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Flawed as well The novel follows Bolívar as he takes general en su PDF #10003 his final journey in down the Magdalena River toward the sea revisiting the scenes of his former glory and lamenting his lost dream of an alliance of American nations Forced from power dogged by assassins and prematurely aged and wasted by a fatal illness the General is still a remarkably vital and mercu. I always feel a twinge of pity when someone tells me “I don’t read for pleasure any ” or “I only read non fiction” Most of the pity is sympathy for the fact that in today’s busy world we just don’t have the time Whenever someone expresses awe at the number of books I read in a year and asks me how I do it I say truthfully that I make the time to read just as I make the time to write these reviews So I realize that the act of reading is itself a commitment an investment of time and energy and it’s a shame we don’t have opportunities for itStillThe rest of the pity goes towards the smaller worlds in which people who don’t read fiction must live Non fiction is great I love a good biography history or science text But let’s be honest here I would never ever pick up a non fiction book about the history of South America It’s just not a topic that it would occur to me to read about let alone something I’m interested in reading about as non fiction Even if someone gave me such a book as a gift I’d probably struggle through it I’d likely find it dry confusing difficult to relate to The sad truth is that I learned absolutely nothing about South American history in school While we focused on the founding of Canada and the various World Wars South America itself was a big uestion mark on the map dangling off the end of MexicoHand me a novel set in nineteenth century South America though and then we’re on solid ground Therein lies the power of fiction it can be a tool of education as well as entertainment It can create empathy for characters whose lives are incredibly different from our own And it also exposes us to facts and ideas that we would never be interested in reading as non fiction items I don’t want to read a biography of Símon Bolivar I did read a fictional account of his last days as he journeyed into exileSo with The General in His Labyrinth Gabriel García Máruez contributes to the closing of another massive gap in my knowledge of world history Through this sliver of story I have glimpsed the genesis of the countries of South America and the remarkable role Bolivar played in their founding I’ve also enjoyed a slow and meditative look at the mind and last days of a man of many deeds and many contradictionsGarcía Máruez refers to Bolivar throughout as only “the General He could just as easily have chosen “President” or “Liberator so in choosing the first mode of address he emphasizes Bolivar’s military past This is a man who is not a politician so much as a warrior and a strategist His vision is that of the conueror and the liberator; peace for Bolivar was not ever really on the table This theme reverberates through the novel which does not follow a straightforward chronological path; in both the past and the present chaos seems to stalk the General at every turnHis past is a patchwork of unrest and rebellion Even after wresting control of South America from its absentee Spanish overlords the General finds that pacifying his own people is itself a task of a lifetime His dream of a unified South America recedes ever into the distance and though every government affords him the highest honours he is regularly the subject of assassination attempts This mirrors the present which has an illusion of restfulness and closure at least within the General’s inner circle Without García Máruez depicts almost comical efforts to keep the General within a cocoon of misinformation guards and servants conspire to keep him ignorant of the social unrest and protests that dog him from the start of the journey to its end At every town those in charge meet the General with open armsOf course what makes this journey so special is the finality of it the General is dying Tuberculosis has ravaged his body to the point where many doubt he will survive to see Europe and exile This spectre of mortality looms over every event of the book as García Máruez constantly reminds us through his regular descriptions of the various ways the General’s body betrays him For a man who stood against Spain and ruled multiple countries the end is just as ordinary as a peasant on the streets The General’s body slowly deteriorates and with it so too does his sense of agency He clings almost desperately to the privilege of shaving himself in the morning despite failing eyesight and a shaking handWith the end of the General so too there is the sense of an ending to the situation in South America As long as the General travels down the river it feels like all of South America is paused Things are happening yes but they are distant and indistinct events related back by hearsay and rumour Nevertheless this constant murmur creates a tension that will only dissolve upon the General’s death only then can everything rush into motion old alliances discarded and new ones brokered along lines that have been visible for monthsGarcía Máruez’s style is relaxing Much like Jhumpa Lahiri in The Lowland his reliance on artful descriptions over dialogue draws the reader into the ebb and flow of the narrative It’s very easy to curl up with this book next to a fire and with a cup of tea and lose oneself in the General’s final journey into the annals of history This isn’t a story in the traditional sense where things happen one after the other where a protagonist and antagonist do battle to resolve a conflict Instead it is an account a detailed look at the last days of someone who made such a big impact on the world García Máruez spends little time attempting to rationalize the General’s actions or intent or even trying to get inside the General’s head As the General’s manservant Jose Palacios would say “only my master knows what my master is thinking”And so this is a restful book It’s a book that invites contemplation and consideration though it reuires neither It’s a book that offers few answers preferring instead to offer up images and ideas leaving you to come up with the uestions yourself It educates but indirectly and as discreetly as possible It’s the perfect blend of history and literature

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El general en su laberintoRial man He seems to remain alive by the sheer force of will that led him to so many victories in the battlefields and love affairs of his past As he wanders in the labyrinth of his failing powers and still powerful memories he defies his impending death until the last The General in His Labyrinth is an unforgettable portrait of a visionary from one of the greatest writers of our ti. Follows the last few weeks and days of the life of Simon Bolivar as he surrenders political power and travels down the Magdalena River to the coast on his last journey While he travels there are reflections on his past his role in the wars of independence against Spain and his political ambitions This is an interesting historical novel in shades of Wolf Hall here that the author was trying to remodel the popular image of the man Bolivar has been seen as a founding father for many of the former Spanish colonies but here we see his dream of a unified republic containing the modern states of Venezuela Columbia and Ecuador dying as he too fades out of life as the river flows home to the sea The failure of his political ambitions will allow him to be recast as a safe patriotic icon and the man seems to struggle against this the fate of a person to be recast as an icon as soon as he is barely cold in his grave as he is racked with ill health on his final journey

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El general en su laberinto Summary Ñ 108 º ❮KINDLE❯ ➛ El general en su laberinto ❥ Author Gabriel García Márquez – Insolpro.co.uk Book Jacket Status JacketedGabriel García Máruez's most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar the man who tried to unite a continentBolívar known inBook Jacket Status JacketedGabriel García Máruez's en su PDFEPUB #194 most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar the man who tried to unite a continentBolívar known in six Latin American countries El general ePUB #187 as the Liberator is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere in García Máruez's brilliant reimagining he is magnificently. This is wonderful Dense with historical incident deft characterization and the telling detail that is García Máruez's hallmark It's the story of Simón Bolívar he who liberated South America from Spanish colonial tyranny and his retreat from public life just prior to his death The great trick of the novel is to make condensed passages of historical summary ring with life through the recollections of the dying General Predictably perhaps he obsessively catalogs his enemies' perfidies which on some level seem to be the disease which is killing him though it's actually TB Such is the loyalty of the man's officers that just before his death he sends them off on various guerilla missions to undermine the governments of his enemies Despite the sure knowledge of his impending death he seeks to promote insurrection instead of harmony It is for this reason that John Lynch one of Bolívar's biographers detests the popular idea of the man as the George Washington of South America Truly he was nothing of the kind He allowed himself to be named Liberator and Dictator of Peru and through the Ocaña Convention named himself Bolivia's president for life with the ability to pass on the title He needlessly promulgated multiple contradictory edicts He was against popular representative government Though paradoxically he believed in a US style federalist union for South America he was incapable of putting goals for the growth of inclusive democratic institutions above his petty enmities as Washington did with such aplomb time after time NB Washington was a Virginia plantation owner who freed his slaves upon his death in 1799 All US slaves were freed by Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 See Speeches and Writings 1859 1865 It was 1816 however when Bolivar manumitted the slaves of South America including his ownSimón Bolívar in his final hoursWe also meet his longtime forebearing lover Manuela Sáenz and find her to be as formidable a character as the General himself At one point some weeks after after the General and his retinue have traveled into exile on a cortege of barges down the Magdalena she incites civil unrest back in Santa Fe de Bogata against his enemies In an attempt to make her life impossible the Ministry of the Interior had asked her to turn over the General's archives she had in her care She refused and set in motion a campaign of provocations that drove the government mad In the company of two of her warrior slavewomen manumitted she fomented scandals distributed pamphlets glorifying the General and erased charcoal slogans scrawled on public walls It was common knowledge that she entered barracks wearing the uniform of a colonel and was apt to take part in the soldiers' fiestas as in the officers' conspiracies The most serious rumor was that right under Urdaneta's nose she was promoting an armed rebellion to reestablish the absolute power of the GeneralSo a beautifully written if dense narrative that satisfies on multiple levels Do read it One final note there's no magic realism here as in The Autumn of the Patriarch or One Hundred Years of Solitude But the narrative is nonchronological which demands an attentive reader This is no in flight or beach read I found it deeply satisfying