The General in His Labyrinth

The General in His Labyrinth

A Novel

Book - 2004
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"With the style and eloquent language that earned him the Nobel prize for literature, Marquez weaves a stunning story of glory and despair. Both real history and Marquez' imagination let us enter the world of Simon Bolivar, Liberator of South America, in all his humanity - good and evil. Bolivar drove the Spanish out of South America, dealt with treachery from his own compatriots. Once hailed as a hero, he is now scorned and reviled, and fighting his own demons, he refuses to die quietly. We are given a glimpse of the genius and foibles of the man behind the legend, as we accompany him on his last journey, accompanied only by the loyal remants of his once great army."
Publisher: New York : Everyman's Library, 2004
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9781857152821
Branch Call Number: FIC GARCIA 2004
Characteristics: xxvii, 248 pages : 1 map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-

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May 31, 2016

A fictionalization of the last journey of Bolivar, told with its folktale pacing and imparting melancholy and hope. Entertaining, if you like the style.

May 13, 2015

I didn't enjoy this as much as some of Gabriel's other novels- "one hundred years of solitude" and love in the time of cholera. Not knowing much about the history of south America probably didn't help. The writing is still wonderful, lyrical and entertaining though.

vploscik Apr 17, 2014

Simon Bolivar booted the Spanish out of New Granada (what is now Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador) and envisioned a United South America, yet the only South American history we're taught centers upon Pizarro and Cortez, two gold-crazed butchers. This is a great novel about what could have been and a giant of South American history.

Jun 28, 2012

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did, but Gabo's writing is as lyrical as ever. This novel follows the last weeks in the life of Simon Bolivar, the Liberator of South America from Spain, and how his dream crumbled as he lay dying. An amazing story.


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