding to the feeling of insignificance of an individual living in Colombia. The colonel and his wife, who have lost their son to political repression, are struggling with poverty and financial instability. The corruption of the local and national officials is evident and this is a topic which Garcia Marquez e
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
2 1/2 stars

This isn't one of Gabriel García Márquez's magical realism books no matter what the Goodreads genres say. This is a collection of vignettes showing the terrible state of a country after a grand revolution. In this case Columbia but it might have been any number of places, human beings being what they are all over the world. It's like a story that comes after the big wedding and everyone toodled off smiling about the 'Happy Ever After'. This books seems to say 'well you got what you sa
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find this book very interesting. For one, it taught me what I like and don't like about short stories. I'm not a huge short story fan, but I have found several authors whose stories I love (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, O'Connor...). What I don't like about stories is when they don't have a full plot and end abruptly without any real resolution or purpose other than presenting a snapshot of life. Those sorts of episodes belong in novels. I love stories that are fully plotted. They might not have a ne ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once you've read enough of Gabriel García Márquez, you'll realise, deep down, it's all the same story. And even more strangely, even if you've loved each one of those, like me, you'll accept, it was not about the story. Never. And when you've reached that point, it doesn't matter if the story had 6 pages or 600. It's just the same. Because what Márquez presents, that others cannot, isn't bound by the limits of a story or the length of it. He's the master of the small. The little words. The short ...more
Oto Bakradze
იმედი მაგარი რამეა, შეიძლება ყველაზე მაგარიც კი.

"სიღარიბის ყველაზე ცუდი თვისება ის არის, რომ ადამიანს აიძულებს იცრუოს".
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: كولومبيا
في حوار بين شخصيتين في سيناريو لكلوديا مارشيليان

أ: يا الله كم أنت مزيف
ب: أنا مش مزيف .. أنا ممسوح .. أنا مسفلت

هنا هذه الرواية القصيرة عن رجل ممسوح يعيش حياة مزيفة

لا حاجة بي أن أتكلم عن أسلوب هذه القصة القصيرة .. فهو أسلوب ماركيز المعتاد ذاته ..

فإن كنت من محبي ماركيز فاقرأ هذه الروعة وإلا فابتعد لأن لا جديد تحت شمس ماركيز

:أما عن القصص القصيرة

أجمل غريق في العالم
نذر الآخرة
لغز عابرة المحيط

ستجد متعة جميلة ورعشة خفيفة عندمل تلتقي بعالم الفانتازيا الواقعية
في بعضها والسحرية في أخرى


بالرغم من قراء
Larry Bassett
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listen to this book in the audible format. I have read some of the reviews of others here on Goodreads and recommend that you do likewise. It seems that this author has a lot to say but I have to admit that I must've missed it. This is the story about poverty and hope. The old couple is still waiting for the man's pension after 15 years. He fought for his country and now has been forgotten. Poverty and the battle against it is a main focus in my intellectual and political life.
Anamaria Koridze
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually encountered El coronel no tiene quien le escriba at the age of 18 as part of my Spanish studies in high school. After studying Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) the year before, I thought that this was a waste of my time and absolutely hated this book because Chronicle of a Death Foretold was a sublime read and to me, at that time, No One Writes to the Colonel seemed like a bore. However, having read it a few more times before entering university to do my ...more

Sharper stories then you might think, since GGM is mostly known for his epics and sprawling narratives.

You do get a sense that he's sort of warming up for the bigger stuff gestating in his subconscious. The writing, though excellent, seems a little bit pinched, as in cramped by limitations of form. Not too noticeably but still since you know the reputations of what's yet to come (I haven't read his huge works yet, just give me time!) you get a feeling that he's hampered by the condensed quality
Khalid Almoghrabi
رواية خيبت أمالي وأنا انتظر نهايتها وإذ بي انتقل لقصة أخرى دون أن اعلم. الرواية - لا أحد يكاتب الكولونيل - مبتورة ومفتوحة لأي نهاية تريد وضعها وتكمن فلسفتها في إنسان يعيش على حلم الماضي ويصر انه يوما ما سيأتي متناسيا الواقع المرير الذي يعيش فيه أو يعيشه من معه.
الرواية جميلة باستقاطاتها ضعيفه بحبكتها
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Повесть «Полковнику никто не пишет» наверное одна из лучших книг Габриэля Гарсии Маркеса.

Столь длительные надежды и ожидания, боль главной потери, и главное надежда, которая порой выходит за рамки разумного…

Данное произведение должно понравиться большинству читателей. А вот само окончание я бы немного изменил, всё же автор переборщил немного в самом финале…
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There isn’t really much left to say about Senor Marquez. He is the supreme storyteller, the master of transforming the most simple and spare prose into something so magically vivid and colourful. Latin America grows in mystique every time I read him, and it’s a life goal for me to discover the continent in person (although in mind and soul, his writing has already transported me there). Much like the Southern Gothic writers, he has the ability to create a unique and dizzying sense of place (albe ...more
Ranendu  Das
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
|| বুড়ো করনেলের কিসযা ||

(No one writes to the Colonel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Penguin)

লাতিন আমেরিকা দেশগুলো যেন আমারই দেশের মত...

মানুষগুলো হতচছিনন গরীব, রাজনীতি আর সামাজিক শোষনের শিকার...

তবে, আমার দেশের সাথে পারথকয এই যে সে দেশের বুড়ো করনেলের হার মানে না, সে সানতিয়াগোর মতই জেদী, তারা সব কিছুর শেষ দেখেই ছাড়ে...

তাদের ভেতরে যেন সবসময় লড়াইয়ের সপরধা কাজ করে, হার মানতে চায় না তাদের হৃদয়...

তাদের এই হার না মানা হৃদয়ের জনযই, যখন মন অনয কিছু চায়, তখন বুড়ো করনেলের সাথে, তার সমুদর-ঘেরা শহরের পাথুরে পথ ধরে
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great way to start the year. Spend some time with the Colonel, a man who spends his days waiting for his retirement pension from the government to finally begin to arrive, hoping against hope that the mad bureaucracy of the government will pull it together before he runs out of money. Poor guy's son even got take from him; the only thing he has left of the boy is a fighting rooster on its way to the pits. His wife wants to just get rid of it, it eats their food, which is expensive, and they do ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent nothingness! 😃
Simay Yildiz
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been my favorite author for eleven years now. When I was a sophomore in high school, there was a book called Red Monday (English title: Chronicles of a Death Foretold) on our reading list. You know how they usually make you read physically big and heavy books in world literature class? Well, this one was a tiny book, and I suspected two things: 1) It was going to be such a tough book and we were all going to flunk the test; 2) It was such
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read with some alarm my book review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, my wife – who hails from Latin America herself – gave me for Christmas this year a copy of Gabo’s short story “No One Writes to the Colonel”. Her hope, naturally, is that I would find in that short story the magic that I found so lacking in “One Hundred Years”.

This short story by Gabo is much simpler than his longer works. The story follows the life of a retired colonel who is slowly starving
Lukasz Pruski
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabriel Garcia Marquez' masterpiece "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is one of my most favorite books. His "No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories" is certainly not of the same caliber, although - to me - one of the stories is a gem that redeems the whole collection.

The plot of the title novella takes place during troubled times in Colombia - the 1950's La Violencia that claimed lives of more than 100,000 people. The novella presents a grim and extremely sad story about an elderly couple:
Prove tecniche di trasmissione.

Sì, direi che questo è il modo più sintetico per definire questa raccolta di racconti. Che ha, intendiamoci bene, una sua ricchezza e una sua completa autonomia, ma che è certo, anche, evidente segno che Gabo stava già, forse ancora a sua stessa insaputa, elaborando quell’universo particolare che, di lì a qualche anno, sarebbe diventata la straordinaria Macondo di Cent’anni di solitudine. E Macondo è, come la gabbia di fil di ferro creata da Baltazar in uno di que
سلمى Selma Mohaimeed
أكثر ما يلفت في هذه القصص القصيرة نهاياتها العبقرية .
Jee Koh
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No One Writes to the Colonel is a collection of short stories. The title story is quite long, however, and is the most substantial of the lot. The eponymous colonel and his wife live in the most penurious circumstances while waiting for his government pension. They share the little that they have with a fighting cock, whom everyone in town believes will win the coming cock fights. The animal very quickly becomes the symbol of hope for a hopeless community. The colonel's wife tries to persuade hi ...more
Eric Kennedy
My thoughts on "No One Writes to the Colonel" are summed up by saying that the book was simply okay. The title story is the most interesting one in the collection, but the remaining stories, collected in the section, "Big Mama's Funeral," are nothing more than short character sketches that were plodding and uninteresting. Many of the stories ended abruptly, and I felt that I had very little idea of what, if anything, happened. The most interesting parts of the characters' lives seemed to have be ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slim volume containing the following stories: No One Writes To The Colonel, Tuesday Siesta, One Of These Days, There Are No Thieves In This Town, Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon, Montiel's Widow, One Day After Saturday, Artificial Roses, Big Mama's Funeral.

Written in Gabriel Garcia-Marquez's typical style, which, if you are familiar with him, is both lyrical and nostalgic, magical and yet somehow specific, No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories isn't a heafty read, but it is heavy on i
Regina Andreassen
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a simple but magnificient work! Since I speak a few languages, I read El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba (as it is called in Spanish) in both Spanish and English. The first time I did was probably when I was still in high school, but not because the teacher told me, but because my father had hundreds of book in his studio. There were wonderful collections, one of them was Garcia Marquez's. All of the works Garcia Marquez wrote by that time were there. I was captivated by this one, but not ...more
Shadin Pranto
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old veteran colonel waiting for 15 years for his pension. He lives with his sick wife and his son killed by the autocrat government because he was preaching leftism.

Old colonel saw a deadbody, he saw a normal death after many years. Every week he went to the launch station to the post office, he found every time that no letter came to him. Then he said "No one writess me".

In a local doctors chembar he read newspaper, he found all important were vanished from newspaper because Columbia was th
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this novella in one sitting. A proud and stoical colonel, un-named veteran of the Thousand Day War in Colombia has waited 15 years for his military pension. Each week he meets the mail boat, but no one writes to the colonel. Utterly poignant in a Dickensian way; the helplessness and solitude of the individual is at the centre of this powerful piece. The denigration of the individual is maintained vividly, throughout.
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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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