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The General in His Labyrinth - Edith Grossman, Gabriel García Márquez
The General in His Labyrinth
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The General in His Labyrinth (original Spanish title: El general en su laberinto) is a novel by the Colombian writer and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez. It is a fictionalized account of the last days of Simón Bolívar, liberator and leader of Gran Colombia. First published in 1989, the book... show more
The General in His Labyrinth (original Spanish title: El general en su laberinto) is a novel by the Colombian writer and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez. It is a fictionalized account of the last days of Simón Bolívar, liberator and leader of Gran Colombia. First published in 1989, the book traces Bolívar's final journey from Bogotá to the Caribbean coastline of Colombia in his attempt to leave South America for exile in Europe. In this dictator novel about a continental hero, "despair, sickness, and death inevitably win out over love, health, and life".[1] Breaking with the traditional heroic portrayal of Bolívar El Libertador, García Márquez depicts a pathetic protagonist, a prematurely aged man who is physically ill and mentally exhausted.[2] The story explores the labyrinth of Bolívar's life through the narrative of his memories.

Following the success of others of his works such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, García Márquez decided to write about the "Great Liberator" after reading an unfinished novel about Bolívar by his friend Álvaro Mutis. He borrowed the setting-Bolívar's voyage down the Magdalena River in 1830-from Mutis. After two years of research that encompassed the extensive memoirs of Bolívar's Irish aide-de-camp, Daniel Florencio O'Leary, as well as numerous other historical documents and consultations with academics, García Márquez published his novel about the last seven months of Bolívar's life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780394582580 (0394582586)
ASIN: 394582586
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 285
Edition language: English
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The Lexical Funk!
The Lexical Funk! rated it
5.0 A Love Letter to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “The General and His Labyrinth.”
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...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.0 Review
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...
jwilley44
jwilley44 rated it
3.0 The General in His Labyrinth
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.
Ex libris de librum vermis
Ex libris de librum vermis rated it
2.0 General u svom lavirintu
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...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
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...
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