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Posted February 2, 2005
News of a Kidnapping
News of a Kidnapping is a true story about the ¿biblical holocaust¿ that the South American country of Colombia has endured for the past thirty years. This ¿biblical holocaust¿ that I refer to engulfed, and perhaps still engulfs, leftist insurgencies, right-wing death squads, currency collapses, cholera epidemics, and drug trafficking. However, although the novel brilliantly encapsulates all five of these aspects, it focuses primarily on the latter and the abductions that went along with it. Abduction was and perhaps still is a method used by Colombian drug traffickers as means of gaining political power within Colombia and as bargaining chips against extradition to the United States. This novel centers on the abduction of Maruja Villamizar and Beatriz Guerrero, the last two abductions made by the Medellín drug cartel in 1990. By this time, eight men and women had been abducted and a nationwide manhunt had been mounted for the head of the Medellín drug cartel, Pablo Escobar. Throughout the span of the novel, Maruja and Beatriz, among other numerous hostages, were forced to endure and helplessly fight to overcome cruel conditions and harsh situations; that is, from living in a room no bigger than a small bathroom with six other people to eating food off of the ground. For the whole story, the families and the Colombian national government desperately attempt to find ways to help the hostages, but to no avail. It is not until two of the ten men and women abducted during this period are killed and ceaseless efforts by the families and government to come to an agreement with Pablo Escobar that Maruja and Beatriz are finally released. The novel ends as this period in Colombian history ended; Pablo Escobar surrendered to the Colombian government under the agreement of non-extradition and safety in a well secured prison. This novel is a blend of the magical-realism and non-fiction. While magical-realism describes situations that are real but that one can hardly believe exists, non-fiction is detailed and describes this as they really are. García Marquez combines the two genres brilliantly by luring one into a world that one finds incredulous but that ceaselessly blows one away with its cold, harsh reality. Non-fiction had been me least favorite genre but News of a Kidnapping has opened my eyes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2002
An Excelente book... You won't waste your time
Garcia Marquez got an A+ (like he always does). He describes the story of 10 people relating them with the internal problems of the narcotrafic in the most powerful country in the drug bussiness: Colombia. Imagine how many facts, statistics, characters etc. He talks about crazy operations ran by the Colombian and USA goverment. If you like to read about famous people or adventure this book is for you. Plus you have to bet this guy (Garcia Marquez) is among the best writer in the world! (novel price winner)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2002