The General in His Labyrinth
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Gabriel García Márquez’s most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar, the man who tried to unite a continent.Bolívar, known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator, is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere; in García... show more
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Gabriel García Márquez’s most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar, the man who tried to unite a continent.Bolívar, known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator, is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere; in García Márquez’s brilliant reimagining he is magnificently flawed as well. The novel follows Bolívar as he takes his final journey in 1830 down the Magdalena River toward the sea, revisiting the scenes of his former glory and lamenting his lost dream of an alliance of American nations. Forced from power, dogged by assassins, and prematurely aged and wasted by a fatal illness, the General is still a remarkably vital and mercurial man. He seems to remain alive by the sheer force of will that led him to so many victories in the battlefields and love affairs of his past. As he wanders in the labyrinth of his failing powers–and still-powerful memories–he defies his impending death until the last. The General in His Labyrinth is an unforgettable portrait of a visionary from one of the greatest writers of our time.
Publish date: October 26th 2004
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Pages no: 248
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Magical Realism
, Spanish Literature
, Latin American
, Latin American Literature
His feeble mind was only good for groping memories like vague shapes in the dark. His body was a withered portrait on the wall of some long forgotten castle. The writer sat down to write a simple love letter to a book he had known in his younger years. Now in the grips of his fever he remembered mor...
This is a fictional account of the last few days of Simon Bolivar's life. It reads very much as a work by Garcia Marquez and has his typical concerns and stylistic conventions. Bolivar is seen as a metaphor for Latin American history. His life began in glory, but ended in failure and his life ref...
Written beautifully, as you would expect from Marquez, but neither the story or the characters were very engaging. This is at the bottom of my list of Marquez's books.
I read this book twice and still the only thing I can remember is general's meeting with one girl with golden hair all over her body...
Picking up this book I expected two things: #1 - to enjoy Marquez' lovely, lyrical writing and, #2 - to learn something about Simón Bolívar.Marquez is undeniably a master of language, unfortunately, the story here, such as it is, did not hold my attention or interest. We meet Bolívar at the end of h...