The colonel lives with his asthmatic wife in a small village under martial law. The action opens with the colonel preparing to go to the funeral of a town musician whose death is notable because he was the first to die from natural causes in many years. The novel is set during the years of " La Violencia " in Colombia, when martial law and censorship prevail. Recent US paperback edition cover.
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Shelves: reviewed Unlike many other Garcia Marquez works, the novel mostly does not fall within the magic realism genre, as it includes only one magical event. The main characters of the novel are not named, adding to the feeling of insignificance of an individual living in Colombia. The colonel and his wife, who have lost their son to political repression, are struggling with poverty and financial instability.
The corruption of the local and national officials is evident and this is a topic which Garcia Marquez Unlike many other Garcia Marquez works, the novel mostly does not fall within the magic realism genre, as it includes only one magical event.
The corruption of the local and national officials is evident and this is a topic which Garcia Marquez explores throughout the novel, by using references to censorship and the impact of government on society. The colonel desperately tries to sell their inheritance from their only son who is now dead and eventually the only reminder of his existence is a rooster that the colonel trains to take part in a cockfight.
Garcia Marquez has said in interviews that his characteristic storytelling style is the style of his grandmother, and that some of his best characters are patterned after his grandfather, whom he calls the most important figure in his life. The result is that reality is seen as more problematic and inexplicable than everyday experience would suggest. That his fictions take place in a political culture that seems unstable and adrift is not as thematically important as the fact that this unorganized social world makes possible his exploration of reality as governed by inexplicable forces.
Thus, his characters, deprived of the props of established social order, have only their most elemental and primal virtues to sustain them. He is a metaphysical and poetic writer, not a propagandist or a social realist.
Others in this modern tradition are Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes, and Jose Donoso—all of whom have created their own version of a Kafkaesque modernist world which has fascinated general readers and critics alike. The ending is epic: "The woman lost her patience.
She shook him hard. It had taken the colonel seventy-five years — the seventy-five years of his life, minute by minute — to reach this moment. He felt pure, explicit, invincible at the moment when he replied: - Shit.
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