Sunday, April 27

Book Review: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Author: Gabriel García Márquez

Pages: 120

Summary: 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 Roman 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.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I found this to be a good short story, beautifully written, but overall I think the translation took away from the original beauty of the story. There were times were I think the original idea was changed, as certain words and phrases didn't seem to go with the rest of the idea in the sentence or paragraph. While it only happened a couple of times, it was distracting enough to take away from the book.

The book wasn't long enough to get to know the characters well enough to like or dislike them, I do think the author did a good job developing them in such a short time spent with them. And the story was incredibly well told and developed, for such a short read.

Overall an interesting story, but I think some of it was lost due to the translation, but a good novella nonetheless.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, if you haven't read anything by the author yet, it might be a good place to start. It gives you a good idea on his writing style, but it's a lot less condensed than his other books.

What to read next: Other than try more by the author, I can't think of anything.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge

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