I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
-Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Phillip K. Dick

Monday, December 5, 2011

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

Genre: Classic/Spanish Literature/Adult

This book is about the death of the character Santiago Nasar. It's basically the story of how he died from different perspectives, collected by a journalist. Warning: This book uses some vulgar terms, if you are uncomfortable with profanity, this may not be the book for you.

Back Cover: A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Román returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.
          Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society -- not just a pair of murderers -- is put on trial.

At first, I seriously hated this book. It was boring to me, but as the book progressed, it seemed to get a little better. I am still not quite sure how I feel about it...I know that I don't hate it anymore, but I don't love it either. I felt like some of the characters were...excuse my french, but...Bullshit. The ending was probably the best part because you get to find out a little something more about Santiago's death, and that was pretty awesome.  It's not bad for a 120 page book all in all. So much happens in just 120 pages that it's pretty mind blowing. If you're interested in a quick read and you don't mind vulgarity, this might just be the book for you.

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

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