No One Writes to the Colonel, and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez audiobook

No One Writes to the Colonel, and Other Stories

By Gabriel García Márquez
Translated by J. S. Bernstein
Read by Armando Durán , Roxanne Hernandez , Marcelo Tubert , and Thom Rivera

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From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, a series of short stories told in "spare, unpretentious…picturesque prose" (Library Journal) Written with compassionate realism and wit, the stories in this mesmerizing collection depict the disparities of town and village life in South America, of the frightfully poor and outrageously rich, of memories and illusions, and of lost opportunities and present joys. Stories include "No One Writes to the Colonel," "Tuesday Siesta," "One of These Days," "There Are No Thieves in This Town," "Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon," "Montiel's Widow," "One Day after Saturday," "Artificial Roses," and "Big Mama's Funeral."

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Summary

Summary

From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, a series of short stories told in "spare, unpretentious…picturesque prose" (Library Journal)

Written with compassionate realism and wit, the stories in this mesmerizing collection depict the disparities of town and village life in South America, of the frightfully poor and outrageously rich, of memories and illusions, and of lost opportunities and present joys. Stories include "No One Writes to the Colonel," "Tuesday Siesta," "One of These Days," "There Are No Thieves in This Town," "Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon," "Montiel's Widow," "One Day after Saturday," "Artificial Roses," and "Big Mama's Funeral."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“García Márquez creates an absolute jewel of a novella in No One Writes to the Colonel, a story that evokes the entire range of human emotions from misplaced hope to blackest cynicism.” Oprah.com
“A rare combination of grace and vibrancy. Every scene, every gesture, sings life and denies death…He is an absolute master.” New York Times
“García Márquez’s style is direct and matter-of-fact; in attitude, he accepts these characters with the same inevitability as they accept the heat and the rain.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[These stories] are told in spare, unpretentious, but picturesque prose, compassionate of human frailty but also rich in wit and irony. The characters are all too human, alternately humorous and tragic.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Viva Gabo!

Although some of the stories in this collection seem to be vignettes at best, they share a common thread of characters and themes that run throughout. It is interesting to see perspectives change from story to story in this fictional Marquez town. It’s fun to see characters from other stories make appearances/cameos, sometimes without being named. I do note that Marquez has an affinity for certain things, most notably “patent leather shoes” and “the shade of an almond tree.” Also, all his stories had some presence of an animal, usually alive or dead but seldom both, leading me to wonder about the significance of their appearances.

There are so many things to talk about with this collection of short stories, but reviews have a limited word count. I appreciate that this audiobook uses multiple narrators, lending a diversity of voices to a collection of stories featuring diverse characters.

Author

Author Bio: Gabriel García Márquez

Author Bio: Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) was an author, journalist, and pioneer of the Latin American boom. Among his many books are The Autumn of the Patriarch, No One Writes to the Colonel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Living to Tell the Tale, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and of course the classic One Hundred Years of Solitude. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English