The General in His Labyrinth

The General in His Labyrinth

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez's most political novel is the tragic story of General Sim#65533;n Bol#65533;var, the man who tried to unite a continent.

Bol#65533;var, known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator, is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere; in Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez's brilliant reimagining he is magnificently flawed as well. The novel follows Bol#65533;var as he takes his final journey in 1830 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 mercurial 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 time.
Publisher: New York : Everyman's Library, 2004
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9781400043330
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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