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review El general en su laberinto 109 ´ [Download] ➻ El general en su laberinto Author Gabriel García Márquez – Johns-cycling-diary.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 in six Latin American coun BRial 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. Everyone knows of the big historical events that took place in the 1800 during the liberation of Latin America from the Spanish colonization that are of course associated with Simon Bolivar aka the Liberator Apart from his vision for a united Latin America that would form the biggest country that would be half of the world his wars for integration and his glories no one cares to know about his endGabo had to do extensive reasearch for two years contacting people from so many different walks of life to make this book about the general's final 14 days during the trip along the Magdalena River as accurate as possible he even had a university professor help him in figuring out all the days in which there was a full moon during those yearsThe book gives a totally different image of Simon Bolivar who is a hero to many and a villain to some the book reveals the flesh and bone man with his obsessions sickness weaknesses and above all vulnerability It helps us understand how one's childhood and youth affect who you become and your life as an adult affects how you die His vulgar language his constant fevers and delirium his sexual adventures all define the stories of the men and women who were involved in his life and were kept together around it even after it faded awayThe Bolivarian dream lives on

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Book Jacket Status JacketedGabriel en su Kindle #207 García Máruez's 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 eBook #232 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

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El general en su laberintoFlawed as well The novel follows Bolívar as he takes general en su MOBI #9734 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. When I heard that Gabriel Garcia Maruez had died I walked over to my shelf of South American literature and picked up The General in His Labyrinth The story is about the last days of Simon Bolivar the Liberator as he took a 14 day cruise down the Rio Magdalena to the Caribbean from whence he would ship out for Europe But this was not to be Not only was the Liberator dying but he had the misfortune of seeing the proud republics he had founded falling prey to disunity and suabbling In answer to the pleas of his friends to continue in the leadership he backs off It was the end General Simon Jose Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios was leaving forever He had wrested from Spanish domination an empire five times vast than all of Europe he had led twenty years of wars to keep it free and united and he had governed it with a firm hand until the week before but when it was time to leave he did not even take away with him the consolation that anyone believed in his departure The only man with enough lucidity to know he really was going and where he was going to was the English diplomat who wrote in an official report to his government The time he has left will hardly be enough for him to reach his graveAnd so it was When Bolivar and his retinue reach the shores of the Caribbean he temporizes about leaving while dealing with rumors of the dissolution of Colombia and Venezuela He is half tempted to go back to war to restore Riohacha Except he is desperately ill and his moment of glory is past Even as death approaches he is a remarkable man; and his letters fly all around South America and the Caribbean trying futilely to hold all the pieces together one last timeIt was a kind of double sadness anticipating the death of this incredible conueror in the shadow of the death of Garcia Maruez who wrote this book in 1989 a uarter of a century ago The General in His Labyrinth is like others of his works that I have read a simple story bathed in the magic of the tropics and told with a kind of sublime generosity toward his characters There is not a shred of irony or post modernism to destroy the effect Garcia Maruez joins other great storytellers like Isaac Bashevis Singer and Nikolai Leskov in his respect for the primacy of the tale itselfHe will be missed