Sunday, February 28
Book Review: The General in his Labyrinth
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Summary: General Simon Bolivar, “the Liberator” of five South American countries, takes a last melancholy journey down the Magdalena River, revisiting cities along its shores, and reliving the triumphs, passions, and betrayals of his life. Infinitely charming, prodigiously successful in love, war and politics, he still dances with such enthusiasm and skill that his witnesses cannot believe he is ill. Aflame with memories of the power that he commanded and the dream of continental unity that eluded him, he is a moving exemplar of how much can be won—and lost—in a life.
My Rating: 7/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall I enjoyed the book, it isn’t a favourite of mine, and the story wasn’t the most interesting, it was still a well written book, which was a fictional account on actual events in South America. I’m not that familiar with the events or the person the book was written on, but I do think the author did do a good job at bring the events to life, and the mindset of the general who has fallen from both power and life.
What I didn’t like was, as I’ve said it was a little boring, sometimes it was drawn out, and at times hard to follow, also the characters weren’t are that interesting or memorable to me, but I did enjoy this book more than a previous book I’ve read, and that was mostly do to the author powerful and beautiful voice throughout this story. He has an amazing writing style that dragged me into the book and at times it was difficult to put down, all because of the authors story writing. It really makes me want to try “Love in the Time of Cholera”, since I’ve heard such great things about it and will likely have that same great story telling ability. Not a bad book.
Would I recommend it to read: It’s not the greatest book out there, but it is a worth while read, especially if you want to read about South American Historical Fiction (although I do have little experience with the genre (South American - Historical Fiction), I think still think it’s a worth while read).
What to read next: I haven’t read it yet, I’d say Love in the Time of Cholera. Other than that, I’m at a slight loss
Challenges: Read ‘n’ Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 2nds Challenge, 100+ Challenge,
A - Z Challenge, Global Challenge, Historical Reading Challenge, Support Your Library Challenge