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La increíble y triste historia de la cándida Eréndira y de su abuela desalmada

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  12,531 ratings  ·  676 reviews
Este libro excepcional reúne la novela corta que le otorga su título y otros seis relatos más, de los que todos menos uno pertenecen a la etapa de plena madurez del escritor. Fueron los años en los que Macondo le abrió las puertas del realismo mágico, donde la realidad se expresa mediante fórmulas mágicas y legendarias y los milagros se insertan en la vida cotidiana. La cá ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Vintage Espanol (first published April 30th 1972)
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Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want adult fairy tales & lore, then this one's for you. Garcia Marquez has his own genre to contend with and it's works such as these that make him a recognizable figure in your literary consciousness. His short stories are fables and allegories... they contend with time and death and love... the images are pulled out of dreams and Latin American culture (& what wasn't there before is invented NOW) all with wicked mastery... all the while a dreamscape becomes well established in t ...more
Steven Godin
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of earlier work features stories abound with love affairs, ruined beauty, magical women, and perspectives on death. Are all similar in style but only about half are really good, with Innocent Erendira the one stand out . You feel like most of these are rough idea's that would later show up in his full on novels and novellas. You also know right from the off this is Marquez, that is of course, if you have already read him. For anyone that hasn't, this isn't a bad place to start be ...more
the theme common in most of these short stories is death .....

besides the story of Innocent Erendira ,these four stories was interesting to me...

The third resignation.
i think this one is extraordinary,describes the fear of death,burial,solid ate and abandonment ....he has gone furthest in dramatizing the terror of burial.....

The woman who came at six o'clock
it portrays the conflict between good and evil,the innocence of Jose a restaurant owner,and Reina a prostitute who used to come at the resta
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, the first story - A very old man with enormous wings - is absolutely fantastic, and it reminded me of this wonderful painting by Romanian artist Stefan Caltia:



I haven't always liked reading short stories. But I realise now what amount of work it takes to tell a story in only a few pages, to concentrate all the ideas you would put in tens or hundreds of pages (supposed you were to write a novel) in just a few paragraphs. And sometimes, I guess, writing stories gives you the freedom of expl
Feb 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a good start for ggb readers. The title story, at 60 pages practically a novella, is beautiful. "Innocent Eréndira..." has moments of colorful magical realism, particularly during the grandmother character's bouts of sleep-talking.

There is a series of vaguely-connected shorts on the blur between sleep and death in the middle of the collection. These I didn't enjoy. The stream-of-consciousness technique and inner-dialogue made them difficult to follow.

Two stories – "The Sea of Lost Time"
Benjamin Zapata
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This amazing book brings together the short novel that gives the book his name,and six more fantastic short stories. Each of them a masterpiece on their own,all of them world famous. It's hard for me to pick a favorite from this collection,or from any other by Garcia Marquez,he's just such a good and powerful writer,a magician. I really enjoy and love the ending for the story "Blacaman el bueno,vendedor de milagros",I thought I was reading something from "The Arabian Nights". And that's the feel ...more
Not rating this book as a whole since I was unable to finish this. Just wasn't the right time for me to read this and I hope to get back to some of the stories I did not read at some point.

Read this book in Spanish.

Un Senor muy Viejo con unas alas enormes (1968)--4 stars
The imagery in this story was just beautiful. An old man with wings comes in from the sea. The people of this small seaside town are affected by this event. GGM can totally suck you into his world and make you believe that this i
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky to find this book at a second-hand street stall. This is my second Marquez book after "No one writes to the colonel", and it gave me a real shock. I was not aware that Marquez wrote in such a bizarre style.
About three of the twelve stories - including the novella "Innocent Erendira" - are written in a style that may be described as "classical", although Innocent Eréndira stands alone as a category by itself: drastic and violent actions described in a neutral way, and the amout of ph
May 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother: Yeah, I’ve seen longer ones but actually not as many as you might think. The real problem is, when a title gets really long, it gradually grows into a living thing, has its own life, and sometimes breathes really loud. But dignified (and windy) as they are, long titles rarely lapse into absurdity and surely don’t bite, plus one thing’s for sure, wherever they go, they always carry with them this unmistakable aura of ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Innocent Erendira.

I've just finished Erendira, which I didn't enjoy ,So I won't read the other stories, it was disappointing.

This is a story of child who accidently burns down her grandmother's home, and she does not seem to comprehend her debt to grandmother .
I find that exploitation quite painful to sustain, to me her grandmother was not a direct threat to Erendira, the question is :Was Erendira a victim of a cruel grandmother and a wind of misfortune?
Why is not she taking an opportunit
A collection of short stories from GGM.
The title story, and by far the longest, is an excellent tale of the winds of misfortune, and Eréndira's resulting cruel and fascinating repayment of her perceived debt. For me this was the most enjoyable of the stories.

The other eleven stories deal, in typical GGM fashion, with death, alternative death, magical realism. For me they were a bit hit and miss.

These stories all state the date they were written, and flicking through them they range mostly in t
Michael Finocchiaro
For me, not one of the high points in Marquez work, the poor Erendira attempts to escape her fate as a prostitute in choosing a hapless guy who reminded me a little of Fabrice from Stendhal's Chartreuse de Parme to help her. The other stories are ok as well. Yes, the writing is great, but the "sold into prostitution and wants out" trope feels a bit worn to me at least in this tale.
Sneh Pradhan
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful , Sensual , Magic Realism ( my favourite genre ) and Gabriel Garcia Marquez ... what's not to enjoy !!! All the stories are just the stuff a fan of this genre would love to fill languid , hopefully rain-imbued afternoons with ! Especially , the titular story , that of Innocent Erendira takes you on quite a bittersweet odyssey !
Nicole Hale
Another collection of short stories, and Marquez excels in the format. In this book, the first short story - the one about Erendira of the title - is about half the book, and the other eleven stories are much shorter. The majority of the stories are about death, actually, whether it's encroaching death or what happens afterward. In one story, a twin wonders what will become of him when his brother dies; will his brother be resurrected by his life force, or will his brother's death rot into his b ...more
Jigar Brahmbhatt
"Sea of Lost Time" is the best of the lot.
A. Gulden
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Innocent Erendira and Other Stories - Eva is Inside Her Cat

"The walls gave off a strong smell of fresh paint, that thick, grand smell that you don't smell with your nose but with your stomach."

Innocent Erendira and Other Stories - The Woman Who Came at Six O'Clock
"An idea that had entered through one ear, spun about for a moment, vague, confused, and gone out through the other, leaving behind only a warm vestige of terror."

Innocent Erendira and Other Stories - The Other Side of Death

Yes. Th
Douglas Lopez
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author purpose of writing ‘’Innocent Erendira’’ is to show the way a twelve year old named Erendira lives with her grandmother and what she goes through. Another reason why the author purpose of writing this story is to talk about what the things that Erendira had to do in order to pay back her grandmother for what she had done. The impacts that this book have on the audience is very shocking because Erendira grandmother sells her into prostitution in order for her to pay her back for the th ...more
Never an easy read, but each of these stories can be understood if read after reading GGM's own words about writing where he says about this collection that "I found the embryo of Autumn, a Russian salad of experiments copied from other bad or good writers of the last century.Phrases that would have required dozens of pages are resolved in two or three." (referring of course to his later Autumn of the Patriarch".

The very disturbing and difficult first story deals with conflicts between the older
Ken Brimhall
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I read Innocent Erendira and her Heartless Grandmother, the first time so long ago I didn't remember much. I would give the book five stars, but when comparing it to One Hundred Years of Solitude, one of the greatest novels ever written, I couldn't give it the same rating. Innocent Erendira has its illuminating moments, the sea and the desert become characters, and reality blends with dreams. This time through, I was amazed at the humor and dialogue, despite it being, for ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Innocent Eréndira” is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, works by this author. Though incredibly saddening, this novella uses beautiful imagery that makes it easier to deal with the darker subject matters. Despite the frustration I felt by some of this character’s decisions, Eréndira is a lovable character one cannot help but feel empathy towards. Those frustrations become irrelevant with the unforeseen ending, which I found very uplifting.

In response to some of the reviews, I don’t think
Jun 21, 2013 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
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I don't think this was a good choice for a first time reader of Márquez? I found it a bit too random, yet I quite like the 'magical-realism' genre.
I'd heard a lot about this author & friends with similar tastes had recommended him, so I expected to love it. Maybe that expectation was part of the problem.
In the end I have paused two thirds of the way through, and I will try another of his works. Then perhaps I will come back to this one when I am more familiar with his writing (after checking
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it very controversial for me to give Gabo 3 stars? I just found that after the main event (Which I actually finished like 3 years ago now) of Erendire's tale I couldn't connect with the other short stories in the book. I do wonder if partly it's a translation issue though. Just as with another book I have from the same series and same translator (not the one he has openly complimented either!) I found certain phrases just jumping out or jarring with me because they didn't sound natural in any ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories, by Nobel prize winning Columbian, Marquez. The title story is about a young girl who accidentally sets fire to her grandmother's house and is forced into prostitution to pay for the damage. One story is a about huge man with wings and a woman with a spider's face. One story has no punctuation other than the odd comma. But strangely compelling. Have to admit though, some might have made more sense to me in the original Spanish!
composed of the title novella and eleven other short stories, innocent erendira features some twenty-five years of garcia marquez's earlier, briefer writings. more than half of the included stories were penned in his early 20's, and while they demonstrate a young talent, they are hardly comparable to his more mature outings. amongst the collection's best pieces are "innocent erendira," "the sea of lost time," "eyes of a blue dog," and "the woman who came at six o'clock."
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love G.G Marquez because his books are so good. Confusing and you really have to read it carefully if you want to understand what is it really about. I felt so bad for Erendira and that story was really a huge highlight of the book. Really, if you love Marquez, you're gonna love this book. :)
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I like that one where they catch an angel and they sell tickets for people to see it and then they burn it with hot iron because it was not moving inside the cage. Casually torturing angels for some money
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't decide whether this was a good place or not to start with Gabriel Garcia Marquez—I guess I'll make my mind up when I read some more. I do really like his writing, but not so much what he's writing about. I don't know how that works. More thoughts on this later!
Yomna hosny
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marquez has a gift for creating characters that are alluring and devastating ..
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is obvious to most readers that Marquez is one of the best short story writers. But this moving collection transferred me to the magical world he illustrated delicately in this piece.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perverted, disgusting, superficial, bad.
PS: I'll rate more stricktly from now on.
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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 n
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