Of Love and Other Demons
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I dont think Marquez's style is for everyone - people who prefer more 'down-to-earth' books would probably find his eccentric story-telling and fantastical quirks a little annoying and far-fetched. She could dance with more grace and fire than the Africans, sing in voices different from her own in the various languages of Africa, agitate the birds and animals when she imitated their voices. While Murakami tries to dissect the universal human condition with so much empathy, does Marquez only seek to tell licentious tales? The striking aspect is, for greater part of the novel, whether the protagonist, has actually contracted rabies or not, and the reason of her imbecility, is not disclosed. This continued under his heir for as long as the illicit traffic in slaves and flour, directed in secret by Bernarda from the Mahates sugar plantation, had lasted.
The chief exorcist, Cayetano Delaura, an intellectual and vigorous priest with a secret passion for forbidden books of courtly romance, falls in love with the young girl and her hair, and their love ends in her fated death. A partir de allí y de la reclusión en el convento por imposición de su padre el marqués se desarrollará la trama del libro hasta el final. Con absoluta coherencia y gran astucia, las religiones, al menos las más extendidas en la actualidad, siempre han repudiado los sentidos, como han repudiado la duda y la razón, siempre perjudiciales para sus negocios, beneficiándose de las grandes ventajas que para sus circunstancias tienen el dogma y la fe. Muy posiblemente con Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada, una de las mejores obras de Garcia Marquez que leí hasta el día.Y agregó con ahínco: «Todo anda así desde que su obispo nos hizo el favor de mandarnos este regalo emponzoñado». Gabriel García Márquez claims in the prologue that he had been told by his grandmother of a legend of "a little twelve-year-old marquise with hair that trailed behind her like a bridal train" who contracts rabies. Su alocado comportamiento y extraño lenguaje africano despertando mucha inquietud en el médico y las autoridades locales. This maybe due to the fact that it is built in dramatic style of classic romance novels and despite the usual graphic scenes of mistreatment and torture as portrayed in some other García Márquez works, the book has a very classic gothic-romance feel to it, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. La última vez que leí a García Márquez fue en el 2005, estaba próximo a cumplir 11 años y fue una lectura obligatoria de la escuela, fue la novela El coronel no tiene quien le escriba.
Maybe presenting such powerful melodrama in such a bland and tame manner is the book's triumph but it left me wanting to feel more, especially of the priest's multifarious challenges. An ash-gray dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst onto the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday in December, knocked down tables of fried food, overturned Indians' stalls and lottery kiosks, and bit four people who happened to cross its path. I feel like I am suspended in space while reading his novels, in some world where standards and morality and interpretation don't really matter all that much. Garcia got inspiration for Story while he was covering as a journalist unearthing of few graves in church and in which was discovered a female skull with very long hair about four body lenghts of a normal girl. Since the maid had not told her where the bite was located, Bernarda raised the girl's chemise and examined her inch by inch, using the light to follow the penitential braid that curled around her body like a lion's tail.
With a mother who wallows in obsessions of her own and a father who can barely take care of himself, the girl is subjected to all manner of voodoo-esque cures.
On her twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria - the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth-century South American seaport - is bitten by a rabid dog. The story takes place sometime during the colonial period in Colombia, in a time of extreme religious intolerance (thanks to the Holy Inquisition) and slavery. Another enchanting tale from the Colombian maestro of magic realism that - as soon as Father Cayetano Delaura started reciting sonnets to twelve-year-old Sierva María, laying side by side with her - got me thinking of a certain Nabokov novel.He wore a Bedouin djellaba in the house, and a Toledan biretta that increased his forlorn appearance. He then tells the story of twelve year old Sierva Maria, the daughter of a Marquis in the mid 1700’s, at a port town along Colombia’s Caribbean.