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Collected here are twenty-six of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories, presented in the chronological order of their publication in Spanish from three volumes: Eyes of a Blue Dog, Big Mama's Funeral, and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother.

Combining mysticism, history, and humor, the stories in thi
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Published May 13th 2008 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published November 1st 1984)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Todos Los Cuentos = ‎Collected Stories‬, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Collected here are twenty-six of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories, presented in the chronological order of their publication in Spanish from three volumes: Eyes of a Blue Dog, Big Mama's Funeral, and The Incredible and Sad Tale of innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother.

Combining mysticism, history, and humor, the stories in this collection span more than two decades, illuminating the dev
Amalia Gkavea
“Only his own death came between him and his grave. Resigned, he listened to the drop, thick, heavy, exact, as it dripped in the other world, in the mistaken and absurd world of rational creatures.’’

In twenty-six stories from Eyes of a Blue Dog, Big Mama's Funeral, and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother, the greatness of Gabriel García Márquez is confirmed once again. Stories of communities torn apart by dispute, poverty and superstition. Stories o
Nandakishore Varma
Marquez is pure magic. It's been a long time since I've read him, except for the novella No One Writes to the Colonel two years back, so this was in effect a reintroduction to his work. And the enchantment has not faded.

Marquez resembles three of my favourite authors - William Faulkner, Franz Kafka and Ernest Hemingway. His decadent town of Macondo, where most of the stories happen in a connected universe, owes much to Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. And his prose, moving on in sentence after i
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-2010
December 2009

Some possibilities:

1) I may have gone in over my head with this one. Gabriel García Márquez is quite the writer, and I probably lack the fortitude to deal with his imaginative genius. Magical realism may not be my thing, and my expectations on reading from this were unrealistic: having read and loved "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" a few years ago, my mistake was to assume the entire three-collections-in-one-volume collection would be just as simple and delightful. Perhaps Garc
Daniel Chaikin
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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6. Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márquez
translators: Gregory Rabassa & J. S. Bernstein
published: 1984
format: 343 page paperback
acquired: December
read: Jan 18-25
rating: 4½
Original collections:
Eyes of a Blue Dog: stories 1947-1955, English translation 1968. Translated by Gregory Rabassa
Big Mama’s Funeral: stories 1962, English translation 1972. Translated by J. S. Bernstein
The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother: stories 1968-1972, English translation 1
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
You have to stay with this collection for awhile before it starts to grow on you, for it is compiled in chronological order, and throws the spotlight on the evolution of this writer and his craft as he matures towards winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The 26-story collection is comprised of selections from three volumes of short stories that were published in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. The stories in the first volume, Eyes of Blue Dog, are the hardest to read as they are interior monologues and
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez is like coming home, a home crammed with the most wondrous oddities. Birds of wild plumage. Winds that scrape against sanity. Seas that overcome and drown you. But there's not a trace of cold heart-stopping fear. Marquez's realms are Sublime.

Collected Stories is a compilation of three collections: Eyes of A Blue Dog, Big Mama's Funeral, and The Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother. Respectively, each of these collections were originally published
Priyanka Verma
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Hassan Tahir
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a Marquez fan for a while and this collection reminded me once again why that is so. Some of the short stories I'd read before as part of the Innocent Erendira collection, but it was great reading them again after over a year and with a different perspective.

The best part about this collection is that it arranges the 26 short stories in chronological form, allowing us to effectively notice the way his work changed and progressed. We start out with a Kafka-esque 'Third Resignation' and
Jun 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
So, first of all, I have been reading this off and on for about three years now and I finally decided about two weeks ago to give it a serious effort from the beginning. This is more than just an interesting collection of stories; it's a document of Marquez's growth as a writer. The first third of the book is frankly pretty terrible. It's filled with failed experiments in which Marquez grows closer to developing his signature magical realism, but these experiments instead come off as ghost stori ...more
Asha Seth
The bestest short stories from Marquez. Some just 5 pages long but packed with so much fervor and flavor.
Artificial Roses and The Sea of Lost Time were my favorites.
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hispano-american
Dear Gabo:
In you works many impulses and traditions cross each other. Folk culture, including oral storytelling, reminiscences from old Indian culture, currents from Spanish baroque in different epochs, influences from European surrealism and other modernism are blended into a spiced and life-giving brew. From it derives material and inspiration. The violent conflicts of political nature - social and economic - raise the temperature of the intellectual climate. Your superlative writing skills a
Marquez is the David Lynch of fiction - these stories read like dreams and every one is shot through with death. Beautiful corpses, drowned travelers, silent diseases, wandering spirits, unexpected magic, elegant decay.

Once I realised that these were stories of atmosphere and were not, like Borges or Calvino, meant to give some kind of philosophical or intellectual satisfaction -- that rather, like dreams, they weave mysteries that aren't meant to be solved -- well, I liked them a bit better. St
An intriguing collection of stories, grouped into three sections of thematically related tales. Honestly, it was the table of contents that made me pick this one up-- after all, how can one resist the lure of stories with titles like "Eyes of a blue dog" and "Eva is inside her cat"?! That said, I barely made it through the first set of stories, which were very... metaphysical, perhaps? I am not sure of the right word to use here, so I'll fall back on a colloquialism: they were very "out there."

May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Collected Stories contains twenty six short stories divided into three sections. The stories are in chronological order of their publication. You read Gabriel Marquez from his very early days to his more seasoned tenure as a writer.

Gabriel Marquez writings as a whole clearly improves over time, this collection proves this point. The earlier stories were nothing spectacular and as the collection grows so does Marquez and his writing.

I have enjoyed Gabriel Marquez in both short stories and novel
Overall this was an interesting read especially since I'm a fan of Marquez and relished seeing the evolution of his writing over time.

Though Marquez's voice was strong in the early stories, I'm not sure these more abstract attempts at magical realism represent his best work, though I suspect they served as a basis for his future writings and were a necessary step in his development as a writer. As a result, the first several stories weren't what I expected, yet still worth reading if only for t
John Hanson
I don't know how to review Gabo's writing. His stories seem cursory and childish, yet his themes are all too visceral: poverty, death, exploitation, ... I read a story every day or so without expectation or agenda. I didn't search for meaning or even story; I just experienced each. I'm left with an unforgettable experience and a desire to go to Columbia, rent a 4x4, and see this desert in person. ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There could not have been a better celebratory ring to mark the occasion. While statistics might mean everything and nothing at the same time, on more occasions than not, they cease to be mere numbers. Hence, when I felt a surge of contentment and a sense of fulfillment overwhelm me as the covers gently came down upon the book that I had just finished, there was a seemingly just reason for such a euphoria and the attendant statistic attached to it. I had just completed reading book No.1000. The ...more
this is hands down one of the most impressive short story collections I've ever read. it's taken me months to complete, coz I have read it only when I'm at my most Attentive which hasn't been much lately. but wow! what a literary masterpiece this collection was. a masterpiece. ...more
"'What I like about you,' she said, 'is the serious way you make up nonsense.'" Innocent Eréndira from, "The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother"

Eréndira's quote is for her lover, Ulises, but it is what every reader who has ever fallen in love with Garbriel Garcia Márquez' writing wished he or she had stated about him. For me, this quote sums up my feelings about Márquez. Whenever I pick up his texts, I prepare myself for the most serious nonsense in Litera
Apr 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
there are no thieves in this town
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Loved it. Will write more later.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Collected Stories.

I loved them! I really did.

I came in with no expectations...and was hit immediately by the jarring realization that this book falls entirely outside the realm of the genre of book I have been occupying myself with thus far. In a good way. What did the bus driver call it? Enchanted realism. (I can't remember). But whatever the official term for it is...the stories are poised as if set in reality, but with hug
What a long drawn out process! I've been reading this book of short stories for 6 months during lunch breaks, yet I bought this in my first couple of weeks of living in Bogota over three years ago.

The stories are mostly in chronological order and I do like the stories that appear in the 60s and 70s over those from the 40s and early 50s. I think that was Gabo finding his story-telling voice and hitting his stride. The earlier stories were about death and were really very strange, I couldn't quite
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
This collection includes three sets of Garcia Marquez's short stories. The stories in this collection are organized in chronological order, and it's fascinating to see how his style evolves and changes over time. The first set of stories are incredibly abstract and focus mostly on the blurry line between life and death. For example, a young boy dies but his mother tends to him in his coffin as his body continues to grow until he dies again in his 20s. As the years pass, the stories begin to incl ...more
Alexia M.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Like a lot of reader, I had heard of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's works and how great they were. I was told to get Gregory Rabassa's translation, as it is rated the best. Having read none of his other works, and feeling rather down that day, I decided to start reading this essay compilation.

First essay: it's about death.
Second essay: it's about death.
Third essay: death.
Fourth essay: death

At this point, it's taking me days to get to the next essay because I'm pacing my reading
Wade Duvall
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another recommendation from a friend, after discussing Jorge Luis Borges and magical realism, and boy did it deliver. This was my second dip into magical realism, and I'm not going to stop here. Marquez is quite a bit different than Borges, with some similarities. Borges magical realism (vs gaucho hyperrealism) tends to border into fantasy whereas Marquez blurs your perception where things feel familiar but also fabulous. There is a timeless nature to his stories as well that Borges also tapped ...more
The Library-Under-The-Stairs
☆ Reading Marquez's works and literary style; magic realism has been my comfort read, and made the Columbian novelist my all time fave author, his works almost always resonates within me, must be the Filipino in me 😁. Here are the ones that I really loved from this collection:
• The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira
• A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
• Big Mama's Funeral
• The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship
• Eyes of a Blue Dog
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Favorite stories:
"Eyes of a blue dog"
"The woman who came at six o'clock"
"One day after Saturday"
"Artificial roses"
"The sea of lost time"
Jon Skinner
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
my personal favorites:

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
The Artificial Rose
Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon
Blacaman the Good, Vendor of Miracles
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
As always he writes beautifully, but I get tired of the brutality and the poverty.
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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.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian

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] قال ماركيز فيه :

> لو وهبني الله حياة أطول لكان من المحتمل ألا أقول كل ما أفكر فيه، لكنني بالقطع كنت سأفكر في كل ما أقوله.

> كنت سأقيّم الأشياء ليس وفقاً لقيمتها المادية، بل وفقاً لما تنطوي عليه من معان.

> كنت سأنام أقلّ، وأحلم أكثر في كل دقيقة نغمض فيها عيوننا نفقد ستين ثانية من النور ، كنت سأسير بينما يتوقف الآخرون . أظل يقظاً بينما يخلد آخرون للنوم ، كنت سأستمع بينما يتكلم الآخرون . كنت سأستمتع بآيس كريم لذيذ بطعم الشكولاتة .

> لو أن الله أهداني بعض الوقت لأعيشه كنت سأرتدي البسيط من الثياب ، كنت سأتمدد في الشمس تاركاً جسدي مكشوفاً بل وروحي أيضاً .

> يا إلهي ... لو أن لي قليلاً من الوقت لكنت كتبت بعضاً مني على الجليد وانتظرت شروق الشمس .

> كنت سأرسم على النجوم قصيدة 'بنيدتي' وأحلام 'فان كوخ' كنت سأنشد أغنية من أغاني 'سرات' أهديها للقمر ، لرويت الزهر بدمعي ، كي أشعر بألم أشواكه ، وبقبلات أوراقه القرمزية .

> يا إلهي ... إذا كان مقدراً لي أن أعيش وقتاً أطول، لما تركت يوماً واحد يمر دون أن أقول للناس أنني أحبهم ، أحبهم جميعاً ، لما تركت رجلاً واحداً أو امرأة إلا وأقنعته أنه المفضل عندي ، كنت عشت عاشقاً للحب .

> كنت سأثبت لكل البشر أنهم مخطئون لو ظنوا أنهم يتوقفون عن الحب عندما يتقدمون في السن ، في حين أنهم في الحقيقة لا يتقدمون في السن إلا عندما يتوقفون عن الحب .

> كنت سأمنح الطفل الصغير أجنحة وأتركه يتعلم وحده الطيران كنت سأجعل المسنين يدركون أن تقدم العمر ليس هو الذي يجعلنا نموت بل : الموت الحقيقي هو النسيان .

> كم من الأشياء تعلمتها منك أيها الإنسان ، تعلمت أننا جميعا نريد أن نعيش في قمة الجبل ، دون أن ندرك أن السعادة الحقيقية تكمن في تسلق هذا الجبل ، تعلمت أنه حين يفتح الطفل المولود كفه لأول مرة تظل كف والده تعانق كفه إلى الأبد ، تعلمت أنه ليس من حق الإنسان أن ينظر إلى الآخر ،

> من أعلى إلى أسفل ، إلا إذا كان يساعده على النهوض ، تعلمت منك هذه الأشياء الكثيرة ، لكنها للأسف لن تفيدني لأني عندما تعلمتها كنت أحتضر .

عبر عما تشعر به دائماً ، افعل ما تفكر فيه.. لو كنت أعرف أن هذه ستكون المرة الأخيرة التي أراك فيها نائماً ، لكنت احتضنتك بقوة ، ولطلبت من الله أن يجعلني حارساً لروحك.

> لو كنت أعرف أن ”
“Not only was he the tallest, strongest, most virile, and best built man they had ever seen, but even though they were looking at him there was no room for him in their imagination.” 5 likes
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