Sunday, February 28

Book Review: The General in his Labyrinth

Title: The General in his Labyrinth

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Pages: 268

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


  1. After not really liking Love in the Time of Cholera, I definitely need to read 100 yrs of Solitude for my book club before I try anything else of Marquez. If I like 100 yrs, I'll move on to something else of his.

  2. Too bad that this was a bit of a disappointing read for you. I have loved all the books I have read by this author, but it sounds as though this one is a little anemic. I will probably not be reading it, but it was nice to hear your thoughts on it. I think I will just re-read Love in the Time of Cholera.

  3. Amanda - I wasn't that big of a fan of 100 years. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't all that amazing as it was hyped up to be.

    Zibilee - He isn't a terrible author, he's talented, the books just don't reach me on the same level as they do for others.