The Autumn of the Patriarch – Review

El otoño del patriarca (The Autumn of the Patriarch) by Gabriel García Márquez

Published in 1975

Gregory Rabassa Translation

Pages: 269

Genre: Latin American literature, Colombian literature

“Over the weekend the vultures got into the presidential palace by pecking through the screens on the balcony windows and the flapping of their wings stirred up the stagnant time inside, and at dawn on Monday the city awoke out of its lethargy of centuries with the warm, soft breeze of a great man dead and rotting grandeur.”

If you decide to read The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez, it is a good idea to become familiar with the above sentence because it will be referenced again throughout the book. Creating a weaving, non-linear narrative on power and its fallacies, García Márquez brings a flowing and poetic character study to life. This book is not an easy read, but finishing brings about its own reward for those who are able to make it through the depths of description and its maniacal lack of logic. Continue reading “The Autumn of the Patriarch – Review”

Love in the Time of Cholera – Review

El amor en los tiempos del cólera by Gabriel García Márquez

Published in Spanish in 1985, in English as Love in the Time of Cholera in 1988

Edith Grossman Translation

Pages: 348

Genre: Latin American literature, Colombian literature, romance

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”

This first line’s sentiment is expressed as the inner monologue of Doctor Juvenal Urbino who, upon inspecting the dead body of a friend, introduces the two themes evident in the title of the book. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez is a story of infatuation that spans decades and explores the feeling in its many variations. Set in a Caribbean town over the course of 50 years, it is a tale of two people whose lives intertwine through the love held in their hearts. Continue reading “Love in the Time of Cholera – Review”